BLF GT custom handle bracket kit. (DBCustom approved. Post #121)

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More pics to come later tonight.


No offence ,just being 100% honest , I don’t like it , it looks odd ,it looks like something found at the back of the shed & it’s just makeshift until a proper one can be made.

No offense taken. It’s a prototype, quick and dirty if you will. The purpose is to test function and gauge interest only. A production version would be slimmed down and made pretty.

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Will it be anodized as well?

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Ok, I’m in the UK and can’t / won’t be buying one, but I have some suggestion if that’s ok? For the handle, how about making it so that a mtb handlebar grip would fit on it? then it could be chosen by the new owner and would be unique – they are mega cheap too,come in leather, rubber, gel, foam etc etc. Would also be good for colder climates. Maybe even get them anodised if it wasn’t massive hassle? Being an engineer I guess you may know a ‘plater’ anyway? like these for example - !{width:20%}https://www.tredz.co.uk/prodimg/Giant-Sole-O-Double-Lock-On-Mountain-Bik...!

I like your idea with the grips!
As long as I eventually get my GT, I might knock something up for within the UK.

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Looks like a nice idea. Looking forward to the refinement. Has to be lined with rubber to not scratch up the anodizing though

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ARsee wrote:

Will it be anodized as well?

Yes. Black anodizing. I’m not sure about HAIII. I doubt it.

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RobertB wrote:
Looks like a nice idea. Looking forward to the refinement. Has to be lined with rubber to not scratch up the anodizing though

It should be, yes.

 

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Will it be anodized as well?

Yes. Black anodizing. I’m not sure about HAIII. I doubt it.

Good the hear Wink

 

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Good looking design so far. What about attaching it with a knob with a 1/4-20 stud on it so it would be tool free?

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RobertB wrote:
Looks like a nice idea. Looking forward to the refinement. Has to be lined with rubber to not scratch up the anodizing though

I haven’t had any scratching yet, even with a little rough handling from another guy at work. I had the same thought. If you’re worried a couple strips of kapton tape or similar would do the trick.

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species8472 wrote:

Good looking design so far. What about attaching it with a knob with a 1/4-20 stud on it so it would be tool free?

I’m trying to keep it as slim as possible. This would add a large protrusion and significant cost. I want/need this to be an affordable option for you guys. A $100 handle for a $150 light just will not work.

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Looks like a nice idea. Looking forward to the refinement. Has to be lined with rubber to not scratch up the anodizing though

I haven’t had any scratching yet, even with a little rough handling from another guy at work. I had the same thought. If you’re worried a couple strips of kapton tape or similar would do the trick.

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I like the idea of being able to touch the button while holding the handle. Overall I like it. I think seeing it anodized black will definitely sell this even more.

Any idea if we can get knurling on it? Or like G0OSE was hinting at, maybe use a golf club grip on it? Heck I wouldn’t mind a bare one and use some truck bed liner coating.

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Turningbluechips wrote:
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Good looking design so far. What about attaching it with a knob with a 1/4-20 stud on it so it would be tool free?

I’m trying to keep it as slim as possible. This would add a large protrusion and significant cost. I want/need this to be an affordable option for you guys. A $100 handle for a $150 light just will not work.

 

Yes, it would protrude a little. Significant cost? You can buy 1/4-20 knobs for a buck.

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Not seeing the need for a speedy detachment, figure once the handle is married to the GT it’ll be as permanent as the switch boot…

Like the mount, like that the switch is easily accessible, like the potential to slim it down and make it more graceful, certainly doesn’t need to be robust to carry a 5 lb light.

Please keep me in the interest list, pretty sure 2 of my friends will also be interested and I may also want one for my gifted light, price considering.

Thanks for the work you’re putting into this, appreciate it. Smile

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Turningbluechips wrote:
species8472 wrote:

Good looking design so far. What about attaching it with a knob with a 1/4-20 stud on it so it would be tool free?

I’m trying to keep it as slim as possible. This would add a large protrusion and significant cost. I want/need this to be an affordable option for you guys. A $100 handle for a $150 light just will not work.
I like it!!! Thumbs Up

I like your idea of keeping it “slim & affordable” also……. Smile

Oh yeah… Definitely interested & want one ….. I meant two!!

Sign me up…. please sir!Smile
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Does it sit flush against the light’s body?

What prevents it from spinning/loosening from the tripod mount hole?

Also may be interested for one. Thumbs Up

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I’m interested! It is looks now already great.
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I’m interested.

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Balance looks good.
Did you thought about offsetting the handle to the front?
It wouldn’t be ambidextrous anymore but that can be fixed by making at from 3 parts which would make the machining easier.

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Nice work, but I can’t see it as clear as I would like to. Did you use a socket head screw to connect the “plate” to the “rod”? In that case I would suggest to make the recess about half as deep, and ond both sides. In that case you can reverse the “plate” and can the handle also be used by lefties. BTW ment as a general remark: don’t make yourself things that are ready made on the market. This thread has some useful suggestions about cladding the handle bar.

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thijsco19 wrote:
Balance looks good. Did you thought about offsetting the handle to the front? It wouldn’t be ambidextrous anymore but that can be fixed by making at from 3 parts which would make the machining easier.

This would require more parts and time to offset it forward from the tripod mounting hole.

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Henk4U2 wrote:
Nice work, but I can’t see it as clear as I would like to. Did you use a socket head screw to connect the “plate” to the “rod”? In that case I would suggest to make the recess about half as deep, and ond both sides. In that case you can reverse the “plate” and can the handle also be used by lefties. BTW ment as a general remark: don’t make yourself things that are ready made on the market. This thread has some useful suggestions about cladding the handle bar.

This was talked about somewhere already. There will be a 82 degree countersink on both sides of the plate to be used with a flat head screw instead of a socket head to make it reversible.

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I like it!!
Simple & appears very sturdy & functional……..
A perfect combination!!! Thumbs Up

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Sweet looking carry handle Turningbluechips. Nice work and well thought out. Beer

 

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Here’s a photo of the bracket design slimmed down a bit. I won’t have time to cut another one out today but maybe I’ll make a trip over to the shop tomorrow depending on what the weather brings. We have a possible ice storm coming in and I’m not wrapping my car around a tree for a flashlight handle. Otherwise it will wait till Monday since my Steelers play at 1:00 Sunday.

Edit: Crap. Made a mistake and did the radius on the wrong side on the bottom. Will correct that now.

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You made the program directly in the CNC?

Looks great, much smaller profile.

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I like it. Maybe I will make something similar but with hand tools.

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thijsco19 wrote:
You made the program directly in the CNC?

Looks great, much smaller profile.

Yes, I do a lot of programming directly on the machine unless I need the newer software for something more complicated. Check out OMAX waterjets. Their software is truly remarkable.

You should actually be able to download their layout program from the OMAX website if you want to play around. It just won’t let you save anything without registration.

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I’m liking where you are going with this. I like the ergonomic switch access. Looks nice and strong too.

How’s the balance? When carried in a relaxed grip, loaded with 8 batteries, does the light aim up, down, or straight ahead?

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electricjelly wrote:
I’m liking where you are going with this. I like the ergonomic switch access. Looks nice and strong too.

How’s the balance? When carried in a relaxed grip, loaded with 8 batteries, does the light aim up, down, or straight ahead?

The weight is just slightly biased towards the head.

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