Introduction: UB-5 Flat Steel Scrolls @ Chandler TechShop

I made it at Chandler TechShop (Check out www.techshop.ws). After taking the Ironworker class I wanted to create my own flat steel decorations for the house.  This is an introductory to what I had to do to accomplish the task.


All units are in "American/inches" :)
Materials needed:
3/16'  thick flat steel that was 3/4 " in width acquired from Industrial Metal Supply on 48th St in Phoenix.  Cost was around $5.50 for 10 feet.
Diablo metal grinding disc for Dewalt angle grinder.  I acquired this disc at Home Depot and the cost was around $8.00.
Painters tape

Tools needed:
Tape Measure
Ironworker
UB-5 Metal Bender
UB-5 Scroll attachments

Step 1: Preparing Metal

Step 1. Is to prep the metal for working.  That involves using the angle grinder with the Diablo grinding disc to remove the coating that is found on both sides of the flat steel.  You can see in the picture I attempted to get most of the coating removed to leave a nice shiny metallic look to the metal.

Step 2: Cutting Metal

Step 2. Determine the length of the scroll you will want to create.  I started off by creating a scroll that was 6 inches in the length. Once you have determined the length of the scroll you want to create add an additional 5 1/2 inches to the measurement.  For example you will now want to mark the flat steel at 11 1/2 inches.  The reason is the distance from the shear to the safety guard on the Iron worker is roughly 5 1/2 inches.

Step 3.  You will want to insert the flat steel into the Ironworker and securely fasten the flat steel to the table for sheering sheet metal or flat steel.

Step 4. Engage the Ironworker to cut the flat steel.

Step 3: Setting Up UB - 5

Step 5. Now it's time to setup the UB-5 for creating scrolls.  You will need the following items now: small scroll die, crank handle,
flange bush pin, flange bushing, crank handle bushing, and large scroll die.  Don't worry I took pictures of all the accessories and how you mount them.

Step 6.  Once you have the device setup place your flat steel into the small scroll die.  Make sure you hold the flat steel level or you will end up creating a scroll that sticks out.  (See picture of what happens when you don't hold the flat steel level)

Step 4: Bending the Flat Steel

Step 6.  Once you have the device setup place your flat steel into the small scroll die.  Make sure you hold the flat steel level or you will end up creating a scroll that sticks out.  (See picture of what happens when you don't hold the flat steel level)

Step 7. While holding the flat steel level with your free hand turn the crank handle counter clockwise.  Again make sure to hold the flat steel snug and level.  Until you reach where the A is marked. If you still have material say an inch or more to bend go ahead  and move the flange bushing pin and flange bush one pin away.  If you don't have any more material and it looks like your material is going to come off the flange bushing STOP! If you run your material off the flange bushing you will mess up your scroll.

Step 8. After you have moved the flange bushing pin and flange bush one pin away from the small scroll die attach the large scroll die.  Now proceed to turn the crank counter clockwise some more paying attention to the lettering on the large scroll die.  Depending on the length determines how far in the letter you can go. Once again you don't want to keep cranking until there is no more material touching the flange bushing or you will mess up your scroll.

Step 9.  You are done.  Congratulations on making your first scroll!

I attached a ton of photos so hopefully this helps if you get stuck.

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