View Full Version : Well, I have made a few simple things..but am a bit proud of them...

03-17-2014, 09:58 PM
First up is a jig that holds a double end stud so that it can be marked with our stamp. The stud in the picture is actually a defect..but you get idea. The stamp is held in the body of the jig..I did it this way as then I had less to figure out on placement of the jig etc.

The most pleasing part was I drew and built this in about 3 hours...with only 2 or 3 mistakes that didnt affect the build ( I had trouble aligning holes..)

The machine used is a little 3 ton punch press we are using. Just did 10,000 pieces in 2 days..another 40k to go


I will have to do another post for more...

03-17-2014, 10:06 PM
This is a small grinding jig..nothing special, except I made it quickly and efficiently with minimal errors, which makes me feel good.

The whole point of this jig is the grind 45degree relief on small studs..


03-17-2014, 10:15 PM
Last up is my corrugated plastic splash guard....Its not perfect..but its effective and a big step up. Best part..cost me less than $50 bucks.

Finished... Unpainted

The back installed


Front side painted with enamel spray paint



03-17-2014, 10:17 PM
Here is a jig I made.. my "first" so to speak.

This holds a stud so we can deform the thread at 2 different spots....This jig has seen about 50k stamps actions in the last year.



03-17-2014, 10:20 PM
And last..but not least.. My machine skates. These could have been better built...but this allows me to move my 14x40 lathe all by myself with the help of a pinch bar...

I will probably rebuild these as I have used them a few times, but I know I can do better.



03-18-2014, 11:22 AM
Nice splash guard. A good source for that plastic corrugated is illegal advertising signs.

03-18-2014, 11:58 AM
Is that a blue plastic stud or is it a coating of some sort? If plastic; weird, what is it used for?

03-18-2014, 02:52 PM
Is that a blue plastic stud or is it a coating of some sort? If plastic; weird, what is it used for?

The blue is a Teflon coating used primarily for lubricity. Most people I deal with assume its for corrosion protection. It of course helps with corrosion protection, but Teflon is porous. . Other than a plain stud, Teflon coated is the next biggest selling product we manufacture by weight..

03-18-2014, 04:22 PM
I think those whatsits are pretty damn cool. Being able to make your own tools is something to aspire to. I'm slowly getting the hang of machining, but I'd really love to learn to weld as that opens up a whole load of options.

bob ward
03-19-2014, 08:40 AM
Good to see those cuemaker, thanks for sharing.

It takes me back to when I first joined this forum, coming up 7 years now (I know, I'm just a pup) and probably two thirds of the posts were about stuff people had made or were making.