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Doming question

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Doming question

Postby sagehen » Thu May 19, 2016 9:19 pm

Newbie here, and leaning lots reading all the posts. I'm building some cart style bridle buckles out of 10ga steel, and am trying to figure out a way to put a slight dome in them. How are you guys doing this? I have a 20 ton shop press that I'm thinking would help in this process, but have hit a wall on ideas.
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Re: Doming question

Postby RT Bit and Spur » Fri May 20, 2016 9:29 pm

I use a 2 inch thick block of nylon or poly and a pipe cap or steel ball. I heat the cap up while it is setting on the block. When it has melted enough into the block I let it cool. Then I have a male and female part to dome what ever I want. Different
pipe cap sizes give me different domes. They can be found all over or I have them for sale. About 6x 8 x 2 for $20.00 plus shipping.
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Re: Doming question

Postby sagehen » Sun May 22, 2016 10:56 am

Thanks for the tip. We came up with a crude, but workable bender yesterday. Found some steel scrap out in the "pile", heated it and shaped over the end of our cement mixer. Then refined the shape with a grinder. Worked like a charm, for as crude as it is. Using leather to keep from marring the buckles.
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