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Old 03-28-2009, 07:27 AM
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Well,aparently I was wrong about the little arm on that raises the small wheel.It is not a tensioner its a quick release.
My experience has been that it is BOTH. It does, in fact, put more pressure on the work piece if you rotate the lever during use. So I don't see the problem with your continuing to use the foot control you made. If the machine does what you want it to do with your modification...why not continue using it that way. And by releasing your foot pressure you "quick release" the work piece.

The only difficulty I see is maintaining a uniform pressure on the workpiece as you move it between the wheels. If your foot pressure is unsteady, perhaps you can create non-uniform stretching of the metal and create more problems than you are trying to eliminate. (I'm totally just thinking out loud here.)

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OK,dont laugh keep in mind I didnt know if it would work so I didnt spend much time fabricating it,It works and it helps put a compound curve in the piece when needed.I'm still very green with it but It's paid for itself on the first job,heres some pics
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Here's a little update on my HF E-Wheel review.

Thanks to the great tip/link from redsdad I've reinforced the frame and I think it has greatly improved the wheel. Here are a couple shots of the bracing (the unpainted portions are new). The vertical and horizontal pieces are 2x4x1/8" rectangular tubing and the top angle piece is 1x2 rectangular tubing. The vertical and horizontal pieces are bolted to the frameworks with 9" long 3/8" bolts.

The reinforcement has virtually eliminated the "spring" I was getting at the wheel when I would tighten the bottom anvil. The third picture is a cycle fender shape I just did. It was roughed to shape on my new "stump" (see my cboy-two journal here for more on making a stump Hot Rod Photo Journal - Cboy-Two's Journal ) and then run through my new HF $129 planishing hammer and then finished off on the English wheel. I'm starting a separate thread to do a planishing hammer review so more details there on that part of the equation.






Did you bolt down your HF planishing hammer or put sand into it? I'm wondering how affective the sand can be at keeping it a little more stable.
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I move around the planishing hammer but I bolt or clamp it down whenever I use it. No sand in the hollow of the frame, however.
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I have read your ebook 2 or 3 times. thanks for all the great info. Are you doing any more car projects after getting your new home honey- do's finished ?
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Thanks, and I hope the book helped a bit with your designs and fabrication efforts. I haven't been doing any new car projects. My current interest has taken me in the direction of electric vehicles. I've built two electric trikes of my own over the past year and am now working with a coalition of the Merced County Dept. of Education, the local police (who supply recovered bike parts), a local Lutheran church and local civic groups to build "adaptive bikes and trikes" for children with developmental needs who can not balance or ride traditional bicycles. I build the trikes to fit each child's particular needs and then provide them free of charge. The Dept of Education identifies the local school children with special needs and the other organizations provide financial support and/or raw materials. We've started small but we hope to expand rapidly so every special needs child in our school system can have access to the freedom and fun of a bike. Plus I get to do my very favorite thing...fabricate interesting machinery to motor down the highway.
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