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demewill
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David,

One of the reason I got back into watch repair is to buy and make more tools. At least that is what an outsider would think. I have made a few tools to support this habbit and fortunately I have the machines from my previous hobbies. I have only made one stake thus far and that was to push out the pins in a watch band to adjust the length. I have also made a pallet stone warmer to fix a pallet fork with a floating jewel. What I have learned from this is that the highly refined shelac does not melt very well. I had some super blond shelac and when I tried melting it it just turned into a sticky froth.
I have turned a few plastic support platforms that I use on the bench when working on balance wheels and other small parts. It occurred to me today that it might be fun to make a hairspring platform out of an opaque plastic and light it from below (My eyes are not what they used to be). I’ll let you know if that works out.

Thanks for the tips.

Dan

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