Having your own homemade forge will enable you to transform steel and glass into practical and beautiful items. Create useful items for your home, campsite, off-grid homestead or gift-giving in a homemade forge. Decorative and useful items forged from steel commands a hefty price in the market place, so a DIY forge will also enable you to supplement your income or to start up your own business. It only takes three things to get started creating unique pieces from steel; a hammer, anvil and a forge. The hammer and anvil are easy to find, and with these 12 homemade forge plans, the forge will be easy to build.
Warning: Propane forge can be very dangerous if handled not carefully. Please do’t attempt these projects if you are not well aware how to use propane forge. I take no responsibility for any misshaping that is caused from the use of information in this publication.
Box and Burner
Simple, inexpensive and efficient. These forge plans show you how to build a box that can retain the heat from a burner so the metal can be heated enough to be hammered into the desired shape. Professional looking results and easy of moving would make this design a good choice for taking to craft fairs or similar venues for on-site metal forging or glass blowing.
Air Tank Forge
The shell of a diy forge can be created by recycling something you may have on hand, like this design that uses an old air tank for the shell.
* Cut the material being used for the shell to the desired length.
* Determine how many burners the DIY gas forge will have and how far apart they will be (if more than 1). Then create the appropriate sized holes.
* Attach burner nozzles, pipes and choke assembly.
* Plumb in the gas jets and hook up the gas valves and hoses using the step by step instructions given in these free plans.
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Homemade Propane Forge
Building a forge from an expired propane tank is easy with some ingenuity and these free plans.
* Remove the collar top and fill tank with water.
* Measure and cut appropriate sized hole on top (which will become the front side).
* Paint with heat resistant paint. Allow to dry and attach burner nozzle and all remaining hardware with the detailed instructions found in these building plans.
Fire Brick Homemade Forge
This is a small homemade forge that is highly efficient and perfect for the hobbyist. It only requires nine standard sized fire bricks to create the exterior, and a blow torch to produce the heat for forging metal, so this DIY build is great for beginners.
Recycled Propane Grill
Use these homemade forge plans to recycle that old propane grill that never gets used anymore into a useful blacksmith’s forge. Since the grill is already built to withstand heat, removing the wood and plastic items from the grill and doing a little tweaking to the design is all you’ll need to do. A charcoal grill can also be transformed into a usable gas forge.
Mini DIY Forge
Dreaming of making homemade jewelry and/or knives from metal? Then this is the DIY forge for you. Small but efficient, this mini forge only requires a few parts to build. Just a few fire bricks, a propane torch, aluminum angle, nuts, bolts and a few washers is all that’s needed to get you ready to hammer out some one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces or unique knives.
Propane Blacksmith Forge
These detailed plans will not only show you how to build a DIY gas forge, but also tell you the right questions to ask yourself prior to the DIY build. By asking yourself the right questions, you’ll be able to build the DIY forge that best suits your needs in terms of size, heat output and how to best use the forge.
If following a video of a DIY building project is the best way for you to create, then watch this one before undertaking a forge building endeavor. This YouTube video will walk you through the entire process of propane forge plans and answer all your questions.
Another instructional video that will walk you through the forge building process with ease. This DIY propane forge design gets extremely hot and is great for the more advanced black smith that has income potential on their mind. Forge glass items as well as metal in this homemade forge so you can create both practical and decorative items.
Coffee Can Forge
No rule says a forge has to be big, it just has to work, and this one does. Any large metal can, like coffee, soup or paint cans can be transformed into a workable, mini propane forge. The refractory lining used inside these mini forges allows the heat to build up inside these small spaces to high enough temperatures to soften metal. Use this plan to make a quick and inexpensive forge. You may consider building these propane forges and selling if you can score a steady supply of large metal cans from a local restaurant.
Here is a YouTube documentary of a DIY propane forge build. Detailed, informative and easy to follow, watch this YouTube video and build your own customized homemade forge.
Metal Bucket Forge
So simple and inexpensive to build, you won’t even need power tools to build this DIY gas forge. A metal bucket can be transformed into the forge body with some simple hand tools. Legs for the forge can be created from any metal you have on hand and a burner holder made from standard black pipe and conduit rings. A couple of layers of Durablanket and fire bricks will enable an ordinary metal bucket to heat up hot enough to be used to forge steel.