Thomas Carey wrote:Speaking of tools. What tools would you suggest that students make while they have the chances?
Are they any of you wish you would have made but did not when you had the chance?
The tools I made during the course that I use the most in daily life are: 1) a truing wheel caliper 2) the barrel closer 3) the staking block 4) a thin, long pin with 45° inclined point I use to check for end-shakes and checking the safety of the pallet fork 5) the V-tool for dynamic poising a balance 6) three face cutter 7) pallet fork holder.
However, my daily life tools are far different from my glorious school days. I used a lot the stand for gravers while I was turning as a psycho as well as the polishing tool and the hand vice. I also used quite a lot my punch while I was drilling holes for new tools. I don't have to use those tools anymore, except once in a while the polishing tool to refresh screws. Unfortunately I don't have much need for my lathe but it's nice to occasionally do some turning work but then I don't normally use the graver stand as it's only for a short time I have to use the lathe and only one graver. Hopefully I can find the need for those tools again ... but for the moment my work doesn't require me to do so.
There are few tools I wish I would have made. A small round staking block in plastic for instance. I also would like to have made some sort of tool where I can rest the balance bridge on and the balance is free, not touching anything and therefore not messing with the oil on the pivots. It happens too often that after I put oil on the cap jewels, I have to remove the balance and then I have oil on the pivots. I don't want the pivots to touch anything. But then again, balance bridges are different from one caliber to another so I would have had to make several of them.