UHMW flange dies dont work every well

Well I made a 4.5 inch flange die tonight and am less than pleased.  It doesn't make the flange very good.  I cant see if the plastic is giving under pressure or what.  Anyway I will not be making anymore, sorry to get your hopes up (and mine)   but I just dont think they are worth the effort and mess.  It looks like I got 2 feet of snow on my lathe.  I will try other materials and keep you up to date.  Sorry Jesse.

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Comment by Casey Zechmann on April 21, 2011 at 10:08pm

I made my flange dies out of hard wood.  I could walk you through the process some time.  They are nice and strong. It took some time to make, but worth it. 



Comment by Jesse Hartman on March 21, 2011 at 8:54pm
yea kinda of a bummer.  I will  be able to use the material for other machine jobs.  the dies in the video are made out of oak, and hold up pretty good.
Comment by Gary Lee Weber on March 21, 2011 at 5:54pm


Sorry to hear that your hard work was for naught.  Hope that you'll be able to find some use for the material you bought,  Just wondering what material you used for the dies on the press in your video?

I guess that's why our planes are clasified "experimental". 


Comment by Roger E Barnes on March 17, 2011 at 9:29pm
check out the Bob Stick on Hints for Homebuilders.

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