Ron, I contacted you before about work I’m doing on a door, and after getting an English wheel at a garage sale, practicing, and messing up a bit, I finally got it done. I have another question for you. On another project I’m doing for a guy, both front fenders above the wheel opening have dents like ball-peen hammer hits from both the inside and outside. Can I use the English wheel to get them out, with gradually increasing pressure, using the lower wheel with the curve closest to the shape of the fender, or is a hammer and dolly the better way to go?

Will the wheel stretch the metal, or simply put it back where it belongs? Also, which way should I wheel the fenders—front to back, or from the wheel opening up?

Tom McBride
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The English wheel is primarily a machine for raising, or stretching the metal. When metal is dented, that usually causes stretching, so the wheel is not always the best tool to use to take dents out. Sometimes you can roll very minor dents out of metal with the wheel, but more commonly I’d use the hammer and dolly for this purpose. Also, it’s quite difficult to maneuver a large panel like a fender in the wheel. CT