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Old 05-22-2020, 05:37 PM
Ken Patton Ken Patton is offline
 
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I need an idea of how large to build my support platform to hold the material parallel to my DRDT-2 Dimpler. I have a 8x4 worktable that it will all sit on top of.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:59 PM
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I went "the other way". I cut a hole in my table (big enough to place the DRDT into it), and sat the DRDT on a reinforced bottom of the table, so that the dimpling die was level with the table top. This left me with 2' either side, and about a foot in front (much more than that becomes an uncomfortable reach). When I needed the whole table, I took it out. (BTW, although it's heavy, I suggest bolting it down to the table).
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:05 PM
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Thatís sounds like a good idea. Although Iím using the (underneath) of the table for storage right now, I could probably make that work. Iíll let you know what I come up with. Thanks for the reply and stay safe and healthy.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:02 PM
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I have 2 work benches. I put a 2 x 4 on the end of each bench, screwed to the 2 end legs. They are down from the table top about 7 3/4 inches. When I want to dimple, I set the 2 two benches about a foot apart end to end, place a piece of 3/4 in plywood between them on top of those 2 x4s and set the DRDT between the benches. The material I am working with then sits flush with the bench tops.
I'd send a pic but I haven't mastered that on this site
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:26 PM
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Similar. I have a 4'x4'x4" platform. Place the two EAA benches side by side. Clamp the platform and start dimpling. I'm a C-Frame builder and the business end is close to the edge so it's over the sturdy area.
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:16 AM
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I have a large table made from a solid door and two card board boxes from some parts I use to support the aluminum. I use c clamps to hold the drdt, sometimes in the middle of the table sometimes on the ends. I like the boxes for support as it seems each sheet of material needs numerous different orientations to get to all the holes.
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Old 05-23-2020, 11:59 AM
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Old 05-23-2020, 02:28 PM
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I have 2 work benches. I put a 2 x 4 on the end of each bench, screwed to the 2 end legs. They are down from the table top about 7 3/4 inches. When I want to dimple, I set the 2 two benches about a foot apart end to end, place a piece of 3/4 in plywood between them on top of those 2 x4s and set the DRDT between the benches. The material I am working with then sits flush with the bench tops.
I'd send a pic but I haven't mastered that on this site
This is how I do it.
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Old 05-23-2020, 02:37 PM
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I just bolted the drt2 to the Middle of my eaa table. Then used ~1 1/2Ē styrofoam from the aviation isle at home depot to build a foam boArd table on each side At the height of the dimple die Using construction adhesive. Simple and light weight. I would tape the foam extensions to the table when using so they wouldnt move.
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