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    Default Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Sometimes it's just fun to do something other than flashlights, so I agreed to make what I call the Thinker's Toy, sort of like a worry stone, but designed more for the guy deep into creative thinking, who needs something to occupy his hands, other than a cigarette.

    Here's the mostly completed machined part, but before a hemisphere gets completed:



    Basically, the customer wanted four different patterns around the Toy, a smooth top, and something in the bottom also.

    Here's what he's getting:





    I call that the Mondrian sector.





    BTW, those are not completely finished--the Toy still could be sanded and then really polished, but I just wanted to get something off to the customer, so he'd stop bugging me about it. (Just kidding.)
    OK, now back to the regularly scheduled program.
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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    but I just wanted to get something off to the customer, so he'd stop bugging me about it. (Just kidding.)



    i didnt bug you THAT much did i? hehe.

    i wanted something to hold and play with while deep in thought, working or otherwise. PF's designs (especially after owning a Luce de Notte) immediately made me contact him for this. after some rough initial reqs, i let PF have at it, and this is the stunning result. cant wait to get it!


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    wow that a beauty, really makes you think , it makes me think can i get one

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    I'm sure PhotonFanatic has put in some sort of rear ballast that makes the light tail-stands with ease

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Wow, that is too cool.

    Good idea on the rear ballast, like those pens that rest on rounded/weighted bottoms.
    Very, very cool...




    Err, how do you turn it on?


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    Cool, Fred! I love the 3rd and 4th photographs - awesome lighting (except for the goof in the reflection - Photoshop him out!)

    What are the dimensions?

    Nice idea Hooplehead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    Err, how do you turn it on?

    you "flik" it while its standing on the ball

    I think its a twisty
    PhotonFanatic, we need MORE INFO on this gem!

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Very cool. How did you get the dimples in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Very cool. How did you get the dimples in there?
    Probably with a very small ball end mill. Very nice work! Milling on a convex surface is not easy.
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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Are you sure the customer was a "HE"?



    Looks awesome. what are the inside details?
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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by russtang View Post
    what are the inside details?

    stainless steel...

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Oh YES!
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    Sheesh, just when you think you can go do something else, the Thinker returns asking for it to be sanded and polished. Another day of slave labor!

    Next thing, he'll probably want it bored and converted to a Luce de Notte.

    Enough already--he's getting this:





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    beautiful. was well worth it to get it all polished!

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    I dig the Mondrian look, Fred. He was a fascinating character.

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    I see by that second photo we have finally caused Fred to lose his marbles!
    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    Sheesh, just when you think you can go do something else, the Thinker returns asking for it to be sanded and polished. Another day of slave labor!

    Next thing, he'll probably want it bored and converted to a Luce de Notte.

    Enough already--he's getting this:






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    Um, is that a "women's" toy?

    "Beamshots" please!
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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by darkzero
    "Beamshots" please!
    try rereading the 1st post

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by jch79 View Post
    I dig the Mondrian look, Fred. He was a fascinating character.
    I like that look, too. In fact, I think it would make a nice flashlight design. Got some favorite Mondrian's that might look good? I'm thinking Ti with differently colored anodized blocks might be worth looking into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    Got some favorite Mondrian's that might look good? I'm thinking Ti with differently colored anodized blocks might be worth looking into.
    Flashback to college! I think I even wrote a paper on Mondrian.

    Here's a few that I like (I made 'em all the same size):







    I didn't like his really late stuff - "Broadyway Boogie Woogie" (his most famous painting, apparently) was way too busy for my tastes. He did some paintings of trees and people that were breathtaking - he had MAD skills as a classical painter, which makes it all the more impressive that he went off in the total opposite direction! Modern art in general is

    A Mondrian flashlight...

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic View Post
    I'm thinking Ti with differently colored anodized blocks might be worth looking into.
    Hmmm .......... That Ti ano sounds like an interesting project for someone. But I still haven`t set up my Lathe & Milling Machine to make a light. I`m one lazy dude. But you ....... Uhhh??? Muahahaha! What?

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Nice work Fred!!!
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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    PF,

    Nice work! You hit a design I have been toying in mind! I was thinking of a body with square knurling with dimples! Hmmm, I guesss even my dreams are running a little behind the time...

    Aloha,

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    Wow!
    I also need something to occupy my hands while I think. FOr the past few months, it has been....a piece of red wax. When shaped in a ball, it is maybe 2/3 golfball sized. I knead it, and feel it warm in my hands, and pull/squish it into different shapes....I think I like your "Thinkers Toy" much much better, though!!!!

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    John,

    I kind of like this one, since it is almost looks as though it already is shaped like a flashlight.



    Of course, the colors on Ti will be vastly different from what Mondrian might have used.

    Hey Kenster,

    You, lazy? I don't think so. A procrastinator, at least if we are talking about the lathe, for sure.

    Griff,

    What do think of the Mondrian idea? I think I owe somebody a light.

    jaf808808,

    You mean like this?



    That's a light that I made for jch79, and I'm getting close to doing a run of these, maybe 50 pieces. But I'm hoping to get some of the 10.5mm diameter FluPICs for the project, so that multiple brightness levels can be offered. It is a CR2 design with a tripod socket in the end of the light. I think the Seoul P4 in the U2 bin would be good with the FluPIC.
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    Beautiful! A zero lumen flashlight, yet so perfect that I still want one despite the nonexistent output

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    the Thinker's Toy arrived today, and its as awesome as i had hoped. exactly what i wanted, will serve my brain well the Mondrian section is very cool, i do take partial credit for that suggestion! although not from a mondrian perspective, just wanted a bit more than squares on that side. super weighty, actually doubles as a paperweight even though that wasnt the intent. very nice hand machining, the finish and everything is just lovely. the amount of effort and trouble that went into it is readily apparent. makes me want a blocky boy now!

    my pics wont be better than PFs, so im posting these instead

    thanks fred! was a pleasure working with you, and thanks for your patience





    (hopefully not too inappropriate, ive seen quite a few others along these lines... mods please tell me if so.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopleHead View Post
    the Thinker's Toy arrived today, and its as awesome as i had hoped. exactly what i wanted, will serve my brain well the Mondrian section is very cool, i do take partial credit for that suggestion! although not from a mondrian perspective, just wanted a bit more than squares on that side. super weighty, actually doubles as a paperweight even though that wasnt the intent. very nice hand machining, the finish and everything is just lovely. the amount of effort and trouble that went into it is readily apparent. makes me want a blocky boy now!

    my pics wont be better than PFs, so im posting these instead

    thanks fred! was a pleasure working with you, and thanks for your patience





    (hopefully not too inappropriate, ive seen quite a few others along these lines... mods please tell me if so.)

    Man, I'll have to remember that technique when I don't want anyone to really look at the machining.
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    It might have been a little inappropriate if the picture was with you in speedos . Just kidding. Very nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by HoopleHead View Post
    (hopefully not too inappropriate, ive seen quite a few others along these lines... mods please tell me if so.)

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    Default Re: Not a Flashlight! It's a Thinker's Toy

    Quote Originally Posted by HoopleHead View Post


    Quote Originally Posted by darkzero View Post
    Um, is that a "women's" toy?

    "Beamshots" please!
    Ah ha! See I knew it! So it really is a "women's" toy eh?

    More "beamshots" please!
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