Inside Super T, making of an adapter

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  1. forcedfuel50

    forcedfuel50 Forum Supplier ECF Veteran

    Just thought i'd share the making of a Super T 801 & 901 adapter and button machined from solid core aluminum. These pictures are no where inclusive of all the steps and leave out the hundreds of times i am checking dimensions and switching tools throughout the machining process, but it still gives you a feel for the in depth process that even a simple adapter takes here at Super-T.
    The first picture is of the finished 801, 901 and button as they came hot off the machine yesterday morning before even being polished. If any other manufacturer tries to tell you that gouges, deep machine marks, pitting, dents, ridges and blemishes are the result of being handmade or are artwork, this is simply not true as they are the result of incompetent machining including dull tools, mis-aligned tools, carelessness, lack of machining knowledge fundamentals, inferior equipment and an overall lack of any quality control as no competent machinist would ever let such inferior work leave their shop. I know I wouldn't!
    I hope you enjoy the pictures. Just one 801 adjustable airflow adapter takes around 4 hours to machine!
    Cutting the stock
    Turning, facing
    Checking the runout
    Ready to be threaded
    And lastly, the BUFF!! Watch your hands and clothing around that bad boy!!!
    My dad made that buffer; he was quite the talented machinist! Someday i hope to have the skills he in peace dad.
  2. mixxy

    mixxy Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Wow David... very impressive! :D

    I was trying to imagine that could be my very own Super T "baby" being created... but really don't know where I am on the list...and I'm trying very hard to be patient! ;)
  3. Scottes

    Scottes Super Member ECF Veteran

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    A home-made buffer mounted next to a hand-loader... Looks like my basement from 20 years ago...

    Nice pics and info!
  4. Bond_ James Bond

    Bond_ James Bond Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Beautiful work , David.
    This is why we are all waiting patiently.
    Great artisan !
  5. Nforcer

    Nforcer Super Member ECF Veteran

    indeed amazing tools David :)
  6. forcedfuel50

    forcedfuel50 Forum Supplier ECF Veteran

    You are "11" on the waiting list of the third batch, which i should be starting here in a few days. I rough machine all the bodies together and then break them out one by one to do the adapters and sleeves.

    Thank you everyone for the compliments, i thought you may like to see how it goes from a chunk of metal into a functional piece.

  7. Scottes

    Scottes Super Member ECF Veteran

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    Man, I hope that I'm not #13!!

    Or worse... like #37... argh...
  8. WytNyt

    WytNyt Full Member ECF Veteran

    Thnx for the pics. I was holding my super-t up to the pics you put up and I swear the pics are close to 3 or 4 times bigger that the actual product!! How you see what you are doing is truley amazing!! I just love my super-t, thnx again for the awsome job you did!!
  9. mixxy

    mixxy Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Thanks for letting me know where I am on the list! :D
  10. truelove

    truelove PV Casanova ECF Veteran

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    May he rest in peace and god bless all your family my friend, keep up your
    works of art!

    and for everyone waiting, TRUST ME, WORTH THE WAIT!
  11. KATO

    KATO Full Member ECF Veteran


    David say's THOSE COMPONENTS ARE MINE!!! YAeeY!!! This is monumental!!
    I'm getting something MUCH better than an owners manual, I have pictures of the raw metal construction of my device!!!

    David this is the kewlest coincidence!!!

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
  12. gatsby

    gatsby Super Member ECF Veteran

    Cool pics. I know Dave has mentioned that the taper on the adaptor is only for aesthetics, but once I trained my pinky to be a button pusher, my thumb sits perfectly on the angle of the adaptor. For those of you waiting it is worth it. It took me a little while to get used to the back button and find the throw I liked best, but something about the size and shape of the T once it finds that right place in your paw is perfect.
  13. grimmer255

    grimmer255 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    very talented and a lot of close detail. im very impressed with your work...let me know when you got the mini-T ready... i want one... and if you come out with more limited edition super Ts i want one of those to. with adapters lol :)
  14. grimmer255

    grimmer255 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    i still cant get over how well the super's are made. you should make this a sticky.
  15. nubee

    nubee Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    David, are you able to reclaim any of the scrap and shavings?
    Can that be remelted back into usable stock for the next PV?
  16. KonaNeil

    KonaNeil Super Member ECF Veteran

    Much like Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy, there's this fat balding guy in a dirty, torn tee shirt who visits every metal shop in the world. After muttering in an Eastern European accent about the low price of scrap metal he writes the shop owner a very small check and along with his Spanish speaking helpers rides off into the night with the scrap.

    No reindeer were injured in the making of this film.
  17. forcedfuel50

    forcedfuel50 Forum Supplier ECF Veteran

    I use the shavings for toothpaste...
  18. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Old Dan Tucker's a fine old man,
    Washed his face in a frying pan,
    Combed his hair with a wagon wheel,
    Died of toothache in his heel.
  19. grimmer255

    grimmer255 Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    well I bet the dentist loves working on your teeth :lol: jeesh i hate to see the bill.
  20. Richie G

    Richie G Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Originally Posted by nubee [​IMG]
    David, are you able to reclaim any of the scrap and shavings?
    Can that be remelted back into usable stock for the next PV?

    I use the shavings for toothpaste...>> David


    You're kidding but there is a use for everything, if one is creative enough..

    100 years ago or so I worked in an automotive machine shop. Part of that job was re-surfacing drums and rotors, naturally. One day this older gentleman walked into the shop and asked if he could take some of the cast filings out of the bin. I gave him an odd look and said; "Sure". He proceeded to fill up a handful of coffee cans that he came with.

    Curiosity got the better of me and I finally had to ask the obvious question --

    "Sir, what is it exactly that you're going to do with inexpensive cast iron filings that normally I toss in the garbage?"

    "Well, if you must know -- I grow tulips with them"

    "You do what now?"

    "Tulips. I grow tulips with the filings"

    "Tulips need raw iron?"

    (at this point he sighed, realizing he had to give me [a snot-nosed punk of a kid who wasn't accepting his evasiveness] a better answer)

    "See, when I plant my bulbs I toss some filings down into the hole. The filings start to rust immediately and that beautiful rust color makes it way into the flowering petals"

    A month or two later he came back with examples of some of the flowers he grew. That rust color just haphazardly streaked through the petals of the flowers. They were truly stunning.

    So, what color does aluminum turn when it rusts? LOL
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