Homebuilt metal forming tools

Discussion in 'Workshop Tips and Secrets / Tools' started by Othman, May 26, 2006.

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  1. Feb 11, 2010 #41

    Dana

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    That looks beautiful, but it's way overkill for my purposes... and my goal is to build an airplane, not shop tools.

    I think the simple one in the link I posted (direct link here) or something similar will be more than adequate for my needs.

    And who knows? At this point I'm just doing the design, and verifying that I can build anything I design. Actual construction is still a few years away. I may well ask a friend in a local sheet metal shop for a favor, but I don't want to design anything I can't build in y own shop.

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  2. Feb 11, 2010 #42

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    Dana,
    Another thought is to go to a local heating and air company. One who does new construction installations. They have the big sheet metal brakes and may for a nominal fee bend whatever you need.

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  3. Feb 11, 2010 #43

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    This site has a lot of cheap tool ideas
    Tools
     
  4. Sep 23, 2010 #44

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    Sorry if someone else posted this, I am in a hurry to go to work, but didn't want to forget to post it.
    Hope it helps, works well, mine is 10 ft long. get the heaviest hinge you can.
     
  5. Sep 24, 2010 #45

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    There are plans for a brake here:Brake Plans
    or click on left side under "tools" to get many other ideas

    Jim
     
  6. Sep 28, 2010 #46

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    Re: Added notes

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    Where did you get your Jewelers saw?
     
  7. Apr 27, 2011 #47

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    I know, an older thread. But still helpful.

    The P-800 appears to be discontinued, and the successor is the PC-L Model 1090486:

    Welcome to Olfa

    I found it for a reasonable price here:

    OLFA Cutter Plastic Laminate PC-L Model 1090486

    Ordered one, I hope they also ship. ;)

    Holger


     
  8. May 4, 2011 #48

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    A heavy duty scoring knife can be found in the tile section of your local building supply store...(Lowes,HomeDepot,etc.)
    It's 1/8" steel, with carbide tips.
    I also found some replacement scoring blades (Kobalt brand) for use in a standard utility knife.
     
  9. May 4, 2011 #49

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    How about tools, jigs and techniques for cutting and bending .125" 4130 plate? I have arthritis in my thumbs so am always looking for ways to avoid pulling and grunting by hand.

    The Flitzer biplane method uses many reinforcing and mount plates for the spruce and plywood airframe. Most are sized from 2x2" to 4x2", with the largest piece being an engine mount plate of about 2x6-8". The bends are almost all 90 degrees, with a few 30-45.

    The photo shows the water-cut set for the standard Flitzer Z-21 - my F.2 Tiger will use some of those and have at least one or two dozen unique parts. -Dan

    FlitzerNestedProfiles.jpg
     
  10. May 8, 2011 #50

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    IMG_0365.jpg IMG_0364.jpg IMG_0363.jpg IMG_0366.jpg Scoring knife/blades from Lowes
     
  11. May 29, 2011 #51

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    That looks Laser cut.... I see heat....
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    Gotta Fly...
     
  12. May 30, 2011 #52

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    Not heat. Rust. 4130 VERY quickly gets a red tinge after being abrasive cut right next to the cut line, if it isn't protected after removing from the tank. It's not a problem. Just pop the pieces in the tumbler for a few minutes and it's all gone.
     

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