Domed Heads jig for creating the domes
Posted 22 June 2012 - 04:09 AM
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:25 AM
That is a really nice tool for making pin domes!
Like Brion, I use a dapping block to make domes. I bought this set from Harbor Freight. HF calls it a doming block and punch set. The current price is $40.
Below is a lnk to a tutorial that I put together on making pin domes. I prefer to use fairly thick material for the domes, because it makes it easier to flatten the bottom of the dome. The dome in this tutorial was made from .032" nickel-silver. I leave the extra material around the dome and set it on a piece of wood for drilling the pin hole. This helps to keep it from spinning.
Holding the dome in a pin vice makes it easy to handle for grinding and buffing.
The dome for the other side of the handle is made in the same way, except the pin hole is counter-sunk to allow for peining over the pin. Once you have the pin peined, you only have to buff the top of the dome, since the rest of the dome has already been polished. If I need to protect the handle material from the buffing wheel, I cut a hole the size of the dome in a piece of painter's tape and place it over the handle material.
Pin Dome Tutorial
Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:40 AM