Thursday December 15th, 2005|
Fabricated, Started Drilling Panel Reinforcement
Today I started working on the panel reinforcement strip that get's fabbed out of .063 aluminum. This thing runs along the top of the panel so the strip gets these little triangles cut out of them that allows it to follow the curve along the top of the panel. Anyway, this drawing is full scale, so instead of measureing out every single hole I just held the angle to the drawing and transferred the measurements to the angle.
Then I drilled 1/8 inch holes to get the radius of the cut.
Then I drew some guide lines for the cuts.
Errrh...then cut the triangels out on the band saw.
Here's the entire strip in view so you can sort of get an idea of how long this thing is.
After filing all the cuts for this piece I began drilling it to my instrument panel. I still have not completely ruled out the possibility of using the pre-punched panel (for various reasons, budget and simplicity mostly) so I may not rivet the strip on yet. I may wait until later. I'm almost positive that I'm going to not use the pre-punched panel, but we'll see.