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Tools of the Trade

I am down to my last 9 rivets.  I need to draw some wire down  to make more but guess what?  I do NOT have a draw plate!  As always I take my time in ordering and when I go to order the draw plate they are out of stock.  My life story.  hahaha!!!

Anyway to make a long story long awaited wire draw plate arrives...

Wow!  It even came in its own case!
Now if I can only figure out which side to load the wire. 

I just had to share my excitement over this draw plate.  I am probably just excited in general.  I have some cool pieces to share with all of you but not yet!  Patience grasshopper!  hahaha!  Does anyone remember that saying?

Here is to a great Tuesday!



  1. i need to see this in action...i don't really know what a draw plate is...

  2. might need to save me when I am drawing the wire down. It's dangerous work...hahaha...basically starting with one size of wire and making in itty bitty but a real difficult process...yes...REAL difficult...hehehe!

  3. very very cool! i have never seen one of those in action either -

  4. Well ladies...looks like I will have to post some pics when I use this baby! Now all I need is a heavy table to mount my big vice on. Then we are all set!


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