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General discussion => Shop Made Tools => Topic started by: D. Taylor Sapergia on April 07, 2010, 11:15:57 PM

Title: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: D. Taylor Sapergia on April 07, 2010, 11:15:57 PM
After polishing scores of trigger guards, holding them badly in various ways, I finally took the time to build myself a clamp for holding the awkwardly shaped rascals.  I had two plates of sheet brass .130" thick that would do the trick, and this is the result.  The guard is Dave Keck's JP Beck - dead soft yellow brass investment cast with super smooth finish.  It's going on Leatherbelly's new rifle.

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Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: Ben I. Voss on April 08, 2010, 02:09:44 AM
Thanks for the show and tell Taylor! I need to make something like that too.
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: smylee grouch on April 08, 2010, 04:50:31 AM
Taylor, do you have different thickness spacers for the center or do you just thin your gaurd lugs to kinda fit and just squeeze her tight?       Gary
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: D. Taylor Sapergia on April 08, 2010, 05:42:53 AM
When I was thinking about the design for the jig, the idea for which came from Peter Alexander's "Gunsmith of Grenville Co." book, I took out a half dozen or so castings - some investment, and some sand castings, and measured the lugs.  Knob Mt.'s guard was the thinnest at just under 1/8" thick.  So, I'll file them all to fit this jig believing all the time that 1/8" is lots of brass for the purpose.  On many sand castings in fact, the lugs are not perpendicular to the forward and read returns, and are often off centred, so they need filing anyway.  I was pleased to find that you don't have to run the screws in too hard to clamp the lugs firmly.  And the guard does not move in the slightest in the jig.  Best of all, it does not vibrate, though I file to centre from each side.  As I said prior, this particular guard was so smooth, that I did not have to use a rasp to remove flaws or irregularities. 
It is such a pleasure to use a jig that works so well...don't know why I waited so long to make one.
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: g.pennell on April 12, 2010, 06:09:04 PM
Now that's just the slickest thing ever!  I like the adjustable support rods on the ends, too.  I need to make SOMETHING, and both these have some good points.

Greg
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: msw on April 18, 2010, 12:46:05 AM
Wow- you guys have the gadgets that are 'way more clever than my little lash- up.  Gotta get to playing with brass!

Thanks for the ideas!
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: B. Hey on April 18, 2010, 03:48:41 AM
I continue to be amazed at the amount of knowledge that is available on this site. Thanks to all who share ... Bill
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: Daryl on April 18, 2010, 04:16:12 AM
Keith - the adjustability of your 'clamp' is amazing. I've seen Taylor's clamp at work - it-too is amazing, in it's utility and excellent function.
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: FG1 on April 18, 2010, 08:16:01 PM
Looks similar to my jig I made in 80's  ;)
Mine sure aint as pretty tho'.
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Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: D. Taylor Sapergia on April 18, 2010, 09:37:10 PM
I think I'll send mine to Cody and have him work his engraving magic on it.
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: Dave B on April 20, 2010, 08:20:47 AM
I made one after one I saw Dave Rase use. I built it out of micro ply wood it works just fine but I must say I like what you guys got going here. I like taylors the best. Now look what you went and done... now I have to go make one like it. Kind of like keeping up with the Jones's. ;D
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: David Veith on July 13, 2010, 04:57:21 AM
? what are the two larger holes for. Or are they just to make you ask ?????? :)
David
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: D. Taylor Sapergia on July 15, 2010, 07:51:16 PM
David, I used three sheets of recycled brass.  They were from something else in a former life.  So I have no idea what they were for.
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: caliber45 on August 30, 2010, 06:17:18 AM
Taylor, that's a !@*%&@ fine idea! I'm gonna go to the hardware store and buy a large hinge and make myself one. Yet another thing in gun building not to have to cuss and fume about. Thanks for the idea! -- paulallen, tucson az
Title: Re: Trigger Guard Polishing Jig
Post by: azdave on February 07, 2011, 07:23:20 PM
Taylor,
   Great jig! It will be something I will make for myself.

Dave, Sierra Vista, AZ