Crucible Tool: Why So Quiet?
Posted on 05 February 2017
While we haven’t posted anything here for the last six weeks, all three of us at Crucible Tool have been swamped with work for our toolmaking company. But the work isn’t the stuff of exciting blog entries.
Raney has been perfecting the manufacturing process for our Improved Pattern Dividers so that they can be manufactured in large quantities by a machine shop. (We will still do the hand finishing, assembly and quality control.)
Getting the CAD/CAM dialed in has been an enormous enterprise for Raney, who has been working nonstop on this project since we launched the company in September. The goal has been to make dividers that require little handwork, where the parts fit together perfectly and they require minimum time in the mill. During the last couple months, Raney has made huge strides in making these tools faster than ever.
And on Friday, he finished his task and we are handing production over to a Midwestern machine shop. In short order we should have more dividers on hand than we know what to do with.
On holdfasts, we have continued to refine the casting pattern to get a tool that is (hate to say it) the best holdfast I’ve ever used. Anyone who has visited our storefront and asked about the holdfasts has gotten an up-close look at how these tools hold like a bulldog.
We’re now entering our second large casting order for holdfasts and are thrilled with the way they look and work.
In the meantime, Raney and I have been working on several new tools for Crucible. We hope to have some prototypes to show at Handworks in May.
So apologies for going a little dark here at the blog for Crucible. John, Raney and I are all working for Crucible on a daily basis, but the results aren’t yet visible to customers. Stay tuned.
— Christopher Schwarz