An easy to follow step-by-step tutorial on building sheet metal brakes.

An easy to follow step-by-step tutorial on building sheet metal brakes.

Guide for choosing, bending, cutting sheet metal From left to right: Galvanized Steel, Brass, Steel, Copper, Aluminum

How to Choose, Cut, and Bend Sheet Metal

Guide for choosing, bending, cutting sheet metal From left to right: Galvanized Steel, Brass, Steel, Copper, Aluminum

Adjustable Vice Jaw Benders - Sheet Metal Bending - Sheet Metalworking - Metal Working | Axminster Tools & Machinery

Adjustable Vice Jaw Benders - Sheet Metal Bending - Sheet Metalworking - Metal Working | Axminster Tools & Machinery

If you're like me, you may have a great collection of tools, but are missing something so basic it seems almost ridiculous. For me, the missing item is sawhorses. For years I had none, then I found two rickety horses in a dumpster at a construction site. These are sad specimens put together with a thin, stamped sheet metal bracing kit and assembled with roofing nails. I did, after about three years, remove the nails and drive in some screws to firm them up. Every time I throw my 3/4&...

If you're like me, you may have a great collection of tools, but are missing something so basic it seems almost ridiculous. For me, the missing item is sawhorses. For years I had none, then I found two rickety horses in a dumpster at a construction site. These are sad specimens put together with a thin, stamped sheet metal bracing kit and assembled with roofing nails. I did, after about three years, remove the nails and drive in some screws to firm them up. Every time I throw my 3/4&...

An english wheel is a classic hand-powered shop tool for making two-dimensional curves in sheet metal.  Its used for making aircraft skins, car body parts, suits of armor and other applications where a smooth surface on the sheet is desired, something extremely difficult to achieve with a hammer.  It is also very useful for planishing; smoothing dimpled or bumpy sheet metal after hammering. An english wheel seemed like an excellent tool to build.  I read up on the theory of op...

Design and Build an English Wheel

An english wheel is a classic hand-powered shop tool for making two-dimensional curves in sheet metal. Its used for making aircraft skins, car body parts, suits of armor and other applications where a smooth surface on the sheet is desired, something extremely difficult to achieve with a hammer. It is also very useful for planishing; smoothing dimpled or bumpy sheet metal after hammering. An english wheel seemed like an excellent tool to build. I read up on the theory of op...

Forming copper bowls from sheet metal by hand

Forming copper bowls from sheet metal by hand

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