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Tag Archives: metal shaping

  • Salvaged Panel Beating Station

    Our Panel Beating Bags and mallets have been a staple in our product line for years and it's one of the first things you should buy when starting the road down metal shaping and fabricating greatness. The basic concept behind using the mallets and sandbag is fairly simple, but learning to strike the metal at the right location and how hard is something that takes a lot of practice. One thing you need to do when using the bag is to make sure you're comfortable and have a good base to use the bag on. Hammering on the bag takes a lot of force and you need plenty of space all around you to swing the hammer and move the part in all directions. I decided to make a panel beating station from salvaged materials so I could stop moving my sandbag all over the shop and trying to find a good surface to use it on.
  • The First 5 Fabrication Tools for Beginners

    With Fabrication and Metal Shaping tools becoming more affordable and more accessible more entry level guys and gals are adding fabrication tools to their home shop. Sure the giant industrial tools all the pros have are great and drool-worthy, but there's some basic tools every one of those pros also have that they still use regardless of the size of their shop or tool collection. We decided to put our top 5 must-have fabrication tools together every beginner should consider when just starting out.
  • When do you save a panel or throw it away? Repairing a Rusty Trunk Lid

    When your fabrication and welding skills start to progress you'll get to a point where not much scares you as far as repair goes. Whether it's rust or just old body damage anything can be fixed with enough time and skills. Over the past few years I've started to get myself to that point where I often have to approach a rusty panel with the question "Is it worth my time to fix it?". The answer can differ for many reasons. Is the panel easily available aftermarket or good used? How expensive are the panels? How soon do I need it versus how long it takes to get a replacement part?
  • How to Fabricate a Cowl Panel From Scratch

    I somehow ended up with this '29 Model A Roadster carcass I want to build a little replica-racer out of. It was cheap, the bones were there and I figured I could build it up when I found some non-existent free time. I'm a little stubborn and although I could buy an entire new steel replica body, or all of the panels new to make this car all solid again, I'd rather build the panels I need from scratch and bring a close to 90-year old car back from the dead for very little money out of my pocket. I decided I wanted to start in the front of the body and work my way back. The side cowl panels are almost ALWAYS rotted out on the bottom of these cars and after I looked at the remains of the originals I decided I could easily tackle making new panels for only a few bucks in sheet metal.
  • The Wrong Tools for the Job

    The wrong tools for the job can cause more damage than help if you aren't careful. When working on sheet metal a wrong swing of a hammer, the wrong hammer and dolly can cause damage to your panel that will take 3-4 times as long to fix. You ALWAYS want to match your hammer face and dolly to the shape of the panel your working on. If you're working on a flat panel this isn't ever a panel, but as soon as you get into a corner, a curve, or a hard-to-reach area you may need to go outside your simple starter kit of hammers and dollies.

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