Forming Bench

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Forming Bench

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General Info
Mfr. Specs
Training (experimental section)
Tool SpeciesForming Benches
(Includes rubric, training information, and testing information.)
Asylum Info
LocationHot Craft Studio
Ownerthe Asylum
Operational Status
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Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair)
  • Jewelry removed

Safe Operation

  • Use large standard hammer for disc cutter. Make sure cutters are oriented correctly before using.
  • For embossing metal wire textures on the rolling mill, create a sandwich of two layers of work hardened brass. Insert packet into the rolling mill at the minimum distance and crank slowly and evenly. Adjust rollers as needed.
  • Ensure stability of stakes and mandrels by using leather in the vise jaws and crank vise tightly. Use alternative mallets such as rawhide or Delrin to protect surfaces. Use only metal hammers when instructed.
  • Use stamps with steel block.
  • Use Doming punches with the steel doming block, gently and in order of size.
  • No metal exceeding 16ga on the metal shear. No water! Cut metal at the back of the throat and push the metal forward if metal length exceeds the metal shear throat.

Common Maintenance Operations

  • All metal must be annealed and dry.
  • Do not over tighten the rolling mill. Do not remove or play with any part of the rolling mill.
  • Use protective leather on all stakes and mandrels.
  • No steel on highly polished surfaces.
  • No water on steel blocks. Dry immediately if it becomes wet.

Allowable Materials

  • Only brass, copper, silver, gold or bronze. NO STEEL OR ALUMINUM


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