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I have almost all of the pieces for the tail cap ready. I have some stuff coming that inhibits the flow of brazing alloy which will hopefully prevent it from wicking into the threads beyond where I want it as it did on MkII. Until that arrives a copper shelf for the pill and a step for the driver would be next along with more work on the switch module. With the pill finished I could make it up with the led and driver. Head assembly could occur at any time now as well.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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Thanks for the update TL. It may well of been aluminium the steel wool was used on.

I think the steel wool will work on a lot of metals. I use it on copper and aluminum…. even on some stainless steel, just not where I might want to patina or anodize. Wink
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The pill will get a dab of thermal grease which is dark grey anyway but the tail cap piece is both more used and more visible and gets a dab of clear silicon which will inhibit patina.

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More pill pics starting with 1.8 mm copper sheet. Brazed to 21/32” brass tube After a hot bath Drill, filed, and sanded And brazed into the threaded portion Now the tail cap. It has a brass sheet bottom piece with another centering washer, a section of threaded copper, and a short piece(2.75 mm) of internal threaded brass. The white stuff is the braze stop mask. This is where the small wood piece goes, there’s another part similar to the pill above that will give it a recess for the spring on the inside and a bit of bling on the outside Yup, works here too.
Failed retainer ring

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Wow. Just lots & Lots of nice work!!! If I need something brazed I know who to call!!! Wink I sure enjoy every image and watching the process!!
Thanks Rufus!!! TL

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Wow. Just lots & Lots of nice work!!! If I need something brazed I know who to call!!! Wink I sure enjoy every image and watching the process!!
Thanks Rufus!!! TL

+1 This stuff is amazing to me. Big Smile

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What the others have said. Stunning work. Thumbs Up

 

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Weird, images aren’t loading properly. The other day I thought it was because my post was too big but this is only one picture loaded the same way I’ve done a hundred times before.

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Even stranger.. I clicked on the photobucket link, copied the direct url and it worked.

Looks nice!!

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http://i1166.photobucket.com/albums/q619/Rufusbduck/3F82757D-A030-4F65-A...!
I just ordered this on a canvas print. It should look good on the wall. Mrs will shoot me though. Smile

 

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

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Photobucket has been screwy for awhile. I reckon they did an update and things went backwards. For awhile it would take 5 minutes to upload a small picture and I had to do one at a time otherwise it would just hang. And thats with a paid account. Facepalm

 

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                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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I can get it to work fine anywhere but in that post so I deleted it since MtnDon has it up. Even worked in this post as well. Maybe I’ll try adding it to #185.
Edit – worked everywhere but in one post, exceedingly strange.

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Gremlins possibly?

 

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                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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The generic scotch brite sponge I tried pretty much disintegrated on contact with the rough copper threads with little effect so instead I tried the quick loc Dremel sanding/buffing wheels that are made from similar but tougher stuff and that worked better. Thanks for the tip TL, it pointed me in the right direction.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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Rufusbduck wrote:
The generic scotch brite sponge I tried pretty much disintegrated on contact with the rough copper threads with little effect so instead I tried the quick loc Dremel sanding/buffing wheels that are made from similar but tougher stuff and that worked better. Thanks for the tip TL, it pointed me in the right direction.

You’re welcome Rufus. Thank you for all the sharing of your work. It takes a lot of time to do all of the images and posting. I am happy to send you some of those pads if you like. Thanks again for all your beautiful work. TL.

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Tried to make a retainer ring with a brass disc and a section of the threaded copper. I also cut the pill to size and milled a driver pocket for it. Unfortunately the copper part is too soft and poorly threaded to work reliably so I’ll have to use a brass threaded piece instead.
More switch pill and head assembly

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Well that’s a nuisance. Lots of work have gone into making that little ring. Sad

 

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Ouch! It hurts to put that much work into a part and have it go south. Looking nice though Rufus!! Hang in there…. there is an end to every project….although sometimes we wonder WHERE!!!! Wink TL

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Once again it’s going down to the wire.

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Hows the injuries?

 

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Ups and downs from day to day but still trending upwards. Cutting the burl caps was the first I’ve used the sawsall. Between semi torn tendons, munched cartilage, and nerve damage it will be a long road back and probably won’t every be the same. Work is actually good therapy since it forces me to push it some but it’s aggravatingly weak.

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I hope you heal well mate.

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As usual, a heap of thought & nice work going on here. Love it!

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A heap of not sure what and plenty more to come. The latest work returns to the switch area where I made matching holes in the two parts for the switch activator and keyed the two with some 1/8” brass tubing. The copper wire will connect them through a pcb and ground some switch back lighting. I’ll use these two pcb’s for the back lights and contact pad for the head. Some assembly at last! I glued the wood and first fin with Devcon 2-ton clear and when that had cured the remaining fins and spacers with JB Weld. I used a 1/2” carriage bolt as a clamp. Then transferred the whole thing to a 1/2” drill bit wrapped in tape for a snug fit in the copper threading and spun it on the drill press (my dads as I’m house-sitting) past a file and some 220, I’ll use finer paper when I get home.
O-ring grooves and lighted switch

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I’m in love. Again. Love

 

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That’s looking great!

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I’m amazed …. Excellent work !

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Thanks you guys, I’m starting to get stoked and anxious at the same time for how it’s turning out and the time remaining. I got in ~12 hrs from 6pm to 6 am and managed not to mess things up too badly. I started off by cutting an o-ring groove in the tail cap. I used a small file and some 600 w/d folded over a thin square edge to finish it off. Next, I used a very nearly used up Dremel cut off wheel to trim the copper ground wire to length. And an exacto knife to open up the via in the pcb ground ring. It took 3 tries to get this part right. This notched pcb fits around the switch tower.. S+ goes to one side of the 10k R and the remainder of the pad serves as a trace connecting to the two vias. Which connect to two blue LEDs on the top side. Jumpers ground the LEDs and a thin copper wire will connect gnd on the notched pcb to gnd on the other one. The outer switch pill piece has been soldered into the brass tube and an o-ring groove similarly cut into it. Once I follow the switch hole out through the brass tube I’ll be very close to gluing the wood tube on.
p. I’ve decided to forego the brass end caps as I like it better with the brass only at the ends and just wood in between except for the fins.
Drilling the switch hole

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That is so neat RBD. Beer

 

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