The shorter chisel does not come to a sharp knife edge. This is done to avoid the edge rolling over when hot. We recommend H-13 tool steel for these.
This photo shows a spring loaded bolster that we use when slitting and drifting. This tool helps reduce the amount of material that comes through the hole with the chisel.
This photo shows how to properly align the bolster with the chisel. Also note the stripper which is required to remove the chisel from the work piece.
This photo shows how the bolster opens up to allow the chisel to pass through.
This photo shows another example of a slitting set-up with a stripper and solid bolster. Note by using the depth stop nut you can slit within a few thousandths of going through the piece without damaging your chisel.
This photo shows the drifting operation showing previous photo set-up. Note with this set-up you will need to flip the piece to drift from both sides.
Here is an example of the work done with that set-up.
This is an example of a bending jig which has a locator pin so that all the bends are performed in the same place.
This is the same set-up showing the hot piece of metal.
The finished product.
This is an adjustable support. It is very handy for resting the longer pieces of stock on while you work the ends.
This is an example of how the fly press can be used for stock reduction just like a power hammer.
This photo shows the hardware we use to attach this base plate. By using countersunk bolts in the T slots you can have a clean top surface which allows you to clamp a fence in any position.
This shows how the bolts go in the T slots.
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