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I need to make copies of a small brass knob (approx, 30 x 18)

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Ian Silver25/10/2014 17:37:04
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Hi all,

I need to make copies of a small brass knob (approx, 30 x 18)

This is for an antique Ashwells toilet lock

Any advice greatly appreciated

Thanks in advance


roy entwistle25/10/2014 19:37:14
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Ian I don't know what equipment you have or how much experience but I would turn it by hand using a graver on a hand rest I can't think of an easier way but no doubt others will


Gary Wooding26/10/2014 09:47:28
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A picture would help.

Ian S C26/10/2014 10:09:37
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Ian, as above.

Out of interest I had a look on Google, 1st site 2000 pounds, next few sites(E-Bay etc) 25 to 50 pounds, the last one I looked at was here in NZ wait for it-----------------$NZ 2 . 13.

I presume yours is not the penny in the slot type.

Ian S C

Ian Silver26/10/2014 12:55:10
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Some pictures uploaded yes

John Haine26/10/2014 13:04:31
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I'd cnc them myself.

Did you buy that Rabone rule recently? I have always wanted a rule with that style of calibration since I read about it being developed at NPL for better legibility in New Scientist when I was at school, and that was 50 years ago!

Roderick Jenkins26/10/2014 14:48:46
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I'd use a mixture of conventional topslide tool and parting tool to turn the major diameters and then switch to the George Thomas quick action hand rest to fill in the curves with a hand graver. The GHT graver design is reversible in its handle - one end is ground to a diamond point for convex surfaces and the other end is semi-circular for concave surfaces.

Like I used on this spinner nut:





Ian Silver26/10/2014 15:06:13
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I should have made my original post a bit clearer - I need someone to make them for me (I don't have a lathe and have never studies metalwork - I'm a carpenter)

So, any volunteers out there?



Neil Wyatt26/10/2014 18:34:26
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Ian's bolt;


Clive Hartland26/10/2014 20:42:04
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To me that looks like a brass knob turned with a hole down the center and a rivet to fix it to the slider? Maybe a lot easier to make and fix. It would have been slammed back and forth quite hard!


Ian Silver26/10/2014 22:01:09
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No, it's threaded and screws into the sliding bar

IanT26/10/2014 22:20:26
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Neat looking lock though...


julian atkins26/10/2014 23:54:24
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hi ian,

happy to help and very handy with a gravel as advised by roy!

pm me?



Neil Wyatt27/10/2014 09:32:26
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Presumably the gear turns an indicator on the other side of the door?


Ian Silver28/10/2014 10:15:33
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Yes, it has a brass bezel on the outside of the door with vacant/engaged on an enamel sign

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