Metalshaping prerequisites

1 Chapter 8 Lessons Easy

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Check out the tools (some of which you can make yourself!) if you want to create shapes like fenders and gas tanks from flat sheet metal!

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Course Structure


Basic metalshaping tools and equipment 8 Lessons

Mallets and beater bags

Mallets and sandbags help you rough in the shape of your part. They're indispensable!

Hammers and dollies

Hammers and dollies are used for both stretching and shrinking metal and a small selection are essential to add to your kit to start metalshaping.

Tucking forks

Tucking forks help you create accurately located shrinks along an edge.

Fortunately, you can fabricate a tucking fork very simply with a couple of punches or some round bar steel.

I'll show you how!

Shrinking stumps (or bowls), Part 1

A wooden dish-shape is commonly used to form tucks for shrinking (in combination with or as an alternative to tucking forks).

The purists will find a large diameter log and carve in a bowl. However, you can replicate something similar with a chuck of timber and some basic wood working tools. Check it out!

Slapping hammers

Wooden slapping hammers can help you move metal less aggressively than using a steel hammer. But don't buy one! I'll show you how I fabricated a couple with basic woodworking skills!

Annealing aluminium

If you prefer working with aluminium, some commonly available alloys will work harden with continually hammering. Continuing to hammer will lead to cracking.

To soften the metal for additional shaping requires a process called annealing. This can be done with a torch. Let me show you how.


Shopping and equipment lists!