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customotorsinc

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im not familiar with helve hammers, but they look cool and somewhat easy to make, so i have a couple questions about them. are they pretty much an automatic mallet over a shot bag?
can you make shrinking dies for them, and would it be advantageous to have a helve hammer to fabricate motorcycle tanks and fenders? im mostly interested in shrinking with a helve hammer if possible.

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oldgoaly

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Hey Parker,
Shrinking with the helve can be done 2 ways hammering down a tuck that you
put into the metal first, or done with a concave lower die on the bottom and
a convex on top.The way the dies make contact will stretch the middle and at the
edges you puckers/tucks will develope, and as you work the piece you hammer down
the tucks. With a little practice you could do either way. On the main page there
was a link to Joe McGlynn's how to build a helve hammer series and Jim Bailie's
little helve is a neat tool!
tt

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unklian

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Jim Bailie and Stan Carter have used thumbnail dies to shrink with their Helve hammers.
And like TT says,you can also shrink my hammering down ruffles that form when using a shot bag or rubber pad.

Check some of Jim's albums for more ideas.

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ghiafab

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My helve is as simple as it gets:

http://allshops.org/cgi-bin/community/communityalbums.cgi?action=openalbum&albumid=9980153857012

John www.ghiaspecialties.com

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unklian

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Here is John's link in clickable form:http://allshops.org/cgi-b[...]857012

Anyone can include clickable links in the messages by clciking on the "Add a link" button at the bottom of the white text box,where you enter your message,then paste the addy into the pop up window.The software adds the opening and closing tags to make it clickable.

OR add [ URL] at the front and [ /URL] at the end of your link,only without any spaces.

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