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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
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
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