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A little while back I bought 2 similar vapers for modding. I’m just getting around to working on the second one. Initially I had different plans for this build using titanium.. I got a new idea that seemed perfect for this host. The old idea can easily be utilized in another build. I don’t remember who it was but another member said something that triggered this idea.

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…and some brass bar…

It seems I cannot practice what i preach. I didn’t have a clear enough plan on the dimensions of the head so I’m going to end up with a rather thin walled part between the led pcb and the tube. I even considered starting over at this point but decided to keep going as I reckon i can make it work.

Continue with the build …

So the big idea that i had and the reason for the title name…

We’ll see how good i am at small drilling Grad

 

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You have to love thin walled. Smile

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Thin walls = lighter weight Innocent though I can’t see this being a light weight.

I did a bit of set up last night

I don’t have the right size collet for a 1.5mm drill bit so I wrapped it in alfoil. Hopefully it’ll work.

Also made a jig for measuring 11° at a glance. It’s technically 11.25° between each hole. 32 holes in each circumference, 96 holes all up. That’ll keep me off the streets for a while.

A critical part of the plan – don’t drill too deep. I did a quick scale drawing.

Aside from modifying 1-2 hosts before, this is the first time I’ve worked brass. Seems really easy to work with but I’m hoping when I lathe over all these holes I don’t get any chipping / spalling.

 

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Impressive design.

If I tried drilling all those holes it would look like a 5-year-old did it. Blushing

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I started on the drilling this arvo. It didn’t go as well as I hoped. The drill bit slipped in the collet so I had to re-wrap it in more alfoil. Facepalm After doing that I was still on the first couple of holes when it was apparent something was wrong (loose). I finally discovered I hadn’t tightened the nuts on the compound angle yesterday so it was slowly twisting around with pressure on it Facepalm This caused the drill bit to rub against the part.

Going by the look of the first round of holes I figured I had lots of space so I decided to use a 2mm drill bit for the next round. The 3D model I drew up only had 2mm on the outer circumference of holes. I was tentative at first trying to make sure I had the right positioning. Then on the 3rd full depth hole I made a mistake on the dividing wheel and drilled it out of alignment. I don’t know how many holes I drill before I realised it was it was out Facepalm

Picture of the side where I got it right

It was pretty tedious work. One more round of drilling to go…

 

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I feel your pain pp.

The correct part looks real good. Just dont have a heart attack doing this, your to young. Beer

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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No heart attacks. Just take it as a learning experience Grad

One rather perforated head Innocent

I found one misaligned hole that breached the wall of another. I don’t know how many are like this. Hopefully it won’t affect it too much when I cut the taper on the head.

Pocket for driver and threaded for retaining ring

I’ve taken it out of the chuck now. Will work on some other parts before coming back to the head.

 

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Made the driver retaining ring

Cut new threads at one end of the battery tube. You can see the old thread deeper in the tube.

Cut thread on the head for the bezel. You can see in this pic some kind of dent / mark on the inside. I have no idea how that happened Question

Made a bezel but didn’t cut off so I could use it as a mount for working the head

Next was the all important cut that exposed all the holes. I started tentative and the more it revealed the more I liked it. It produced some burrs which I kind of expected but didn’t know how much I would get with brass.

To clean up the burrs I tried a file but it wasn’t as effective as a drill bit and a knife. Yes. it was tedious….. very , very , ….tedious. By the hundredth hole I was starting to get good at it Sick

Cut thread on the back end of the head and a test fit to the tube

I’m liken the look of it but I can tell it’s going to be a heavy sucker Davie

 

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Wow, that’s a lot of holes.

The final hole effect looks really cool, though Beer

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Amazing work!

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Some nice ideas & work there Thumbs Up

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Wow, very very nice ! Cool

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Well, well, well. Very clever and well executed. Beer

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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well done drilling all those holes, Thumbs Up
what angle tip did you use on your bits
I use 135deg they seem to drill better without center punching

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I really like the looks Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Amazing look! Thumbs Up
Nice job!

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Thanks guys Beer

I did some work on the bezel. I know I shouldn’t cross a threaded with grooves but oh well. The user will just have to make sure it lines up properly Innocent

I’ve got to work out the tail section now. I’m having a good hard think about that because I have a part I want to use but it’s not so simple.

 

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I’m really feeling this light. I too have modded my old mechanical vapes into flashlights, and have never came up with a good solution for the tail switch. Eager to see how you handle this. Keep up the good work!

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Well done, PP. I’m always amazed at your creativity and excellent execution.

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Thanks gchart. I’ve stalled for a bit trying to work out the tail. I have a design in mind but not sure how it will all fit together.

 

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I have a little more to show but it’s not overly interesting at the moment. I’ve gotten past racking my brain on how to make this work and have started making it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I do not need the battery to be recessed in the tube so I’ve manipulated the head to screw a little further into the tube. I sometimes cut the driver and tail springs so they are only half as long but I won’t be doing that this time.

These two pics are the previous intended battery position and the new position (without depressing the driver spring)

I really wanted to use this button that I had leftover from another vape conversion. I did a little prototyping just to see exactly how much clearance I had to work with. It turned out to be too tight to have the contents inserted from the battery tube end of the tail cap so I’ve had to accept inserting everything from the back and having a retaining ring visible from the outside.


Prep’d the tube ready for the tail

Got the big lump of brass in the chuck again

That’s as far as I’ve gotten but at least I’ve gotten past my mental block I’ve got a plan so can hopefully soldier on from here.