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Hi Guys
For the longest time I've needed to build a table for my bead roller, so I didn't have to rely on someone holding up the panel I may be working on so it don't sag as I'm beading or shaping.
So I mounted it to my bench, and started building my table. A table is super handy, but at times it may get in the way. So here is what I'm came up with ! !



I made it large enough so I could lay a larger panel on it and concentrate on the die instead of watching the panel that it don't sag and deform as I'm rolling it threw any particular die set.
How ever there are times I need to shape a panel as I'm rolling and I will cause down pressure, and the table will get in the way. So here was my quick cure ! !



I'm still going to make a quick prop for it, as its on hinges. This makes it so I can change dies, and it will quick detach so I can remove it all together.

This makes it nice also for small panels so you don't have to constantly grip on the metal and you can move a with a bit more freedom.



 

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I need more ROOOOOMMM! For more toys..... uhh, tools! :D :D :D

That's a super job, Steve.... But then you are the "Pro." :)
 

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Steve I have a question about a bead roller. I understand the purpose of the tool, to strengthen flat thin panels and make cool stuff for the wife (to build brownie points,lol). Lets say you cut a panel 2' square. Then lets add 3 beads almost the entire length in one direction. Do the beads effect the overall 2' square dimension ?
 

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In theory the panel will shorten even though the bead rolled in the panel is raising, however the amount is very very small to even notice. The larger bead would require more stretch which would affect the panel but again with little notice. The more noticeable change is the warppage, and this is when stopping in the middle or before the edge. In other words, if you roll a bead from one end to the other, there will be very little distortion. When you stop short of the edge the metal being gathered will affect the surrounding flats, causing them gather towards each other. Same happens with an English wheel ( raising machine ) hope this helps. :)
 
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