Storing Dapping Blocks and Punches
by Judy Larson
Here's how I store and protect my metal dapping punches from dirt and rust
Instructions
When shaping metal with dapping block and punches, it helps to have everything used most often all in one place. Since I work in my laundry room, my tools are subject to humidity at times. While I do clean and oil my hammers and pliers to prevent rust, the daps and blocks don't get enough use to warrant the same treatment. I store them inside a tightly sealed clear shoebox and do not have a problem with rust. However, I always had to hunt for felt and leather pieces when I wanted to use the metal block but was worried about losing texture. Now I store felt strips and leather pieces in the box. They do not take up much room, and there is no more aggravation hunting down supplies.
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When dapping textured pieces with texture side down in the dapping block well, a wooden block is great to use. But sometimes the well size desired is not on the wooden block. When using the metal block, it is advisable to place a piece of thick felt or thin leather in the dapping well. Because a large piece of these materials would bunch and pleat around the edges, thus possibly distorting larger pieces being shaped, cut a circle to fit into the well. No more problems with bunching when the piece fits the well. If a "handle" is needed on the felt/leather piece to work with it, cutting a teardrop shape will help avoid bunching around the edges.

Dap the pieces textured side down on the leather or felt in the dapping block well.
Judy Larson's Storing Dapping Blocks and Punches - , Store Wire Jewelry, , storing dapping punches
Judy Larson's Storing Dapping Blocks and Punches - , Store Wire Jewelry, , storing dapping punches

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8 Punch Dapping Set
DAP-708.00
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24 Piece Doming Set Including Block And Carry Case
DUR-1101
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2 1/2 Inch Dapping Die Block
DAP-125.00
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12 Piece Dapping Punch Set 3.6mm to 14mm
G17-4
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  • Category: Storage
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