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Offline Joules

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English Wheel Use
« on: August 10, 2016, 08:23:57 AM »
More a request for help, I have owned an English Wheel for a number of years, but I'm not a master at using it.   To compound that, I have got myself roped into giving a talk and demo at my local Maker group.  I know the basics, but looking for some interesting and insightful information to read up on and use in my talk and demonstration.  I think I need to be able to waffle for at least an hour.  If anyone has, or knows of any good links online I would be most grateful.



The wheel I have is just about portable, I have cleaned and polished the anvil rollers and have a few examples of copper work I have used it for and hope to take some pre bashed bits of metal for smoothing off to demonstrate its use, if I can find my sand bag !!!    It should certainly be something a little different from the computers and electronics that normally get talked about.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup:

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2016, 11:20:35 AM »
It might be a bit basic for your audience, but some of them might not have thought of using the wheel for embossing complex designs on sheet metal. I always thought of it as a tool used purely for creating compound curves on sheet metal until I saw this video.

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2016, 12:12:33 PM »
nrml, thanks that was pretty cool.  I didn't know about that technique, I have seen bead lines rolled in metal parts using shaped wheels, but not the embossing.  Must give that a try.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup:

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2016, 01:33:53 PM »
They're very good for giving you black finger nails.

MBB

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2016, 03:35:00 PM »
I have always enjoyed Lazze videos they are quite informative.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hePmCEjDSu4#

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2016, 03:16:26 AM »
Thanks, I don't own one and most likely never will.
But the two videos were really good to watch. Once again I learn stuff which is why I love this forum.
    Sure beats standing for ages with a ball-pein hammer tapping away at a lump of copper - (or was it brass? bit foggy on that.) during my Tech School Daze of 60 odd years past.   Heat, quench, and do it again, and again, and again.
 End result was a sugar bowl that got a high pass mark. Hooray, mum thought I did well. No idea where it ended up after the family home was sold though.
  Sigh, thanks for another trip down memory lane again!
John B
Converting good metal into swarf sometimes ending up with something useful. ;-)

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2016, 08:59:53 AM »
My grandad (a blacksmith with the LMS in Abergavenny) taught me how to turn the old copper ball cocks into 2 copper flower pot holders.

He also taught me everything I know about hand tools!
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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2016, 12:00:36 PM »
Will, I have an enormous - possibly 18 " or even 20" - not measured it, copper ball cock float from an old storage tank here on the farm - what do you reckon he would have done with that  :bugeye:

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2016, 05:15:10 PM »
If you are under 60 or easily offended please?  DO NOT FOLLOW this link:

http://www.threaded.com/engineers_song.htm

So you now have the two brass balls!
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Offline tom osselton

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2016, 07:48:26 PM »
Bloody Hell!

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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2016, 07:52:08 AM »
@Will_D
Could not get the Nationalhomebrewclub link in your sig to work. Used to do a lot of homebrew hence the interest.
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Re: English Wheel Use
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2016, 05:43:58 PM »
Sorry picclock!

The link is http://www.nationalhomebrewclub.ie/forum

We had some problems with the .com !!

Ps; My sig should now be updated!
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