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Old 07-07-2007, 05:31 PM
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Air Shaping Hammer "Cool tool"

Years ago when I was learning to use the English wheel, we used a sand bag, and round hammers to rough the shapes. After some research I decided to make my life a little easier and build a shaping hammer. Now days there is quite a selection available. Everything from portable units to the old fashioned Giants. If you use your wheel much I strongly suggest you invest in a air hammer of some sort. To me the looks of the thing isnt very important, but if it makes my life easier, its golden!
I was wondering how many of you guys use them now? When I built this one I was going to make it mechanical, not air. As a result the base is very stout. I used 1/2" plate for the C and the base. I filled it with sand to keep the vibration down. And boy is it heavy! I ended up using a new heavy duty Snap on inpact hammer. I control the pressure on the anvil by turning the foot screw. Simular to alot of English wheels. All this to say that its one of those tools that gets alot more use than you might think, and a must for shaping sheetmetal and aluminum.





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Any chance you could run a piece of 18 or 20 gauge mild steel throught it for a short bit to show us what it can do?

also, is the beam size way bigger than it needs? or does that stability add to the speed of the shaping?
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Any chance you could run a piece of 18 or 20 gauge mild steel throught it for a short bit to show us what it can do?

also, is the beam size way bigger than it needs? or does that stability add to the speed of the shaping?
I think even the smaller ones would do fine for most jobs. Ive had to make a few fenders from scratch and I think the size of the beam allows alot more pressure, freedom of movement with larger parts, and that equates to quicker bending. It has a real positive feel to it, there is no vibration from the tool. I will try to get you a sample tonight, supposed to meet some friends in a bit for dinner.

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OK, This is 18 ga. mild steel with 2.5 minutes of hammering with a 6" radius anvil. The center is raised just under 1/2". It took longer to Photobucket than to work the metal! LOL


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