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Old 04-24-2010, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default So i needed a shelf for the radio, shop fab

yea, this is totally random fab but still fun

So i needed a shelf to hold my little radio as i wanted it off my bench, as bench space is at a premium in my little garage.

so i started off with a piece of 20 ga alu sheet i had laying around


Since this was really thin metal i figured i would make it stronger. and i need this to be uber light weight :LOL: so i drilled holes, and just to go that extra step i decieded to dimple them also


i also cut the corners some to keep me from cutting myself. i just used some simple tin snips.

and after i used my box break to bend the sides and back.


and installed in the corner, i set it up to just mount on the wall but figured i would try it in the corner, seemed to work very well. also happend to hit two studs so that worked out perfect.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:19 PM   #2
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anybody make randome crap? if so post up
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Old 04-25-2010, 12:49 PM   #3
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Nice! A few rows of rivets to give it that aircraft sheet metal look would've looked cool.
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:15 PM   #4
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good point. might think about doing that as i do have a crap load of rivets laying around LOL
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:18 PM   #5
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Taking otherwise useless scrap and making something useful is always a plus! Better than junking it. Great job!
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:30 PM   #6
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I love dimple dies...parts just look cooler made with them!

I built my tubing bender from some leftover scraps primarily (the base anyway), and needed a linkage to actuate the recycled hydraulic pump. So I used some sheetmetal and tubing to create this:


Which after some paint and assembly became this:
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:50 PM   #7
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wow, nice job, and man, puts my bender to shame. i did a HF air/hydro conversion on my protools HD bender. I love the linkage setup on that. very smart.
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:03 PM   #8
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Thanks. I had a manual Pro Tools bender for about 17-18 years and it just wore out at all the pivots.

I bought a JD2 Model 4 and decided to upgrade to full hydraulic using some stuff I had laying around which I scavenged from some industrial machinery that was being thrown away. I figured I saved $1800 compared to buying their own full hydraulic setup. I've used air-over-hydraulic before but I like the fact that the full hydraulic works quite a bit faster.
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:16 PM   #9
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yea, thats the worst part is how slow the air over hydroulic is. but at a cost of 60 bucks i cant complain. beats pulling the bar and having to hard mount the bender. i wish i could find a full hydro setup for under 100bucks as that is so much faster. but since i am just a home fab guy dont need to much speed
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What tool do you use to put those dimples in the metal?
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I must have missed that part.
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i noticed one day that the shops computer was sucking in alot of dust and grinding particles.. so i made this up!







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are you guys using pre-made dimple dies, or are you making your own?
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:07 AM   #15
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i bought my set. but you can pick up cheap steel ones on ebay now for cheap. i have one of them and wile not as strong as my good set, it works just fine.
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i bought my set. but you can pick up cheap steel ones on ebay now for cheap. i have one of them and wile not as strong as my good set, it works just fine.
I have a skid plate I'm thinking about putting a few lightening holes in, and I'm thinking about making something that would work instead of buying a full set.
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you can, if you have a lathe and time it should be easy. but for 30 bucks for one, i didnt feel it was worth my time LOL
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FWIW, I got my JMR chromoly dimple dies from VanSant Enterprises. I like them because they are seriously overkill. I've flared 10 gauge steel repeatedly with them and they still look perfect (gotta grease the dies to prevent scratching however). Cheaper dies cannot comfortably flare material thicker than 16 ga I've found, and even then they wear out quickly.

I've even found that if you anneal it first, you can flare 3/16" 6061-T65 aluminum sheet.
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FWIW, I got my JMR chromoly dimple dies from VanSant Enterprises. I like them because they are seriously overkill. I've flared 10 gauge steel repeatedly with them and they still look perfect (gotta grease the dies to prevent scratching however). Cheaper dies cannot comfortably flare material thicker than 16 ga I've found, and even then they wear out quickly.

I've even found that if you anneal it first, you can flare 3/16" 6061-T65 aluminum sheet.
this is exactly right. i also bought the same ones from the same place LOL those ones are pure beef. the cheap ebay ones look the same but are of much softer material. i bought 2 ebay ones to fill the gaps i have in my full set and since i only use them on thin stuff they have been fine. havent tried any 10ga with them though
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