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First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

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First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

Postby jesse.beckham » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:59 am

Okay, so I cheated, I bought all the parts for my first pair of Spurs. All pre fab. I have been making buckles and conchos and a few other items but this is a big project for me. I got ore fab Mostly to get an idea of what I need to do in the future to make my own. I have a couple questions. (1) Welding the shank onto the heel band... I have a small Hobart flux core wire welder, I assume that will suffice, as long as I don't burn into either side too deep or pit it out really bad.

(2) The shank, what's the best way to slot it for the rowel? I was thinking chop saw? I might add that my tools are pretty limited and this time. I would figure a band saw would work making several passes and knock them out, but no band saw.

Anyways, I look forward to getting this pair done so I can learn a thing or two. I'm thinking some silver and copper inlays and maybe some overlays.

Thanks ahead of time!
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Re: First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

Postby l. bacon » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:40 pm

Jesse, way to go. Any way to get started is a good way. You have to start somewhere. Just weld the shank to the band, then grind the excess off. I have tried several ways to cut the slot and they all work but some better than others. Try drilling a hole at the end of the slot, then with a hack saw or a band saw, saw down to the hole. Or mount a chop saw disc on a bench grinder motor, and hold the spur like wheel barrow handles and plunge cut the slot. Hang on tight and support your arms against your body for support. I use a milling machine now and that is the best way so far. I hope this helps and show us pictures of your finished pair.
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Re: First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

Postby jesse.beckham » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:53 pm

Thanks bacon. I work at a oil field supply co. Where we machine a lot of parts. I'll see if I can get our machinist to mill it for me.
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Re: First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

Postby jeffc » Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:56 am

I put a abrasive cut wheel on a skill saw on my bench grinder. You need to waller it out a little. Its a little hairy but works very well.
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Re: First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

Postby RT Bit and Spur » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:39 pm

I mounted a platform of 3/16 with a slot cut in it part way for the blade to set in. Rested my spurs on the plat and slid them in.
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Re: First pair of Spurs... I'm cheating.

Postby hogshooter » Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:26 am

Just wanted to add to be be as safe an careful as you can shoving a knuckle into a grinder wheel ain't fun
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