68. Bending Beams / Pipe-threader Repair

In this episode, I finish twisting the beam shelves into place, bending them into their final positions forward and aft. I receive the repaired part of the pipe threading machine in the mail back from Keith Rucker, who brazed together the broken pieces and replaced the bushings. After reassembling the threading machine, it works wonderfully.
Finally, I need to work out an efficient way to fabricate bolts to fasten the beam shelves to the frames, and so I make a few haphazard jibs to help. Pancho takes a bath, and I find another Shipwright to work on the project with me!


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68. Bending Beams / Pipe-threader Repair (Tally Ho EP68)

12 thoughts on “68. Bending Beams / Pipe-threader Repair

  1. Is it possible to thread the washer and bolt then weld the two. With tighter holes to create friction, would this enable you too tighten the bolts?

  2. I’m not sure how you plan to keep the whole bolt from turning during installation, and final torque, maybe an undersized hole and friction.
    Well that is just my two cents, be well and I look forward your videos.

  3. Dear Leo, I thoroughly enjoy watching your videos, keep them coming. One suggestion: that Macaw is desperate for a proper bath… Please give him a decent sized bird bath. He will love it and bless you for it…!! Cheers… Penny

  4. Good afternoon Leo;
    I hope you and yours are doing well, and are staying safe in these crazy times.
    I just finished watching video #68, and may have an idea for making the heads on your beam shelf bolts. Have you tried, or considered using a pneumatic hammer? I am an aircraft maintenance technician, you are probably aware, that aircraft an wooden ships share a lot, when it comes construction methods, ie frames, ribs, and longerons granted terminology differs, but the function is similar.
    So, back to your bronze bolts my suggestion it thread them first, then make your heads, by altering your jig slightly with a threaded hole to support the bolt, and protect your theads. This should hold the bolt solidly. Try to design your jig to have just enough rod protruding from your anvil, by an amount to equal 1- 1/2 times your diameter, shape your head to a height of 1/2 diameter of the rod. These are the general rules for solid rivets in aircraft structure.

    I’m not sure how you plan to keep the whole bolt from turning during installation, and final torque, maybe an undersized hole and friction.
    Well that is just my two cents, be well and I look forward your videos.

  5. Hi Leo

    Another great video thanks – I also watched Keith’s video at Vintage Machinery which was very interesting and well done. Plus – while watching the latest Western Flyer video – I see you made a cameo appearance – inspecting their planer on a lazy Susan – which was very cool.

    The Western Flyer is a really awesome project and worth a visit by any of your supporters – shows what a “team” of shipwrights can do – very impressive work.

    Cheers
    Doug Bullock
    Toronto, Canada.

  6. Improvisation is what keep the project moving – well done on the thread cutting machine!

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