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    Posted: Nov 15 2009 at 3:29pm
One of the final assembly steps of the tender is to install the railing around the rear of the tender. RMI supplies the short vertical tabs that are tapped for 1/4-20 screws. They also supply 2 each 8 foot lengths of 3/4" x 1/8" steel strap and some large rivets.
 
The vertical tabs are screwed in place and then the strap is held to the vertical tabs by C clamps. The strap is drilled from the rear using the holes in the tabs as a guide. The first rivet is installed and then dimension checked against the tender top so it is even all around.
The metal strap is then bent around the corner trying to keep the same radius as the tender body.
 
Many C clamps are used to hold the strap in place and to form the radius. Here I am using the rivet bucking bar that I made as a form for the radius bend. Working my way around it with the C clamps, putting in small bends as I go.
 
 
After the strap was completely bent around and riveted in place, the excess was sawed off with a hacksaw so it was flush and the edges were ground smoothed with a hand held grinder.
 
This railing will be removed from the tender and powder coated black. The tender will be powder coated dark blue.
 


Edited by PhilC - Nov 30 2009 at 9:55am
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Almost done with the tender, now the fun will begin.
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Ready to come over and do some more welding?
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Wednesday sound good?
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Sounds good to me.

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