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Assar



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:07 pm    Post subject: Shutter stays Reply with quote

Does anyone have a recommendation for shutter stays material?
I haven't found anything thin enough and easy to manipulate and yet still rigid.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The factory originals are Copper. The measurement is in this thread:
https://graflex.org/helpboard/viewtopic.php?t=6445
Copper .009 inch thick, .082 inch wide when folded over.
The aperture stays are the same for all Graflex shutters, only the length changes for the format.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. I'm trying to source copper in just that thickness. Any tips on folding the metal so the stays are straight and even?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Any tips on folding the metal so the stays are straight and even?

Wood workers vise with jaws at least as wide as the curtain you are making the stays for.
https://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-portable-carpenters-vise-95203.html
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=woodworkers+vise
Cut some oak board to fit the jaws and attach it with screws.

Clamp the copper strips between two pieces of hardwood for forming.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Ill give your method a try. I couldn't find .009, but found .01. Hopefully that won't be a problem.
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