Jim Coke

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  1. Jim Coke

    It followed me home

    Greetings Zeke, I have several , Two different .. Just make up one of my style anvil hold downs it will hold sheet ,round bar long stock etc. Notice the off set for longer stock. Now ya got some projects. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  2. Jim Coke

    It followed me home

    Greetings Zeke, The sheet metal vice grips can be made into a very useful tool. I’ve made several for my students . Simply weld them to an angle iron about a foot long as pictured. What it does is converts your holding stock in the vice vertically to horizontal. ATTENTION BLADE SMITHS. They work super for working on a blade horizontally. I use the them all the time to cut flat stock with the portaban. Nice haul for not much bucks. HAVE FUN Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  3. Jim Coke

    Mankel anvil

    Tim is not the Vice President any more and Kathleen is no longer secretary. Go to the MABA WEB SIGHT FOR CORRECT INFO. And they have not made anvils in years. Jim
  4. Jim Coke

    First hook.

    Greetings Pr3ssure, An ol blacksmiths trick, Start with a longer piece of stock . (About 18in) Measure and mark the stock at the bends and twist area. Complete one end than all you have to finish is the hook end . Cut the stock to the desired length at your mark than hold with vise grips to finish. I hope this helps you along the way. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  5. Just keep it under the angles .Shazammm
  6. Jim Coke

    What did you do in the shop today?

    Greetings Pr3ssure, Lookin good for your first piece. Try working a little hotter not so hot on thin stock. Take your time . What I tell my students. ( PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE YOUR SUCCESS IS DIRECTLY PROPORTIONATE TO YOUR SCRAP PILE ) Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  7. Greetings Voodoo, The wheels will stick out and would be a trip hazard. The pallet jack would be easier to move and position the hammer. You could also use a simple floor jack on the angle iron than a block shim so the pallet jack would slide under the hammer. Or if you could find a pallet jack wide enough it could slide under the angle iron. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  8. Greetings Voodoo, A simple solution is to move your hammer with a pallet jack . An angle iron on each end with screw jacks will lower it to the ground and pick it back up for the pallet jack to slide under. Large caster wheels only have a small surface area to set on. Just this ol boys solution .. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  9. Greetings Wicon, That is a well thought out set up . I’m sure people enjoy watching it all unfold. You have room enough on the roof rack for a portable power hammer. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  10. Greetings Bryanl, I have had success in the past welding a ring to the wedge on the exit side than using an auto axle slam puller backed up by a friend on the other side with an air chisel. The vibration and shock does the trick. For sure lots of good lube.. Good luck it will happen. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  11. Jim Coke

    What can I make for Halloween 2018 ?

    Greetings Kevin, The wings are separate repousse and chase with a coined rivet in the rear .The bug is a chunk of copper with colorful windings.. Was fun to make. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  12. Jim Coke

    What can I make for Halloween 2018 ?

    Greetings All, How about a scary wall mounted bottle opener.. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  13. Greetings JLP, Always a challenge to build a better mouse trap... LOL ... Mini fly press? Some of my best tooling started out as one thing and ended up as a successful tool completely different than my original intention.. Keepa thinking. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  14. Jim Coke

    Grandpa's Champion 40 restore

    Greetings 21, My champion has served me well for many years . Notice the custom handle made for me for my birthday by the famous Black Frog,, Forge on and make beautiful things Jim
  15. Jim Coke

    Welding on an S7 Face Plate

    Greetings Baja, Let’s get down to reality, You can spend the same time making some very saleable things and make enough money to purchase a good anvil . Why waist good material on something that most already know is going to fail.. Sorry that I’m so blunt but this is this old boys 2c. Who has been smithin fo 40 yeats.. Forge on and make beautiful things Jim