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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.

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.


  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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