Saturday, April 26, 2014

New BMG X2 Gripsets are on the Way

I finished a new run of WilkinsGRIP BMG X2 gripsets machined from Alu and brought them in for anodizing this week. A bunch will be Hardcoat Black which have been sold out for a while and folks have been asking about.

A test run are being anodized in a clearcoat pocess which should leave the natural Alu color unchanged while still providing wear and corrosion protection. I hope these will look cool!

I also did a small run with side inlay pockets like the inlayed titanium grips I have been offering for a while. These will all be Hardcoat Black anodized and I am still trying to decide what type of inlays to make. These will be less expensive than the Titanium ones and also not as heavy. Anybody got any ideas for inlays?

I will be doing new runs of G10 grips as quickly as possible. I had hoped to get a proper dust collection system for the milling machines, but after the move, the money just isn't there to invest. So I will be setting up my old M-Class filtered vacuums asap.

Thanks for everyone's support during the whole move, I'm spending less time looking for stuff and more time making stuff, so things are going in the right direction.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The New Workshop! First Pics After the Move.

If I never carry another box filled with heavy tooling, it will be too soon.

But ... The Move is finally over. All my stuff is out of the old space and set up in the new one. I still have a lot of organizing to do - the new workshop is twice as large (160 m2) as the old one and a lot newer and cleaner. In the new shop I have a bathroom with a shower and a small kitchen. The kitchen isn't quite operational yet but the coffee machine works! I also bought an older, giant, used stainless sink like they used to have in restaurants and installed it in the main work area to use for parts washing and all manner of dirty work. I've wanted one of those for years.

I have two new workbenches coming next week. They will be rollable, so I can move things from workstation to station easier than carrying boxes. I also bought 6 meters of new steel shelving where each shelf will carry 235 kilos.

The new shop has an office and fine assembly area at the front which can be closed off from the rest of the shop when the machines are running or to help keep dust from getting into everything.

So now here are some casual pics. The Naked Truth - or something very close.

The first photo below shows the new shop space during the renovation. Yikes! You should have seen it when I rented it. It was really bad then. Now, it looks great. New floor, new electric, etc. etc.

This is what that corner looks like now! (pic below)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Phone Service is Restored!

Well, after more than a week Telekom came round and fixed whatever was out of whack with my phone line in the street and I'm Back Online!

I have already started answering email and trying to get things back to normal.

My new shelving arrived in the workshop today, so I have a lot to do!! Ahhhhhh!!!!!

Thanks for everybody's patience!