Hi. For me (a very inexperienced smith) the terms "precision" and "forging"
have little to do with each other. I am getting ready to fabricate a rack
for my yard steel and I want to make it as cheaply as possible. In these
days of expensive steel that means scrap pipe, which I can usually get still.
I have made things from pipe, and I like to use the technique of flattening
the end and then punching a hole and bolting. If I want to flatten both
ends, though, then I want the flats to either be parallel to each other or
perhaps perpendicular to each other, but not some random orientation like
out 2º or 93º. Does anyone have any ideas how to do this? I plan to just
heat the end and hammer it flat by hand, no power hammering or press work
here (I don't have either at the moment).
18 years ago