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    Question: Buffalo nickel source

    If the coins are in the condition shown in the advert, it's fair, any lower condition, it's a rip off. For full date nickels my local coin dealer charges me 50 cents each. for coins worn down to where you can't read the date are 10 cents each.
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    Question: Buffalo nickel source

    Get to know your local coin dealer. Mine knows what I do with them and I get them at a discount. also, there is no reason you can't use whatever change you have in your pocket.
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    Air pressur and Engraving handpice

    Those handpieces are meant to be used with a control box, they will not work by connecting directly to air pressure. You will need a control box made by GRS or Enset. these machines take the compressor air and then provide pulses of air to the hand piece which allow the piston to cycle back...
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    My Most Recent Coin Carving

    Better than most of the skulls done lately, good job.
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    Getting hand control on power graver

    Did you contact the manufacturer of the machine you bought?
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    What is this.

    I bought a Graver Mate several years ago and that is the handpiece that came with it. I now use it for my experimental graver machine builds.
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    Homemade Engraving Machine

    My home lathe is an Atlas 618 6 inch model, but I have a Sharp tool room lathe at work that I can use if need be. My skill level is tenacious amateur, I have a fair pile of failures to show for my successes. My E-mail address is gtsport at aol dot com. Looking forward to giving this a try!
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    Homemade Engraving Machine

    I'm certain I couldn't design one of these, but I could probably build one... after a few failures of course.
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    Homemade Engraving Machine

    Very cool, far cooler than the ones I have come up with. I don't suppose you have drawings for this? Joe
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    Help: Is this die retouching?

    Have you contacted Fred Weinberg, James Wiles, or Ken Potter? Fred is a member of Coin Community forum and Ken has an error group on facebook. Also, if you can find Tom Rogers out there, he worked at the U.S. mint as an engraver and in a conversation with him a few year back, he mentioned...
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    Help: Is this die retouching?

    My semi educated guess would be the die had minor damage creating these lines and in the process of polishing out the damage the deeper ones were left behind. Since the out most parallel line is completely off of the Beaver, I don't think they were added to correct a problem with the fur. also...
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    Olympus SZ61TR

    It has a 10x eyepiece and the .67 - 4.5x objective lens. It also has a goosneck led light and a paxcam 3 camera. I think I may go for it.
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    Olympus SZ61TR

    Can anyone recommend or recommend not this scope? I have an opportunity to pick one up with a Paxcam 3 Camera for under a grand.
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    Question: Throwback to an old thread

    Vivaldi's four seasons, or the Dead Milkmen
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    Help, please: Coin carving question

    Start with a radiused heel flat graver. I push from the rim towards the bust gently to shave just a little at a time and use overlapping pushes to keep it smooth until all the lines are gone and you have small waves instead of gouges. then move on to stones.
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    hobo nickels

    I got my introduction to engraving with hobo nickels in 2001 when there weren't very many people making them. For the first few years, any decent carving would sell in the low $100's and a high grade original design could go well over $1,000. Since that time, hundreds of people have taken it...
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    Naive question

    You can hook a system 3 handpiece directly to a compressor, without the foot pedal, but it would run constantly, which is why it needs a foot pedal.
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    Newbie question

    an adaptor will work to connect your hose.
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    Looking for an affordable way to get started

    I don't think that vise will be stable enough for hammer and chisel engraving, you will eed something beefier
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    Engraving a chrome plated axe head

    Actually, they want the main award design on the axe head and smaller plaques on the handle for each annual recipient...also chrome. i think I will pass on this one and suggest they sandblast a design into the head for contrast. thanks for all the input! Joe

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