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Pivot gauge lovin!

by Tony

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I finally took my first WOSTEP exam last week and I’m glad to report that I made it through.  I successfully finished it with a little bit of warpage after heat treatment but it was complete by the end of the day.  The results are still unknown because they’ll be going to Switzerland for grading.  So it’ll be a nerve wrecking couple of weeks until the grades come in but I’m pretty confident.

Anyway, we’ve moved on to a totally different kind of animal. Pivot gauges.  The first 2-3 days were really tough for me.  Turning blued steel takes A LOT of patience.  I was breaking, dulling, tempering my HSS cutter left and right.  To say it gave me a headache is a big understatement.  I was glad to know that my fellow 11 colleagues were having tough times as well.  The process of turning a pivot gauge is quite simple actually.  I would turn down the pivot to a certain diameter.  Then I would move on  to the cone and reclamp in the lathe.  Then finish off with the handle.  I could whip one out in an hour or less, but that darn blue steel just makes it 10x longer. hehe.

It’s a great learning experience and patience I’ve gotten has gone up even more for this sort of thing.  Now I’m turning pivot gauges rather quickly but not up to the speed I would hope.  It’s only been a week so I’m not too worried yet.

Stay tuned for more updates! Thanks for reading! :]

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One Comment

  1. J.Peter
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Tony, Best of luck on the winding stem. Pivot Gauges are much easier than winding stems, even with the blued steel, except for burnishing the pivot. This is a very important skill however. Check out the post I’m working on for tomorrow and you can see a real world example of putting these skills to work.

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