LOUVER DIE INSTRUCTIONS
1. These are $100.00 Louver Dies, not a $5000.00 Commercial Louver Press! But with a little time, effort and PRACTICE, you can make some very nice louvers.
2. The dies seem to work best as set up in figure #1. The dies want to be set up with about zero clearance at the shearing edge. But leaving enough clearance so you can open them after making a louver. A bit of lite oil on the dies will help as well as oiling ALL moving parts on the machine.
3. When moving the Bead Roller shafts to set up the clearance I have found that moving the shaft collar 1/16" and then tightening the set screw doesn't always work because the set screw will go back into the original hole. Turning the shaft collar 1/8 of a turn on the shaft will cure this problem.
4. I only scribe a line for the first louver, then punch the second one off the back of the first louver, see figure #2. Or louvers can be spaced farther apart and even curved.
5. Move the top left outer shaft collar over to the right shaft collar or it will mash the louvers.
6. These dies will work best with 18 gauge or thinner mild steel or aluminum.
7. NEVER run the top die down till it touches the bottom die when punching a louver. The dies are designed to have 1/16" clearance between the dies when the louver is completely formed.
8. Distortion at the ends of the louvers can be removed with a block of wood and a mallet. If the shearing clearance is properly set there should be no clean-up necessary on the edge of the louver, it should be ready to paint, plate or polish.
9. Just think, if you charge your friends and neighbors 50 cents per louver, these dies will be paid for real soon! Go for it - they probably don't like you that much anyway. Enjoy.
10. But first, PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE.
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