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

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Very nice TBC. So the big question. When can I get one!!

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I’ll reiterate. Are they still planned to be anodized?
Aluminum stinks to high heaven on the hands in the raw.

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ARsee, it’s copper that makes the hands stink, not Aluminum. Lord knows I have barrels of Aluminum shavings that can attest to my experience with Aluminum making black hands but not stinky ones. Smile

FWIW, copper is antibacterial, the smell when you handle it is the bacteria on your hands dying off. Wink Smell the copper before you handle it, then after. It’s a product of your hands oils coming into contact with the anti-bacterial.

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My chemistry is different. Bare aluminum stains my hands like lead. Lighter. With me, it has a warm, sterile odor.
Copper, is another story like you mention.

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Love the look and have a friend that DuraCoats which might be a great solution for this. Quite likely I already missed the info, but in looking I couldn’t find any reference: is there a plan in place to get these produced and to Market? I would definitely be in for two so as to outfit both pending GT’s.

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IndyArcher wrote:
Love the look and have a friend that DuraCoats which might be a great solution for this. Quite likely I already missed the info, but in looking I couldn’t find any reference: is there a plan in place to get these produced and to Market? I would definitely be in for two so as to outfit both pending GT’s. !http://www.indy-archer.com/smileys/mathews_thumbsup.gif!

Yes, he is going to be selling them.
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ARsee wrote:
My chemistry is different. Bare aluminum stains my hands like lead. Lighter. With me, it has a warm, sterile odor. Copper, is another story like you mention.

Agree. Use an aluminum dolly at times and always leaves hands stained. Need soap & water to remove. Doesn’t stink though…

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southland wrote:
IndyArcher wrote:
Love the look and have a friend that DuraCoats which might be a great solution for this. Quite likely I already missed the info, but in looking I couldn’t find any reference: is there a plan in place to get these produced and to Market? I would definitely be in for two so as to outfit both pending GT’s. !http://www.indy-archer.com/smileys/mathews_thumbsup.gif!
Yes, he is going to be selling them.

I’m in for one…

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crz6662 wrote:
ARsee wrote:
My chemistry is different. Bare aluminum stains my hands like lead. Lighter. With me, it has a warm, sterile odor. Copper, is another story like you mention.

Agree. Use an aluminum dolly at times and always leaves hands stained. Need soap & water to remove. Doesn’t stink though…

This must be either raw aluminum of a very soft alloy. These are 60-61 T6 which I have handled a great deal for over a decade. It absolutely will not stain your hands or cause any sort of odor.

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My experience come from handling old lawn chairs, rolled sheeting used as roofing and side panels sections on utility & travel trailers, older power tools (cast? Not (carbon) worn brushes) so that makes sense. Anodize and extruded has no affect. Sheet goods, most does not bother me. I still wear gloves if I have to handle bare aluminum more than open/close the truck box type. For years I would not drink soda or beer from the can. It was always from the bottle. It tasted better in glass containers anyway.

Now, back on topic of the handle.

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Though it looks very sturdy indeed, I’m wondering if the handle were able to recess into the 4mm wide heat fines a bit whether it would be even more sturdy or probably not worth the extra work.?
I am definitely interested in possibly 2.

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Added a little shine to one.

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Looks real classy, still interested in 2 Thumbs Up

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Are they done yet!! Smile

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Very nice indeed Tbc!! Thumbs Up . Looking good…… Beer

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A look on a GT.

Next we have a new feature I found tonight that I’m sure I must have been secretly planning for months and hiding it from myself.

The “peanut” can simply be flipped aside and lightly tightened and in the hand it’s almost like it’s not even there. Sure as hell doesn’t add and weight to this monster.

Edit: This is also the first and last polished version y’all can figure that stuff out yourselves if you want shiny.

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Like the shiny. Very nice.

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Hey folks, be forewarned… if you are planning on radiusing and polishing this bracket you need to spend some quality time at the gym until you get it, take your Vitamin C and be on your A game, because this aluminum is some seriously tough stuff! He must have used 7075 here, I’ve got very little experience with the top grade alloy but I have a lot of experience with 6061 and 6061 this is not! I used my belt sander with a 150 grit belt and this was like carving on a piece of steel, slow and monotonous! Sanding it down by hand after getting a pretty good radius cut, the resulting powder tells me this is some very hard aluminum! It does polish nicely though with some Mother’s Billet Polish, but getting it down to that final stage before polish is a chore!

I’ve been sick over a week, am definitely not on my A game, so I’ll have to revisit this later and try to finish it up, but just wanted y’all to know this bracket is as overbuilt as the GT itself!

Happy modding! Big Smile

Dale

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I have a friend who’s daily attire is a Tyvek suit. He specializes in polishing stainless (and aluminum)
Guess what he’ll be getting Big Smile

If need be, the pieces will be radius’d before he gets it.
Looks good! Thumbs Up

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It’s 6061 T6. It’s all about the temper.

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Looking sharp Dale!
Hopefully you’ll feel better soon to polish out the latest minor scratches, but still, looking good!

Turningbluechips, When and where can we order it? Wink

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All my aluminum I machine lights from is 6061-T6 from online metals.com, complete with certification sheets. The only aluminum I’ve found as hard as this is a piece of 7075 I used to mount a sheet of Titanium when I re-created the plate they screwed to my spine. I’ve got a 55gal drum full of 6061 T6 shavings, I’ve worked it by hand quite a bit too, this just seemed much different, much more resilient.

Edit: Glutton for punishment that I am, the bracket polishing got me started and after lunch I got busy with a piece of Titanium… the presentation side of my SpydieChef! Smile Had to flame it when done polishing, of course… Wink

If only Aluminum were as easy to anodize…

Dale

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You’re probably used to finishing parts you have turned. Just the heat from turning will soften the metal quite a bit. There is no heat with the waterjet.

Sink a drill bit into it and you’ll quickly find out it’s not 7075. That stuff chips up. This will make strings.

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I was making stuff for lights by hand quite a while before the lathe came my way. Used to hack saw off a chunk from bar stock, drill it and tap it, mount it to my drill with a bolt in the end and spin it up (very slowly) using the cordless drill, carve off what wasn’t staying with a rotary tool in the other hand. Or file it down and sand it, no heat at all. The Old Lumens way. Wink

Regardless, I was surprised at how tough the material for this bracket is.

My first real experience with 6061 came in the form of a 1/2” rod 2’ long that I was going to use to make a video rig for my camera. I figured I’d bolt it to a 15” car wheel and bend it around the wheel to form a curve. Ended up using a 12” handled 8 lb sledge and about 30 minutes of hard labor to force this skinny rod around the 15” curve, flat couldn’t believe aluminum could be so dang strong! And no real hammer marks on it either, in spite of the furious pounding I gave it with that little sledgehammer head. 6061 or not, either way the bracket is probably stout enough to break the 1/4” bolt, wouldn’t surprise me at all.

Dale

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