How To Make A Soup Can Forge Cheap, And Easy. Reaches Temperatures Over 2,000 Degrees. Perfect For Making Small Tools, And Knives

Who would have ever thought you could make a workable forge out of a soup can? This soup can forge reaches temperatures of over 2,000 degrees which makes it hot enough to bend steel.

This makes it perfect for making knives, and other small tools.The soup can forge is cheap and easy to make.

To make your soup can forge you will need a soup can, plaster of paris, sand, 2 L brackets, 2 nuts and bolts with washers, 4 wood screws, and 1 3/4″ nipple, a drill, and some drill bits, and a torch.

One thing that we discovered is that you want to use Mapp gas because it burns hotter than regular propane. The video does an excellent job of showing you how to make your forge. Make sure to have a look at the blacksmith article below the video. Thought you might find it interesting.

Blacksmithing For Beginners Article Source: Art Of 150 years ago most census records showed that a fifth of the respondents listed their occupation as blacksmith, including my 3rd great-grandfather, Roger Farrer. 

I don’t know what Grampa Farrer fabricated every day, but if he was like most smiths, he was making everything.  Horseshoes were a small part of the job. 

He was more likely fabricating or repairing a farm implement, making hardware like hinges or pulleys, or even something as mundane as nails. 

The box of nails we buy at the hardware store for a few dollars were once made one at a time–by hand. The methods Grampa Farrer used are essentially unchanged. 

I call them the Three Hs: Heating, Holding and Hitting. Since most people don’t know a blacksmith, I get a lot of questions about the trade.  

Even strangers walking past my shop (the half of my garage) stop at the sound of hammers on steel and sheepishly wait for me to see them since I’m wearing hearing protection. I usually stop and answer questions, especially if there are children in the group.

“Where’s the coal?” Many blacksmiths still use coal, and there are good reasons for it. You can get fast heats, and a skilled smith can manipulate the heat along a long piece of steel. 

The downside is that coal’s dirty, which is fine if you have a detached shop.  I use propane because it’s clean, relatively inexpensive, and the neighbors downwind don’t need respirators. “Where do you get steel?”

anvil and hammer


From a steelyard. We have lumberyards for lumber, and steelyards for steel.  While lumberyards are fairly common in most places, steelyards are harder to find as they rarely cater to the public at large, mostly because no one in the public at large wants a 20’ piece of hot-rolled 5/8” diameter A36 steel rod. 

They’re usually found in industrial parks and such.  Mine is a family-owned fourth-generation business, and they’re wonderfully kind to a guy who spends little money there compared to the trucker loading a flatbed with tons of steel tubing.

“How hot does it get?” Very hot.  1400 degrees, big F.  I can make it hotter or colder, but I usually keep it right around there. 

Welding heat and tool steel can require more heat. Then there’s the statement:  “I bet it feels really good to pound out all your frustrations…”

No, indeed. Hitting hard is part of the equation, but hitting accurately is more important.  If a blacksmith is frustrated, he oughta go punch a bag until he gets over it, then go work at the anvil. 

More on that later. Below I discuss the very basics of getting started in blacksmithing. You probably won’t be able to start blacksmithing right after reading this, but hopefully it will pique your interest enough to look more into this manly skill and trade.

First, we’ll take a look at the basic tools you need to get started with blacksmithing. We’ll end by showing you the three fundamental ways of hitting hot metal in order to shape it. READ MORE


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Originally posted 2014-04-26 17:53:13.

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