Just Doing It?

I have a bit of a newbie question that I'm hoping somebody might be able to
answer. I'm working on a project that needs a small copper or brass dish--
nothing
parabolic or fancy, but just a plain dish. I'm wondering if I just sketch it in
on
my diagrams and take it to a machine shop, would the people there be able to make
it? Thanks.
Aaron
Reply to
Aaron Duvall
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If you need just one, you may have better luck looking through a five-and-dime or hardware store for a kitchen gadget or tool that has a "dish" in the shape and size you need. I'm thinking of measuring spoons and ice cream scoops right now - although finding these in brass or copper may be the difficulty.
Machining a thin dish out of copper or brass sounds unlikely although I'm sure you could pay to get it done. More likely would be to make a wooden form and hammer copper or brass sheet around it.
Tim.
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Tim Shoppa
Some size info would be useful such as diameter, depth, thickness. This might be a job for a metal spinner. Depending on the size its something I can do easily by spinning but i'm in the UK and you haven't given your location.
Aar>I have a bit of a newbie question that I'm hoping somebody might be able to
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David Billington
You'll be better off with an artist type in your area that does tinsmithing. Either that or youc can try it yourself. You need a form of hardwood and a hammer to do the dishing. Finalizing the surface should be done with a soft hammer to take out the roughness. Task for a 10" dish shouldn't take more than an hour (or three) to rough and finish.
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Reply to
Bob May
Oh, no; nothing that large. I just need a small dish, about 1" diameter or a little less.
Aaron
Reply to
Aaron Duvall
In that case how about the domed end of a copper pipe cap?
Reply to
Ken Davey
Depending on the gage - might be able just to press one out of a sheet.
Martin
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Martin H. Eastburn
Try a copper pipe end or closing item. One inch copper pipe sweat on end cup.
If the cup is to long, the length can be trimmed down.
Martin
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Martin H. Eastburn
Go to ;
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and look at their base metal catalog. Somewhere around page 21 you will find brass domed disks.
Paul K. Dickman
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pkdickman
That would still be the artist type stuff. A recent show of The Woodwright Shop had a gal come in and do some tinsmithing and, with a few (special) tools, she basically did a teapot on the show. Domed the lid and all. A sandbag and a little work (maybe 2 minutes) with a nylon rounded hammer and it was just like it was stamped by a big machine. Grab a soft headed hammer and play around for a bit and you will see how easy it really is to do. You will probably have a rejection of the first few tries but remember that copper can be annealed by getting it to a red heat and then letting it cool either by air or in a bucket of water and you can try again with softer blows to make it right.
-- Why do penguins walk so far to get to their nesting grounds?
Reply to
Bob May
Thanks for the tips, folks; they are much appreciated.
Aaron
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Aaron Duvall

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