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Behind the scenes

Why this page?

I started this page because most of the other the info/pictures on this website are of the clean type “end result” product ones. What interest me personally is the craft and process behind a good result and the development needed to keep improving. So I feel like sharing this with you. Be aware that only a fraction of what is going on is visible on here. It is so busy that I don’t have time to maintain this page properly. More frequent / general updates can be found on the Facebook page.

I like to give people the opportunity to have a realistic look at what I am working on behind the scenes, how it is to run a “one man” workshop and what kind of challenges I encounter. Basically the things that happen besides instrument making. And usually after or before normal work times. Often when normal people sleep.

You’ll likely see things that you wouldn’t expect. Machine maintanance, tool making, furniture upgrades, travel, etc. 

Enjoy!


18 May 2022

Something NEW

Over the years I have made several top action rotary instruments, but none was a cool (and good) as the instrument I am working on at this moment in time. No more “is this a ganschhorn?” questions…. 

8 Apr 2022

Manufacturing forming tools!

Made a roller tool and an inner mandrel for producing new parts for our top action flugelhorn which we call the Twugelhorn. Sometimes it takes a few days of tool making to be able to produce -exactly- what we want instead of using “generic” parts available from commercial suppliers. This is how we produce unique instruments. This was a lot of work but worth the effort!

1 Apr 2022

The first mouthpiece tops!

We have managed to program our cnc lathe to cut a mouthpiece rim, cup and throat. Very precisely…

Next up is setting up for the threaded parts of the mouthpieces since we have the wish to offer them “warburton” style with seprate tops and backbores.

16 Mar 2022

Been very busy! An update.

There isn’t always time to maintain this part of the website. But stuff had surely been happening. Besides the regular work on instruments we have been very busy working on the cnc lathe and the process of “scanning” existing mouthpieces to reproduce on the CNC machine. The CNC adventure is very time and money consuming and has a steep learning curve. In the pic you can see how the tool offset process is organized.

17 Dec 2021

Digital Readout Fitted!

The recently acquired milling machine has been in use for a few weeks. This week I have added a digital readout system to it. This is another one of these jobs I do after normal worktimes.

Drilling and tapping into a nice machine like this to fit the modern parts is a bit stressful. But it is done! This makes working with it a lot easier and faster. I hope that maybe in the xmas holidays it is possible to give the machine a fresh coat of industrial lacquer.

5 Dec 2021

New lathe tools

We upgraded our main lathe with new -swiss made- toolholding. These are the actual toolholders. They clamp onto the so called Mother-block that I already cleaned and is already mounted onto the lathe. We used to have a collection of asian tools for this that were pretty well made but not repetitively accurate enough to program their positions in the Digital Readout system. This set is of better quality and comes all from the same factory and should solve the “problem”. I got them used and spent a few ours to clean and grease it all up. I love blackened steel that has a film layer of machine oil on it.

28 Nov 2021

Welcome Tom Senior Mill!

The “new” mill has been installed! Now comes the process of sorting all the accessories out, and prepping the machine for a new coating of industrial grey paint. A great new machine for making tooling and parts. I love these old, sturdy machines…

26 Nov 2021

Machine pickup day!

Today was spent picking up a bigger milling machine. We had to be inventive to get the machine out of this residence. But we did it!
14 Nov 2021

More CNC setup! Our new tool table and boring block holder are in!

If you scroll down a little you’ll see the drawing of this tool holding table. It was produced by a local business and I am very happy with it. It is a huge upgrade of the machine. The block mounted on top needs some holes bored into it to hold boring tools for rims and cups. On the “ears” of the table another type of tool wil be mounted to turn outside diameters/shapes.

12 Nov 2021

Improving workflow

We are still in the setup process for the CNC lathe. I picked up a big 48” HD monitor to improve workflow. No more squinting at the small screen :)
14 Nov 2021

New brains for the bleep bloop! And new software!

A little investment in new software resulting in another little investment because of system requirements. Doing things thoroughly. There is no rush with the cnc project so we have time to do things like this!
27 Oct 2021

Working on the “bleep-bloop”

The “bleep bloop” (as my wife calls the cnc lathe) is upgraded with jogging capability. This means installing stuff in the Electrical Box on the back of the machine. It’s now even more “badass” than before!
25 Oct 2021

CNC adventure continues

Been working on more part drawings for the cnc lathe. This drawing will be made into real steel parts soon. It is the toolholding table for the new cnc lathe that we are setting up for so called “gang tooling. Steps in the right direction!

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