SBC VII: It All Came Together

Base of SBC VII - full of tube in tube rivets ©2015 WTEK
Base of SBC VII – full of tube in tube rivets ©2015 WTEK

Yes, I know that technically tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, the traditional day for my Super Bowl Challenge. But I finished this year’s bowl early and I’m trying to keep up with my “Post Every 4 Days” goal, so you get early coverage.

I’m really happy with the manner in which this bowl came about. It looks the way I wanted it to (pretty much from “in head vision” to completion) and it came together without any drama or last minute fixes. I did have to run out and get a new drill bit because it got too dull though. That’s what you get when you have 38 holes to drill… mostly in nickel.

How it looks while I'm measuring the inner tubes... ©2015 WTEK
How it looks while I’m measuring the inner tubes… ©2015 WTEK

This is basically how the steps went:

    • Use a paper mock-up to get the layout of the bowl and size of the pieces I need
    • Cut the metal out
    • Foldform the metal and form into a curved shape
    • Fit the metal pieces together
    • Drill holes in bottom and 4 rectangle pieces
    • Cut spacer tubes (for entire piece) and inner tubes for each of the base rivets
    • drill holes in two brass pieces
First side together ©2015 WTEK
First side together ©2015 WTEK
  • cut inner tubes for brass pieces
  • rivet 4 rectangle pieces and 2 brass pieces onto the base
  • drill holes in 2 remaining nickel pieces
  • cut remaining inner tubes
  • rivet the final pieces on and tighten everything up

Of course there was all kind of finagling to get the rivets placed correctly, filing and finishing, and waxing of the entire piece. This also doesn’t give you a sense of how to tube rivet all of this together, but it does give an idea of what I did to get it all together.

What about you?

Most of it together ©2015 WTEK
Most of it together ©2015 WTEK

Have you created your own Super Bowl? Are you planning to get one done tomorrow? Make sure to add photos to the SBC VII Flickr page and/or leave a link to a blog post here in the comments. I’ll post about the participant bowls later this week, so make sure I can find your bowl.

Previous SBC VII Post: SBC VII – It Begins

All but one piece riveted on (can you tell which 2 pieces aren't waxed?) ©2015 WTEK
All but one piece riveted on (can you tell which 2 pieces aren’t waxed?) ©2015 WTEK
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75"h x 13.5"w x 13.5"d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75″h x 13.5″w x 13.5″d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75"h x 13.5"w x 13.5"d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75″h x 13.5″w x 13.5″d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75"h x 13.5"w x 13.5"d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75″h x 13.5″w x 13.5″d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75"h x 13.5"w x 13.5"d
SBC VII ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass, copper 3.75″h x 13.5″w x 13.5″d