- Oct 29, 2014
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I can add it to the store soon. The model is ready to go, and I just wanted to get some feedback on potential changes to the design before I shared it and added it to the store. Looks like people like it as designed, so this one is a go. Thanks for the interest!Where do I order? Also want to pick up one of those cool stack-straightening tools.
What are some other options for flattening hotstamped chips if your oven temperature won't go that low? I have some hotstamped quarters that have a fair amount of spinners.
Potential heating devices: hair dryer, infrared space heater, old toaster oven that supposedly heats as low as 150F.
If hot water for a little while and a clamp overnight is all people need, does someone with an ultrasonic want to try? Might be able to clean and flatten in one stepAs an alternative to the oven & clamp method, I present the hot water & vise method. While I do have an oven, I don't have a wooden hand-screw clamp - but I do have a bench vise.
After giving this a bit of thought, I figured that the heat source shouldn't matter as much as just raising the temperature of the chips. The hot water measured just under 150 degrees Fahrenheit from the tap. Here's what I tried:
Requirements: hot water, vise, two small pieces of flat wood, blank/white ceramic chips (optional)
Step 1: Fill small container with hot water from tap
Step 2: Place up to 10 chips in the container
Step 3: Wait 5 minutes
Step 4: Dry chips
Step 5: Stack chips with one ceramic chip on each end
Step 6: Place stack between two small pieces of flat boards (i.e., 3" x 4" x 1/2" sections)
Step 7: Align as perfectly as possible in a bench vise and tighten with nearly all your might
Step 8: Wait 12 hours (less or more is OK, too)
It worked - no spinning, no warps.
Not using any ceramic chips on the ends would also work, but I believe that placing a ceramic chip between each chip would be ideal. (I only had two white ceramic chips on hand and didn't want any color transfer). I just positioned chips so that they were warp to warp to encourage flattening.
Any slight warps/spinning can be fixed with a second go. Chips have remained flat after several days. Seems to work.
mostly patience and diligence. i get them somewhat tight, then use a ceramic chip horizontally to firmly push down sections and pop the outliers into place. with my clamp i can do this from multiple angles so it isn't too bad to get them all lined up perfect.Until I purchase that cool 3rd printed clamp rack, what method do you guys use to get the barrel of chips and ceramics aligned perfectly in the clamp itself?