Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - RFS Bowers
Can anyone recommend a GOOD book on working with sheet metal/panel beating etc.so that I can have something to give me a bit more guidance and knowledge (something like a Haynes Book ?)
Is there a book ( or Video or WebSite )out there that will explain the various tools and methods of using them to deal with shaping sheet metal.
I know that you can`t replace "hands-on " experience in the trade , but there must be something written down explaining how it`s done .

All suggestions gratefully received.( even if the book is out-of-print )

Scott
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - Andrew Bairsto
Haynes manual 10405
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - RFS Bowers
Andrew Bairsto wrote:
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> Haynes manual 10405

Thanks for your suggestion

I`ve got a copy of that Haynes book , and it is a USA book (with poor black and white photos ) with only a couple of mentions of "repair" type techniques using a hammer,dolly and slapper

I was really looking for a book that would deal in depth with ALL the various craft techniques of working with sheet metal using various hand-tools for shaping,stretching , hollowing , folding , bending etc..

Any idea what books sheet metal apprentices learn from ?

Scott
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - mike harvey
Fundamentals of Fabricating and Welding Engineering, by FJM Smith.
I'm afraid it's out of print now, but your library may have a copy.
Regards,
Mike
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - honest john
It's sometimes possible to find out of print books using www.amazon.com (NOT www.amazon.co.uk) But it will mean giving your credit card details to a small business which may be on the other side of the world.

HJ
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - Chris
honest john wrote:
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> It's sometimes possible to find out of print books using
> www.amazon.com (NOT www.amazon.co.uk) But it will mean
> giving your credit card details to a small business which may
> be on the other side of the world.

Better still, try bibliofind.com, in association with amazon.com, which is run by the second-hand book trade and is therefore better policed. It automatically searches from a database on both sides of the atlantic, and you can pick the book you want based on price, location etc. Just recently merged, so not all bibliofind bookshops are listed on Amazon.

Chris
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - John Slaughter
The way I learned was by finding an evening class in car restoration. Check out the courses available locally - the library is usually a good starting place. Ask your local garages where they send their body shop apprentices for training, and see if the college does short courses for the public. If they don't do courses, they may at leat be able to recommend text books. Try the Motor Industry Repair centre at Thatcham for advice on courses or books. (Not sure exactly if that's the correct name - can someone advise?)

Although you can learn this from books, there is no real substitute for an experienced panel beater showing you the techniques. I was lucky enough to be taught by one of the old school panel makers - it was amazing what he could produce from a flat sheet of metal.

One problem that comes up with this is when you work at home you don't have access to the machinery for making larger panels, which puts a limit on what you can achieve and tests your ingenuity!

Good luck

Regards

John
Re: Working with sheet metal.Advice wanted - RFS Bowers
Many thanks for all the info.
Scott
 

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