Jim Coke

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  1. Jim Coke

    Bolts for forging

    Greetings Aus, Old broken tongs make great after dinner roll holders. I made one and ended up making 2 more for friends that visited my bathroom. Fun and easy to make. Forge on and make beautiful things . Jjim
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    Hand crank drill presses

    Greetings Welding Rod, It looks like an Acme that was sold through the Sears stores . It is a 2 speed . If you move the crank hub to the other gear you can go to slow speed : I have several and use them all the time. They are great for kids to learn and of course they are cordless. It looks like you have an adjustable table. Can’t tell by the Picts. Have fun Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    Anvil rung with one of his wonderful hammers
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    Fly press screw stopper

    Greetings Mihai, Another solution is to cut thick wall pipe for depth control in place of the collar lock . Split the pipe in half than a simple hose clamp will hold it together. Doing it this way the kiss block will not get in the way I the work. Forge on and make beautiful things jim
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    Anvil Harem

    Years of dedication , research and a bunch of cash so others can learn and appreciate the Fisher anvil brand. It’s no wonder magnetic north is changing. Probably pointing towards NJ
  6. Greetings Ted; I moved mine 200 miles. I rented a lowering hydraulic trailer that worked quite well . The trailer drops down to about 8 in. They move around the shop with a hydraulic floor jack pretty easy. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    Half Penny scroll...

    Yes I did taper all the way. I also formed a v grove pocket for the penny. Indeed a challenge.
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    Half Penny scroll...

    Greetings JLP, I too had not made a half penny scroll in years . A friend of mine just finished a very large railing project that included well over 200 scrolls. Our blacksmith group had a meeting at his shop to celebrate the competition of the job.i got the bright idea to make him a trophy to crown him king of the half penny scroll . I made it with a true penny insert and of coarse I had to do something different. Notice the diagonal stock and the transition to round . It was fun to make . Try one on the diagonal it’s a challenge. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    Cleaning Stainless Steel

    Greetings Steven, All the chemistry is correct. When you wire brush don’t use a steel brush only a stainless brush . Steel will transfer into the metal and will later rust and leave black marks. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    What did you do in the shop today?

    Greetings JHCC. A new rivet would look better. While your at it re-forge your reigns to round than to oval. I make all my tongs with oval reigns . So much easier on the hands. Just this ol boys suggestion. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    Unknown Soderfors cutter?

    Looks like a blade from a commercial paper cutter.
  12. Greetings Pr3ssure, Keep it simple ... Start with some 1/2 in square stock . Fold over approximately 1 in not tight .AKA fagot weld .. Heat to bright red.. hard wire brush .. Flux.. . Heat to bright white... flip off the flux .. than to the anvil quickly for only one smack.. return to the forge and a white heat to finish.. As you progress you will be able to complete the weld on the first heat.. Other welds will come with practice. FORGE ON AND MAKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS Jim
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    Stainless steel hood?

    Greetings Wyatt, Now your cookin. It would be best if you put a piece of cement board behind your forge so to cover the wood shelf . A chunk of hot coal on the shelf could be a big problem. Glad you are making progress and havin fun to boot. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    Power hammer advice

    Greetings Tnbshr. I hate it when someone answers a question with a question but here it comes. Have you ever had experience working a power hammer? How are you making your billets now? Is your interest in only making knives and swords? Have you ever tried a hydraulic press ? As pictured the hammer does not have a power source Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
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    Stainless steel hood?

    Greetings Wyatt, I would rethink your hood design. Some of your pictures the fire pot is positioned too close to your hood. Do some research on the correct size of the draft entrance. For sure get the 10 inch stack . Lots of info here on IFI . Just this ol boys suggestions. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim