Wait, I lied. He uses a welder too, in order to weld a brace on the die and to weld together the female side of this press form. But in theory, you could bolt those parts together, it would just take a bit more time. This is a cool video because in it Karl takes a question from one of his viewers and makes a video to address his question. The question is how to make a dimensional sheet metal Chevrolet emblem to include in his firewall. And in typical Karl fashion, he makes a very simple but cool tool to show us all what we can do at home, and I love him for it.
We recently ran one of Karl’s “Make It Kustom” videos about hammer forming a custom shape and feel like this video goes right along with that theme. If you missed the Hammer Forming Video, then CLICK THIS LINK TO CHECK IT OUT.
But in this video Karl uses an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel, an air grinder with sanding disks, a hand file, a mig welder, a sander, and his shop press to make a really clean and nice press formed piece of sheet metal. You have to check it out, because he is making a Chevrolet Bowtie which is not a particularly simple piece and it turns out awesome. He also talks about how they use this kind of sheet metal tool in their shop, where many times it is to create factory sheet metal patterns that would not otherwise be possible with a bead roller or something similar.