I tried forming a front roof panel using a scrap of 22 AWG sheet. Well what do you know it worked! I surprised myself because I am so bad at forming steel. I need to fix my technique a bit when I bash out the final part. Here are the problems:

  • Chatter marks left by my caulking tool (a flat chisel with the cutting edge ground off). I simply need a wider tool that I can radius nicely to avoid marking up the panels. A modified brick chisel should do the trick.
  • A horrible gap between the old and new panels. I need to mark and cut straighter. Really no excuse for this.
  • The depth of the rail is a little too flat in the middle of the part. I need to mark the curve with a pen to ensure I get the curve right.

Hammer marks everywhere. Wrong caulking tool.

Hammer marks everywhere. Wrong caulking tool.

What the general shape looks like

What the general shape looks like

Eek, what an ugly gap! Mark the metal properly next time.

Eek, what an ugly gap! Mark the metal properly next time.

Another view of the panel

Another view of the panel

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