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An Extinct Tool for Bending Wire!

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Review by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 02-08-2009 11:01 PM 11284 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
An Extinct Tool for Bending Wire! An Extinct Tool for Bending Wire! No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

You can’t buy one of these anymore,

but I thought it would be an enjoyable review.

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This is a tool I acquired from my Father-in-law after he sold his house.

He was thinning out his things, & I ran across this in a box of stuff.

I have used this tool to make a multitude of things. I even made a 20’ long chain for my dog.

There’s no end to what you can make with it.
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I found this order blank in its box. Its price was $3 postage paid.

Quite a deal wasn’t it!

The box has two 7 cent stamps on it. This was around 1958

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can’t make a nice chain like this with a pliers.

I did a search for this tool on Google, & I couldn’t find a place you could buy one of these tools.

I guess the company no longer exists.

If you ever see one of these at a flea market, buy it, because you’ll have a lot of fun with it.

I did find this old magazine article about it, which is kind of interesting.
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-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1




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#1 posted 02-08-2009 11:59 PM

Dick, just goes to show how cheap tools are today. $3 was probably a lot of money back then.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 12:46 AM

Dick: I think you can buy something similiar at Harbor Freight.


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=94571


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=44094

I sure thought that I’d seen a version like yours.

But a great salvage.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 12:55 AM

Your right Grumpy. I was earning $306 a month before taxes, & heath coverage deduction.

Karson, I’ve often thought of buying that HF tool, the big one.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 02-09-2009 04:16 AM

I use to hang suspended ceilings on 12ga wire. Got pretty good bending strange shapes with a pair of lineman’s pliers. Interesting tool. Never heard of one before.

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#5 posted 02-09-2009 06:05 AM

when it comes to wire if you can’t do it with klien no9’s it cant be done

-- jay Rambling on and on again

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#6 posted 02-09-2009 06:34 AM

FYI – Widget Supply sells wire bending jigs, http://www.widgetsupply.com/page/WS/PROD/craft-wire-tools/BBA21.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#7 posted 02-09-2009 06:45 AM

Thanks for the link John, I bookmarked it.

The gadget looks like you use the wire as the lever.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 02-09-2009 01:50 PM

I inherited one of those wire benders of Widgets. I screwed it to a 2×6 so I can put it in a vise. I’ve even used it once or twice!

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#9 posted 02-09-2009 03:51 PM

Hey Barry!

Maybe I should have said, the company is extinct.

Let’s see the rest of your link.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#10 posted 02-09-2009 04:22 PM

I have something similar to that . . . used for doing piano wire for R/C airplane parts, like control linkages and landing gears? I always just stuck it in my bench vise. I’ll see if I can snap a photo tonight . . I think it’s by K&S?

AHA! Here’s the right brand, but it’s not 100% like mine:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXGFW4&P=6

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0093p?&C=RAP&P=6

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO - http://myoldgarage.blogspot.com

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#11 posted 02-09-2009 05:22 PM

You have really found a treasure!
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 02-09-2009 05:31 PM

Thanks for the link Bradley.

Thanks Sharad.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 02-09-2009 06:59 PM

You Can’t make a nice chain like this, with a pliers.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 02-09-2009 08:44 PM

H Dick;

I remember my father having one of those.

I have seen them, or something like them within the last ten years or so.

They are fun to play with.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#15 posted 02-09-2009 08:49 PM

Hi Lee,

You mean you don’t have one of these?

I thought you had just about every tool there is.<(;O)#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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