I'm working on a project (it's a visual pun -- because if you're going to name an engine part after a body part, it should look like the body part, right?)
Basically I'm making a model airplane muffler (of a style called a _tongue_ muffler, hence the near-obsessive search for a solution just to make a god-damned PUN) by soldering two aluminum shells together (see pictures). Later I'll solder the shells to a base that bolts to the engine. If I just make one shell a little undersized compared to the other and squeeze them together, I have a honkin' big seam that I'll need to fill and file to get everything looking nice.
So I'd like to make a shell, then roll a little bead in it, then solder everything together.
But I can't find any little bead rollers!!!
So, does anyone have any suggestions for what to do (other than perhaps to abandon the project, or see a good shrink?) I'm thinking that for a roller all I need are a pair of little wheels that are machined with the correct 1/32" step, rounded to fit the interior of the shell, running on bearings in a block and geared together.
Does that sound about right, or is there something I'm missing? I'd like to make the amount of squeeze between the rollers at least somewhat adjustable -- are there any known-good ways to do that, or is it unnecessary?
Thanks in advance.
The pictures are here: