Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Cryptex: Day 1

I have started the machining process. I spent the first day on a larger lathe squaring up the ends of all the 3.5" diameter discs, and drilling and reaming a hole through the center that I will use with a small fixture to hold them on a smaller lathe. These discs will eventually become the rings of the cryptex. I spent the next day turning down the outside diameters of the discs to 3". It will probably take a few more days to get that done, then i'll start on boring out the centers. The pictures below are from the smaller hardinge lathe, holding the discs with a fixture in the collet adapter.


Bird's nests are more fun to take pictures of:
Bird's nest


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