February 16, 2008

Dimpling and back-riveting

Category: Elevators (Total 38h) — Steffen @ 15:59 — Hours: 3

This morning I went to my work and made myself a new tool. My squeezer can’t reach many of the holes in the ribs, and using the blind-riveter dimple tool is too time consuming. So I made a dimple tool out of an old visegrip plyers and an old dimple set.

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It is really useful for dimpling a lot of the ribs.
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When I got home, I dimpled both skins and all the understructure. It took me about 1½ hour. I would say I saved at least 45 minutes with this new tool. Great stuff!! 😀
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With all the dimpling done, it was time to backrivet the stiffeners to the skins. Here’s the first row of rivets taped to the skin.
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The right elevator skin done.
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Both skins done…
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Finally I started building the understructures, but ran out of time as we are going out tonight… 🙂
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