So this is where we left off last time…
… with one set of arms and the tip mostly completed. So that left the second set of arms and the hinge part left to do.
I think it’s a testament to how far our skills have come that I don’t have much to write today. We simply cut the second set of arms and then rolled the hinge. We did experiment with those cuts just a bit. We started one from the bottom and cut up and the other from the top and cut down. We think the one cut from the top down worked just a bit better and reduced the amount of dressing required later.
The rolled gudgeongudgeon A gudgeon is a socket-like, cylindrical (female component) fitting attached to one component to enable a pivoting or hinging connection to a second component, the pintle. got a little tight for awhile and we monkeyed with it for a bit to get it straight, evenly thick, big enough for the pintlepintle A pintle is a pin or bolt (male component), usually inserted into a gudgeon, which is used as part of a pivot or hinge., and with enough of a scarf for weldingwelding Welding is a process that joins metal by using high heat to melt the parts together and allowing them to cool, causing fusion. Welding is distinct from lower temperature metal-joining techniques such as brazing and soldering, which do not melt the base metal.. Once that was done the weld went pretty well. The last part we cheated on just a bit due to time. We drilled the holes rather than punching them through.
We’re reasonably happy with how this turned out. As with everything, after we make about 50 more of them we’ll probably be pretty decent with them. But for this attempt it’s not too bad.