What is it?
A hand Operated Twisting Tool for adding decorative twists to steel
bar. Because the steel bar is twisted cold without heating consistent
results in square and flat metal bar can be archived. Make forged
metal baskets without forging.
Description of the
I first designed and made this twister when I decided to make a
small garden gate for myself. My first attempt at twisting was with
a length of 12mm square bar held in my vice with a piece of tubing
slipped over the square bar to stop it bending and two adjustable
crescents clamped around the top of the square as handles.
This worked ok but was very time consuming and not very versatile.
So after some research I found some web sites that were selling
picket twisters, they seemed to be made well but were quite expensive,
had to be imported to New Zealand where I live and were limited
to the section sizes and lengths they could twist.
So after some careful consideration of what I wanted to achieve
I came up with this ornamental twister able to twist any length
required, variable section sizes, make ornamental cages, wire rope
and other interesting twists. (See pics and max working capability
later in this project).
Click on the image
to the right to see a copy of the first few pages of the plans for
this Twister. The first page shows what tools and materials are
needed, and what is included in the plans. Also included with the
purchase of these plans is a full set of digital images.