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Old 12-23-2012, 11:32 AM   #15
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I just visited Airparts. Nice selection. Glad to see they can ship. I've just ordered a catalog for now. I've got some aluminum on hand right now that I can start practicing with.

A couple questions though, Frank: 1) Do you have a good method for making the aluminum flat again once you get the roll? We do this to steel at work but of course it's done with multi-thousand dollar straightener machines. I'm assuming in one's shop or garage there's a simpler and cheaper method? Then again, you've probably invested in a metal brake and roller. 2) what thickness would you recommend for building cabinet doors? I plan to hem the edges so it has to be very bendable and I also plan to *try* to roll the doors into the Airstream arc of the 70's cabinets. But, more importantly is that when the door is pulled open that it does not flex too much.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #16
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Not to be a smart ask, but the answer to #1 is take it out of the box. It is aluminum, not steel.
To the second question I would use .040. To make it rigid, you will need to make some rather complex back bends. You might consider a small angle or bar as an internal support. I am not exactly sure of the design, so kind of hard to advise on this this.
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I never figured aluminum rolled into a tube that is ship-able size would spring back to flat!
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #18
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the box is 18"x 18"x48". If you buy 5052 it will hold a little curve, but the rest will go flat right away.
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