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Need help finding staking tool for eyelets

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by teleamp, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

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    I want to make my own Fender style eyelet boards. I have found the fiber board and eyelets. But, now I want a good staking tool.

    I know that I can use a hammer and punch but would rather have a hand held pliers type device.

    Any ideas or links?

    Thanks
     
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    Newark Electronics has the biggest electronics I know of. I don't know about this specifically but they may likely have what you're looking for.
     
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    Keystone makes one... for $550, doh!
     
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    I'm looking for one that will roll the swagered side and not crush the rounded side.

    I have a Hoffman staking tool.
     
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    I use my drill press with a center punch in the chuck.
     
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    Wiggle a nail punch into the flipside of the eyelet, with the whole kaboodle placed firmly on a hard surface, like the top of a metalwork vice
     
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    I've done that on most of my builds. The only downside was that some of the faces of the eyelets get flattened a bit.

    I was thinking that a gromet plier would do a nice job. A gromet anvil/punch set would work too.

    I found some gromet pliers at a fabric shop today, but they were for 5/32" gromets.
     
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    I got some grommet pliers in my toolbox, but I can never be bothered trying to fidget with 'em. The punch is a simple hunter gatherer's tool
     
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    Hmmm. My wife has something called a cropadile(?). A real big punch/grommet setting tool that she bought for scrapbooking. One of these days I'm gonna borrow it to use to set eyelets in a board.

    it's this one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uscFiPDbcmY
     
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    Hmmmm... I'm thinkin' need t' get me one of 'em crap-a-dial helper ladies
     
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    Exactly, I've been doing it your way for years and want to upgrade. There has to be something like these for a grommet with a .121" hole, even better if it could "reach" to the center of a 3" fiber board.

    Yesterday I went to Harbor freight and the have one that's too big for $2.99.

    Joanns fabric has basically the same tool for about $20 (better quality), but it's for 5/32" grommets so, I don't think it would work well.

    I've just about googgled my eyes out looking, so if anybody hits paydirt, please let me know.
     
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    That's nice, but it's for smaller eyelets. Keystones pn 3077 is the correct punch and anvil for their number 43 eyelets and is about $350 from Mouser, plus I would still need a press and adapters to have a similar setup... (I miss working in the maint dept that I used to work at, I had access to a full machine shop... little did I know, oh well, maybe a mini lathe is in order, I have some gun projects that I would like to do as well.)

    I've got Hoffman stuff, it does OK, but sometime flattens the opposite side whe staking.

    I'm going to try some creative grinding and see if I can grind a punch that will round them over... and I'm staring to think more about that mini lathe... who all wants a good eyelet staking tool?
     
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    What ? this thing won't do what you want? Punches 1/8" and 3/16" holes to the center of a 12"x 12" page and sets the eyelets to match. I was playing with my wife's a little bit and it will punch cleanly through a CD-R.
     
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    Cool, if it matches the eyelet to the hole, then that will work! Thank you!!!
     
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    But isn't that just the same as the crap-a-dial we saw earlier? (minus the helper lady?)
     
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    I'm on dial up and couldn't watch the video, it might be.

    I'm going to buy one and try it, I'll post the results. I should be able to find one in town Monday.
     
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