A Pair of Small Infill Smoothers

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Blog series by Ripthorn updated 04-18-2015 01:36 PM 3 parts 8412 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Let the games begin!

03-05-2015 03:29 AM by Ripthorn | 7 comments »

As some of you may have seen, I built a prototype of a small infill smoother (blog starts here). This went well enough that I decided to make one for myself from precision ground steel. Well, as it turns out, with the way lengths work for precision ground O1, I ended up buying enough for 3 small smoothers and 4 blades, which is perfect, since the prototype needs a blade. So off went my money and a few days later, a package arrived with the steel, some new drill bits, and a scriber. A go...

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Part 2: Making Strides

03-08-2015 03:26 PM by Ripthorn | 9 comments »

My wife is out of town for the weekend and I have three little children. However, I took a half day Friday (so I could be around to get kids from school) which gave me some time during the youngest’s nap, as well as my normal after bedtime shop time. Plus, I was able to get a few hours Saturday as well. Couple that with lots of thinking about process refinements, and lots of progress has been made. First, I cut side pieces to width and length. The belt sander gave roughly straight...

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Part 3: That's a Wrap!

04-18-2015 01:36 PM by Ripthorn | 0 comments »

Time to update this blog. There was not a whole lot of movement for a while because after getting the planes all put together, I set to lapping the soles flat. Well, the issue there is that because peening through rivets is less precise, the sole pieces were somewhat misaligned, much more than I could lap out. I tried using my little mill to fly cut the soles, but I only made it worse (I have come to find out that to cut steel in my little machine, I must use sharp HSS and not carbide, it ...

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