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simple tech, bead roller frame

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Paul, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,808


    I've had this cheapo HF bead roller collecting dust in the back of my shop for a couple years

    figured today was as good as any to make a frame for it
    I will need it when I get around to puting the floor in the coupe

    so a quick dig through the scrap metal barrel and a plan is formed

    this will be semi portable,
    I don't want it bolted to the floor
    and I don't want it on wheels
    so a sturdy tube steel frame
    will work fine

    then it's just a matter of chopping and welding and
    what was a dust collector
    is now a tool

    I'll let the pictures speak for themselves

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  2. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,808


    last thing left to do
    is replace the crank handle with a wheel

    I'll keep my eye out for a nifty one..
  3. kentucky
    Joined: Jun 12, 2004
    Posts: 1,006


    Looks good, and should take care of the flex problem too. I think I have a spare Case tractor steering wheel to use on mine.
  4. Scott B
    Joined: Dec 31, 2002
    Posts: 548

    Scott B

    I have one of those dust collectors and an odd stick of 3x3 leaning against the wall. Thanks for the inspiration, Paul...

    I have played with my bead roller, a bit. I found that the swap meet steering wheel I have since given to a friend, instead of the supplied handle, made everything a lot easier. Just by the way. You have probably already thought of that, though...

    Edit - You have already thought of that. I'm slow, on many levels.
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  5. Upchuck
    Joined: Mar 19, 2004
    Posts: 1,576

    from Canada BC

    looks good Paul
    wish we had a cheapo outfit like HF up a guy could get stuff like that..

    what if you put a couple little lawn mower wheels on it that don't touch the floor when its sitting flat but if you tip it back slighty they will and you got a roller?
  6. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,808


    that's a great idea
    thank you
  7. jimdillon
    Joined: Dec 6, 2005
    Posts: 2,911


    real nice stand-they do like to flex-looks like that should do the job-Jim
  8. NealinCA
    Joined: Dec 12, 2001
    Posts: 2,882


    This is timely, as I just got a HF bead roller today. I was just out in the shop trying to come up with a reinforcing/stand plan.

    Any particular reason you used pipe/round tube to attach to the frame of the roller? Or is that just what you had in the scrap pile? I was planing something similar, but with all square tube.


  9. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,808


    Hi Neal,
    yes it was what I had

    I ran a few test beads and flanges
    and it seems plenty stout
    Joined: Aug 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,864


    As always, great tech. I will use this idea tomorrow morning. Thank you.
  11. Kiwi Tinbender
    Joined: Feb 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,155

    Kiwi Tinbender

    Great ideas fellas--I used a leftover engine stand to mount mine--made a bolt on plate that fits into the tubing used to rotate the engine--then ran a stay from the other end of the Roller frame to the base of the stand.Also replaced the two front wheels on the stand with a spare piece of 1 3/4 roll cage tubing.Works well--the tip on using the steering wheel will be the next addition.This way I can still take it off if I need to--kept the mounting ears if I need to use it to put an engine on....
  12. Levis Classic
    Joined: Oct 7, 2003
    Posts: 4,066

    Levis Classic

  13. Nicely done.

    Perusing my garage/shop, I have the steel, but no roller.

    Easily cured when the next sale comes on.

    I like Kiwi Tinbender's idea of adapting it to an engine stand as well.
  14. Ratstu
    Joined: Dec 26, 2005
    Posts: 90


    Hey 60 style - great stand , I love it. I have the same roller but a crapy stand - I think I'll copy yours. Great job! Cheers
  15. rockabillyjoe
    Joined: Jan 25, 2004
    Posts: 442

    from Seattle

    You need to change your title from tech editor to tech GOD! Nice work as always.
  16. happy hoppy
    Joined: Apr 23, 2001
    Posts: 2,332

    happy hoppy

    I just picked up one of those, been waiting to use it untill I could build a frame for it, now I don't have to think about it, just rip you off! LOL
  17. k-member
    Joined: May 25, 2002
    Posts: 2,114


    Dang Paul, I wish my scrap pile was full of nice steel like yours. Great job.
  18. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,808


    I hesitated to use the word scrap,
    they are more like coveted left overs

    I'm such a hoarder..
    it's tough to use such nice material
    on just a simple stand,
    but if it makes the tool useful
    it's justifiable
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  19. Howard the Crusty Plumber taught me: "a used scrap is a happy scrap."

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  20. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,808


    raided the scrap barrel again today
    and got the box brake up off the floor

    another HF gem I've had tucked away collecting dust
    is now a functional tool

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  21. lionel
    Joined: Mar 8, 2010
    Posts: 2

    from dallas, tx

    Hello, I have a HF bead roller and I am trying to find a 3/4" x 1/2" round mandrel for it. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Lionel
  22. ThomasT
    Joined: May 14, 2012
    Posts: 57


    Thanks Paul for the stand photos....I'll do my best to copy it.
  23. openwheels
    Joined: May 1, 2009
    Posts: 2


    Hi Paul. I have recently purchased an Eastwood bead roller and plan to make a stand for it.
    I have reviewed several designs on youtube and wish to make one up that is very similar to yours using as you described " coveted leftovers - my tubing is 50mm x 50mm x 4mm wall."
    My inquiry at this time is could you please supply some dimensions for your stand .ie : lengths of the 3 "H" pattern feet, height of main upright , length of gusset . The length of my bead rollers frame is 560mm.
    Thanking you in anticipation, Craig.

    P S. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to supply some pictures of the Model A project.
  24. dos zetas
    Joined: May 10, 2009
    Posts: 175

    dos zetas

    Good work on the stand. My addition was to make sure the bottom roller is the same height as a table, workbench, etc. in your shop, so that you can scoot it over to a nearby flat surface when you are making large panels like floors. Mine is the same height as the big table saw and the workbenches.
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  25. openwheels
    Joined: May 1, 2009
    Posts: 2


    Thanks , Dos.
    At this stage of my workshop tool building I actually have not made any that are easily portable , but I like your idea immensely so much so that I have already done some research into it and I am working on one idea of having small wheels fixed on one end , designed that to move it all you have to do is to slightly lift the other end to get the stand onto the fixed wheels and then push/roll to where you would like it to be.
    As to the height of the rollers your idea again is excellent as I will eventually be doing floor panels too. A friend of mine has also suggested to make it height adjustable so as to suit your workpiece accordingly,. I will look into this too but I think it will mean having to source a larger I .D. tube to fit the main upright into and then to work out how to make the upright fit in tightly so as to not have any play/movement whatsoever.
    Thanks again for your input.
  26. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 853

    from Western MA

    Don't overlook old drill press bases and posts, they can make good pedestals and mounts for tooling. One with a crank up table adjustment opens up even more possibilities.

  27. Roger Walling
    Joined: Sep 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,144

    Roger Walling

    No stand needed!!!

    Clamp it in your sturdy vise on your bench!!!

    (You do have the bench tied to the wall or floor don't you?)

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