Introduction to metal shaping - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Garage - Tools
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2012, 01:31 PM
OneMoreTime's Avatar moderator
Last wiki edit: Health and safety in the shop or garage
Last journal entry: Yard Dog pic
Last photo:
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Washington State
Age: 72
Posts: 8,838
Wiki Edits: 3

Thanks: 220
Thanked 459 Times in 410 Posts
Introduction to metal shaping

We get a lot of questions on making patch panels and simple metal forming so here you go with a start.

One can start with just a simple leather beater bag and a couple of hammers to create a shape in a piece of metal. by watching the result and adjusting what happens to the metal you can then learn just how hard to hit and where to get the shape one desires.

To go farther one needs a few more things. First is a piece of steel plate minimum 1/2 inch (thicker is better) for a beater plate..used for hand planishing and stretching as well as other things. Next is some welding and cutting equipment and that is whatever suits your fancy ranging from simple oxy/actetelene to what ever and don't forget some good snips as well. grinders with cutoff wheels and nibblers work as well. You will find that each cutting tool has its place but having some good snips is vital and maybe all you need.

Aset of tucking forks and I know someone does not have a clue so give me a chance and I will get a picture up. I use some of the prybars from HF to make mine..they are 2 prybars welded together with a handle so one can slide them over the edege of the metal and twist a dent in..needed when shrinking edges to get a curve.

Post dolly is a big dolly bolted to the floor and is used for hand finishing your work..mine looks like a head of a person as those were originally made for the guys making armor. You can make one yourself using a hitch ball or some other kind of round steel may wind up with several of different sizes and shapes.

Beater bags are made from a heavy leather and filled with either lead shot or sand. mine is made with common yard sand in a plastic bag inserted into the leather bag..

One of the hammers with replaceable heads so you can make other heads of various shaped and sizes.

Slappers are a type of hammer made from an old car spring some are fancy and some are plain but used when you need a wide faced hammer for smoothing larger areas.

That is the basics and once you get going you can make ashtrays and serving bowls or an entire car body. Just depends on what your needs are.

Good luck

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-12-2012, 01:50 PM
lt1silverhawk's Avatar
"But how do it know?"
Last wiki edit: How to rebuild a Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carbureto... Last photo:
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Lakewood, CA
Posts: 2,322
Wiki Edits: 132

Thanks: 143
Thanked 30 Times in 22 Posts
"Metal Shaping" by 123pugsy is a good article to read up on.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Garage - Tools posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Metal Shaping jhnarial Body - Exterior 19 10-04-2010 06:52 AM
Metal Shaping article ckucia Body - Exterior 2 06-01-2006 05:00 PM
Interested in metal shaping? advanced design Body - Exterior 0 08-15-2005 06:22 PM
Hands-on Metal-shaping Workshop John Kelly Body - Exterior 3 06-16-2005 01:22 PM
Metal Shaping Mollard Body - Exterior 1 09-09-2004 02:55 PM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:16 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.