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

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What? I’m just holding it with my middle finger hooked around the handle. the pic isn’t upside down looking at it on my iPhone.

The pic is upside down on here. Looks like you are holding it above your hand, not dangling it off your finger.

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What if I just made the brackets and the customer could put any grip they wanted on it?

I say make the handle portion to where it will accommodate a standard bicycle grip. Be done with it.

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What if I just made the brackets and the customer could put any grip they wanted on it?
I say make the handle portion to where it will accommodate a standard bicycle grip. Be done with it
I pretty much say the same thing. Just make the whole thing, 3/4 inch bar stock handle with screw attachment (stronger); stick a fork in it & call it done. Wink

It looks great…….. Smile

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Was out in the shop working on something else and thought about a handle, gave it a go…

Now if I can just get me one of these brackets to attach it to… Wink

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My OCD bugged me about this all night…

So today I got busy…

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My OCD bugged me about this all night... So today I got busy... !{width:62%}https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1600x1200q90/924/RDD03l.jpg!:https://...

 

That looks great. Can you tell us more about it?

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Looks like a Delrin bracket.

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Interested … nice.

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It’s actually raw G10. The stuff you normally see as knife scales? Only much thicker. Raw meaning no attempt to color it was made when it was produced. We’re used to seeing black, even a few colors these days… recently even some knife scales in the jewel hued light green of it’s raw state. It’s a high pressure laminate fiberglass/epoxy material that is extremely dense and stable.

I’ve got a few 12” rounds that are over 2” thick, they’re heavy! lol

I’ve had it for 20+ years, it was actually a 16” square sheet 13/16” thick with a hole in the center and drilled/tapped holes for mounting the machine that does the surgical procedure of knee replacements. I cut out a square on my table saw, then used an end mill bit in my table top drill press to get an L bracket shape. Sanded it to profile on my belt sander, finished sanding by hand.

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Turningbluechips…… what’s happening with the V2 Prototype?

Looking forward to it!!! Still very interested……. Thumbs Up

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Turningbluechips…… what’s happening with the V2 Prototype?

Looking forward to it!!! Still very interested……. Thumbs Up

Life got in the way. Been a busy couple weeks bouncing around from shop to shop trying to get a new job up and running then my boiler decided to take a crap on me last week. I have the V2 programmed save for a couple minor tweaks. I hope to get something cut out this week to send down to Texas for some Dale testing and approval.

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Oh YeaH! Big Smile

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Turningbluechips…… what’s happening with the V2 Prototype?

Looking forward to it!!! Still very interested……. Thumbs Up

Life got in the way. Been a busy couple weeks bouncing around from shop to shop trying to get a new job up and running then my boiler decided to take a crap on me last week. I have the V2 programmed save for a couple minor tweaks. I hope to get something cut out this week to send down to Texas for some Dale testing and approval.
Ok… thanks for the info. Sounds good…… Smile

Feel free to cut out two & send me one to test.

I am sold on your design, handle & all. That is what I want to test. I’m not interested in changing anything.

Have money… will send to defray costs. Let me know. Thumbs Up

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Another note. Be on the lookout for a giveaway of the V1 prototype. I should get a chance to make a post for it later this evening.

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DB Custom wrote:
It's actually raw G10. The stuff you normally see as knife scales? Only much thicker. Raw meaning no attempt to color it was made when it was produced. We're used to seeing black, even a few colors these days... recently even some knife scales in the jewel hued light green of it's raw state. It's a high pressure laminate fiberglass/epoxy material that is extremely dense and stable. I've got a few 12" rounds that are over 2" thick, they're heavy! lol I've had it for 20+ years, it was actually a 16" square sheet 13/16" thick with a hole in the center and drilled/tapped holes for mounting the machine that does the surgical procedure of knee replacements. I cut out a square on my table saw, then used an end mill bit in my table top drill press to get an L bracket shape. Sanded it to profile on my belt sander, finished sanding by hand.

 

Thank you very much

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Now you just need to find room on it for a quick detach swivel and 2nd tripod fitting to replace the one you are using for the handle! (mostly kidding)

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Now you just need to find room on it for a quick detach swivel and 2nd tripod fitting to replace the one you are using for the handle! (mostly kidding)

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That’s in the works right after I get the heated grip and massage options worked out. Lol.

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So a heavy copper plug that connects directly to the MCPCB, smart!

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I’ll update the OP with more pics over the weekend. It’s friday evening and I’m going out for a few beers. Beer

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I’ll update the OP with more pics over the weekend. It’s friday evening and I’m going out for a few beers. Beer

Looking good!!! Enjoy the cool ones…. Beer . Thumbs Up

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Looking good Tbc. Beer

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I’ll update the OP with more pics over the weekend. It’s friday evening and I’m going out for a few beers. Beer

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Nice job Tbc!

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This looks like a nice utilitarian design. Button accessibility is a very nice feature.

Have you considered adding a partial-depth cut (maybe need a mill instead of waterjet?) on either side of the curved beam section, tapered off before the ends to keep the mounting features intact? It would give the beam a t-shaped cross-section with the cross of the t towards the light. That would remove a bunch of material and keep most of its strength. Maybe also give it a more finished look, depending on taste.

What’s the purpose of the short link with countersunk holes? So you can adjust the position of the handle relative to the light?

ETA: larger inside corner radii leading up to the boss with the counterbore where you screw to the light might look a little sleaker.

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Nav88 wrote:
This looks like a nice utilitarian design. Button accessibility is a very nice feature.

Have you considered adding a partial-depth cut (maybe need a mill instead of waterjet?) on either side of the curved beam section, tapered off before the ends to keep the mounting features intact? It would give the beam a t-shaped cross-section with the cross of the t towards the light. That would remove a bunch of material and keep most of its strength. Maybe also give it a more finished look, depending on taste.

What’s the purpose of the short link with countersunk holes? So you can adjust the position of the handle relative to the light?

ETA: larger inside corner radii leading up to the boss with the counterbore where you screw to the light might look a little sleaker.

Profiling is 100% not happening.

The short link attaches to the GT mounting bracket and a handle or grip would mount to it like the 5/8” bar did on V1. Its countersunk on both sides for a 1/4-20 flat head socket screw, making it ambidextrous and adjustable.

And then he calls me out on the part I cheated on… The boss made it easy for me to make the mounting hole for the first one. I have a setup part now so that could be cleaned up for sure. A taper with a .750” radius top and bottom would look good I think.

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A taper with a .750” radius top and bottom would look good I think.

Attractant.

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I should probably test fit this thing with the V1 “grip” before it gets sent off to gi.lumens in the morning. At this point I can only assume the bracket fits the light…

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Wow…… I think you nailed it!! Wink . Thumbs Up

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Got the samples in today, pretty dang cool! The access to the switch is perfect, or can be easily tweaked to suit ya…

Took too many pictures, bear with me… Smile

These were apparently tumbled after being finished and it’s a nice look, I lined the inside of the bracket with a strip of black electrical tape, shaved the tape off on the sides to make it match the bracket, it fits on snug and protects the anodizing. All in all very well done and extremely useful.

I have some Titanium tubing I may use to make another handle, thread inside for a plug and thread the plug for the mount, should work and be strong and light weight. Wink

Highly recommend this one, robust and plenty strong enough to not have to worry about. Smile

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