If you have the space either buy or make a drawbench, there was a
posting by Trevor F, a while ago, I think, explaining how he made his
drawbench. I have an Italian one which has served me well for the
past 30 years. I buy my stock wires and tubes, then draw them down to
whatever thickness I require. Along with some rolling mills I think a
drawbench is an important tool for a serious metalsmith, who does not
want to be limited to standard stock metal sizes, I do a lot of
antique restoration work and need a multitude of various thicknesses
of tube, wire and sheet.
The method for straightening wires is as follows.
1) anneal the wire if it is hard
2) grip the wire in a strong hand vice,
3) position on the drawbench with the free end of the wire in the
draw tongs and the vice held end secured behind the drawplate posts.
4) gentle turning the drawbench handle will straighten the wire,
turn until you feel the tension against you, then reverse the handle
slowly, releasing the tension and you will have a perfectly straight
piece of wire. My Drawbench is four feet long so I can safely
straighten three feet wire lenghs.
This method works with thick walled tube also, but the tube
dimension will decrease slightly.
I am pleased that my posting about "Thoughts on the future of my
trade" added some interesting answers. Thanks to all for the kind
comments on my orchid gallery photos. I did send Hanuman some more
but I think that three pages on the gallery is my limit.
Peace and good health to all