Soon: Lots and Lots of Dividers
Posted on 19 March 2017
On Saturday, Raney Nelson packed the results of the last 18 months of his hard labor on Crucible dividers into his SUV: tooling, multiple mounting plates for the dividers’ components, his laptop and many sleepless nights figuring out how to make these on a CNC mill.
A little before lunch he arrived at Machine Time in Nicholasville, Ky., a production machining shop run by Craig Jackson, the inventive genius behind and founder of Easy Wood Tools. For the next eight hours, Craig, Raney and Wayne (who will run the mill for our parts), began setting up Machine Time’s Haas mill to make our parts in huge numbers.
I watched, took photos and (importantly) fetched the barbecue sandwiches when needed.
As a result, we’ll soon have hundreds of pairs of dividers available for sale. When exactly? Let’s say it’s going to be in a few weeks or so. When we have an exact date, we’ll post it here.
Machine Time will be able to blaze through our parts because that's what they do.
Some of you might be wondering: Why didn’t we start production at Machine Time last fall? If we’d done that, the dividers would probably be a $700 tool because we would have had to pay them to help us develop the tool and manufacturing processes. Raney was able to work out all the kinks in the process, reduce (greatly) the amount of time to mill each part and figure out where all the snakebites were in the process.
So our dividers, which are like sculpture to my eye, a fraction of that $700 price.
I know that a lot of you are waiting patiently for these dividers. It won’t be long, now.
The bonus is that Raney can now move onto the next tool design from his shop. He’s beginning to prototype one new tool already with a second in the wings.
— Christopher Schwarz