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Jim Coke

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  1. Greetings Jifft, If you can afford it look for one with variable speed adjustment. Just this ol boys 2c Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  2. Greetings Henry, I have had a OWA number 6 for years and have never regretted my purchase. Check out all the specs. Travel etc. Hammer die punching takes a lot of pressure and control. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  3. TP She in on the list today.
  4. Greetings Adair, Your LJ does not have the control to form things on your proposed dies. Dishing requires depth control. I do dishing on a fly press . Just this ol boys 2c . Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  5. Jim Coke

    6" Post Vise

    Yep me too. Easy to do takes about 10 minutes.
  6. On the list and anvil rung.
  7. Jim Coke

    Buying Tongs

    Greetings Orolin, Not a problem . Just use vice grips to hold your stock. A water soaked rag will cool the metal you don’t want to hang onto . Your first tongs should be of the box jaw design . The most universal ones. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  8. Jim Coke

    The New Vise

    Greetings mpc, Forget the casters and cut a larger plywood base so you can stand on it and work. Easy to move with a couple chunks of pipe under the ply. Just screw the metal base to the plywood. I have made many. Pictured one of my portable set ups. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  9. Greetings Golfishunt, Need another lesson do ya. I plan on returning to the north forge soon. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  10. T.P. Great suggestion on the rake. If you look closely to the picture of mine it’s on the table next to the brown tool box . Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  11. Greetings Stash, Gotch a fine tool there. I have had mine for years and have developed tons of tooling . I put some non combustible stuff under it on roller carts. As pictured I loaded it up because I was doing a demo on twisting . I also have made roll around equipment that pins down to the table to conserve floor space. Hossfield , Whitne angle notcher , etc. works great . Ya sure don’t move it easily. I also use steel flat belt pulleys from my line shaft shop to form large diameter stuff. Have fun with your new table. Forge on and make beautiful things. Jim
  12. Greetings Selph, Are you a member of the blacksmith group in Michigan? If not it would be best if you look into it. October of last year I gave a demo on easy to make tools for the beginner smiths and how to use them . Lots of great folks in Michigan that will assist you. The table pictured is just some of what I demonstrated at my forge. IMHO if you want a very very useful tool and want to support a small business a guillotine tool is very useful. My personal preference is one available on EB by Yesterday Forge. Don’t rush into purchasing large equipment until you have consulted
  13. At that price ya didn’t get screwed. Had to say it. Keep the faith good things do happen Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  14. Jim Coke

    Flattening EMT

    Greetings Salin, John said it all. Take heed. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  15. Congrats Das. What a beautiful family . Got 3 daughters myself except mine are a tad older . Eldest is 55. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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