Jim Coke

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  1. Greetings Farmall, If cutting and cleaning the threads does not work well I would cut it flush and drill and tap for a new stud. Easy fix. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  2. Greetings, I wish Sheila well with her surgery. I will put her on my prayer list. ( love the shirt ) Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  3. Greetings 58ER, Last night I was talking to my friend Dave about his new press build and he told me he is selling his power hammer to a MABA member . As mentioned above by others your new hammer should be positioned a few free steps from your forge taking into consideration your anvil position to the forge. I have my shops set up so I can look out the big door when forging at the anvil and the power hammers .. Best advise is to start at the forge and do a trial run in your head to determine your hammer and anvil position. Good luck .. you will do well. Oh tell Dave ya know me from IFI.. I'm sure he will have lots of story's about me. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  4. Greetings Reynolds, I make mine from one piece of 1/2 inch stock with no interruptions or welds and only one rivet. Just 7 hours to make free hand. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim Just a style of penny scrolls.. Yes the ends are tapered long and thin than rolled up for the volume.. I learned that years ago from Peter Ross
  5. Greetings David, Either will work just fine . It won't get that hot to cause any danger. Slick project it will serve you well. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  6. Greetings Reynolds, I make mine from one piece of 1/2 inch stock with no interruptions or welds and only one rivet. Just 7 hours to make free hand. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  7. Greetings Nodebt, You could put it over the edge of a flat weld table clamp it down and heat just a small area with a rose bud a little at a time bending back to flat. Just a thought. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  8. Greetings Bad Creek, Life is short but good friends are remembered forever.. Sorry for your loss. Carry on and forge in his memory. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  9. Greetings Reynolds, Just a thought. Some jigs were designed to start the scroll than drive the flat stock into the inside of the jig form . It would take a full heat to do so. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  10. Greetings Reynolds, The best way I have found in the past when using scrolling jigs is to form the eye and than use two bending forks to ease it along the jig. I guess I am old school I form all my scrolls free hand. After about 3 or 4 hundred you don't have to use the jig. My friend finished a job last year with more than 2000 scrolls most free hand. I made him a trophy and crowned him king of the penny scrolls.. Keep on working you will get it. An afterthought... If you cool the end that locks into the scroll form it will hold better and not deform.. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  11. Greetings Michael, You might look at chemistry tools. I have seen similar tools for lifting beakers and test tubes. Just a thought. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  12. Greetings Arkham, It looks like you have built yourself a very slick set up that will serve you well. You might check into the blower orientation and lubrication of the gears. Some blowers have a level of oil indicators or proper lube. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  13. Greetings Michael, Yes arc or tig weld the grove. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  14. Greetings Eli, That's a slick set up. I would love to volunteer in a shop like that. I have a line shaft shop that I have been working on for years but nothing like that. A few pictures and notice the post drills ... Your a lucky man... Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  15. Greetings Eli, I have several post drills . I put one up in my shop years ago so young students could safely drill a hole in the hooks they just forged for the first time. The only problem is that after I show the new young blacksmiths how to set it up and properly use it I turn around and Guess where their fathers are.. yep drilling holes . I use them all the time for various operations. No need to reset pulleys or chuck speed just crank slower. Have fun. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim