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Tools => Welding & Metal Fab. => Topic started by: goodfellow on May 26, 2013, 06:00:06 PM

Title: Make an easy and cheap sheet metal slapper --
Post by: goodfellow on May 26, 2013, 06:00:06 PM
I needed  little bit more reach while doing some sheet metal work. My regular slapper was about 3" too short, so I made this. Cheap HF pry bar out of my road box and a scrap piece of 1/8" plate.

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0573Medium-2.jpg)

Grind or cut the plate to size with some rounded edges so as not to gouge the sheet metal, and then make it pretty with a flap wheel

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0574Medium-1.jpg)

Weld the pry bar to the plate -- done!!!

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0575Medium-1.jpg)

Sand and shape the plate accordingly, and then put a slight bend in the edge to facilitate accurate center hits on the slapper plate

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0576Medium-1.jpg)

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0577Medium.jpg)

Clean it up a bit and polish the bottom

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0578Medium.jpg)

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo18/goodfellow_2004/misc/PICT0579Medium.jpg)

Total cost? a few bucks, and it works just as well as a $50 name brand -- Good luck!
Title: Re: Make an easy and cheap sheet metal slapper --
Post by: rusty on May 28, 2013, 07:53:10 AM
Good idea there. I never thought of doing that.
Title: Re: Make an easy and cheap sheet metal slapper --
Post by: goodfellow on May 28, 2013, 11:19:44 AM
Used it yesterday -- works pretty well on 20ga steel. Makes nice smooth metal out of cratered panels.
Title: Re: Make an easy and cheap sheet metal slapper --
Post by: rusty on May 28, 2013, 02:10:01 PM
I need to make a couple of them up for the Volvo.  I'll need to find a couple of sacrificial pry bars first. No way I'll do that to my MAC's.
Title: Re: Make an easy and cheap sheet metal slapper --
Post by: goodfellow on May 28, 2013, 06:39:17 PM
I need to make a couple of them up for the Volvo.  I'll need to find a couple of sacrificial pry bars first. No way I'll do that to my MAC's.

Got a Tractor Supply Store near you? They usually have 'em for a few bucks in their cheap tool bins close to the cash register.
Title: Re: Make an easy and cheap sheet metal slapper --
Post by: fflintstone on July 13, 2013, 11:02:48 AM
I have one made out of a leaf spring.
when I feel like it I might take an old pack apart and make some.