First off I would like to start with an introduction.I am still pretty new to H.A.M.B,some of you might know me from my Let's see some sheet metal shaping thread.My name is Johnny Arial and I live in Excelsior Springs Mo. My goal is to get as many people as I can involved into metal shaping.Not only is it a great hobby but it helps save these old cars we all love so much.I hope that my son and then his son's son(edit daughters as well) will have the same opportunity as we have to enjoy these cars. Some might think you need a ton of money to get started but I want to show most of these tools can be made from the scrap you have laying around your shop. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A shrinking tool is one of the most important tools needed to get started.There are two tools that you can make yourself, tucking forks or a stump.After learning how to stump shrink I hardly ever use my tucking forks anymore.So let me show you how I made my stump. I started off by finding a hardwood stump,then I cut off the new growth and bark with a chainsaw.Then I cleaned it up with an electric planer.This is not necessary but I tend to overkill everything. I made the dish of my stump 8'' around and 2'' deep.To do so I marked it out on the stump then set the depth on my skill saw to 2'' deep and then cut out the dish.Then with a chisel and grinder and sander I cleaned out the dish. Then I checked it out to see how it was shrinking. Then I put three coats of boiled linseed oil on it to try to slow down the drying process to prevent cracks. I added some caster wheels so I could move it around the shop,also some hammer hangers and some straps.The stump will shrink and I have tightened the straps as it was shrinking. This is one of my most used tools and it only cost me a day's labor and around $30. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ With the stump you will need a good shaping hammer.It takes a pretty good whack to get a tuck into a piece of sheet metal.You can spend up-wards to a hundred dollars on one or you can go to a thrift store a pick up an old wooden bat and make one yourself. The cost of this hammer is $3. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now that we have taken care of the shrinking tools we need a way to stretch the metal. I do my stretching on a beater bag and it's really nice to have beater bag stand. So again looking through the scrap pile I gathered up some materials. I added a post dolly holder and a hammer holder to the stand. I made my own post dolly's. Here are a few of them. View attachment 561293 This is another tool that is used with every project and one that was made from scrap.In total a couple of days to build and I only have around $40 invested in the bag itself.