The tinners tin bending jig!

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Project by jjw5858 posted 03-07-2013 10:36 PM 4940 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey friends, hope all is well out there in LJ’S LAND!

In between country carving thrones, spoons, woodwork website building…haaa….I have gotten an interest in elementary tinsmith work! What a wonderful lost craft it is and trust me the hunt for education on this is sparse but available with some digging.

I used some scrap pine to create this tin bending jig for small works involving tin exercises.

Pine is what was available and even though oak would have been best to use sometimes you have to use what ya got…and add a little pretty to it and learn with that!

So I took some pine, got out my pfiel chisels and carved some details and shaped her up!

Followed with some danish oil for a vintage look to it…(Hey this is tinsmith stuff…we need the look and feel of vintage…lol)

Also included in my picture show is my mocked and almost completed very first tin cup! Soldering, filing and some small mallet work still needed but the journey has been fun and extremely challenging!

If you want to have fun…go to a Lowes…or Home Depot and ask questions about tinsmithing…haaa..they look at you like your from another time…and I suppose perhaps I am and loving it more and more…lmao!

Thanks for taking a look and enjoy your projects!



-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 11:07 PM

”...they look at you like you’re from another time…and I suppose perhaps I am…”


Yeah you are Joe and I’m right there with you buddy. Looking forward to seeing where your latest meander into another historical craft leads you. I’m also wondering how you are going to work a bit of wood into your tinsmithing projects so you can post them on LJs. :o)

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 11:25 PM

Nice jig. Wood is so useful for making tools!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Don W

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 11:51 PM

its good to mix a little metal and tin with the wood.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 03-08-2013 12:02 AM

Nice project. Good job on the tin cup too.

Here are some pictures of a tinner’s shop that I took…

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Don W

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 12:18 AM

when I was much much much much younger I managed a roofing company and a sheet metal shop. My head sheet metal guy was legally blind believe it or not. We kept him off the roofs, but he could do wonders with sheet metal. I learned a lot from him just by watching. Being sight impaired, he went slow enough that I could keep up :-)

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 03-08-2013 03:12 AM

Most of the box store employees barely know their job the way it is. No sense confusing them. Really cool project.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-08-2013 08:45 AM

Top class bit of work Joe. You’re a tinker and a thinker lol.

You’re not seriously telling us that’s your first attempt at tin-smithing are you?
Looks way to good to believe you.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#8 posted 03-08-2013 09:16 AM

Joe you are sure having fun and thats what it is all about
Adding different skills makes thing more interesting.
This reminds me of when I started work, you had a tin
with a copper wire hanger that went over the fire to make your
tea. Leaves sugar and ash, what a great brew LoL

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 03-08-2013 01:53 PM

Hey thanks friends! I appreciate hearing from you.

Andy: It’s great to connect with friends that share some interests of the past bringing them to the present!

Jim: I am always inspired by your excitement and skilled work, looking forward to your spoons!

Don W: Great story! Thanks so much for sharing it along with your awesome plane work!

Stephenw: Thank you for stopping by and looking in! The pictures are excellent!

Monte: It’s always inspiring for me to read your ideas and see your terrific work!

Murch: Thanks so much my friend for the comments. This is actually my first real attempt with no more than a few pieces rounded and cut before in practice. Always great to hear from you!

Jamie Speirs: Great to hear from you, wonderful story about the brew! Take care my friend!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 08:34 PM

Looking good. I have a video you might enjoy

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 03-11-2013 10:15 PM

Love it!
So simple and so brilliant.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 03-11-2013 11:02 PM

Very kool JJ.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 03-11-2013 11:14 PM

Love that video, thanks.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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