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Fluting tool - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:37 am

Hey Guys,

I made a different tool for rolling tubes and Piper channel...

But still need one of those Fluting tools once in a while...

I tried buying one locally.... But they weren't what I needed...

So I looked at Aircraft Tools.... and looked at how others have built them...

OK... Lemme Splain,

First... I had a piece of crap tool that I probably saved for just this occasion...

It worked... But it could be better.... OK... it was Crap !

Second... I had repaired a Vise Grip I found 30 years ago... and it was perfect for this Mod.

A little welding on it and I had a flat surface to mount the round stock...

Eyeball engineering... I spaced the round stock and welded it... Was I done already ?

It looked like the other Home built Flutters...

Gotta Fly...
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PS Something I like about this one over my first...
This one can be "Set"... and the same pressure is applied to each crimp... Consistency
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Re: Fluting tool - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:44 am

OK... Lemme Splain Summo...
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Here's how it worked....

Hmmm, It works great... But I don't like that "Lump" in the crimp...

Something I thought about before welding on the round stock...( Stainless Steel )

was "Tapering" all three pieces before welding...

But I didn't see anybody else had that... I thought maybe that would be Overkill...

I'm gonna have to experiment...
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Re: Fluting tool - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:52 am

OK... Let's test out some tapering ...

Now the tool goes into the area "deeper"...

and it doesn't have that nasty "Bump" at each crimp...

The grinding / Taper could have been better if I did it BEFORE welding...

But the end results are mainly what I'm looking for...

Just a note... The hump/bump that the flutter was originally producing

might have been fine for some things...

But I'm using this on my "Stringers"... and those Bumps might show.
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Re: Fluting tool - Homemade

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:56 am

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Wrapping things up...

Here's the Crimps side by side...

Nuff said...

Buy a cheap pair of Vise Grips and Tapper the rods first...
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