Started fluting the ribs this morning to straighten them from the manufacturing process that leaves them slightly bowed. All the ribs are high in the center so I started by adding flutes to the center and working my way out towards the tips. I did 3 or 4 flutes in one side and then did the same on the other side. I used deeper fluting in the middle to "pull it down" and lighter flutes outboard. If I fluted too much the rib would go from being high in the center to high on the end. If this happens I used the hand seamer to flatten out the flutes and correct the rib. Very "trial and error" but fun! I got about half way through the main ribs in an hour.
Before. Notice the large bow in the middle - the idea is to get them to lay flat.
Using the fluting pliars to shrink the flange by varying the flute dept and change the shape.
Finished product - laying flat against the table top.