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Offline Acerocket

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Skinnyflex run progress
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:12:41 PM »
OK, I know it's been a while without an update, but I finally finished the first part - probably, one of the hardest, and longest to machine. 

When I sit down and plan my strategy for work flow on a run, I take a lot of things into consideration.  Minimizing chuck changeovers, common jigs for second turning ops, mill work, and a bunch of other factors.  I was originally planning to attack this saber in a different part order, but then I started thinking about the need to line certain parts up.  That lead me to change the order of part machining.  I decided to start with the knurl section first, because I can use the holes in it to line up the lower grip, and the upper grip parts much easier then assembling, marking each part and then re-indexing the mill for each and every part. 

As I mentioned, this part was a bit time consuming.  It took 5 weekends (working about 8 hours a day Saturday and Sunday each weekend) to complete these.  3 days for the turning work and then 5 days for the mill work.  And yes, that meant breaking down and resetting up jigs several times over the course of the part.  The turning work took about 15 minutes per part.  The mill work took about 33 minutes per part.  So, that's about 50 minutes per part for 70 parts.  About 60 hours of work time to complete.

I will be doing the front ring and box base next so that I can get the holes inthe knurl part threaded.  ThenI will be able to move on to the lower grip, then the upper grip parts.




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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2014, 12:20:04 PM »
Looking good can't wait to get this hilt.  :)
I don't know, i gotta bad feeling about this!
       

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2014, 01:40:55 PM »
This is exactly why OM hilts / parts are so awesome.

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2014, 02:46:16 PM »
Very excited for the update!  This really explains why these sabers can take awhile, the extreme care and precision that goes into them, all of the extensive planning is simply incredible.

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Thanks Erik.
« Last Edit: March 31, 2014, 06:42:53 AM by sithslayer1 »

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2014, 03:08:37 PM »
thanks for the update!  I'm excited to see the progression of these.  Sounds like you're putting a lot of work into this on your weekends.

I'll be keeping my eye out for the shipping/final payment notifications and installer info :)

very exciting!!
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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2014, 03:10:34 PM »
Oh that's nice!

Dude! That knurling is DEEP!

I'm glad I'm all paid up. That shipping payment PM can't come soon enough.  ;D

Looking forward to this one Wat. You make the sweetest sabers in bulk.

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2014, 04:12:37 PM »
looking awesome i can wait to get mine also,


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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2014, 04:30:15 PM »
Final payment is due by the 1st of april guys and i'm all payed up muhahaha  ;D
I don't know, i gotta bad feeling about this!
       

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2014, 04:33:16 PM »
 :P :P :P



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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2014, 06:46:57 PM »
Thanks for the update Wat!
These are going to be great.
Appreciate all your hard work!

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2014, 11:43:01 PM »
Another reason WAT and his OM remain one of the best in the biz. I have a feeling the owners are gonna be VERY happy!

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2014, 10:00:34 AM »
sweet!  :D

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2014, 11:13:55 AM »
Another reason WAT and his OM remain one of the best in the biz. I have a feeling the owners are gonna be VERY happy!

True  :)


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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2014, 05:14:05 AM »
This is top class wat, just made my payment and can't wait to see this into fruition.
By the way are we going to have a list of approved installers to bring this to life anytime soon? And perhaps any installers willing to do a crystal chamber as well? Just curious... ::)

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Re: Skinnyflex run progress
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2014, 05:20:27 AM »
This is top class wat, just made my payment and can't wait to see this into fruition.
By the way are we going to have a list of approved installers to bring this to life anytime soon? And perhaps any installers willing to do a crystal chamber as well? Just curious... ::)

I'm going to be doing at least a few metal chambered skinnyflex hilts.  I have a graflex coming up that will be a good example of what to expect.  I've posted previously that if anyone is interested, I'll gladly tackle a chambered (or not) install for these hilts.