Have you always wanted to work with metal? Do composites and all the chemicals that go with them worry you? Do you want to be able to make structures that are not just light, but sturdy and able to take day-to-day abuse? Are you trying to fix a car, or some other vehicle or trying to build a structure that needs to bear a serious load? Then this is a course for you. Learn how to rivet materials together, form sheet into complex shapes that can resist loads and build structures that last and are impervious to the sun and the more resistant to the elements. We will take our skills and apply them to a real-world project towards the end of the session.
What will you learn from this class?
· How to cut, flange, dimple, bend and otherwise shape sheet metal into some basic shapes using basic tools.
· How to determine the number, type and spacing of rivets before you begin assembly
· How to drill, de-bur, dimple and countersink holes for riveting, including locating holes in materials under your undrilled sheet.
· How to pop (aka blind) rivet consistently
· How to solid rivet consistently
· How to form structural components out of sheet metal (e.g. angles, gussets)
· How to create strong structures using differently shaped parts
· How to stress relieve material and stop drill cracks to prevent them from spreading
· How to patch cracked materials and surfaces with riveted patches
What will you make in this class?
· A small frame held together with pop rivets using gussets, square tubing and angle material
· We will ruin a piece of sheet metal and then patch it
· We will add to your frame by riveting some angle brackets and then lay a sheet metal surface (like a floor on a vehicle). We will use various pop and solid rivets
· We will create a short ‘C’ beam using solid rivets and introduce you to ‘webbing’
What will you need?
You will be provided with a small kit containing:
· Consumables like sheet metal, pop and solid rivets, tubing and aluminum angles
· Several 1/8” metal drill bits (you can’t have enough of these)
If you have and would like to bring along the following, feel free to do so, but we will be providing these for your use.
· Pop rivet gun with 1/8” tip
· Corded electric drill (cordless drill batteries will fade quickly)
· Fine metal files
What do you need to know beforehand?
Nothing really. I am assuming you do not know anything about this stuff. A lot of the skills you learn here are transferable to other projects and disciplines
What are some of the tools we will use?
· Rivet guns (pop and solid)
· Bucking bars
· Drill press
· Countersink and Deburing tools
· Dimples and Dies
· Home-made flanging tools (if I make one in time)
· Cleco tools and clecos
· Nibblers and shears
· Snips and shears
· Bending brake
· Rivet cutter
What will it cost?
· The class fee is $40 which includes the consumables