Will in his Metal Shop
Sometimes we have to harvest the wood and hew the stone to make the tools to build the machines to fabricate the equipment we need to do our jobs.
Fortunately we didn’t have to mine or smelt the stainless steel in this case and while we do produce lumber the wood for this project came from recycled wood from building the butcher shop.
This is Will’s machine for bending, breaking, folding and cutting steel. You might notice that the machine is mostly made of wood. Surprise! You can do much of this work using wooden equipment. This will then let him fabricate steel pieces that over the years will replace the wooden parts so the machine will eventually evolve from a wooden metal maker to a steel metal maker machine.
Machine Repositioned and Rotated 90°
One of the advantages of Will’s version of this machine is that since it is made of wood it is light weight and easily reconfigured so he can move it around and rotate it in the room depending on his needs. The room is 10′ wide by 14′ long by 12′ tall so sometimes it is better to have the machine positioned crosswise as shown in this photo.
The concepts for much of the machine are widely out there in various forms but Will combined them and came up with improvements on the designs. There were some parts that were not available in the large sizes he wanted so he designed and fabricated them from scratch such as the cam levers that tighten the rig, amplifying our strength many fold.
We could have bought a commercial metal break but nothing in our price range would have done metal work as large as Will wanted nor the variety of work all in one machine. Since we only have a small 10’x14′ room (Final Cutting) to work with we benefit greatly from a compact design that does precisely what we need.
For under $1,000 Will built a better wheel that would have cost $10,000 or more never mind the expense of shipping. And besides, it’s good mental exercise and fun!
Outdoors: 34°F/14°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 6°F/62°F
Daily Spark: Necessity is the Mother of Invention. -Plato