Making the Crucible Improved Pattern Dividers
Posted on 13 October 2016
When Raney Nelson explains to me how he makes dividers on the CNC mill, he makes it sound like he’s just doing some laundry: loading items into a machine, pressing a button and walking away for a couple hours.
But after spending a day in his Indiana shop and reviewing hours and hours of process videos that Raney shot, I know he’s downplaying the skill and precision required to make these dividers. In fact, the whole process makes me wonder if we’re charging enough.
Check out the short video that compresses an entire day of machine production into less than 3:00. To avoid boring you too much, I cut out a lot of the additional details that go into the machining, from knocking each part firmly into its fixture to the multiple fixture and tooling changes throughout the process.
Note that we will begin selling the dividers for $120 (domestic shipping included) on Friday at noon Eastern time. They will be available via this link.— Christopher Schwarz