Beads and Buttons by Erika Knight

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Forceful hammering thickens the "locked-up" steel, driving it into whatever space within the cone is still not filled. It calls for keen, instant judgment as to how you must redirect the hammer, blow by blow, to avoid too much sideways bending of the rod end. Illustration 5 shows the end result of the symmetrically upset rodhead. It is now ready for heading with the heading plate (see illustration 6). Caution: Read carefully how to prevent eccentric wandering of the head during this operation as described in Chapter 4, page 29.

Fireplace poket"s from 12. A Fireplace Poker The stock used for this lightweight poker comes from a leafspring of a car. Such a poker can be used easily by those who find many fireplace tools too heavy and unwieldy. Made from this tough steel, it is strong enough to move and pry heavy logs in the fire. The tempered and knife-edged lip is useful for scaling charred wood off burning logs. Start by making the hole for hanging the poker. With a section of leafspring cut by a welder and held with the hold-fast tool, drive a tapered hot punch through the hot end of the steel, enlarging the hole as much as the taper allows.

Next, assemble top and bottom hinges, place door in its allotted space, and scribe off on it the exact hinge-bolt locations for the fastening of the door hinges. I have installed several such hinge arrangements, fitting irregular wood-slab doors to slab posts and walls, and have found them to be about as easy to place as conventional door hinges. If it becomes necessary to remove such a hung door, it is easily accomplished by lifting it in an upward movement out of the bolt head sockets when the door is in open position.

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