Made in USA Box MODs coming to Absolute-Wood

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  1. Absolute-Wood

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    Hey all,

    Sorry to say I have an old back injury that has gotten the best of me recently. I used to race MX back in the day and have a cumulative back injury, and it flared up with a vengeance!

    I keep trying to get up and work as soon as it hurts a little less and Tylenol suppresses it enough - worse when it wears off LOL. Hard to stay idle, but I'm trying to be "lazy", and it's getting better. Feels OK for a while before fatiguing - better than last week's attempts! Couldn't even walk for a few days at first.

    I'll check in again soon and hopefully have some video of the radius jig in action sanding the radii into the Mod V Dragon body - should be a short one!

    Rick
     
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    Hey bud, let's party...


    About 90% back to normal - been busy. The large twin holders are complete; soon, I'll deal with packing for shipping. They're pretty heavy.

    The contour sanding of the Dragon body is complete - video to follow!

    I've started a new Mod - cool Afzelia burl block from Africa:
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    It'll be a DNA250 Model II. We've named it the Oba Mod, Oba meaning King from the area of Africa where most Afzelia grows.

    I'll occasionally post pics of the blank as it's shaped.

    Talk soon,

    Rick
     
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    Hey Gang -

    Hope everyone had a great Father's Day weekend. We hung around home and tried to stay cool...
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    This was two days ago, I think. Always in the shade, just below our little summertime inflatable pool.

    It was the start of our current heatwave! About 102 yesterday, should be a little higher today and the peak is supposed to be Wednesday - with 108 forecast.

    The (uninsulated) shop was about 120 yesterday! I've been doing some work early before the temps rise too much. Doesn't get much below 90 until nearly midnight. So there's that...

    I noticed a blemish in the finish on one of the large holders that I previously reported as being finished. No worries I thought; some sanding to the one edge, and a quick spray with a touch up gun.

    Long story short - Some older blue 2" wide painters tape (not supposed to adhere - just lightly stick) adhered to the holder where applied to prevent overspray. It was on the holder less than two minutes and it pulled the clear finish off in several places. Grrrr. Now a one hour rework job has turned into several hours. The old tape must have summer heated too much and the adhesive became much more sticky. In the trash it went - the tape, not the holder!

    Some light on the horizon! Well, with the heat at least. I just bought a "giant" portable evaporative cooler to try and help with our sometimes $600+ electric bills during the summer months because of central A/C use. Our humidity is very low out here (as low as 10-15%), and the initial results look good - no A/C use the last couple days with 100+ temps.

    A side benefit is the unit is a Honeywell C060PM indoor/outdoor unit, and I'm eyeing it for cooling the shop. Sure would help this time of year.

    So, blistering heat this week - sure to see this from time to time for the next few months. Hopefully, the cooler helps put me in the shop more hours this summer.

    Talk to 'ya later -

    Rick
     
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    Hey -

    Well, we've been ping-ponging temperatures here; 92 one day, 105 the next. We hit 107 on at least three days the last couple weeks. The new cooler seems to work for extending workable temperatures in the shop. I'll have to look into getting another unit just for shop cooling.

    If you've checked out the Sleeping Dragon Mod thread, you know that the body is near completion. This is a 26650 Model V in solid brass & black, with a matching stabwood body.

    The next Mod on the workbench is a Model II in Afzelia burl - seen a couple posts above. It will be a DNA250 with the ability to use multiple LiPo battery capacities with the use of shims or spacers made from the left over pieces of the block. I've gotten the pieces cut with the bandsaw, and have the main block (body) milled smooth and to final sanding size:

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    Door slab on the left, shim pieces on the right.
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    The "no door" side and top of the Mod blank on the mill. The right pic is the slab that will become the door.


    Next, I'll determine if I can use a "trick" to extract a chunk of material large enough to make a drip tip or two from the material that now occupies the area that will become the cavity in the body -

    Cheers,

    Rick
     
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    Happy Independence Day Vapers!

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    Have a great day - enjoy some fireworks tonight

    Be responsible and don't let children play with fireworks

    Leave that to the adults - that have been drinking all day

    :cheers::drunk::vino::zombie:

    C Ya-

    Rick​
     
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    Someone left the furnace on again! 102 yesterday, and the peak is supposed to hit 109-110 degrees on Saturday!!

    That's great for relaxing the day away in the pool with a drink - but sucks for trying to stay in the shop much past 9am even with the big, new cooler. Doesn't cool off out there till pretty late in the evening as well.

    The Oba Mod is just starting it's journey on the mill - more to come.

    Stay cool and vaped!

    Rick
     
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    Hey Guys (and girls, of course),

    Sorry for the absence, been busy with several projects. Still playing with the heat here - 110 for the next couple or few days!

    Got a new polishing rig for the lathe; produces great results faster than I thought possible. Here's a quick video of polishing and some quick cell pics of a component test fit of a DNA75 Mod in production - the Sleeping Dragon:


    A few pics after polishing:
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    The tube is reflecting the chandelier above the table - you can see the reflection of two of the lights and their arms just to the left of the tube on the body - shiny!

    Next is assembly of the faceplate components, and then testing with power before starting final assembly - whoo hoo!

    Take care,

    Rick
     
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    Beautiful work Rick, stay healthy! I'm waiting for the squonk mods!!!!! A DNA75C would be great!
     
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    Thanks much - this Mod has taken a long time. I knew documenting it would stretch out the production. Other existing projects and my "crap shoot" health have taken their toll as well - LOL. The owner and I wanted to showcase the steps involved, and show just how much work goes into a $500 Mod.

    Plus all the hand cast and polished brass parts take time as they are first modeled in 3D before they are 3D printed in wax on a special high resolution 3D printer. This wax figure is then encased in plaster - creating a very detailed mold. Molten brass is poured into the mold, displacing the wax. The castings are then tumbled in walnut shell pieces to lightly smooth them, then polished on buffing wheels to a high gloss. The faceplate, bottom plate and battery tube cover are cast.

    I've left the squonks alone for quite a while now - the design is complete in hand drawings and sketches, but I need to create and add parts to the 3D model. I use these 3D models to generate the drawings I detail to make the parts. If I have to adjust anything, the drawings automatically update - cool.

    Also, I purchased a DNA75C board shortly after they were available. The board is the same size as the regular 75 - which is the same as the 200 and 250. This means only faceplate assemblies need some button and display window work and we should be good to go. We're all hoping for a 250C, but Evolve is being very tight lipped.

    Vape, vape, vape - big exhale,

    Rick
     
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    As I tell my wife about the kitchen remodel, all it takes is time and money! It seems sometimes that time is harder to find than money, especially when you have the "added joy" of health issues popping up just about the time you gather speed! Just take care of yourself and the rest will happen in their time.
     
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    She's coming along nicely!


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    I really wish the DNA 250C would come out and get put into Vein. Oh well, when it does it's just a faceplate redesign and print away from implementing.


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    Dang but she is pretty. I'm in love.

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    Hey Gang,

    I'm currently working on assembly of the faceplate for the Dragon. Boring - not much excitement watching me hold a part in place with two pairs of tweezers for 20 minutes. I'll probably post some video of connecting leads to the board and powering it up for the first time.

    For now, I have a short (<2min) video of a milling operation on another Mod - the Oba Mod - a Model II. This is after I cut the space for the door to sit; and this operation is cutting the t-slot that makes the door a captive, sliding type of door. Here ya go!


    Talk to you later -

    Rick
     
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    Hey everyone -

    I have an update in the Dragon Mod Thread - some primary assembly work!

    Cloud it up!

    Rick
     
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    Hey Everyone -

    The final assembly of the Sleeping Dragon Mod is complete. Some interesting notes and occurrences during final -

    I reduced the size of this Mod slightly to make it more friendly to smaller hands. The space was so tight that the rubbery cement used to attach the Faceplate would allow it to push away from it's recess because of increased tension from the wiring because of the reduced space behind the Faceplate. So it had to come apart to try and get a little stronger adhesion by adding some epoxy at the corners of the Faceplate. It worked, but the body might be damaged if we ever have to take it apart again. Oh well, do what you have to - a new body might have to go with any removal of the Faceplate.

    But that wasn't the end of it - after reassembly, I put a battery in to test it again, and when turned on, the watt setting immediately began to drop as if the down control button was being pushed. The Faceplate button looked fine, but would not "click" when pushed and I couldn't stop the behavior. Great, it needs to be opened up again... I wrapped a screwdriver with a little piece of leather to protect the polished brass and took the bottom plate off (rubbery attachment still works there). It was the positive wire from the battery pushing up just the corner of the DNA board and depressing the down button on the board. I moved the wire as much as possible and placed a small epoxy "bridge" between the body and board to hold it in place. After putting it back together, everything worked as designed when tested again. Finally!

    Without further adieu -



    And, a few images made with "the good stuff", Canon DSLR, L series lens, Strobes & Umbrellas - enjoy

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    And, there you have it! I'm quite proud of it - awesome materials make an awesome looking Mod. For those wondering - The Mod V is $259 base price (DNA75). The stabwood block was $74, and the cast polished brass option is $179. The standard is an Oak or Walnut body, and black plastic parts instead of brass. Other materials like stainless are available at a lesser cost than brass.

    I'll close this thread at some point - but I'll add more Mod news occasionally as I work on the next five that are on the production schedule - well, four plus another customer trying to decide what options to get! I'll keep posting to this thread.

    A couple more interesting notes:

    I might have a Mod coming up that will have Damascus Steel - at least a Faceplate!

    I will be designing a DNA Mod to look similar to the Augvape Gragas - that should be kewl - :cool:


    Give someone a thumbs up and a smile today, it'll improve their face value, and yours -

    Rick
     
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    Hey everybody-

    I wanted to check in with y'all to let you know I've been busy since the Dragon made it into the mail. But, I'm doin' boring, not worthy of documenting types of things. It's amazing how much of a mess the making of something as small as a Mod can cause or make!

    The main mission has been to get the shop back into shape enough to comfortably continue on the rest of production. Adding in all the ancillary things around the house that have been neglected or minimally done have contributed to the cleanup - mainly a large task of going through the back yard to remove "summer" (garden, pool, etc...) windstorm messes, you get the idea, total BAM (big ass mess) ;)

    That being nearly done, I do have a bit of new news -

    I found a material online while searching "damascus" and "mokume gane". They're called composite designer materials. Fairly new, they are similar to sintered metals - but with dust sized particles instead of tiny beads.The "new" of all this is the ability to make lightweight metal materials that can have multiple, separate metals in them - like damascus steel or mokume gane. They are made under pressure and heat - it's hard to get details about the process, they're very secretive about it.

    Here's a blurb from the website about the materials:

    Macro-Molecular Materials are part of the new breed of new age designer materials that make everything from the Stealth Bomber to the International Space Station possible. These materials are made with high purity metals and other exotic elements that have been deconstructed to the macro-molecular level, homogeneously combined and then reconstructed with highly refined proprietary chemical binders. Metal deconstruction requires very specialized equipment - a Gas Metal Atomizer that super heats the metal and then shoots it with water, gas or plasma causing it to explode into molecules of specific shape and size. Heat, pressure and an exothermic chemical reaction cause the molecules to cross link forming a new material with a unique macro-molecular structure. Because the molecules are distributed homogeneously through a process known as the Micelle Phenomenon, the new material gains the benefit of all the unique characteristics of the individual components.

    Yea... it looks really cool too!
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    I've purchased a 3/4" diameter x 5" piece of damascus to make some drip tips with. We can learn together if this material will be viable for Faceplates and other pieces.

    Should be fun -

    Rick
     
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    Hey peeps-

    Well, we're back in the shop and working on a different Mod - Oba, a Model II:
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    It's natural Afzelia burl. The door recess and body cavity have been cut, and you can see I'm working on the Faceplate cut through and details. A block of Oak is used to fill the void of the cavity to reduce vibration when machining.

    Plus, I received my little piece of the new material - M3 Damascus (expensive little booger - $5/inch). I made a handful of driptips, it polishes nicely - (3) 510 bases & (2) 12.5mm bases on the right, the largest one in the foreground is 19mm diameter and 19mm height not including the connector protrusion:
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    It's lighter than solid steel, but heavier than the acrylic blanks used to make many driptips. It's harder than resin or acrylic as well. Turns well with sharp carbide tools - go slow. It's made with 316 stainless and "Black Carbonite" (a new proprietary material- apparently stolen from Jaba & George Lucas). 316 SS cores with double o-rings are epoxied to the M3 Damascus bodies. Takes the better part of an hour to cut and polish one.

    What'cha think? I figured $20/ea.

    I'll probably photograph them properly and put them on my Facebook page @ /pvstands.


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    Those are freaking beautiful , where can I order .. been on a accessory kick lately and I got to have one of those

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    Cool - thanks. Sorry I've been absent today - other crap to do!

    I just got the pics shot today and haven't done anything Facebook wise. I'll make sure and save that one for you. I should be able to get to it and have it on it's way to you in a day or two. I'll PM you.

    Thanks-
    @sychosis Hey Sy - thanks. At the moment, those five are the first. I got the material to test it out. I'll make more, or you can pick one of the remaining four if you like. PM me if you like.

    Oh yea, price will include shipping anywhere in the CONUS.
    AW CRAP! - thought I said $25 earlier (was thinking with shipping) - we'll do these first five at $20/ea with shipping. In the future, they'll be $25 shipped. I'll also get some of their other materials to make tips with as well.

    I want to put a section on the website, but it takes a bit of coding with the payment buttons and all. I hope to get it going soon. For the time being, I'll get them on Facebook (/pvstands) - payment is easy there - and we can PM here, I can send a PayPal invoice.

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    Awesome. Just let me know your PP email and I'll send the payment immediately.
     
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    25 is fine , I would like one difference, the larger one in foreground , can you make it with a 510 insert ? And possibly adjust the length ? I will get my caliper out and measure one later today for the height ..since chef grabbed the other ..talk to you soon !

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    Would like one this shape , sizes are

    13.5 mm top
    17 mm base
    12.5 mm length without 510

    Add a insert to those measurements and that shape if possible , pm me your pp and I will send payment immediately[​IMG]

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    @sychosis
    Sure, no problem - that tip has a 12.5mm base, right? You want that tip with a smaller 510 base (8.5mm diameter) ?

    It will be a couple weeks before I'll be able to ship it (used all the material I had), you can hold off on payment if you like.

    I ordered some more material today - last order took about a week before it shipped; I think they make them to order. I will also have a piece of their "Black Gold" coming. It's like the Damascus, but with brass instead of the 316 SS that's in the Damascus. The drip tips from it will look good with black/brass Mods.

    I'll post when the fresh material is on it's way - for anyone interested, my contact and PayPal email is:

    rick (at) absolute-wood (dot) com


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    Perfect , just let me know when it arrives and I will send payment , yes that shape with a 510 base for my crown 3

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    Hey @sychosis & peeps-

    Thanks - I've been a little under the weather here and there these last couple weeks, haven't accomplished as much as I'd like. Plus, this time of year gets real busy in many ways.

    I'm still waiting on the new material but did find a little time to make some driptips from a small piece of Caribbean Rosewood I had. This beautiful wood is rare, expensive and extremely hard. Also threw in a pic of a tip I made from a piece of acrylic a vendor gave me called "red lava" -

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    Along the top are the 12.5mm bases, like Griffin, Aura, many others. The bottom three are standard 510 bases. Finished inside and out with CA, stainless steel double o-ring cores. $20 shipped.

    I've gotten farther on the next Mod and gotten the faceplate area routed out and it's now clamped up ready for the boring of the magnet holes for the door retention. Lastly will be the machining of the 510 connector. That will set us up for the machining and fitting of the door. Pics to come. :)

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - keep our service members in your prayers -

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    Hey everyone,

    The two pieces of material for drip tips has arrived - a piece of M3 Damascus - @sychosis will be happy to hear that, and a piece of "M3 Black Gold", which is a black carbonite and brass Mokume Gane. Here's a pic of knife handles made in each material:

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    Also working on Oba - the Afzelia Model II:

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    Not yet cut in the above photo is the 510 connector - cut, but not seen in the pic below. Shown are the magnet holes in the body to retain the door via matching magnets in the door.
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    Next will be the cutting and fitting of the door -

    Rick
     
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    Quicky pics, no editing:
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    I like the Black Gold M3, looks pretty cool - both for @sychosis

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    Now those are breathtaking , you outdid yourself on these!!

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    Hey vapers,

    I'm sure by now that SoCal is nationwide news as we're on fire again!

    In the last week we've grown over half a dozen fires - the biggest at around 150,000 acres and only 10% contained. Around 500 homes/buildings gone so far - including a hospital (all safe). We're also experiencing single digit humidity with high winds - 20-40mph constant with 60-80mph gusts. Five days now. Not good for the fires...

    From our vantage point, we've got fires north, south and west of us. A fire east of us was put down yesterday - only a few miles away. Currently, the closest is the Creek fire about 20+ miles away. We're good for now - but partially ready to bug out with little notice.

    I'm sure my neighbors would laugh seeing me throwing little hybrid blocks and exotic hardwood lumber in my car with all the family items - LOL. Or having to make 5-6 trips just for the guitars! I'd want to grab at least a couple...

    So everything is good and safe for now. Horrible air around here so I haven't been outside or in the shop much this last week. Plus we have a Chihuahua that's freaked out with all the wind and the noise - so I've got this shivering shadow that about bumps into me if I stop walking!

    I am working on making a Drip Tip section on the website. I'm also interested in getting some of the M3 material in flat form to try out for faceplates, buttons, etc... We'll see soon, the Mods come first ;)

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    Glad you are safe and prepared! Best wishes and prayers.
     
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    Hey everyone,

    Hi from smoky (and sunny) SoCal. I started to do this yesterday, but didn't feel up to doing much - feeling better this morning.

    We're not in any danger; the fires and winds continue. This morning, the news said this was the longest duration wind event here ever recorded. The largest of the fires, north of us, has burned nearly a quarter million acres and eaten around 800 structures. Still with low containment numbers because of the terrain and winds. Godspeed and prayers to all those face to face with it.

    I'm working on the door for the Oba Mod, and trying to make a few more Drip Tips as I prepare a new section for the website.

    Hope to have some pictorial updating soon!

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    Hey all -

    The work on the Oba Mod door so far:

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    Here I'm machining the door to thickness before cutting it to size - then making the "lip" around the edge that makes it a sliding door.

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    Color difference in door is due to the body being exposed to light while the door has been in a drawer without exposure to light. They'll match up soon with the door out in the light now.

    After fitting of the door and the same for the Faceplate, it'll be sanding time!

    Rick
     
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