“I recently got a set of the Mittler Brothers Punch and Flare tools. These are made in seven sizes, from 1 inch to 3 inches in diameter, and they are cleverly designed to both punch the hole and flare the edge in one operation. I wanted to use every size for my seat, and my design is based on how these progressive hole sizes could be used in a pleasing pattern.”—“Making a Bomber Seat: Modern Sheetmetal Working will give you an Old-Time Look” by Ron Covell in Street Rodder (July 2014 Issue)
Specialty Punch and Flare Tools for Sheet Metal Fabrications
In “Making a Bomber Seat: Modern Sheetmetal Working will give you an Old-Time Look” in Street Rodder, sheet metal artist Ron Covell shows readers a point-by-point example of how he made two classic, aircraft-style bomber seats for cars—other applications could include seats for aircraft restoration projects, racecars and for motorcycles.
Covell indicates to readers how to experiment with Mittler Brothers Punch and Flare tools to create the classic styles of holes in seats that are popular with sheet metal artists and for automotive customization.
By utilizing progressively larger hole-sizing in bent aluminum, along with any Punch and Flares for circles and custom shapes, Covell experimented with the intended design to create his preferred shapes. He then proceeded to make two seats for this project and gives a step-by-step breakdown of the process. By experimenting with your design, using the correct tools including Bead Rollers and/or Rotary Machines with standardized holes and irregular shapes for artwork, you can completely customize your fabrications.
Instructional Videos about Sheet Metal Fabrication Techniques by Ron Covell
We urge you to take a look at the article and read through Covell’s breakdown of creating initial punches, creating larger holes and working with bent aluminum. Covell was quite pleased with the outcome. You can use this step-by-step process to replicate seats, or you can learn the basics and advanced sheet metal fabrication techniques direct from Covell with an innovative series of Instructional DVDs including several titles on sheet metalworking and bead rolling. A few of the instructional titles we have available from Ron Covell (and Ron Fournier) include: Beading Machine Basics, Shaping Aluminum with Hand Tools, Working with Tubing, Basic Techniques for Working Steel, High Power Metalshaping, TIG Welding Basics, Advanced TIG Welding, English Wheel Techniques, or Hammer Forming. We also have other titles by Ron Fournier and Jamey Jordan.
Visit Mittler Brothers for Sheet Metal Fabrication Tools
Individual sheet metal artists, machinists, auto body shops, racing teams, and other businesses are welcome to contact Mittler Brothers direct with any questions about our product lines of Bead Rollers, Rotary Machines, Punches and Flares, Art Rolls and Bead Rolls that are ideal for custom sheet metal fabrication projects. You can contact us direct for sales assistance, or visit our online store. You may reach us nationwide at 800-467-2464.
Feel free to download the 2014 Mittler Bros./Tanner Racing Products Catalog or request a print copy of the 2014 Product Catalog for your business or later reference.