Saturday, August 10, 2013

A few Pantograph projects

The vise body  below is a cull, I am using it for practice.Letters are .062 high, .012 thick, the reverse negative mold is Metpor , it will withstand 350 degrees and machines better than Butterboard. The letters are made from  GRS fixture material , I could use Cerro metal as well. Once heated and pressed into the mold they can be removed and trimmed with scissors or trimmed with a sharp chisel flush before removing. The vise body is then pocketed using outline geometry for each inlay and fastened with sticky wax before priming the edges. The cull vise body has not been sanded and detailed yet, it will need a few more coats of primer for blending to the contour of vise body.
Skinning this wabbit" was a bigger challenge than doing the vise parts with the pantograph.

I offered to machine a friends 4 inch vise kit if he bought me one. He came out OK as the casting Kits were a little more involved than I had planned.
The overall length of the Wilton bullet vise kits is 4 inches. I decided to make a 1/2 scale of the kit with a few modifications. My castings will have the original Wilton logo and will have the female key way cast into the body eliminating a tedious broaching operation for the movable jaw. 

For more details go HERE


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Last Run of Scrapers

Please note as of 1pm EST on 06/02/2013 all inserts are sold out.

Following a spring cleaning of the shop I found a batch of castings for the Stanley "Bailey" and decided to finish them up. For more pictures on the project go Here
To see Chris's review go to Chris
Or see what Walt Q had to say Walt
Also finished a few more of the chair scrapers. See April 2011 post on this blog or go to chair scrapers
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cerro metal molds

I reached a point in my 1/3 scale wheel lock project where I had all the master parts made and was ready to cast multible parts. In all my past miniature projects I have made various type molds for injecting the wax to be used for investment casting. For the wheel lock I decided to use plastic parts instead of wax because of the greater detail and sharp corners that can be achieved with plastic. In order to inject plastic into a mold I needed a mold material that could hold up to the higher temperatures and pressures used with a plastic injection machine. Following are a few photos of the mold making process and the cheap press I made from scrap parts, It is used to compress the Cerro metal quickly after the molded Cerro is poured in the mold. This compacts the Cerro metal causing a tighter crystal structure in the metal which produces extremely fine detail.Another benefit of the cerro molds is the expansion of the eutectic metal thus parts that are not smaller due to mold shrinkage, the cerro also cools the injected wax or plastic very quick which reduces cycle time of making parts.
To see the 1/3 scale wheel lock project go to Miniature Wheel Lock

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Handles for Small Carving Tools

For More pictures Go HERETo see more details go Here

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Scrapers anyone

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

A plane for Carl Builderback

The blade logo was a modification of the Victor logo, Instead of reading Victor Plane
it was modified and hand engraved to read "BLDRBK PLANE".

My last miniature tool

This was the last miniature tool I did 2 years ago before starting the rifle project. The scale was 3/8 .