Alec Steele
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My name is Alec Steele and I am a 20 year old blacksmith from Norfolk in the United Kingdom, now living in Montana in the USA! I upload a vlog from my day at the workshop almost every single day. Lots of sparks, lots of making, lots of fantastic-ness. Great to have you here following along!
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Alec Steele Blacksmith 2018


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Jan 7, 2019

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Loyal 1872
Loyal 1872 2 months ago
These 2 young men have restored my faith in the youth of today.
Aric Eff
Aric Eff 3 months ago
The hook on the end of the tape measure, the amount it moves is the same as the thickness of the hook
Sean Gere
Sean Gere 4 months ago
Alec did you also know that the red numbers on the tape measure is the center of studs in the wall?
Jes Colman
Jes Colman 4 months ago
I've honestly gone my whole life thinking the same thing about the measuring tape.
Kevin Gracey
Kevin Gracey 4 months ago
Man just back the truck into your shop you have tons of room lmao
Edson Bojorquez
Edson Bojorquez 4 months ago
Yea I knew that haha
Anyhow Films - by Boyet
damn! if only I could work in your workshop. I feel like I could learn alot from you guys.
Gabriel Davidson
Gabriel Davidson 5 months ago
Hey guys...Use Liquid Teflon...It's fantastic for lubrication, rust removal and as a rust inhibitor...I use it on guns and knives...It'll work great on all those machines, especially in Montana...Btw, use powdered graphite for moving parts esp in the winter...
Tyger Potter
Tyger Potter 5 months ago
HOLY @#$*!!! That dust-filled drillpress was my grandfather's!! He used it for woodworking starting back in the 70s!! Papa, your drillpress will work on! (just in a different medium).
Thom 5 months ago
I do not believe you ever explained the exact reason you moved to the U.S.
Josh H
Josh H 5 months ago
the second you said measuring tape i knew you were gonna say that lol, didnt learn that until i was 16
Becon O'Light
Becon O'Light 5 months ago
Ohhh...I know I'm a bit behind on the videos but it looks like you could have just ground the heads of the bolts on the inside of your Argon holder a little to make up that space. Pretty sure your measurements were correct...just didn't account for those pesky bold heads. =o)~
CR3W1SH03S 5 months ago
Delta is good stuff. Especially of it's older. It'll just need some TLC and it'll last a lifetime.
Brian Coolman
Brian Coolman 5 months ago
After fabricating a whole smoker out of sheet metal and mitered angle iron I would of loved to of had the fireball tool squares because it was so much of a hassle to get anything even remotely square.
Bryan Elliott
Bryan Elliott 5 months ago
From the close-up of that seat, for the argon bottle, it looks like you have enough clearance to fix the problem by clipping off and moving the pivot, no?
Carl Burton
Carl Burton 5 months ago
Bring back sam! this new guy just doesn't cut it.
Noah L
Noah L 5 months ago
We have one of those exact drill presses in the shop I work at but I’m not a fan of it
Joe Mamma
Joe Mamma 5 months ago
Glad you're finally stateside! Glad to have you! Welcome!
SuperDave 5 months ago
Alec, why dont you grind the bolt a lil bit?
CGagnon5 5 months ago
hahahhah. they seriously didn't know the tape measure feature? that really is bad.
Connery Padilla
Connery Padilla 5 months ago
Flat head screws will work.
aped3 5 months ago
Keeping the Old Trade alive !!!
foxrace0985 5 months ago
Lol, I knew that about tape measures...but someone told me, I didn't know for the longest time..
xios42 5 months ago
Did you make a video of the concrete pour?
Geffrei Maudeleyne
Geffrei Maudeleyne 5 months ago
Excellent job guys.
I happen to know for a fact that Will didn’t really get shocked other than it being an obvious good joke. I’ve gotten electrocuted by 110V and you can’t really immediately free yourself, you kind of freeze up for a good five seconds just shaking lol. I did it on a part which I didn’t think had any current going through it, and I swear I sat there with my arm shaking for a good ten seconds before I realized it was electricity doing it.
zonky85 5 months ago
Guys, Just flip that tank plate over. It'll still pivot to let you roll the tank on, just at a slightly higher slope!
Alpha Machina
Alpha Machina 5 months ago
Those Fireball jigs really do take you a step in the right direction from fabricobbling to actual, honest-to-goodness fabricating.
GloomShroom 5 months ago
Heard the crinkling of the wiring and cringed so hard...
Mr. Sinister
Mr. Sinister 5 months ago
I'll be that guy. I love this series of videos alot more than the last sword you made. It was fun until the inlay videos became tedious.
Electric paisy
Electric paisy 5 months ago
I didn't new the tape measure thing! 😲
ThomCat316 5 months ago
"Big" drill presses? I've got three of those Delta in the step-pulley version, two floor and one bench. All of them had the same wiring issue yours did, it's simply age... The big drill press has to be moved with a forklift - Clausing 22V 20" with Reeves variable speed control (think it's the same as your VS (make sure to run the speeds every time you use it) and mechanical power downfeed. PS - stick with aluminium; you're British, the American pronunciation sounds odd...
TEIS3210 5 months ago
Lol@ the measyring tape thing hahaha how did u work with steel for so long and not know this
ghost 5 months ago
I really admire your work, I know myself that I would never be able to do anything you do in your videos, I respect your effort and the amount of work you took to get here. ALL WHILE ENTERTAINING EVERY VIEWER!!! You are a model person and I thank you very much
Derrick Rijksen
Derrick Rijksen 5 months ago
he alec, wy don't you geys buy a forklift of your own, they arent exspansif ( atleest not here in holland) and......sorry for my bad englis
Dom Crooke
Dom Crooke 5 months ago
Please please please pronounce aluminium how the proper way. The British way, the way you was taught 😉
MKS Custom Creations
On the roll on cart just weld those carriage bolts in and grind the heads off so you have the clearance for the bottle.
Neko Rivera
Neko Rivera 5 months ago
Spotweld the bolt and grind down the bolt heads and the tank will enter without having to carry it.
tin 5 months ago
Don't say aluminum Alec, you're better than that.
I am squidward
I am squidward 5 months ago
his hair it does not feel right when its down
Jordan D
Jordan D 5 months ago
You could have just got a ZTFab cart.
Terry Kotschwar
Terry Kotschwar 5 months ago
You have a Master Forge Guru from the UK and a Master Knife Guru from the US...can you make a hybrid Commando knife which is both US/UK related? Former Sgt. from the 4th Infantry Division (M). I think you have the tools...now make them work!
Tsunauticus THE CLOWN III
You 16 or 43? Can’t tell
Nathaniel Lavery
Nathaniel Lavery 5 months ago
Omg the bus doesn't go where you live does it alex
skyler lehmkuhl
skyler lehmkuhl 5 months ago
The music at 6:44 reminds me of the Futurama theme.
67fishbig 5 months ago
I don't believe you didn't know that.....lmao
Charlotte 5 months ago
Nice new haircut
Blake McBride
Blake McBride 5 months ago
I have one very, very similar to the second (larger) one you have; it was a 1947 piece (Delta/Rockwell). I did a full restoration on it and it's a BEAST. Love it.
Gary Koite
Gary Koite 5 months ago
You can remake that bottom plate for the tank and have the angle that attaches to the frame on the outside instead of the inside. That might give you enough room to roll the tank in.
Chicago Dan
Chicago Dan 5 months ago
Al you mini um
datguy 999
datguy 999 5 months ago
Aidan F
Aidan F 5 months ago
Feel like a coming out the closet moment is coming.
Loïc Rebts
Loïc Rebts 5 months ago
I only recently learned about that thing with tape measures, too... at 28. I understand the embarrassment ^^
Adam Král
Adam Král 5 months ago
God damnit stay Brittish :D ALUMINIUM!
Jamie M
Jamie M 5 months ago
I was going to mention the shim at the end of the measuring tape, but figured you knew already. So, since you didn't know, I'll also mention that letting it snap back can loosen the shim by causing the rivets to tear into the tape, throwing your measurements off even more in the future. Next time I notice something I'll mention it right away. My bad, Alec!
Copenhagen King
Copenhagen King 5 months ago
That definately came out of a woodshop 😂
abby ehrenstein
abby ehrenstein 5 months ago
Your drill presses look like the only ones we have in our shop except ours have tons of drill bit craters. I still love them and they are always satisfying to to drill with. Just found your channel from the title of this video and am loving it.
Timber land
Timber land 5 months ago
Fireball tools was not very original.. they allready existed in the 70's in germany
Don. Viveros
Don. Viveros 5 months ago
Song on 4:40?!?! Any one!!?!
Benjamin Mellor
Benjamin Mellor 5 months ago
Good job on Trending.
Dan Johnson
Dan Johnson 5 months ago
Need an Alec perfect blade soon sir, jonesing for some sharpe metal perfection..........
Geno Lucero
Geno Lucero 5 months ago
Will is awesome always doing the grunt work, everyone needs a Will.
T wagner
T wagner 5 months ago
Montana may be beautiful but not really known as an industrial area with a lot of machining equipment like there is around Detroit. I live about 100 miles away in Ohio and there is still a lot of auto manufacturing here.
Tanner Mack
Tanner Mack 5 months ago
It's aluminium, not aluminum.
JolleyGreenGiant 5 months ago
can you combine 3 types of metal?
Rogue Reaper
Rogue Reaper 5 months ago
Hey Alec, do you ever forge off camera? And how did you get into it
Dill Wiggle
Dill Wiggle 5 months ago
Hey you both got buzz cuts !
Claus Madsen
Claus Madsen 5 months ago
Jeez. You didn’t know that about tape measures?? I’m lost for words. With the skills you have I would never have thought you hadn’t realized this 10 years ago
DENIS REEVES 5 months ago
Starting to get fed up to yanky
James Woodrum
James Woodrum 5 months ago
Have you looked at ribbon burner forges? Was thinking about building one. What are your thoughts?
Connor Bell
Connor Bell 5 months ago
Spokane represent!!!!!! Fireball tools for the win!
Donovan Chaas
Donovan Chaas 5 months ago
I remember when I bought my old delta dp220. I carried that heavy SOB 50 or so yards through my yard to my shop. I was only 14 at the time, it was brutal.
Andrea Berton
Andrea Berton 5 months ago
Why don't you make a supersteel sword ? (Sorry if my English isn't perfect but i'm from Italy)
Elias Stenbråten
Elias Stenbråten 5 months ago
Could you get a shop in Norway please?
Volvirth 5 months ago
Alec... How many measuring tapes did you ruin by hammering rivets shut? :'D
Skymon Gaming
Skymon Gaming 5 months ago
God I wish I had sceneries like that in Bradford 😒
nadnerb978 5 months ago
You guys didn't know how the hook on a tape works! Dude...dude...dude. Now you need to make a jig that allows you to test your push/pull measurement per tape. Every woodshop has one (usually tests at the 12" mark, at the primary edge not the leading one). Gotta standardize your metrology! LOL! keep up the good work! Rock on!
Kinu Grove
Kinu Grove 5 months ago
Cool to see this video was at one point all the way up to #27 on Trending.
Evan Hollandsworth
Evan Hollandsworth 5 months ago
please do the big enough meme (cowboy screaming in the sky) for the intro one day
Kurt Lee
Kurt Lee 5 months ago
electrician here been in the building trade about 15 years and i definitely of course absolutely did know about that with the tapes
Mark O'Connell
Mark O'Connell 5 months ago
Just pronounce aluminum the way you normally would. Your accent is fun to hear.. also say zed instead of zero. Say atall instead of at all.
Mark O'Connell
Mark O'Connell 5 months ago
Have him replace all the wires
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Mark O'Connell
Mark O'Connell 5 months ago
It’s been 2 days, I need a new video from you on what things you did since the last video..
mehmetali ateş
mehmetali ateş 5 months ago
Can u forge a Obsidian?
DARKKSLAYER 5 months ago
Try making a gun
Rainbow Nation
Rainbow Nation 5 months ago
Do you plan on doing any forging in 2019?
Person On The Moon
Person On The Moon 5 months ago
Good progress on your shop man. Keep cracking on! I was wondering if you were ever going to start selling those forge burners from Australia again?
Magne Polden
Magne Polden 5 months ago
Hi. congrats on two good machines. It seems as you are doing well. But at 2 min 35 one can see at the left in the image, an extension cord on a selfwinding drum. Be careful, using such equiepment, as the cable get hot on the drum when electric loaded, and can possibly melt the cable, or worse, catch fire.
BENJAMIN DE JONGE 5 months ago
Seen Devils Tower yet, a must see
Michael-James Breslin
You need to put some real blue wheels and casters on that cart
Toby Hughes
Toby Hughes 5 months ago
I miss the old Alec. Hurry up and start smashing out sweet knives!
Corey Chapman
Corey Chapman 5 months ago
i would love to know how you got into black smithing in the uk, i live down in dorset and this would be something id love to take up as a career. :)
AnonAdept 5 months ago
When you get sick of winter come on over to Oregon, think you'd be a good fit.
Slavik Cher
Slavik Cher 5 months ago
I want to see a Damascus steel axe or hatchet. Would be amazing and very useful tool
Will Marcum
Will Marcum 5 months ago
hey Alec I was rewatching your chef's knife build from last year, and I noticed you have one of the Grimsmo pens! How do you like the canadian cnc engineering?
Alex 5 months ago
Nice to know he can say Spokane right
John Souza
John Souza 5 months ago
So tape measures, I knew that. Also, because of the flexibility of that tip it's important to not let the tape retract all the way in. Stop it just before the tip hits home so as to keep that tip from breaking off.
нαкυ Valadéz
нαкυ Valadéz 5 months ago
Yesss my fav USvidr finally uploaded 🌹🔥🔥🔥
Earthenfist 5 months ago
Next videos
Operation: Tap Wrench