"– Making a bracket with hooks"

Making a bracket with hooks by Kurt Marley

Fuller back about an inch down to half the width of the bar

Move to horn and start to round. Using the horn helps keep the fullered down neck from losing it's shape.

After rounding, start drawing out the material behind the fullered neck.

Place the rounded end over the edge of the far side of the anvil so as to keep it's shape while drawing out.

While drwing down the neck the bar will thicken so occasionally hammer the bar back to it's original thickness.

Rounded and drawn out, turn the bar around and repeat the steps on the other end.

With the ends of the bar completed to your liking, put a gentle curve along the length.

After the curve is put in, straighten the round ends so they may set flat on the wall when mounted.

Check for flatness

Center punch where holes will be drilled in the round ends.

Use dividers to mark the holes for the hooks equally from each end.

Center punch these over the horn so as not to flaten the gentle curve.

Drill with 3/16'" drill bit.

Deburr holes on both sides using a hand drill going at a slow rpm and a larger drill bit.

Stamp your mark. "K M" stands for Kurt Marley

Start the fire back up and get a piece of 1/4" round to make the hooks from.

Draw out end to a piont.

Curl the point around the smallest part of the horn

Cool the tip, rotate 180 degrees, and curve the bar around a larger part of the horn.

Repeat the steps on the other end.

Cut the hooks from the bar, round the end with light angled hammer blows and place it on the anvil about a 1/2" from the edge. Use a chalk mark to get the same distance on your second hook. Also, place the hook pointing down.

With "half on half off" hammer blows, flaten the end of the bar.

"Good, now make another one just like it"

Easily done.

Center punch and drill the flattened ends of each hook.

Rivet hooks onto the main bracket bar. Note, here we use store bought rivets with the factory head place on the side that will not be seen.

Hammer the rivet giving it a faceted patern common to colonial pieces.

Use the vise to help straighten as needed.

"Looks good"

Fire up the forge again but this time with green (fresh) coal so to make a smoky flame. Heat and smoke the bracket.

Heat all over, not to a red heat but just to a heat that will melt wax.

Brush with secret mixture of wax, linseed oil, and other stuff.

Wipe off excess with rag while still warm and let cool. Smile at handy work.

You can see more items Kurt has made under his name “Kurt Markey” in the BOLTS MEMBERSĀ listings and theĀ “Small campfire cooker” under SHOW AND TELL.



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