2021 Blacksmith Instructional #27 "Making Box Jaws From Flats" | Video instructions

2021 Blacksmith Instructional #27 "Making Box Jaws From Flats"

Arguably one of the more handy videos I’ve done this year, I take a pair of flat jaw tongs and show you how to make them into something useful.

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  1. love this idea. I acquired some crappy, illfitting tongs that curved just a bit too much to even be considered flat jaws from another smith when I bought my anvil as a freebie.

    Suspect they were a first attempt at self-made tongs and they didn't pan out – absolutely gonna convert them into a set of these like so. Thank you Trent!

  2. Good vid mate, yeah it was good you didn't have the size stock handy, because you showed us what can actually happen if you're not organised. And how to get around it. Boy, have I been there and kicking myself for not being ready and organised. Get's you thinking. Well done. Trenton. Len

  3. I actually figured this out on my own yesterday. I'm glad the hinkieness wasn't just me 🙂 I got sick of marking up my metal holding it with vise grips so I took the time to forge a crappy pair of flat jaw tongs I'd made, and never use because they suck, into box jaws. They work great now

  4. You know, you have the knowledge of what not to do because you fought through the process and learned from it. Having someone tell you what not to do will not stick with most people the same way as learning from your own mistakes, for most people. But forgetting that some "professional", as you put it, told you not to, and having that hard time remind you will stick with you better when you learn it again from your own experience in the future. So thank you for the "pre-lesson".
    Having said that, why could you have not put all four jaws from both tongs in the vise instead of wrestling with that dangling forth with three in the jaws in the vise? An added benifit would be having four opposing tapers should come closer to parallel outsides at the jaw surfaces, giving a better squeeze at the mating surfaces. Just a thought.
    Thanks again, Trenton, for sharing your thoughts and experience with us, and hopefully for listening to an idea that at least makes sence to this educated person with an electrical engineering degree, a science degree, and an education in mathematics degree not to mention years of practical experience in automotive body work and mechanics, residential construction, a full tour in tbe Army, and five years as an over the road trucker, studying online during my down time. I am always looking for somethi g else to learn and your channel is but one of many sources I use to learn from for smithing.
    BTW, I just recently cold forged a sheet of cold-rolled 1/16" steel into a replacement shaped pan to replace a rusted panel on the side of my vans frame where my steering gear mounts. That took some serious beating, but I am low on funds right now and recently ran out of oxy for my torch and have no solid fuel to build a fire to heat a large enough sheet to beat it out of, and my small homemade propane forge isn't big enough to take the sheet I had to heat.
    Any feed back on my four jaw vs three (in the vise) question would be appreciated.

  5. Funny thing – just last night I was stuck using my crappy flat-jaw tongs (and I do mean crappy – made of rebar, first tool I ever forged) and…they were actually doing a great job of holding the steel I was working. Not gonna lie, I was dumbstruck with surprise, but I went with it because I needed to get done! Now that I've mentioned it, though, the spell is broken and those tongs are gonna be next to useless now.


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