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Old 08-05-2017, 12:29 PM
birddog486 birddog486 is offline
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Default Dimpling with DRDT2

I'm using the DRDT2 and I'm curious if others experience this very small gap around the edge of the rivets as if the dimple is maybe to deep or the shape of the die has something to do with it.

After dimpling I have witness marks from the dies on both sides and using a razor shows the top of the rivet is flush with the skin, also I've tried using a very soft preload or enough I thought I would break the handle off but that doesn't change the shape of the dimple.

I've used the reflection test and the dimples seem to leave the surrounding skin very flat but I can slip a piece of paper under the edge of the rivet a couple thousandths before and after I set them.

I'll try to attach a pic but I'm not sure if it'll show.

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Old 08-05-2017, 12:52 PM
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That does not look right. I would buy a new dimple set. It is not the DRDT2.
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Old 08-05-2017, 01:04 PM
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I should have mentioned I'm using cleaveland dies and have several sets and many sizes and they all produce the same results. The reflection looks strange in the pic because of the angle, there is no noticeable skin deformation beyond the reflection.

The pic is zoomed in close trying to show the edge of the rivet. I cant catch a nail on the edge though.

I was able to get a clearer picture and replaced the one in the first post.

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Old 08-05-2017, 02:15 PM
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I am a newbie at this but thT looks like a dimple from tank dies or substructure dies

If you could see a part number on the die you could verify they are not one of these thpe.. you want to use regualr dies, not tank dies or substructure dies.
Also when you put a straight edge up to it., you shouldnt see light above the rivet.
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Old 08-05-2017, 04:18 PM
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I like to see a witness mark on the surface for the die, perhaps try increasing the closure, 1/4 turn at a time?
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Old 08-05-2017, 04:26 PM
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how thick is that practice sheet stock?
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Old 08-05-2017, 05:33 PM
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The scrap sheet is .025 I have three sets of standard 3/32 Cleaveland dies and all three sets dimple like this. I have the DRDT2 screwed to the bench and I've gone from a light preload to setting it so tight I was afraid the handle would break and everywhere in between with no difference in the dimple.

I'm guessing I should contact Cleaveland about this. I've bought all three sets since November (I modified one set and another is in a holder for the rivet gun)

All the riveted pieces are fairly smooth and have minimal reflection around the rivets but I'm moving along fairly fast and figure before I'm done building I should probably have at least one perfect rivet.

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Old 08-05-2017, 07:56 PM
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Default Me too

have same issue on 2 sets
both Cleveland!
purchased 2nd set to compare and was thinking if 2 sets purchased 6 month a part are same it must be normal

I guess not!!

Can some one post nice clear picture how it should look
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:14 PM
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Have you tried using a squeezer instead of the DRDT-2 to see if you get the same results?

I have Avery dies and use the Avery squeezer, DRDT-2 and pneumatic squeezer and have good results with all 3.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:43 PM
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Borrow a C Frame and try it with a reasonably lightweight steel hammer, you will probably see a nice difference. The sound will tell you. Cleveland dies are very good.

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