Category Archives: Click

Ratchet Cutting

This blog post records my setup for cutting ratchet teeth. I having been building reels one at a time, so this setup is needed for each reel. The bushing/ratchet blank is held on a mandrel in a 4 jaw chuck … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Final

The last drawing covers all the remaining parts for the click mechanism. The kink in the spring biases the pawl for left or right hand wind. There is a blog post on spring bending, 13 June 2016. The “pawl shim” … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Pawl

The clicker has taken me more development time than any other reel feature, except possibly for the aluminum anodization process. I started out thinking that the pawl should be made from steel, since that is what I observed on commercial … Continue reading

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Bronze Frame Reel – Ratchet & Bushing

The bushing and ratchet are made as one piece. I have not tried gluing two pieces of Delrin together because I don’t know of a suitable glue, and I have concerns about concentricity. Terminology: Is it a ratchet if it … Continue reading

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Wire Bending

Here is the latest variation on my reel click design. I have used this basic pattern for a long time. The spring is a round wire and the pawl has a groove that acts as a cam against it. Click … Continue reading

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Bushing/Clicker Wheel

For several months I have been building an engraving mill and not producing any reels. So now I am back on reels, and have to re-familiarize myself with the processes. At the center of the reel is a critical part … Continue reading

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Rotary Indexer

I recently bought Sherline P/N 8700, “CNC Rotary Indexer”. It consists of three units. The first is the standard 4 inch rotary table, but with a stepper motor attached. Here you see it set up to cut teeth on a … Continue reading

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