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Wire Bending Tool A 15 year project finished.

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Project by horologist posted 05-12-2014 12:34 AM 1201 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local tool collector of note had an 18th century lathe set up in a custom trailer, a nice mobile shop of tools from the mid 1700’s. His “have lathe will travel” exhibit. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the lathe.

We drove it to a local chapter meeting of clock and watch collectors, spent about an hour removing the walls and top from the trailer and getting everything set up. Sadly, only three people came out for about 5 minutes to see the demonstration, no one wanted to try the lathe. Using a treadle lathe is an interesting exercise in coordination. I was having so much fun that Ted suggested we just stay there and I made shavings for about an hour. This handle was the result, after I finished and we packed everything up, he said ordinarily he would let me keep the handle but with the price of exotic wood etc. that he needed to keep it in the trailer. He gave me the handle on the next visit he made to our house with the copper ferrule fitted. I believe he made it from some copper tubing.

The handle sat in my bench drawer for over ten years until I decided to use it for a wire bending tool. At the time I finished it with some polyurethane varnish and have hated the way the finish looked and felt. Like plastic.
Today I sanded off the mess and applied Liberon Woodturners’ Lathe Polish and am considering this project to at last be finished.

In clock repair you periodically need to make slight adjustments by bending wires in difficult to reach places. This is especially true should you be unfortunate enough to have a cuckoo clock on your bench.
Traditionally, most people make these tools from old screwdrivers.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida





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R_Stad

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 02:25 AM

Nice tool and nice story. Thanks for sharing it. Got a kick out of your mini madness stuff in your previous projects.

-- Rod - Oregon

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BikerDad

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 05:04 AM

Love the shape of that handle. ‘Tis a beautiful form.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 10:32 AM

Nice story and a beautiful handle. I can’t help but wonder what it was that motivated you to work on it now after seeing it in a drawer for many years? I recently completed some projects that like yours, I have looked at, moved around for years, and finally just decided to do something about it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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horologist

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#4 posted 05-13-2014 12:04 AM

All,
Thanks for the kind words. I modeled it after some of the handles of the tools I was using at the time.

Ken,
That’s about it. Just a case of the time, motivation, and inspiration all lining up. There are many more such projects, now to get some free time.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#5 posted 05-14-2014 02:36 PM

Great story! Homemade tools are great to make and use! Very nice job no the handle!!

-- Dennis, WV

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