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02-20-2008, 10:09 PM #11Senior Member
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02-20-2008, 10:37 PM #12
maybe you could plug weld the Pisces together so it would not effect the lathing surfaces. although it may throw it out of balance a bit, but it should be ok long enough to cut it if you clean up the welds. you would have to do that any way to add the next plate. just offset the weld plugs from one plate to the next so you don't have a weld all the way threw it in one place.
if it works send me a set.thanks for the help
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02-21-2008, 04:35 AM #13
Why not build your bender around the Pro Tools dies? Might be more cost effective.
I know, it's nice to use a tool if you have it, but sometimes it makes more sense to build the bender and buy the dies.
Just a thought.
BTW, I have 12" lathe and wouldn't think twice about buying the dies. To turn a full set is a tremendous amount of work especially on a manual lathe.
Lots of luck whichever way you go.
02-21-2008, 05:59 AM #14Senior Member
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Good idea on the plug welds fun4now.
I think proper plug welds will be fine. The worst case scenerio is splitting a die.
Or, if the die has enough 'meat' you could possible bolt through in several spots.
I plan on buying a bender ( cheap for what you get) and making some of the smaller/specialty dies, some of which cost almost as much as a bender.
I plan on buying a 1 1/2 die set, which is a couple hundred dollars, adding more as necessary, and attempting to make some of the smaller dies myself.
02-21-2008, 06:44 AM #15
I haven't looked at them closely but what about the gate roller wheels that roll on round stock. Might be worth a look.Nick
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