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Old 03-13-2019, 07:20 AM
Tobi/DFL Tobi/DFL is offline
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Hello together,

after reading in this forum for quite a while without contributing a lot, I now want to share the build of my aluminum bomber style seat with you.
In the past 1 or 2 years I was getting more and more fascinated by the metalshaping skills of many people I have seen in the internet and started to read an re-read books, watch videos and suck in as much information about the topic as possible.

As we all know the best way to learn something is to do it so I looked for a project which would teach me how to form metal by hand and with the help of some basic machines but still be something that can be used afterwards.
On youtube I saw a video by Ron Covell in which he makes a aluminum bomber seat. I loved the look oft he seat so much that I wanted to give it a try by myself.

After countless hours of work and making some mistakes on my way I am now finished with the seat. Itīs by far rougher than the seat by Mr. Covell but I am happy with the result anyway.

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Tobi

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Old 03-13-2019, 07:45 AM
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Great job. Great result.

He recently I tested the 1mm steel sheet seat. You could make it in one piece.

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Old 03-13-2019, 09:36 AM
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Very nice work! They would look right at home in a very light car or a Bomber. I'd like to make a set for my Okrassa powered Beetle in the future.

PS: I really like your dining room chairs!
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:57 AM
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Great job on your Bomber Seat! I'm amazed at the close spacing you were able to get the belled holes. The Mittler Brothers dies I use have a 1/4-inch (6.25mm) flat around the edges.
Can you post pictures of your belling dies?
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:47 PM
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Superb job Tobi. I'd be proud to have done that.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:15 PM
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Top job Tobi. Please don't read any more books as you will put the rest of us to shame!
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:54 PM
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Very cool. Great job, Tobi.

When I saw it next to the table with the other "normal" chairs, it made me think that you could make a whole set for your table....
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:54 PM
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very cool seats, I need to make a couple speedster seats for my project, in the not too distant future, thanks for showing your work
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:17 PM
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Hi,

Nice looking seat, I always liked the style of them.

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Old 03-14-2019, 01:35 AM
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Wow, thanks for all the compliments! That motivates me to go on!


@Ron: I made my own dimple dies on my lathe. When I saw that I have clearing issues with the die because of the too tightly spaced holes I reduced the outer lip of the dimple die (see pic). Interestingly it didnīt affect the quality of the dimple.


@clifford & gashammer: funny that you mentioned the chairs. I donīt have a car for this seat so I want to make it a rocking chair (see the attached pic with a sample base). I just the materials to try to make the base by myself as well.


@Jaroslay & Neilb: I always loved the style of the original Porsche Speedster seats and was thinking how to make those in one piece. When I see the example from Jaroslav I think I should just give it a try.

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