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05-11-2004 07:54 AM Planishing hammer
Here is the planishing hammer at work. You could do the same thing with a hammer, but it would take you a week for what takes about 5 minutes.


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05-11-2004 07:48 AM Time to bust some nuts
This pic begins the series about planishing hammers. It demonstrates the surface that will be smoothed in future pics. Gene refers to them as Walnuts. Gene wanted a compound radiused surface. He needed to stretch the metal. He did that with a shot bag and a HDPE hammer. When you planish, you will smooth out the surface between the "walnuts", by a combination of shrinking the walnut and stretching the surrounding area.


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05-11-2004 07:46 AM vixen, that sexy thang !
By now, you've seen a ton of pics about the vixen file. The proper way to use it is, by going across the surface diagonally. Straight across will leaves ridges, or railroad tracks, so to speak. To level, hit the area from different directions.

Rather than bore you with successive pics, the next step would be to sand with 80 grit, then work down to 220. A couple coats of primer and your done.



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05-11-2004 07:44 AM On Vixen, On Donner
Gene breaks out the vixen to smooth out the lead.

Now is a good time to recheck yourself for any metal that you moved with the torch. The lead is flexible enough for some light metalworking. You might have warped some metal when applying the lead! Double check as your filing, and adjust as required.


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05-11-2004 07:42 AM more cleaning
Even more final cleaning. The reason there is so much about cleaning? Its THAT important. Ask Boyd.


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