I wanted to get started on the lever cap so I cut a chunk of ½” x 2″ x 3″ steel, a 5/16″ rod for the cross pin and started layout. Then I measured the rod; way, way under size. Grumble, hardware store stuff isn’t so good, I’ll have to order some drill rod. So I decided to make the cap screw instead. Brass, which is a joy to work, I have no idea what alloy, I get it at the scrap yard. This started life as a 7/8″ rod, I really didn’t have a plan, just a vague idea of a couple of looks I wanted to copy. One was nut on the old school Starrett tool makers’ dividers (a classy tool) and the other was the neck from Karl Holtey’s cap screws. And a rope knurl. Which lead to a interesting discovery – scratch stocks for wood work great for brass. I wanted a 3/16″ or so “rope” but really didn’t want to try and form it free hand. So I took a hack saw blade, drilled out the hole to 3/16″, ground it down just over center and mounted it on top of a cutting tool blank. Turned on the lathe, stood back, slooooowly feed in the scratch stock, and waited for it to explode. It didn’t and worked great. For the top treatment, I really didn’t know what I wanted. Maybe a wood insert, or just a flat top. What I didn’t want was the saracen’s cap (cusp) you see on a lot of older infills. Ugh. Or so I thought. As I was poking at the top with a round lathe bit, the cusp kept wanting to pop out despite my best efforts to turn the handles in a different direction. Oh well, this is my take on that style and now I rather like it.
- My $85 media center, sits on the preamp. Had to make the base because the fingerprint sensor is on the back. My wifi router holds the tunes 'cause it is convenient (SMB server, closer than the SD card on the phone). The phone is a unlocked older gen == cheap.Well shit - one of my newly canned tomatoes fermented and blew the lid off (with a bang). I was hoping for hard tomatoe cider or Bloody Mary but alas, just fizzy tomatoe small beer.Tire burn. The front tire slapped both knees I don't know how many times but kept it sorta pointed straight while I body surfed the stem. Very very scary.