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Cybertrix 28-04-2010 05:25 PM


Originally Posted by scruff (Post 32801)
Superb tutorial sir.

Just wondering about the need to anneal though. Its possible to buy brass soft or half hard isn't it?

Brass can be bought as you say and in many grades. I get my pin stock from B&Q 4mm pins and 6mm tube and I find by the time you have cut the pins flattened the ends deburred them and try fitted them a dozen times they tend to get a bit brittle. I find it easy to anneal the pins, if you don't and a piece breaks off leaving a void in the finished bolster then I would have to take the bolsters off and start again. The first time I bought B&Q brass I did get away with it the first couple of times, when it cracked on me I started annealing and have done it every time since.

scruff 28-04-2010 05:40 PM

Ah! Nightmare!

Can't say I've had the problem with brass pins myself but I understand your caution sir!

steinmann 30-04-2010 05:20 AM

Will it be a good idea to countersunk the holes in the brass, before hammering those pins?

Lord Spamel 30-04-2010 10:58 AM


Originally Posted by steinmann (Post 32986)
Will it be a good idea to countersunk the holes in the brass, before hammering those pins?

I believe that is what he did.


john n 30-04-2010 07:52 PM

great tutorial! thanks for documenting it. :D

Its one of those things thats so simple when you see it step by step, but would take about 5 goes to work it out yourself!

keen-edge 30-04-2010 10:01 PM

fantastic tutorial may have a bash at it soon nice one:thumbsup:

Brit-bladesman 01-05-2010 10:58 AM

Great tutorial mate thank's


DiverTexas 03-05-2010 07:08 PM

Well done tutorial!

Woodcutter 06-05-2010 05:31 PM

Clear and well written, thanks for taking the time to do it.:thumbsup:

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