Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

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Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

Postby zapata » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:28 pm

I've been off and on looking for documentation of this for a long time. I've seen a few crappy pictures, and read some confusing text. But watch this guy pull a nice flanged / dimpled / collared whatever you want to call it section out of copper pipe instead of using fittings (or using one of the thousand dollar T drills).
This guy could probably build a flute in 15 minutes!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWkVPvaH7pM

Yes there are other ways to do similar. I've used tapered dies to pull a cone through as is commonly done by homebrewers on their kettles. I've also used the flow drilling technique. But man, this looks like a good trick to have.
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Re: Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

Postby Saltbush Bill » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:52 pm

Very handy zapata, a lot of us build stills using very few or basic tools, That fella really knows how to improvise and get the job done. Or is it that he is just doing it the old school way that would have been taught to all plumbers many years ago?
What ever the case I like it :thumbup:
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Re: Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

Postby hellbilly007 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:42 am

Thanks for sharing that zapata. I may just have a go at that on some scraps I've got laying around
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Re: Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

Postby Samyguy » Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:20 am

A good skill to have
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Re: Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

Postby Expat » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:26 am

Old school craft techniques are always a pleasure to watch. Appreciated for sharing!

I'd give it a try if I had an OA torch. I've always used a copper ring to strengthen branch joints, but this would be better.
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Re: Copperwork technique; manual branch fabrication

Postby pfshine » Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:46 pm

It's quick and easy. I have done this a few times, not exactly the same way but same idea. A t-drill is waaay faster and better but I'm certainly not gonna shell out the outrageous amount money the cost, even used.
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