Monthly Archives - September 2014

VX 20 Fully Dressed

Here is the VX 20 all dressed out in new production colors! I am really happy with how it came out and I hope you are too. I always love seeing the rough machined parts make the transition to finished parts. The aircraft aluminum housing parts are first vibratory tumbled to ease all the edges and produce a very uniform surface for finishing. We then send the parts out to our local anodizer. Anodizing provides a very durable good looking [...]

Introducing the X Link

  The X Link is my adaptation of the nineteenth century scissors mechanism used with a leg vise to eliminate the need for a pin in the lower guide board. I have used modern materials and have added improvements to make it function better and ease installation. The X Link is shown used with the VX 20 vise mechanism to create a  quick action pinless leg vise. Here is a link to a YouTube video of the vise in action: X Link [...]

Progress

We are hard at work producing the parts to make the VX 20 vise. I thought I would share some of the processes that go into making the vise.  The picture above shows some parts right after machining.  After machining there are a lot of burrs and tool marks in the parts. To get rid of all of the marks and soften all of the corners the parts are put into a vibratory tumbler with little cone shaped dense [...]