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Perlage

by Jordan Ficklin

I’ll admit that my workload has slowed some at work. I hope it picks up soon, but it has given me some time to work on some projects of my own that have been long ignored. I’ve had a Unitas 6498 movement sitting around for a long time that I have wanted to Skeletonize, refinish, make a dial for, and case up. Well, I’ve started the skeletonization process and I brought it home to apply some perlage to some of the recesses this week.
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I simply put a Craytex stick in the drill press and lowered it down against the watch plate in the areas that needed to be finished. Piece of Cake.

4 Comments

  1. Posted August 22, 2009 at 7:23 am | Permalink

    NIce that you have a bit of free time to pursue a few personal projects. Did you find that the Cratex stick held a good edge when you used it in the drill press?

  2. J.Peter
    Posted August 22, 2009 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    No, I wouldn’t say that it held a really good edge. If I was concerened with crisp edges (say for geneva stripes) I would have to choose something else.

  3. Posted September 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    What about using a cylinder of cork, impregnated with abrasive? Might last better in that service.

  4. J.Peter
    Posted September 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Wackyvorlon, I don’t think cork would be hard enough, but a harder wood with a sharp edge impregnated with abrasive might work well.

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