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Making a few parts for a custom touch

Discussion in 'Open Bar!' started by DaveG, Jun 4, 2018.


  1. DaveG

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    I have a way's to go before I make it through the project. If I wind up being able to achieve what I am after, I may come back and build another batch to satisfy the requests - but, I am not at a point where I am making that commitment! I want this to be fun for me, and turning into a money making venture can kill that quickly.
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    :( Ok, then I will try to carve my CM handles, first I will try it with my cheap chinese, but if you start to sell them I'm in the list!!
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    One thing to keep in mind - the CM handle is most likely made from brass, while the cheap knock off is most likely a low grade aluminum, maybe brass? not sure... I made these out of a harder grade of aluminum just for the purpose of being able to carve them cleanly. Juts take you time, and perhaps try various different bits before hand on materials you find that may be similar.
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    What you should do Dave, is make like a dozen of them. Limited Edition. Once theyre gone theyre gone. If there is a demand, and you feel like it, make a dozen more lol.
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    Yea, put me on the list for a handle if they ever come to market..these are insanely beautiful! I could also see a polished brass version...ohhh drooolllll
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    How far into a full airbrush could you get before machine/lathe tolerance would become a problem? everything but a nozzle or ? Your skills on that lathe are impressive.
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    I'd be pretty comfortable shooting for the entire brush, minus the nozzle... although, one thing I have little real experience with, would be key to pulling it off, and that is soldering. Most brushes are not made from one piece, but are pieces soldered together, or inside one another. This will require some trial and error on my part. And, broaching. I have never done that, but it looks like many trigger posts are broached... I would have to figure out another way of accomplishing the same end result - probably by soldering ;).
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    Love love love the engraving Dave, top job.
    I'm just wondering if masking it off and sandblasting it would acheive a more sublte look. ?
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    "Subtle" is probably not a term I would use to describe what I was shooting for ;). I added black to the background stippling within the panels. Without it, the engraving would appear more subtle. What I am eventually shooting for in these will look quite a bit different. You are seeing an evolution of my project ;).
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    lol, i wasnt infering you were aiming at subtle, I love what you have achieved so far, it looks outstanding, I was just wondering if sandblasting would be an option on these.... more thinking out loud :)
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    I don't think this particular alloy of aluminum would respond well to sandblasting with any sort of masking. It is quite hard compared to most aluminum alloys. Etching could be a possibility, though. A liquid mask could easily be applied, then the part dipped into caustic solution - which would give a frosted appearance in contrast.
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    I think you'll find hard soldering using paste incredibly easy.
    You can mask and blast stainless and glass, 7075 shouldnt be a problem, harder the better, soft is a problem
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    Will these soldered parts be aluminum or brass? I think aluminum has to be brazed but I'm not sure. At any rate I'm sure you'll do a great job!
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    Hard soldering and brazing are the same thing (different fillers for different metals) , but you can actually soft solder aluminum too, just not with lead free solder (that im aware of).
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    going for an entire brush, I would go with brass for the main body.
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    Omg... a Tactical Assault Airbrush! Yes! With laser sight lol.
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    Tried a new one, this time out of brass -

    brass handle1.jpg
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    To much golden for me, but it is nice!!


    Enviado desde mi iPad utilizando Tapatalk
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    Yea, that’s insanely nice...thanks all I’m going to say you cruel cruel man...lol. Top notch!
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