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Here's a handy tool we'd never be without in our home fab shop-a bead roller. It is used so often in the course of our fabrication and restoration work that we wonder how we ever got along without it. This one was purchased from the Eastwood Company (800/343-9353, www.eastwoodco.com). The roller not only makes beads for strengthening sheetmetal, but acts as a shear and a flanging tool, as well. With one of these babies and a little practice, you'll be well on your way to fabricator heaven. Here's a hint: When rolling a bead, always start from the center of the panel and work your way out to the edges. If you don't, you'll stretch and bow the sheet, rendering it useless. Believe me, I learned the hard way.