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Old 01-10-2018, 12:00 PM
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Default Dimple die vs. bead roller

Hey Y'all!
I've been sidetracked on a house reno but am soon returning to my furniture making and have some sheet metal ideas I want to explore. I'm leaning towards a modern look, some aircraft influence, some hotrod, and am thinking dimple dies would be part of that look. I was looking at affordable hydraulic knockout sets and realized that they were dimensioned to pipe sizes.

First question:
Is there a source for entry-level priced pipe-sized dimple dies? I've found a few sources for pipe dimensioned DDs, but they are pretty pricey. I saw Barbed Wire Offroad mentioned in various spots but they no longer make them.

Second questions:
If I'm looking at larger diameter hole (larger than 2") or irregular shapes, could I use a bead roller to get a similar effect?

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Old 01-10-2018, 03:32 PM
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Irregular shape done with bead roller.
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:46 PM
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I got a set of dimple dies from TMR customs. They work well and I didn't find them too expensive. Here's a link:

https://www.tmrcustoms.com/ca/tools/dimple-dies
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:38 PM
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Thanks Stefan/septimus. I had seen that set but I felt $500 for the set is a bit more than I want to spend for a "unitasker". Even if I pick a range from small to large i'm approaching $300. They really aren't that expensive in the grand scheme but when comparing them to the price of the cheap Eastwoods or for the price of the HF knockout press it's a bit much.

Skip/Sprint Relic, I was wondering if it is possible to get a dimple die appearance on circles using a bead roller. I'm not planning on doing production, limited number of holes, for some one-off pieces of furniture. A bead roller would give me other possibilities whereas a dimple die can simply do on thing.

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Old 01-10-2018, 10:41 PM
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I think metalman Sweden had a video on how to use 2 pipes and a hammer to get the look. You might check his web videos.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:13 PM
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Thanks Eddie!

I went to Metalman's youtube channel and immediately found some useful videos that fit my present budget.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbH_TU3FDx8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjc4NH7t9-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja6F2xchLzU

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep mining Youtube.
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I got mine from here. They work with the HF hydraulic punch set

https://www.r-fabriplus.com/
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:19 AM
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thanks Jim. That's a very reasonable price.
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Old 01-18-2018, 09:37 AM
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Another option:
https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=FT100
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Old 01-18-2018, 10:33 AM
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Bill, that's an interesting site. Cool tool that I didn't know existed.

While looking around on the site I found circle fly cutters and an adjustable circle cutter using a drill/rotary tool.

https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/d...?PRODUCT_ID=5B

https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/d...PRODUCT_ID=HC1

Really have options that I didn't know about.
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