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Published: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:17:09 +0000


Knucklebuster FXR update

Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:17:09 +0000

Hard to believe that it’s been 5 months since I’ve posted an update to this site, but such is the case. I won’t bore you with excuses – life has been busy, other priorities, blah blah blah – you know the drill. Work, family, life - etc. With Sandy pounding on the east coast today [...]

Sheet Metal Circle cutter for your drill press or mill

Wed, 16 May 2012 20:29:27 +0000

Small shops that do a variety of work in sheet metal have frequent use for circle cutters of the type that can be driven by a drill press. Home craftsmen also find use for these cutters in toymaking and ornamental metalwork. Pictured are two designs, one made from aluminum alloy especially for light work in [...]

Bottles in the shed

Mon, 07 May 2012 15:45:26 +0000

Space in my main work space these days is pretty tight. It’s better than wrenching in the driveway to be sure, but every inch is valuable. I’ve recently tried to maximize organization by getting rid of the yard tools and furnishing with whatever I could find from the CL free section. In the process, I [...]

Duane Ballard Robbed

Sat, 05 May 2012 17:30:35 +0000

Not fucking cool: Attention central Cal chopper freaks and eBay shoppers: last night Duane Ballard’s truck was robbed in a Salinas, CA, hotel parking lot. Custom leather wallets, key fobs, artwork, t-shirts and motorcycle seats were taken. If you see any suspicious stuff being sold on the inner web, please send links to Duane Ballard. Duane [...]

Gas Fired Smelting Furnace

Thu, 03 May 2012 20:40:32 +0000

I’ve always wanted to try out some casting, maybe at the next shopping. The making the furnace part looks fairly straightforward (there are tons of youtube videos on this as well) it’s the making the molds that looks incredibly time intensive. Still, doesn’t get much cooler than melting down a bunch of [...]

Anatomy of a Photo Chop

Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:01:43 +0000

I get questions from time to time about the photoshop chops I do. I’d much rather be in the shop actually working on the bike, but while desk bound it helps me work through my own personal design hang ups and figure shit out. Here’s a break down of the most recent. Click the [...]

Brooklyn Invitational 2011: Vol. 3

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:46:28 +0000

Motorcycle Gasket Basics

Fri, 06 Apr 2012 13:43:50 +0000

A typical bike engine contains around three litres of oil, and one of the biggest challenges to engineers over the years has been to keep that oil where it should be. There are many joints between the various engine castings, and nearly every one needs some means of preventing fluids from escaping. In an ideal [...]

Aligning Lathe Centers

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 13:38:41 +0000

Machinist Gauge Blocks

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:47:46 +0000

“Precision gauge blocks are used in all well equipped shops to establish basic measurements for the purpose of laying out and producing parts of identical size. When critical measurements are necessary in laying out work on which machine operations are to be held within extremely close limits, the use of gauge blocks speeds up [...]