Metal and Wood

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Ryan Wigglesworth, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    <img src="http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7171/img2011101100105.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2011-10-11<br><img src="http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5412/img2011101100106.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>By <a href="http://profile.imageshack.us/user/ryanwigglesworth" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ryanwigglesworth</a> at 2011-10-11<br><br>Put the fork in this piece a while back when I was testing out different glues and epoxys, I have only really chopped the piece down, sanded it and stained it. I would like to bend the forks to a more wide angle, I'm worried about breaking it though, I recall a member making one of these, or similar, I think it was Kyl, how would you recommend bending it?
     
  2. Kyl

    Kyl New Member

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    Hey Ryan, I noticed in your other post you show a vise. That's what I used. I was sorta worried about braking the weld and in fact 3 out of 6 of the tool hooks I tried pounding on broke. They cost me $1.50 so I wasn't to upset. I set them against the corner of the vise and slowly pounded then down just enough so they would fit over it strait up.<br><br><img src="http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/8903/steelforkbending1.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>k<br><img src="http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/4799/steelforkbending2.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>Then I pounded it on down a bit more. Then I kept checking the forks for symmetry and if one side was a bit more bent than the other I would straiten the more curved side by pounding it down on that side.<br><img src="http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/8044/steelforkbending3.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>A vise is probably my most use tool. It's like the left hand of god. It never gets tired and strong as fuck. I hope this helps.
     

  3. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Thank you ! i will have to try something slightly different as the wood is already attached :S
     
  4. Kyl

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    If the wood is glued on, I would suggest clamping one arm in the vise and sticking a piece of pipe over the other arm like a wrench.
     
  5. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Well... That did not go so well. I bent it well at first, but when trying to straighten out the forks the weld snapped.... note to self, don't put strain on the weld <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_silent.png" alt="silent" longdesc="25">
     
  6. jordthered

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    Just try cutting them off and using the original angle i rounded and smoothed the edges and band it up with flatbands<br><br><img src="http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k524/jordthered/IMAG0409.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  7. Kyl

    Kyl New Member

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    Sorry about the blow out. I bought 8 of these hooks. When I cut the vinyl cover off there was a wide variety in the quality of each weld. Some looked fine but some looked like they wouldn't hold up a squirrel. Almost half of the welds broke when I started banging on them. Were the hooks as cheap for you? Can you get more? I really like my little steel forked unit. Good luck.
     
  8. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    Yeah they are quite cheap, its no big deal, I actually still have one stuck in a piece of wood to work on again, this time I will just bang on it before I chop and sand it down.<br><br>I have a bag full of these things, the success of my first wood-metal marriage made me consider selling them.... so I grabbed all the good ones from multiple dollar stores lol<br><br><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">