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Old 02-04-2021, 09:31 PM
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Hey guys, Iíve never had any use for a slip roll, but currently am in need of one for a specific project to make myself a custom kitchen exhaust hood. Kind of hesitant to buy it just for that one reason, but what else could I use this for? Just looking for some excuses to get one, but also hate a cluttered shop with things I hardly use.
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Old 02-04-2021, 09:41 PM
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Hi,

I had one and sold it as I never used it. I use a rubber upper on my English wheel for all projects that I would use a slip roll for. You have no tool marking, unlimited radius sizes and panels lengths with no extra tool to store.

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Old 02-04-2021, 11:04 PM
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Thatís what I had in mind and was hoping to hear. Iíve also only used an English wheel a handful of times but I figure Iíd get one so I can start making mistakes.
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Old 02-05-2021, 12:19 AM
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Gene Winfield has multiple sizes of pipe welded to a saw horse, each with a small gap to take the sheet metal. You can do the same thing by laying the sheet metal on a table and clamping a piece of pipe at the edge and bending around the pipe - carefully. All depends on the radii you are trying to achieve.
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Old 02-05-2021, 04:17 AM
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Hey guys, I’ve never had any use for a slip roll, but currently am in need of one for a specific project to make myself a custom kitchen exhaust hood. Kind of hesitant to buy it just for that one reason, but what else could I use this for? Just looking for some excuses to get one, but also hate a cluttered shop with things I hardly use.
Haha - if you have one Frank, you will find heaps of uses for it I bought a 4' x 3" second hand jobbie for $600 which lives pushed back against the wall. Don't use it a lot, but have used it on many projects now. Cones are a bugger without one and I've used it to create 1/4 rounds along a length- as well as breaking panels by hand over the top. Handy thing if you have the space. A piece of pipe on a stand will take up just about the same amount of room, but won't do what a set of rolls will do.
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Old 02-05-2021, 07:50 AM
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They're handy for making curved channels and curving hollow quadrilateral forms, with a little applied trickery.
Some use them to restore fairness to sheet metal clamping bands used in guitar building by rolling equally from opposite sides to take out errant contours produced by the clamping process.
Great for rolling wires and tubing for edging.
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Old 02-05-2021, 09:24 PM
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Ditto on the Gene Winfield pipe anvil, great simple tool, I leave mine outside most of the time when not in use.
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Old 02-06-2021, 12:44 PM
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I've been using big pipe to radius bend sheet for a very long time.
Even had a 48in length gap-bolted to the end of a workbench for prying sheet over quickly whilst making several parts.
Love my old Chicago 40in slip roll, too.
And also using urethane dies over a T-stake, rubber tire in the Wheel, etc.
Radii exist in many panels - not all can be made the same way ....

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Old 02-06-2021, 03:10 PM
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I used this method with good results. Never tried two different diameter tubes to form a taper, but would probably work.

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Old 02-06-2021, 05:30 PM
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I own a slip roller that, when rotated upside down, also serves as a brake, saves a lot of space but only for light duty work. I don't use it very often but when using it I'm glad to have it.

This video shows pretty much everything I know about using slip rolls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8aIGL8D3BA&t=316s
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