Show us your jig ideas!

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Show us your jig ideas!


By leckmeck

6 months ago



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  • Latest reply 6 months ago by Chrisbee
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    #1 6 months ago

    I'm always trying to find ways to get parts to spin on my drill press. With a couple of bakelite scraps and some ingenuity, you can get just about anything to spin for quick cleaning and polishing. For example, here’s a jig I made for polishing pop bumper rings. I could probably mix cookie dough with it, too.

    Anybody else have some jig ideas they'd like to share?

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    #2 6 months ago

    Here's another jig—made out of a dowel—for polishing mini-posts. I could have just put these into the chuck, but I wanted more exposure for better polishing and didn't want to harm the threading.

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    #3 6 months ago

    Every little bit helps your game play better and buffing the crap out of that metal pop ring wil speed the ball up for sure. Good idea and thanks for sharing.

    #4 6 months ago

    I spin things in an old South Bend lathe. Recently, I used a wooden chopstick in the chuck as a mandrel for quickly polishing metal posts. The
    lathe didn't need to be switched off after each piece, so it really expedited the process. I have to make up one of your rod and ring polishing jigs. I usually wire wheel them first, then hand polish them.

    #5 6 months ago

    I bought this old universal wing jig from a surplus sale in Wichita right before I left. I’m thinking it would make a ginormous rotisserie to mount two playfields side by side, making a playfield swap a bit easier. I could also mount a whole cabinet in it to paint.

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    #6 6 months ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Recently, I used a wooden chopstick in the chuck as a mandrel for quickly polishing metal posts.

    I like your chopstick idea with the metal posts. I'll have to remember that trick when I restore my King of Diamonds.

    #7 6 months ago
    Quoted from BALL_LESS1:

    I bought this old universal wing jig from a surplus sale in Wichita right before I left. I’m thinking it would make a ginormous rotisserie to mount two playfields side by side, making a playfield swap a bit easier. I could also mount a whole cabinet in it to paint.

    Holy mackerel, that thing is massive!

    Jigs for playfield swaps are essential. I don't know how I’d do it without one.

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    #8 6 months ago
    Quoted from leckmeck:

    Holy mackerel, that thing is massive!
    Jigs for playfield swaps are essential. I don't know how I’d do it without one.

    I've swapped several Centaur and EBD playfields. using just a couple moving blankets and 2x4 pieces to prevent damage to bottom switches on the drop target assemblies.

    #9 6 months ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    I've swapped several Centaur and EBD playfields. using just a couple moving blankets and 2x4 pieces to prevent damage to bottom switches on the drop target assemblies.

    That’s a jig!

    #10 6 months ago

    This is a pf rotisserie I fabricated a couple of years ago-it has been invaluable on every project. Design aspects included mobility, 360deg rotation, adjustable height & width & collapsible.

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    I subsequently fabricated x2 adaptors to enable pf swaps (no stability issues).

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    #11 6 months ago

    These are some templates I created for fabrication of sheetmetal coin boxes to facilitate design & fabrication method, material need, it fits/works & for future fabrication.

    For a GTB woodrail.

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    a GTB 60s/70s machine.

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    #12 6 months ago

    I've gotta get a rotisserie. Wayner, that one you made would be PERFECT for me. I love the castors for mobility, and I love that it folds flat for storage.

    #13 6 months ago
    Quoted from leckmeck:

    I like your chopstick idea with the metal posts. I'll have to remember that trick when I restore my King of Diamonds.

    Coincidently, that's the game I was doing when I came up with the idea!
    Keep a file on hand, because every now and again you'll need to file a fresh taper on the chopstick so that the posts don't spin out on it.

    #14 6 months ago
    Quoted from wayner:

    This is a pf rotisserie I fabricated a couple of years ago-it has been invaluable on every project. Design aspects included mobility, 360deg rotation, adjustable height & width & collapsible.

    I subsequently fabricated x2 adaptors to enable pf swaps (no stability issues).

    Wayner, your rotisserie is a thing of beauty; a design masterpiece!

    #15 6 months ago

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    #16 6 months ago

    Ok, I know this is not a jig, but I have found it help full for finding issue in both EM and DMD machines.
    Connect the test to a switch or relay contacts. select 24v or 48v and select to latch or not.

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