I was thinking if I do a Chevy bowtie on my manual mill it might be easier to do it as a male because I'd need to reposition the part to do the 45s and that's tougher to do as a pocket. Not saying it can't be done or is particularly complicated, just would be easier if I didn't have to control start and stop positions and try to line then up with previous cuts. Also depending on if I do it male or female I will get either inside or outside radiused / sharp corners. Wish I had CNC.
Yer overthinking it.
The pocket is the same difficulty if not simpler machining wise.
Generally you do not have sharp corners anywhere and generating the corner radii is simpler in the pocket, particularly on a manual machine, as it can be ground into the cutter if it is not available off the shelf.
I would make a backing plate with two threaded holes for locators, then get all the dies laser cut out of suitable plate. It's that cheap for cutting these days I find myself ordering stuff just to save buying a full sheet of material.
Your right. This particular build was a purchase of a glass body and that was it. Frame up build with no kit parts at all. This was supposed to be the best glass body available and for the most part it was fairly close from side to side. But like any custom aftermarket fabricating it doesn't take very long to find out where one side is wider from center than the other. lol Guess that is the big trick, making it look like its not off.
Last edited by METAL TWISTER; 03-21-2013 at 03:27 PM.
Thanks, it was a fun job and Mr. Customer really likes it. That ultimately makes it all good and worth the extra effort. I happened to mention to him that I had a project i wanted to do with some leather. He came in the other day and turned me onto a beautiful tanned hide as a thank you. Made my day!
I just noticed a bunch of my photobucket pics have disappeared form this thread. If there is anyway to un lock this thread I would be more than happy to reload them so this thread makes since once again? I think they were lost when Photobucket re organized. Until then I started manufacturing custom roll pans for Model A Fords. It is something that has always bugged me about a really cool car. I advertise them as the thing that Henry forgot to do...
The pan is fairly straight forward if you have a really straight Model A to use as a fixture to build them off of. I make them in a smooth pan or with the mirror image bead lines which give it a more original look and the smooth pan gives more of a custom look. The corners are formed with the power hammer and then cut to shape and modified to fit ect.
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Thanks, I didn't do the suspension work on this truck. If I had of it wouldn't of been that simple! LOL I found the key is to take your time and think it through before ever picking up a tool! I have done this for so long its almost a second nature kind of thing. My mind wonders off and I come back and its almost done! LOL Thanks for the kind words.
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