Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tool Time Tuesday – Disc Cutters in the Hydraulic Press

I have had a number of emails over the past couple of years asking about disc cutters. One of my very first Tool Time Tuesday posts was a comparison of disc cutters. Recently someone asked me if I had a different opinion of the “cheapie” disc cutters now since I had a hydraulic press.

I do not like the cheapie cutters when I have to use a hammer to punch out my disc. They tend to rattle the metal before making a cut and then I am left with metal that has been marked and dinged up and pretty much useless. Now that I have the hydraulic presses, yes, I suppose these cutters work. They still are nowhere near as good as a good quality cutter, but I no longer have to worry about the dings due to the metal moving on me. with a press, there is constant pressure pushing the cutter through. With my lower quality cutters, there is still a bit of a bur from the punch not having a perfect fit in the hole.

In this video I show you the difference between a good and not so high quality cutter. I also discuss a little about how I store and maintain my cutters. I also show you how to use a disc cutter, both with a hammer and the hydraulic press.

Video link: http://youtu.be/ggDl4hvY3vU

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Tool Time Tuesday – Using Spacers in the Hydraulic Press

First, let me tell you how much I appreciate all of you. I received so many comments, phone calls and emails after my last blog post about bullying. Thank you so much. I truly feel loved. I am so sad to hear how many people have also been through that and still, as I do, deal with the lasting effects. I am glad to know that I do not stand alone.

This week has been off to a good start. Last week we were working in the studio with an electrician to get some more outlets in the studio. I am so happy about that. I seriously had something like 8 – 10 outlets in the studio and it is just no fun to trip over the cords, unplug and plug in equipment because you need something different. Now that things are finally sort of cleaned back up, I started to play a little bit. I had a large tool company ask me to evaluate some hammers for them and thought it was time to pull them out and run them through the ranks.

This is the result of my efforts yesterday….

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This little bowl started life as a 3″ copper disc. I hammered it into a sand bag to get the initial shape and then followed that by forming on a stake and then finally a large 2″ dapping punch. It was so much fun to just hammer away for a while.

I liked it so much that I decided to see what I could accomplish using the hydraulic press. Here are my efforts from that little experiment. I will play around with it more. In the meantime, I will make little bases for these mini bowls as well.

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And yes, I do believe this will be a project in my book.

Okay, on to the real reason of this post, TOOL TIME TUESDAY!!!

I have had a lot of people ask me about spacers and the hydraulic press. So I decided to make a quick video to show you how I work with the presses in my studio. Enjoy.

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8CjFztzCYY

All content and images on this blog are the property of Melissa Muir and use of them in any context is strictly prohibited unless written permission is first obtained. Please feel free to repin any of the pictures of pieces done by Melissa Muir only.