Finally getting to the flanging dies. A lot of fun with the fly cutter today. 3 more to go! ( I still need to glue this together and add screws).

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Comment by Bryan Walstrom on March 3, 2015 at 8:13am

I will be using a Harbor Freight Arbor Press. They are normally $49.99. But if you wait you can get a 20% coupon. I only paid $39.99. Probably extends the life of the dies by NOT beating on them. I've been told the press works fine for this application. http://www.harborfreight.com/1-ton-arbor-press-3552.html

Comment by Michael Chesney on March 3, 2015 at 4:36am
Lookibg good! Will you be using a press or hammer?
Comment by Clint L Gosch on February 23, 2015 at 12:09pm
I was able to make mine on a router table without too much trouble, I used the depth control on my router to take many, many very shallow passes until the 45 degree angle was fully formed.
Comment by Larry Nelson on February 23, 2015 at 8:54am
Personally I would look at using a wood lathe for making the dies. or you could purchase some from sonex. Their dies are smaller than the ones in the zenith plans but you do not need to make them. http://www.sonexaircraft.com/kits/scratch/ribs.html#formblocks the dies they sell are 3' and 4".
Comment by Bryan Walstrom on February 23, 2015 at 7:40am

Wow! OK Thanks Larry. Any suggestions on properly holding or operating in a safe manor? I held this down on the table with my left hand using index finger for downward pressure while turning it into the router with my thumb etc. Very Very slowly. I think it took me about 2 minutes to go around the circle as there is a lot of material to remove. I feed in... from the left side (against rotation). This is my first router experience as well.

Comment by Larry Nelson on February 22, 2015 at 11:32pm
Be careful. I lost a finger while making a set. My table router took hold of the wood, kicked back and my index finger was severed. Safety first.

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