Metal Shaping Tools: How to make a Slapper (Part 2)



It’s Wray Schelin from Pro Shaper sheet metal in Charlton, Massachusetts and Today we’re going to do part 2 of making a slapper I’ve been Notified that the English in Australia is call them flippers. So this is the flipper slapper video so what we’re going to do is we’ve got it all made we bent it up and cut it and everything and Now we’re going to do a nice polished job on it and we’ll put a handle on it. So first step will be I’m going to take a 24 grit 5-inch grinding disc This little Makita grinder and I’m gonna rough this working surface out nice So I got all my safety gear on now, so nobody can complain I got a high protection lung protection and protection chest protection My shoes need to leave a little to be desired though Another couple of safety things.


I learned years ago at my grandfather’s Number one. I got acetylene outfits over there.

You wouldn’t want to be grinding into your settling up It’s you

always make sure your spikes go in a spot that nothing is going to catch on

fire and it’s nice and safe that way and You generally want to go off the edge

when you’re doing grinding if you go into the edge like that digs and it can

bite the disc cause the disc to break I Switched out from a 24 grit to a 36

grit. I’ll give that a little I Rupp to the 36 grit and I put a 50 grit on the

Makita grinder there That took care of that I’m up to 50 now I’m going to go to

80 and then it will start to really pop went with the 80 grit So the 80 grit I

use This via grinder it has a Velcro pad on it hook and Loop. That’s all I use

in the shop is the hook and loop.


This is actually a hobby Freight grinder central pneumatic

excellent tool and Little plug for my ProShaper site. I make the little

adapters that allow you to put the soft pad on this and I use this totally for

polishing That tells you there’s good steel nice ring to it I got a 120 You

don’t have to clean up the backside and all the other stuff I’m just cleaning

it up to make it a lot nicer looking so the only thing I don’t like about it

right now is This doesn’t match so I’m gonna grind that to match with a little

air grinder Do that a few minutes let me get these edges. Yeah That’s up to 120

now Maybe I’ll hit it with 240 on the whole thing and then I’m gonna go up to

600 with this.


So give it a quick 240 here I’ll do the backside first 240 as

high as I’ll go on the backside Well I Will finish up this surface here.


We’ll go up to 600 with it. That’s the surface that matters On

320 Do it one more 320 Now we got a full 100 Let that cool a little bit I Want

to get this the same this side and this side the same so I’m going to grind a

little bit more out of here like that That looks good So I got a 50 grit Norton

blaze 3-inch roll lock on here. I like those the best I use those a lot Yeah

Okay, that’s a lot better and I’ll just clean those up so I got these where I

want them they’re pretty close right now and Salvaged with the 50 grit So I put

a 120 grit on this here.


I Just want to clean up Where the 50 grit was Yeah, I got it up

to 400 on the face. I’m gonna go to 600 but I’m gonna do that after Now what we’re

gonna do is put the walnut handle on the original plan was to utilize this Hole

that just happened to be in the metal and drill another hole, but I’ve done

them in the past I’m just going to epoxy the handle on so don’t have to use

those holes and if I don’t use the holes don’t have to put screws through it

and the handle will be a solid nice walnut piece and That’s what I’m going to

do now Well, I think first what I’ll do is I’ll scratch this up a little bit to

give the epoxy some bite So I’ll take that 50 grit again I’ll just scratch this

up with a handle is gonna be All right, so the next step is to get the piece of

walnut I’m going to start it in half and then we’re going to glue it on here

and then let the glue Harden up now.


Maybe wait a minute. I might as well Hit this with 600 once it’s

cooled off quite a bit now, so Let me hit with the 600 And there’s a 600 we let

that cool down I’m going to cut the walnut now I’m going to cut this piece of

walnut in half and I only need about that much of it There’s my two pieces at

walnut’ now we got to glue them on we got the two pieces of walnut We have the

pod a pod B epoxy. It’s a Loctite epoxy. Five-minute epoxy Make sure we got a

look good amount There we go That looks about right I’m gonna get a putty knife

to mix it up with I have my epoxy.



I’m gonna mix it up with a putty knife That’s five-minute epoxy

so I got to move don’t have too much time to waste and Then I should have some

blue gloves on right now some nitrile gloves or something Epoxy these up good

Right This has got a squirm around on me it’s way bigger than I need I’ll be

able to cut it down Put this right in the vise, yeah Let that dry up looks like

it’s Lined up pretty good. It’ll all be ground down and look beautiful but now

we need about a 20-minute drying time on it That’s Any You.


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