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Old 05-28-2017, 06:20 PM
MarioManzano MarioManzano is offline
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How in the world do I file this to size ?
Also, does anyone have a jig they're done with and want to get rid of ?

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Old 05-28-2017, 09:22 PM
David Paule David Paule is online now
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I bandsawed mine to rough shape. Cut it close to the line and go slowly. Be careful! Then I used a Vixen file (I prefer the fine-tooth side) to smooth it. That leaves a pretty good surface, but a fine mill file did the rest.

This general process works an a lot of RV-3B parts.

A belt sander with a 100 grit or a fine-grit blade will do if a Vixen file isn't available, but the Vixen is the tool to have. I use mine a lot. If you don't have a band saw you can use a cut-off wheel but it'll take longer and might overheat the bar. I'd regard the band saw, Vixen file and fine mill file as the tools of choice.

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Old 05-31-2017, 05:51 PM
MarioManzano MarioManzano is offline
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Thanks Dave
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:39 PM
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Layout your rivet line and locations before you cut out the part. Double check edge distances etc... I ruined mine after spending a bunch of time on cutting out the part not doing that.
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