Originally Posted by Too Many Projects
That post is 4 days old. I went to the website and it's still there...
I need to learn how to use my stretcher/shrinker. I tried on a piece for a friend's Tacoma but I made one flange 4 inches long and it wouldn't bend correctly.
That is the main limitation of the shrinker/stretcher. You can only work about a 1 to 1 1/4 inch flange. Also, the sharper the bend is the better it will move it. If you look at the mounts I made the curve is formed and then joined to the rest of the piece.
For larger pieces that require shaping an English Wheel or Planishing hammer will work well but you must remember they will stretch but not shrink.
Shrinking a large area is always the challenge.