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Edge Finishing: No-Buff, High Polish Part 4

So you’ve run the file around the edges and it is looking much “flatter” than after the RT (Rotary Tool).Next it is time to sand the edges with at least two progressively finer foam sanding blocks.We recommend starting with a 120 grit sanding block.You can use as much or as little pressure as you need, just keep in [...]

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Edge Finishing: No-Buff, High Polish Part 3

Now that you’re done with the RT (Rotary Tool) treatment, it is time to move on to the Elbow Grease application.The goal of this entire process is to reduce the “tool marks” in the material to zero over many steps.Get your rat-tail files out and go over all of the edges and contours you just hit with the [...]

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Edge Finishing: No-Buff, High Polish Part 2

If you want to go pro, you’ll need a bunch of power tools.If you just want a professional finish, you only need one power tool and that is a Dremel or other brand of rotary tool, henceforth “RT”.You can find RT at almost any big-box store for anywhere between $40 and up.We’d recommend the Dremel brand or spend at least [...]

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Edge Finishing: No-Buff, High Polish Part 1

To really set your work apart, it comes down to the details.One detail that will make your finished project pop is a glass-like, mirror polish on your edges.If you need high-volume, you’ll need to invest in grinders, belt sanders and buffing wheels, motors and compounds (we’ll get to that later).If you just want a professional look without an entire workbench [...]

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Layout: Drawing Strait Lines across a Molded Surface

When laying out your project you can use rulers, protractors or printed drafting mats to get your lines and angles the way you want.But how do you draw a reliable strait line across a three dimensional molded part?Try this easy trick.

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Marking Your Projects

There are many ways of marking your material during layout, but the best and most accurate way is with a simple #2 pencil.We prefer the mechanical type.The most important thing to know is that all pencil lines should be erased prior to heating the material.Once the graphite is heated it is very difficult to remove.

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Blue Gun Prep

This Tips and Tricks segment will focus on Ring’s Blue Guns and some advice and ideas on how to get them ready for your holster projects.Blue Guns (BG’s) are commonly used by hobbyists and even larger manufacturers as molding stand in’s for live weapons.They work very well for the application, but there are a few tips you can use to [...]

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DIY Dust Hood

DIY Dust Hood If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then most Kydex shops I’ve seen won’t fair too well in the hereafter (my own included).But that doesn’t mean we can try to improve the situation.One of the biggest sources of mess in the shop is the dust generated by grinders, sanders and buffers.Here’s a quick project to help you [...]

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Heating Kydex for Molding

This Tips and Tricks article will focus on heating your Kydex (or Boltaron) in a counter top toaster oven.I’ve seen a lot of confusion, complication and mystery surrounding this process, but it really could not be any simpler.Here’s the bullet list:Wire rack in oven set to toast at max tempMaterial in, texture up, watch for white line to fade, rotateWatch for the “cheese [...]

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