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Hi Al!

 

Just want some of your wisdom here....Since you use exclusively A thread you must do a spectacular job dressing guides before wrapping. Can you share your procedure?

 

What I do right now is to grind down the guide feet to a rounded,gentle slope...then I polish the feet with a Stainless steel wire wheel that Merrick Tackle used to sell as a "Dressing Wheel"(Merrick Tackle selling retail, There I go dating myself again!!!). This leaves a nice polish on the feet. I have a little trouble sometimes with the guide feet not sitting flat on the blank. Sometimes I have to grind away a bump on the bottom or bend the feet w/ a needle nose pliers.

 

Anyhow....What do you recomend???

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Joe,

 

You are absolutely correct, I am a maniac about my guide foot preparation.

 

Steps:

 

Make sure the guides lay flat on the blank. Adjust them with a flat nosed pliers.

 

Gently grind smooth the bottom of the guide foot with a round metal file.

 

Use a 150 grit sanding disk to taper the guide feet to a feather edge starting half way up the guide foot.

 

Then buff the top, sides and bottom of the guide foot with a fine wire wheel brush or deburring wheel.

 

Alot of the builders I know are able to wrap the Big Foot Aftco guides with A thread after preparing the guides in this manner.

 

Al

 

 

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I got my hands on a Craytex dressing wheel a while back from MSC supply 151 Sunnyside Blvd. Plainview 516 586-349-0330. 1 block south of the LIE. This place is a huge industrial supply house that will also cater to you if you walk in the door. Grab a catalog, they are worth it.

 

The Cratex wheels are a rubberized abrasive, they have small dremel points and also larger grinding size wheels, sort of reasonable too.

 

I have the wheel in a drill press with an arbor and it does not take more than 30 seconds to do one side of a guide to an almost perfect scratch free polished finish. I've used it for gouges, chisels etc. Dosn't overheat and discolor like a grinding wheel either. Very highly recommended!

 

 

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