Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication


Covers cutting, shaping and joining metal for any project; fabrication from simple patch panels to complex body parts; detailed instructions for welding, grinding, hammering and shaping processes, 304 pages


Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication is the number-one resource for sheet metal workers old and new. Join veteran metalworker Ed Barr as he walks you through the ins and outs of planning a sheet metal project, acquiring the necessary tools and resources, doing the work, and adding the perfect finishing touches for a seamless final product. From his workshop Barr not only demonstrates how the latest tools and products work, but also explains why sheet metal reacts the way it does to a wide variety of processes. He includes clear directions for using power and pneumatic hammers and the English wheel, as well as describing specific skills like hand-forming techniques, buck building, louver punching, edge finishing, and more. Readers will learn how to form door seams and to make fenders, hoods, and other body parts; theyll also learn how to put various finishes on metal through engine turning, metal chasing, and laser processing. This is truly the most detailed enthusiast-focused sheet metal how-to book on the market: whether youre a metal hobbyist or experienced professional, youre sure to find something new in Professional Sheet Metal Fabrication.

Chapters include:

Getting Started

Special Techniques for Welding Sheet Metal

Brazing, Soldering and Riveting

Cutting Sheet Metal with the Oxyacetylene Torch and Plasma Cutter

Beginning Sheet Metal Shaping

The Small Gas Tank Project

Advanced Sheet Metal Shaping

Building a Fender from Concept to Completion

Making it Beautiful: Straightening, Grinding, and Surface Finishing

Building a Custom Pedal Car

Floorpans, Rocker Panels and Rear Quarter Panels

Repairing Doors

Repairing Fenders, Hoods and Trunk Lids

304 pages, full color