Finally finished a secret santa gift for a member of the Pinstripers Garage community, off it goes to a bloke in Belgium. Can't wait to see what's coming my way.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
A few months back I picked up 3 box cabinets that fit inside each other from a 2nd hand store, they caught my eye as ive always liked that styled shape, as far as design goes.
So, here we have another project underway which iam jazzed about as it's taking shape how I visualized it.
The tedious task of laying out and fitting the rivets with its first lick of paint done, now the pinstriping and decorative cogs are grinding away...... watch this space.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
The most important part of this task was the visual aspect, being such a focal point of the bike. After initially cutting out the seat shape and fitting it on frame I thought it was way too high so after an afternoon of pondering I lowered the pan further by about 3/4" .
Iam pretty stoked with the overall out come, will tack the pan in place and Leave it be for a while to see how it grows on me.
One thing I do know is that I need to Get serious about practicing my AC welding!
Friday, 8 November 2013
Not really, just a bit of 1 mm steel forming practice, hammer & bag, English Wheel & TIG.
Being a work in progress I can see copper rivets, some brass and a dash of leather lacing getting involved somewhere.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
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The link below is a great example of the knowledge available and what lengths the guys go to in helping you solve any questions you might have.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Friday, 9 August 2013
Friday, 26 July 2013
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Monday, 1 July 2013
Even though they were relatively easy tasks this doesn't mean it happened quickly, lots of filling / grinding / assembly / disassembly.
Happy with the out come, everything fits and operates real smooth.
Sunday, 30 June 2013
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Sunday, 9 June 2013
Used aluminium and brass, bored out internal diameter, put a shoulder on the two pieces with a close tolerance press fit.
Quiet stoked with the out come and look forward to making more, perhaps reducing the outside diameter slightly.
Sunday, 12 May 2013
The reason I used the different metals was for lathe practice as turning is a new thing
for me, very interesting how the various metals cut, Brass is sweet due to self lubricating,
no heat and cuts a dream, Copper is nice to but generates and retains a lot of heat and
Stainless is fine with small cuts and plenty of cooling fluid.
Real enjoyable and satisfying making your own shit even though these struts wont be used
on the finished build, its all about learning a new skill at this stage.
Having said that, ive always admired English vintage bikes and the lighter gauge mounting
design they use, similar to the 1/4" stainless rod shown here.