It gets even better; I just finished moving my shop into a smaller space. Now I'm obsessed with organizing everything without having to move stuff more than once. Not possible, unfortunately, but I spend a lot of time trying.
It's a good idea! Sometimes I do. Using the french stop makes it more difficult in that the strip is 1/8" narrower after it goes through the die. Here's a picture of one that we do run through twice.
Tool & Die Making; Bracket Die.
Tool & Die Making; Bracket ...View Instructable »
Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that? All these years of hand sharpening drill bits wasted when there is such an obvious solution!
Since I've been hand sharpening my drill bits for 40+ years, I don't see me switching to an extra tool that does an inferior job. The bench grinder needs to be more readily accessible.
You can bend metal by clamping and then hammering. Form rod stock into circles. I use my mill vice as a press to form metal parts. Many things can be done with vices. If I was starting over from scratch, a sturdy bench with a good vice are among the first things I'd get.
Oh I will, I will! But it wont be soon, way too many projects!
I've done horrible things to vices over the year. Most of them don't get documented because my focus is on the project, not what I just used the vice for. Well done!
Nice layout! Having moved my shop once I know it's good to have a plan.
Good plan for limited shop space! My only criticism is if my drill bit is dull and it needs sharpening I have to change the whole setup, then change it back again. Maybe a different pair of tools?
Nicely done! I've been thinking about a slick way to do this, and here it is.
Last Professional Knifemakers Association show I went to were some folks selling stabilized and dyed corncob. Got my poor peabrain working. I guess you could stabilize almost anything. Tried the Minwax and brake bleeder pump on some punky maple I had with some degree of success. Great Instructable! Thanks!
Drawing lubricant is wax based, so a light smear of wax on both side of the blank should help. Try mild cold rolled steel before you do stainless. Next die; incorporate the guide pins into the design and the holes can be drilled while the piece is still in the vise. Your center hole will grow larger due to the direction of the metal movement. This is why holes are sometimes done in a separate operation. Don't worry about the blank moving; it will anyway, and might break your guide pins. The center hole is enough. Once you apply pressure the metal will flow where it will. Oh, and by the way, a watch face is not a "simple" shape! Very nice work!
Knowing the properties of the metal you're working is kinda important. If you had used an off-the-shelf stainless steel shim stock, you might have had different results. For this application stainless steel, annealed is what you want. On the issue of wear on the tool, there are MANY grades of tool steel. Some specifically designed for prototyping form dies. There are numerous tricks and procedures to getting the metal to move the way you wish. You have a very good start. It's been a fun Instructable!
DIY Metal Stamping
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It is! It's a 1995 KZP 1000, Last known active duty was Stapleton Airport in Denver. I got it from a guy that bought three of them at auction. I sold it about a year and a half ago to a guy that wants to build medieval horse armor for it.
You know, they rock & roll way less than I expected. I wish I knew why so I could repeat it. ;)
Ha, ha! Like guilding the lily, eh!
Thanks! I wish I could say that this is the only one like that.
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One of the downsides of the job shop business is that you rarely get to know what a part is for. This policy saves a lot of paperwork as far as intellectual property is concerned. I really don't know.
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Thank you! I guess I'm one of those "anything worth doing is worth overdoing" kind of people. :)
Thank you! I plan on doing more Instructables in the future!
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Thanks! In the job shop world where time is money, taking the time to count parts is bad. Never the less, you are required to know how many parts you have. I think of this as a survival mechanism that saved me from the wrath of a number of foremen.
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