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One of twelve steel foot lights for a theater.

One of twelve steel foot lights for a theater.

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I’m getting started on a bike rebuild. ..

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A little prototype that we are getting ready for market.

A little prototype that we are getting ready for market.

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Just in case the factory seat is not secure enough. Saw this today outside of my home shop…

Just in case the factory seat is not secure enough. Saw this today outside of my home shop…

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I have a customer that I was able to do lots of different things for in the last year. A while back, she asked me for a dinner bell, this is what I came up with. Every part was found and reconfigured, or made from scratch, even the mounting fasteners. No welds are visible anywhere!

You may notice the gate I made in the background…
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New ID clamp machined from Delrin. The old white one was PTFE (Teflon), and did a great job, but didn’t hold tolerance very well.

Delrin is definitely my favorite material to machine! It’s a great confidence booster, ‘cause you can be a moron and make it look beautiful…

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I know we have been a bit bad at posting lately, but we been busy. If you want quality products, you have to be patient… For the next five days, we will be featured on Touch of Modern. Drop by and check out all of the fun!

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Early morning fog fields.  We’re on the road this week visiting San Antonio, and Nashville.

Early morning fog fields. We’re on the road this week visiting San Antonio, and Nashville.

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When you need to assemble fasteners without damaging the finish, Delrin saves the day! It took me maybe an hour to whip these up, problems solved.

When you need to assemble fasteners without damaging the finish, Delrin saves the day! It took me maybe an hour to whip these up, problems solved.

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We experimented with red cabbage dying this Easter!  Adding a tsp of baking soda turned them this beautiful Robin’s egg blue!  Happy Easter!!

We experimented with red cabbage dying this Easter! Adding a tsp of baking soda turned them this beautiful Robin’s egg blue! Happy Easter!!

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L. aloe succotrina.

L. aloe succotrina.

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Totally geeking out over here… We ordered some new shipping labels, boxes and replenished the bubble wrap, and it’s all just arrived!  Pretty jazzed. (at Refractory Studio)

Totally geeking out over here… We ordered some new shipping labels, boxes and replenished the bubble wrap, and it’s all just arrived! Pretty jazzed. (at Refractory Studio)

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We recently met up with Ronald downtown at Hotel Congress.  He was en route to New Orleans from Washington and swung through to pick up his custom ordered ring!   Safe travels on your cross country journey, Ronald!! (at Hotel Congress)

We recently met up with Ronald downtown at Hotel Congress. He was en route to New Orleans from Washington and swung through to pick up his custom ordered ring! Safe travels on your cross country journey, Ronald!! (at Hotel Congress)

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I’ve been meaning to have a “touch mark” made to sign my work with… In the meantime, I tried my hand at making my own.

I took an old air hammer chisel, torched it until red hot and let it air cool. Once cooled, I put it in the band saw to cut off the chisel end, and faced it off in my lathe. With my layout fluid applied, I drew in my design. Next, I grabbed an old cold chisel ground it to a teardrop shape. Now that I had the the teardrop punch, I reheated the air hammer chisel to red hot, and punched in the two teardrop shapes. A little touch up grinding to make the design even and flat, and the I oil hardened it.

I’ve used it >20 times now, and it shows no wear, and looks as if I just finished it.

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I found an old stick that I tried to make into a slingshot when I was a kid. After removing the rotten old rubber bands, rewhittling the fork ends, wrapping the handle, and installing proper surgical tubing, this thing works better than my wrist rocket. I will be giving it to my son for his birthday tonight.