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I need to make a seat for my chop. I am good friends with the guys at the county roads department. They give me all of the old or damaged road signs. These signs are made of aluminum. I cant tell you what the alloy is, but it is of medium hardness and welds incredibly well.

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Rough draft:





Annealing the pan:





I dont have an english wheel or planishing hammer, so I make do with what Ive got to smooth up the shaping hammer marks. Here is the cap off of an oxygen bottle





After the edges were trimmed to shape, here is the final pan. Now work can begin on making brackets for it. Its not perfect, but I am pretty happy with it. Besides, its truly hand formed.



 

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Ah.. finally.. a homemade seatpan that doesn't look as if it was "homemade"..

What is it in the last year or so, that you only see pieces of cutout sheetmetal and just rolled upwards at the rear and then call it a seat... no shapes or argonomic forms in them anymore whatsoever..
I know they are cheap to make.. but they look cheap also..

(just my 0.2 cents of course)
 

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Thanks for the compliments guys. Its a long way from finished. Forming it was the easy part. it took roughly 2 hours to get it to that stage. Getting it to fit and building the framework will be the hard part.
 

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Great work man.
I too don't have fancy forming tools.
Can't even afford a real anvil.
I got this cobblers anvil it is sweet for forming, 3 sided alot of great angles.
Just chuck it in the vice.
Best 5notes I've ever spent.

 
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