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Bernd
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  4:43:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Today I made a jig for cutting the sticks to length. It's a piece of aluminum with a .155" wide by .155" deep slot. A small cross milling at the closed end provides a stop for the sticks to butt against. A slot .022" thick was cut .230" from the blind end end to guide a razor saw.



The first cut blocks and the jig loaded to to cut more.





The first blocks laid up to see if this whole idea will work.



Next on the agenda is to cut a few hundred and glue to a trail wall to see how it'll all work out. So this will be the last post for a while until I get a test wall set up.

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  5:09:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Taig mill doesn't change over to do horizontal milling, which is a bit of a bummer. HSS saw? I thought you were going to gang cut those blocks, after the first thousand, you'll be thinking that too. They do look super though!

Jim

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Edited by - BurleyJim on 12/05/2019 5:14:59 PM
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Carl B
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  5:51:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks good to me! [:-thumbu]
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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  7:22:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Bernd, you're too much with the make your own tools department.

Frank
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George D
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:07:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those blocks look good, Bernd. Have you ever thought about finding an easy way to do things?

George
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Philip
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:09:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Philip's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice jig! looks worthy!

Philip
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Bernd
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:25:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BurleyJim

My Taig mill doesn't change over to do horizontal milling, which is a bit of a bummer. HSS saw? I thought you were going to gang cut those blocks, after the first thousand, you'll be thinking that too. They do look super though!

Jim



The horizontal set up is an add on when you get the mill. The large base plate where everything sits on is what make it to be able to turn it into a horizontal mill.

Yes, HSS .020" thick slitting saw.

I haven't figured out a way to hold the loose strips to cut them to the correct length. Manual will have to do for now.

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Bernd
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:26:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Carl B

Looks good to me! [:-thumbu]



Thanks Carl. Appreciate the thumbs up.

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Bernd
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:27:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Frank Palmer


Bernd, you're too much with the make your own tools department.



Thirty years in the machine tool industry. You do pick a few ideas up along the way.

Bernd

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Bernd
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:29:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George D

Those blocks look good, Bernd. Have you ever thought about finding an easy way to do things?

George



Thanks George.

Well, there's always trying to get somebody else to do the hard stuff for you.

Bernd

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Bernd
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:32:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Philip

Nice jig! looks worthy!

Philip



Thanks Philip.

Works pretty good to. I can cycle one block in about 10 sec. Sixteen of those sticks will get me 196 blocks.

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  9:55:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
In theory you’d have all 196 in a little over 32 minutes working nonstop.

Probably a break would be recommended.

They look real.

Mike
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BurleyJim
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Posted - 12/05/2019 :  11:26:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With that short length, and the softer material, I think your manual jig is going to be the only answer. I can see those 'shorties' launching off that saw. Not a pretty sight.[:-cyclops]

Jim

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Edited by - BurleyJim on 12/05/2019 11:37:07 PM
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Pennman
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  05:03:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking swell Bernd, nice cutting jig too.



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Bernd
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USA
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Posted - 12/06/2019 :  08:39:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

In theory you’d have all 196 in a little over 32 minutes working nonstop.

Probably a break would be recommended.

They look real.

Mike



Ah yes, theory. But I think I could do 32 minutes of cutting, take a "Yuengling Lager Break" and cut another 23, take a "Yuengling Lager Break", cut another 13, take a "Yuengling Lager Break", cut another 3 and finish the Yuengling Lager" six pack. Or something like that. [:-boggled] [:-crazy] [:-drunk]

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