Okay, here is where you come in, because I have only hit THE TIP of the iceberg here, so add anything you can think of and I will add it to the top post ... any kind of tip or trick you know and can share please do !
Note -- since this is an aggregation of multiple people's posts, do NOT assume that any comments or opinions are those of Lord Proxximo, nor of JT, nor of the Armour Archive. They aren't... or at least, they may not be.
So here goes ....
- http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47570
- http://justus.pair.com/ShopPhotos/Tour.html (Still Drooling)
- Ten recommendations on shop setup [Not claiming these are original]:
- Good lighting. A couple of double-tube 8' fluorescents per car-sized space, or maybe 3 of the 4' sets.
- Very sturdy workbench. A steel one would be best, but heavily-built in wood will do. Assuming you don't need to park a car in in your work area when not armoring, put your bench in the middle of the space, so you can work on all sides of it. You'll also need a couple of "stumps", by which I mean a couple of large pieces of wood, 50 lbs. or more. Typically, you get these as a chunk of tree, but you can assemble them from lumber if you have to. One for your anvil base, and one for a tool holder.
- Mig Welder and/or Oxy/Acetylene set. If you can only afford one of the two, pick the O/A. Get welding, cutting, and heating tips for it, and a gas-saver shutoff. If you don't already know how to weld, take a class at your local community college or adult ed. [voc/tech high schools often have evening classes for adults].
- A good heavy-duty vise. 4" minimum clamp width, rotating base-plate. Mount it on an easily accessible corner of your bench.
- Angle and bench grinders. I have two 4.5" angle grinders, which cuts down on switching discs. An 8" bench grinder would be best, but a 6" will serve. You'll want a variety of discs for both, including buffing wheels for the bench grinder. I like DeWalt power tools for a good mix of quality and price.
- A throatless shear. Beverly B-2 is the best option, but Harbor Freight sells a knockoff of the B1 model which is kind of okay.
- A good drill and punch. Get a genuine Whitney #5 Junior [Enco carries it a a decent price], and a VSR drill with a keyless chuck. 135 degree split-point bits in at least a few sizes. The harbor freight knockoff punch is a waste of money, and so are "high speed steel" drill bits.
- At least one fire extinguisher. Safety glasses and/or face shields. Sturdy leather-palm work gloves.
- An anvil. It doesn't have to be a real anvil, but it does need to be at least 50 lbs. of steel with a flat top and at least one straight, moderately sharp edge. Don't buy a cast-iron thing, even if it is shaped like an anvil. Cast steel is good, but cast iron crumbles when you beat on it.
- Other tools and supplies you'll need or want include files, ball-peen, sinking and planishing hammers, clecos [or small screws and nuts for test assemblies], rivets [3/16" x 3/8" steel round head solid and #8 copper flat head 1/2"], at least], burrs [washers] for the rivets, and probably some more things I am not thinking of.
SHOP SAFETY TIPS
- Wear safety glasses.
- Wear safety glasses.
- Wear safety glasses. (Are you getting the hint yet?)
- Do not burn off galvanization (zinc) without incredibly more-than-adequate ventilation. It produces fumes that can cause serious respiratory damage or worse. Kids, don't breathe zinc fumes. You can die from it. We're serious. Really.
- A 4" angle grinder with it's guard still in place will wrap a t-shirt around the spindle 3 to 3-1/2 times before the motor stalls. Tuck your shirt in.
- If you are grinding and start to smell your laundry detergent quite strongly, your clothes have reached the kindling point. Watch your sparks.
- Tiny pieces of hot metal in your eye suck in ways you never want to understand. Wear your safety glasses. (We mean this.)
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
- Hals' "Deluxe Newbie Armouring Kit": http://members.armourarchive.org/halberds/DeluxeH.jpg
- Making your own tools
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47351
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=46184 (Fantasy Shops, but hey it helps to know what you have to look forward to)
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47854
http://www.elektricanvil.net/techniques ... /index.htm (build a small coal/charcoal forge)
http://www.rjleahy.com Good US Source
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... highlight=
- Riveted Mail Supplies
http://www.theringlord.com - sells a punching tool for wedge-riveted mail, wedge-rivet setting pliers that I cannot vouch for, wire and coils.
http://www.forth-armoury.com - sells riveting tongs and loose rings with rivets. May or may not be out of stock as of this writing.
http://home.tiscali.be/klauwaer/malien/engels.html - sells a full kit (minus the propane torch) for riveted mail. Word of warning, don't try to burn off galvanization, it produces fumes that can cause serious respiratory damage or worse. Kids, don't breathe zinc fumes.
http://www.mcmaster.com - McMaster Carr sells wire in about any thickness you could imagine, drill rod for coiling in about any thickness you could imagine, and a ton of cool stuff... no specialized riveted mail tools
- Techniques of Medieval Armor Reproduction by Brian Price (TOMAR)
- Arms and Armor of the Medieval Knight by Edge/Paddock
- online PDF Basic Armouring - A practical Introduction to Armour Making -- http://www.brighthelm.org/armour/
Hardening and Forming Leather
http://www.houseofthewolf.com/ - Click Gallery, go to bottom of the page to the shovel greave tutorial
- http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47176
- Pattern And HOW-TO Make Vinking Period Shoes: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~chrisand ... ction.html
- Fabric Sources
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=46781
- Patterns For Early Medieval Clothing: http://www.personal.utulsa.edu/~marc-carlson/
- Dark Age/Medieval Fabric Colors: http://www.42nd-dimension.com/NFPS/nfps_colours.html
- Viking/Anglo-Saxon Leg Bindings: http://www.geocities.com/baldurstrand/w ... ingas.html
http://users.bigpond.net.au/quarfwa/mik ... wraps1.htm
- Cut Chain Fast
http://mailleartisans.org/articles/arti ... i?key=6667
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=45971
- Caring for armor
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47675
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=46280
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47081
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47556
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=45926
- Vervelles for helmets
http://home.armourarchive.org/members/h ... genkit.jpg - Hals "Dress Spangen Kit"
- Fixing Ringing Helms (it comes up often)
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=63312
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=62429
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=55864
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=56102
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=47836
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=44309
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=43808
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=38340
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... hp?t=27815
PARTICULAR PIECES EXPLAINED
- Convex/Lenticular Round Shields:
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... ght=flange
- Viking Shields:
http://members.ozemail.com.au/~chrisand ... hield.html
- NORMANS/ANGLO-SAXONS AT THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS (BAYEUX TAPESTRY):
- ARMOUR IN BRASS RUBBINGS - approx 1150-1450
http://www.gothiceye.com/pictures.asp?c ... &offset=72
http://www.mbs-brasses.co.uk/pic_lib/pi ... ibrary.htm
- MID-LATE ELEVENTH CENTURY ARMS & ARMOUR
- LATE TWELFTH CENTURY ARMS & ARMOUR (Third Crusade)
http://www.clues.abdn.ac.uk:8080/bestia ... lio8r.html
http://www.clues.abdn.ac.uk:8080/bestia ... nacon.html
<a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://bacm.creditmutuel.fr/HORTUS_DELICIARUMbas.html">http://bacm.creditmutuel.fr/HORTUS_DELICIARUMbas.html (French->English google translation)</a>
- EARLY THIRTEENTH CENTURY ARMS & ARMOUR
- MID-THIRTEENTH CENTURY ARMS & ARMOUR
http://www.medievaltymes.com/courtyard/ ... _bible.htm
- FOURTEENTH CENTURY ARMS & ARMOUR
<a href="http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/britishlibrary/controller/datasearch?data.STRIP_MARK.set.exact=Royal+20+C.VII&+.x=0&+.y=0">http://www.imagesonline.bl.uk/britishlibrary/controller/datasearch... (long URL)</a>
http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=b ... =msbodl264
http://www.stoccata.org/stoccata.nsf/Pa ... v:Articles
http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/z ... /1351-400/
- FRANKISH c. 800 (CAROLINGIAN)
http://forums.armourarchive.org/phpBB2/ ... t=frankish
- HELMETS of the MIGRATION PERIOD - GERMANIC (GOTHS, VANDALS, FRANKS etc) 5th & 6th CENTURIES AD.
http://www.dhm.de/ENGLISH/sammlungen/mi ... zh231.html
http://www.archaeologie-online.de/magaz ... -abb1.php3
http://www.landesmuseum-mainz.rlp.de/me ... ve/283.jpg
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ho/06/eus ... 2.50.1.htm
http://student.maxwell.syr.edu/anderson ... helmet.htm
http://www.dhm.de/sammlungen/gifs/samml ... /zh231.jpg
http://rubens.anu.edu.au/raider4/austri ... ium_500ad/
http://www.museionline.it/museimarche/p ... ecchio.htm
http://student.maxwell.syr.edu/anderson ... helmet.htm
http://www.landesmuseum-stuttgart.de/cg ... .php?nr=45
- VENDEL/VALSGA"RDE (7th Century Swedish) HELMETS and others
http://www.missouri.edu/~rls555/SCA/res ... /helms.htm
<a href="http://www.historiska.se/collections/fornbild/visa.asp?txtsakord=Hj%E4lm&txtkyrklig=N&btnSearch=%A0%A0S%F6k%A0%A0 ">http://www.historiska.se/collections/fornbild/visa.asp... (long URL)</a>
- ARMOUR OF THE BATTLE OF HASTINGS
http://www.angelfire.com/empire/egfroth ... sCoifs.htm
- http://thewarriorsgateway.com/ - Site for clothing, costume and accessories for Re-enactors, SCA, Role-players, Film, Stage & Television.
- http://therionarms.com/links.shtml - Great links site for everything and anything you need.
- http://www.ironmongerarmory.com/index.php?p=helms - Personally I liked the basket hits
- http://www.waldryk.com/ - He had good deals on stainless
- http://icefalcon.safeshopper.com/ - Great site for everything but a little pricey
- http://www.creationtime.com/dex1.html - Also all around good site but didn't have much in stock
- http://www.shop.store.yahoo.com/spiers-saddlery/ - This guy is great, good deals and EXTREMELY helpful to me I will most likely be getting several pieces from him
- http://www.armor.com/ - Arms & Armour
- http://www.arador.com - This site answered a couple of questions for me.
Hope this helps at least a little
(Edit by JT -- I'm gonna put a thumbtack in this, for at least a while. Depending on what it ends up looking like, I might make it into a FAQ-type post, or an essay, or maybe, I'll print it out, and fold it up into a little boat.)