It has come to my attention that I am missing out by not using these handy tools. I have never had any or been around anyone that used them.
I make mostly small parts that rarely have any flat, true, square or even parallel surfaces on them, The parts I make are always in quantities of 100 to 20k. In the past I start by making a cad drawing followed by soft jaws cut in such a way that I can run up to 6 ops in the same jaws leaving me with complete parts using 3 Kurt double lock vises. Sometimes I put 18 jaws in making 12 stations rather than 6 so I can have as many as 18 to 24 parts per cycle. I am hoping to see some pics and likely some explanation as to how I can use the 123 blocks to improve my processes. I didn't make the brass beer tap, just the knob.
Here are some of the shapes I tend to make:
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Please help a hard headed old man see the light.
Grave digging a thread 17 years old...that must be a record!
There's really no use for them with your application. They can be handy for setups and setting heights. I mainly use mine for platforms for measuring stuff. Especially when doing pin heights on sliding inserts that have very limited flat surfaces to reference off of.
I use 123 blocks for inch spacers for layout work along with JoBlocks, for block-ins on surface grinders, for a square reference at millwork, two as an angle plate for griding, as a C clamp fixture to square grind a surface ground part, as a look at an inside corner to see less than x radius,
This is the reason for the search button, right. I suppose I could have started another but I suspect the stuff above is perhaps relevant
This pin height measurement might be a part like the standoffs in my first pic?
I can see using them as a known flat/ground surface of a specific width, but since they all seem to have tapped holes in them, what gets bolted to them (or what are they bolted too)?
I've not bought any yet because so far I haven't really been able to figure out what I'd end up using them to do.
They are just great for so many things it is hard to think of "the best" way to use them. Spacing in clamps. Lifting parts off a table for drilling or machining. A nice square for small parts.
But you live in a sissy neghborhood. I always carry mine in their holsters, strapped low for a quick draw and speedy sling, whenever I go into the bad parts of town ...[* The above is satire, do not throw 1-2-3 blocks at any actual people]