Metal Magic Video Series

Whether you're a novice or an experienced builder, our host Paul Dye, a multi-time builder and former NASA Flight Director shows you how to perform essential metal-working tasks and the tools to use for any airplane with metal components.

This series is sponsored by Aircraft Spruce.

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Metal Magic: Blind Rivet Techniques

Paul Dye discusses blind or pull rivets—and why they're not just like hardware-store "pop" rivets.
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Metal Magic: Removing Bad Rivets

How to properly remove bad or damaged rivets. You'll probably do this a lot over the course of an airplane project!
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Metal Magic: Driving and Squeezing Countersunk Rivets

Paul Dye explains how to both drive and squeeze flush rivets and offers handy tips to getting good, repeatable results.
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Metal Magic: Dimpling and Countersinking

Before you can start driving countersunk rivets, you need to know how to dimple or countersink aluminum.
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Metal Magic: Driven Rivets

An introduction to driving round-head rivets with a rivet gun and bucking bar, the staple skill needed for building a metal airplane.
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Metal Magic: Riveting By Squeezing

Best practices for driving round-head rivets with a squeezer.
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Metal Magic: All About Clecoes

The Cleco clamp is the metalworker's best friend.
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Metal Magic: Intro to Riveting

Introduction to driven rivets. Learn how to judge the size of rivets you need and how to tell if you've driven them correctly.
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Metal Magic: Deburring

Holes are drilled so let's get them cleaned up and ready for fasteners. Paul Dye explains the process of deburring holes and edges in...
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Metal Magic: Drilling Like a Pro

It pays to get good with drilling because you'll be doing a lot of it.