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Randy Ferguson
04-29-2010, 11:20 PM

Metalshapers Gathering in Granbury Texas

There will be an informal Gathering of those that are interested in metal shaping in Granbury Texas on May 15. We will be finishing the motorcycle tank that was started in January and a new project of a front fender for a car, your small project if you have one and just some good old armchair sharing of metal shaping information.

Our host will be at Jason Ferguson’s shop/Texas Bike Works. The address is 1208 Fall Creek Granbury Tex 76049. For a map showing this location see: http://texasbikeworks.com/googlemap.htm (http://texasbikeworks.com/googlemap.htm)
For more information you may contact Gordon (Don) Bartlett at: stingshp@taylortel.net (stingshp@taylortel.net)

Since the Gathering itself is free, we suggest contributing $20 each to offset Jason’s expenses for lunch, drinks, donuts/munchies, Ox/Act. gasses, electricity, etc.

Besides your “small project”, please remember to bring your safety gear for hearing, eyes and hands, etc.

Remember! This Gathering is for learning and having mucho fun!

Kona Cruisers
04-30-2010, 03:33 PM
email sent....
very interested.

05-11-2010, 04:53 AM
Just a reminder for all of those who may be interested in a little sheet metal bashing and learning. This Saturday, May 15 is the day we meet in Granbury Texas.
Chaz (the other one)

05-12-2010, 02:20 AM
Hi, I have never worked sheet metal before, or been to one of these meets. I don't have any experience or tools for metal shaping, but I am finishing up a lotus 7 chassis, and would like to see the fabrication all the way through to the body, in aluminum as opposed to buying fiberglass panels for the nosecone and fenders.

Any advice on what I should bring, what time to show up etc?

Added a couple pics of where I'm at, and where I'm headed with the project. The nosecone is the big challenge for me.


05-12-2010, 04:38 AM
Hi Hank,

Back in 2004 Dick Bear attended his first Metalmeet in Robinson, Ill. Dick was shown how to shape a nose cone by MM's founder, Wray Schelin.

A few short years later Dick built this:
http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/4033/medium/Image2_09_15_2006.jpg (http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=19176&size=big&cat=4033)

Go with an open mind and the members will get you started on the right path.

Nice job on the chassis - and welcome to Metalmeet .com

05-12-2010, 06:43 AM
Welcome aboard Hank,
This is just an informal gathering of a bunch of nice guys interested in learning how to shape sheet metal. Some work in steel and others in aluminum. I will be working on a few aluminum parts while there. This may be a good time to show you how to use flexible patterns for making mirror image parts for the opposite sides of a project as per Wray Schelin. Probably the only down side is that it only last one day but with the internet, e-mails and great forums like this one you can stay in touch with everyone when you have questions. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday at 9:a.m.
Chaz (the other one)

Bring the usual safety equipment such as eye and ear protection plus any assorted favorite hand tools. Please mark tools with your name. Lots of tools look alike you know.

05-12-2010, 10:37 AM
OK, Sweet.
Really looking forward to it, I'll see you guys there!

05-12-2010, 08:19 PM
I have to work this time. I wish I could make it again :(

Kona Cruisers
05-16-2010, 08:52 PM
I had a blast.. so did RichardD... I know a couple of buddies have showed some interest for coming to the next one... had a GREAT time. Thanks!

Randy Ferguson
05-16-2010, 09:03 PM
Anyone have pictures of what you guys worked on and maybe a post meet report?

05-16-2010, 09:37 PM
Hi Randy,
Photos are coming! I just got back from Granbury this evening and will work on getting some photos posted tomorrow. Had a grand time of learning and teaching. Hank was a tireless worker and eager to take in all the information he could. Looking forward to seeing his Lotus 7 finished.
Chaz (the other one)

05-17-2010, 10:11 AM
Hey guys, thanks for everything, had a great time. Learned so much, most importantly though was that I can actually accomplish what what I need to do for the 7, and that now I've got somewhere to go if I get stuck.

I'll see you all again at the next get together for sure.


05-17-2010, 11:49 AM
I had a great time as well. I am loading pictures and video as I type this. Which thread shall I post them on? There are several.

05-17-2010, 12:17 PM
Louver press video:

05-17-2010, 02:58 PM

I have a hi speed connection and can't get this to load. It's been buffering for way too long.

Photobucket :twisted:

05-17-2010, 03:28 PM
Have the same problem Jim has, thought it was firefox....

05-17-2010, 03:42 PM
Me too! Same problem here.

05-17-2010, 04:02 PM
Must be a Photobucket problem, the home page for the site doesn't seem to load for me either.