How To Make A Table-Top Draw Bench for under $75. Tool Time Tuesday With Melissa Muir

Draw benches are a very useful tool in metalsmithing studios and workshops. You can draw down your wire, not only in size, but also shape. Draw benches can …. как нарисовать лавку и стол

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    • Thanks Grace. Yes, I did anneal the wire first. There were be several more videos showing how to use the draw bench coming up and that will be covered more in detail, but you should definitely anneal it before drawing it through, and again probably every 3rd pass or so.

  1. A clevis attached to the vice grip side would work much smoother and would avoid having to file the opening. Great idea.

    • I’m not sure what each one has but we use them to pull our trucks from the mud all of the time and never had one break. I can only assume that the smaller ones would be able to withstand quite the load. I believe I read one small one had a 850# rating which is huge for the size it was. Their are so many different varieties, I just thought this style would work well. And you wouldn’t have to worry about the boat hook as the pull weight would level itself out on it’s own.

  2. When using a spade bit use it first then drill the hole, your design is a bit more user friendly than mine I made my draw bench from 8″x 4″x 8′ RSJ because that is what I had and a 40 year old winch, same reason it was in the shed. I had to remount the winch half way along as I am using normal draw tongs and I find that you have hold them closed at the beginning of the draw or they don’t grip and 8′ was just too log to be comfortable welded some legs and wheels on it it is too big for my studio so it lives outside in the carport under a tarp

  3. Thanks so much Melissa…looks like a very do-able project. I do have one question…would a bar across the shelf brackets in the front allow for using the drawplate all the way out to the ends? Maybe it is the design of the drawplate (as you said, not a well made one) but it appears that the holes on the ends are not useable because there would be no support

    • Bethany Roth I think it is just the angle of the camera. There are holes out to the sides, but then a blank area of just steel that sit up against the brackets. You could put the brackets closer together and it would still work, I am sure.

  4. I’m looking at this and thinking Ratcheting tie-downs, and a simple S-hook hooked into the modified vise grip would be strong enough. I use the 1″ wide strap sized tie downs to help pull 1 ton hay bales off my pickup truck, so I think that might be strong enough — but I’d have to hack a bolt-down technique.

    • mommachupacabra I thought about that. But the ratcheting systems I am aware of wouldn’t give a nice steady pull the way a crank on the winch does. I am not well versed with these systems, so I could be wrong. But I would think that you would want that steady pull from the wheel of the winch.

  5. Good job! I installed at the end I’
    of my bench a cheap drill press vice so that I can really get a good pull of the draw plate! I secured it just as we both did of the boat winch! Then I can use all of the wholes on the plate, just unclamp and reposition! I’ll post of photo!

    • That is a great idea. Perhaps you can post the photo somewhere and include a link? I don’t think YouTube let’s you post a photo in the comment. Darn it.

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