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    Removing snap ring inside a D Mag with switch still in place?

    I have drilled out AA batteries doing the following. Drill as large a hole as possible through the center of the battery. Then I used a sharp wood chisel to cut the edge of the battery, this will probably score the inside of the battery tube. Then a sharp, thin piece of metal like an ice pick...
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    Can I pant tailcap/body threads so it will lock out?

    I think that anything that would be applied to the threads will eventually break down. Plumbers tape tends to tear apart as the two items are screwed together. Any paint will wear down as well. The only permanent solution ( for the threads ) would be to cut off the original threads, put on some...
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    CR2 Mini-Mag LED

    Nice job.. I have a similar mini lathe. I bored out the 3 jaw chuck so it can fit the body tube of the mini mag lites ( not for the faint of heart ) There is enough material in the chuck, just be careful of the screws in the back.
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    Home anodised mag 2D - Orange

    I don't have any links - The information I mentioned I got second hand. I would think it is some kind of rubber like material that sulphuric acid would not eat through...
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    Home anodised mag 2D - Orange

    One other item to consider is the use of masking. I know that shops use this to cover any areas that don't get anodized. I have heard there are different types, some are easy to remove, others not so easy....
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    Home anodised mag 2D - Orange

    Here is a site that explains the anodize process http://www.focuser.com/anodize.html A few comments: De Smuting removes the other materials on the surface of the aluminum. Different aluminum alloys have different amounts of other elements mixed in - everything from 2024 to 7075 Polishing -...
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    12D Maglite mod

    Re: 12D Maglite on eBay. Threading the two parts together would work. I am not sure which would give a stronger connection (press fit or threaded together). Either of the methods are relatively easy to do on a big enough lathe.
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    12D Maglite mod

    Re: 12D Maglite on eBay. I made a 3AA light a few years back using two 2AA lights. The short explanation, I made a press fit of the two bodies in the knurled area. The picture of this 12D does not show how he attached the two bodies. I would be concerned about the strength of the connection on...
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    Flashlight made entirely of wood

    Woods that are high in oil content can sometimes be glued. You have to clean the area to be glued with lacquer thinner to remove all the surface oil. Then use something like Gorilla glue. I have done this procedure a lot with Cocobolo and it works fine. Gorilla glue expands when it hardens, it...
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    Flashlight made entirely of wood

    I have made a number of wood covered bodies and heads over the last few years. Just a couple of gotcha's on wood lights and working with wood. Cocobolo is a really beautiful wood. easy to work with on a lathe and finishes up really nice. One comment about cocobolo ' You are either allergic to...
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    Powder Coated Malkoff Host

    Nice job on that. I have been doing this for a few years now. I use aluminum foil for the plug and a coat hanger to hold the light. I coat it assembled with a gap between the parts. One thing I learned - clean off the gun outside with a lot of air pressure. If you don't get all the powder off...
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    Powder coating a small light

    5 - 8 PSI. I don't use an inline dryer other than the filter supplied with the gun. It does take a little practice when spraying. The nice thing about powder, if you make a mistake, you can just blow off the powder and start again.
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    Powder coating a small light

    The one from Eastwood works fine. The one issue I have is that it doesn't have a foot switch. I also have a unit from Harbor Freight. Long story with warranty. That is why I bought the Eastwood unit. The main thing - make sure your compressor can be set a low PSI, the powder kinda puffs out...
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    Powder coating a small light

    I got mine through www.Eastwood.com they also carry a fairly larger number of powder colors. It's fun to do, just don't bounce or jar the object after the powder is on, it falls off. If you powder over knurled areas, you loose the sharpness of the knurls.
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    Powder coating a small light

    I don't have any pictures of the stands I use. For the AA lights I just use a wire coat hanger that has an 'S' bend that goes into the body, It takes a 180 degree turn as it exits the head end and then there is a large 'U' on the bottom that it rests on. I have a similar setup for the C and D...
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    Powder coating a small light

    when I powder coat the lights I assemble them so that all the threaded areas are screwed together. It is a loose assembly. The 'O' ring area on the body tends to get powder in it and that has not been a problem. I thread the bezel to the head and leave about .015 - .030 open before it contacts...
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    Powder coating a small light

    I cleaned all the parts with a scotch brite pad prior to powder coating. I then wiped them down with lacquer thinner to remove any oil. I did not remove the original anodize. If you are doing it yourself, I use aluminum foil to cover any threaded areas and areas you don't want powder on. There...
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    Lets see your Mini Mag mods

    I just have a standard bulb in that light. It was just an exercise in machining to see if I could do it. The interesting thing about it. I can remove the spacer and it is the same size as a cutdown mini for a single AA battery. I could put any set up that would work with a CR123 battery.
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