Monday, March 6, 2017

Chair scrape made for Paul Hamler You Tube channel

Easy style chair scrape made with a few common hand tools.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

CNC a Kentucky longrifle stock

Blank stocks Ready for CNC

Three fixtures for holding blank stock while being  machined.

One sixth scale 

For more details goHere

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Small Draw Knife

I found an old jointer knife laying around the shop and had an AH HA moment. "That would
make a good draw knife blade"

It worked so great I made a champer guide for it.

Back view.
For an update on the miniature Wilton vises go

Screw heads are .2 inches engraved HT letter height is .062

Friday, January 29, 2016

  Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn occasionally !!!

Making a continuous closed loop sanding belt.


Old style sanding block on top  uses an open piece of paper.When front of paper wears you have to discard whole strip.
New design on bottom uses a continuous loop belt. When front wears the belt tension can be backed off enabling the belt to be rotated to a fresh spot.
The challenge was to be able to easily make the new continuous loop sanding belt for the new design block.  I'll provide a brief overview on making a continuous belt. For more details go HERE




Supplies needed to make a continuous belt.
Small section of cloth backed shop roll. 3M micro finishing film. The micro finishing paper is mi-liar backed.
A good brand of super glue.





A small section of the 3m micro finishing film is super glued to the cloth backed shop roll

Add glue to the other end.

Squeeze the joint.

I have found this splice using the mi-liar paper on a cloth backed shop roll makes an extremely tough and strong joint. I use the same process for belts that are power driven.

Because the mi-liar accepts super glue so well I have had great success with different belt materials other than a cloth back paper. 




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Quick and dirty Spring Winder

Making small springs for miniature Colt

 The winder was fabricated using some scrap 80/20 parts in the scrap bin and a 5C spin fixture.Using a tail stock type support for the extra small mandrels will enable me to turn those extra small compression springs for the miniature Colt 1911.
The split Boxwood and brass thumb screw provides a safe and clean way to adjust tension on the piano wire as it is being rolled around the mandrel


 Above picture shows a rectangle mandrel installed for forming the rectangle magazine spring.

The spring above was "Stressed Relieved" before removing spring from the Mandrel.
This prevents the spring from being distorted when removed.To see what a non stress releived rectangle spring looks like and more pictures of the spring winder go.HERE 
The spring winder photos are at the end.  


Monday, September 29, 2014

New design sanding block that has the ability to tighten the sand paper after installing .The design will support almost any thickness of paper.

For more info go HERE

Sunday, September 21, 2014