HP-6v2 Dovetail Sole System
12/6/12 – The Dovetail Irons are being worked on and I was told today that we should have some in hand in 2-1/2 weeks. The iron is the trickiest element to this system. Everything else is rather rudimentary in it. The extrusion die for the Sliding Parallel starts up shortly. Meanwhile, you all need to be drafting up some stunning designs using the strongest coolest joint around!
12/13/12 – First articles for the Dovetail soles are in. We also received the crucial scoring cutters that are the secret to the whole system. Heat treating and anodizing the samples are next which will time nicely with the irons. Aluminum soles are a nice change from the brass. It is quite a change in weight.
01/03/13 – We should have a complete test kit ready to roll early next week. Production parts are moving along.
01/17/13 – Final tests are occurring on the geometry with actual first article parts. Pictures soon! New bodies and other parts are in the works.
02/07/13 – Irons are modified and good to go. The Initial cuts were quite good. The scoring cutting on the bottom gave incredibly smooth shoulders. The aluminum soles are good looking too..the brass may go away for good.
02/21/13 – The Sliding parallel and accessories are underway. We have more HP-6v2 bodies in the works too. The parts for the dovetail system are in the queue with the machine shops. Still not in full production mode yet.
02/28/13 – Final iron are being worked on. The HP-6v2 bodies are being wrapped up. The knobs and turned parts are underway. Different shops to do the bodies, from the brass turned parts and then the steel threaded parts. A swiss screw machine is making the threaded parts. I’ll see if I can track down a picture of the machine next week.
03/14/13 – HP-6v2 Body turned parts are underway. I suspect we’ll be able deliver the complete bodies in Mid April. Dovetail system will be after that
04/25/13 – Sorry about the lack of updates here. Just a couple last knobs to make for the HP-6v2 body. The extrusion metal is just about done for the Sliding Parallel. John is finalizing a couple of last miture things on the rest of the system.
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