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Making a  Hanging Draw Bench

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Ok, so this is not actually how to make a drawing bench, but a Hidi--How I do it.

To make the machine you will have to know how to weld, or maybe let your wife do it for you...just kidding...Anyway, you'll need a boat trailer winch, a couple pieces of steel, a set of drawing tongs, some beers for the guys or a glass of wine if you are a chick. And a Sunday when there is no Formula One racing.

Boat winch,($40) 1200mm of square hollow tubing, two off cuts of rectangle.($10) Supply company price $500+ for a pre-made one, that is, admittedly, a lot more handsome than mine.


Welded, both sides and then angle ground down.

So here I show two pieces of angle iron the are welded on to act as stops for the draw plate

On the other side we attach the boat winch

The underneath view. I also bolted a lip on at the same time so the thing is easy to hang on the wall.

I had to bend the tongs a little more radically. I put them in a vise and heated the area where it's bent to bright orange and then bent the steel. This is actually very easy, since at that temperature the steel becomes like putty, and you have to watch that you don't over bend it. I slipped the chain over the handles and through the winch eye.

Just finished bending

Drawing the wire. Now the first thing that I thought was that when the silver wire gets to the end it's going to go BANG and whip back and loosen some of my teeth. That does not happen. It simple goes BOING and drops. This is however silver wire that I am drawing. I imagine that when you draw 9kt or titanium wire there might be a stronger whiplash, so caution is advised.

A picture of the finished machine. I simply  clamp it in my vise when I want to use it .

And then I hang it out of the way

And the finished product produced. Square and round silver wire. I am going to make some heavy men's chain out of this sectioning. Making wire  forms part of  the Jewelry Tutorial.

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