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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?

thanks.

steve
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