Fold, spindle and mutilate

I cut out the chunks of brass from the sheet on the table saw (with a non ferrous blade). I marked the sole plate with its shape, where the mouth would be and the cut out for the side tabs.

Basically, just copied from the plan, using a circle stencil to scribe the ends. You note two marked tabs for the front plate and no tabs for the rear. I actually used one for each.

To bend the sides and back, I just cut a rounded slot in a 2×4 and used the hole saw plug as the “plunger”:

The clamp draws the plug into the slot, shaping the brass. While this worked, it didn’t work very well. I bent the screw on the form clamp and the back is curved in the vertical plane, which made fitting the infill extra painful.

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