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    Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    With all the laser cutter, CNC mill, and 3D printing technology available now, is there a new “Easy Button” way to get a set of Waterhouse stops made even easier and cheaper?

    Have that funny predicament where you “kind of” like a lens. You’d like to try it with some stops to figure out if it merits joining your regular posse of lenses if you had a set of stops for it. But you aren’t committed enough to that lens to pay SK Grimes for a set of stops or to spend the time to make your own stops.

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    I have many round rule dies from 1/4 to 3” I tap with a hammer and cut cardboard gaskets which are just holes.

    Find local rule die users. Leigh perhaps.

    I’m not selling mine.
    Vive la révolution!

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    Black card stock, circle cutter & a ruler. Just that easy.

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    Quote Originally Posted by karl french View Post
    Black card stock, circle cutter & a ruler. Just that easy.
    Indeed!
    It does make sense to make a few out of brass - say for F.4 on a Dallmeyer F.3.2, where the side sections would be rather thin (bendable!). I have bought a couple of lenses with full sets of orignal WHS, where there were additional sets in black card - for use!

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    2019? You drive your hovercar over to the Amazon Distribution Center, and buy a ring laser gyroscopically stabilized plasma cutter. You know....to cut a hole in a thin piece of cardboard....

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    Quote Originally Posted by karl french View Post
    Black card stock, circle cutter & a ruler. Just that easy.
    Hmmm... maybe I don't have the right tool that makes it easy to cut a nice circle. What are you using for a circle cutter that can cut through card stock?

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    Perhaps the lead in a draftsman's compass could be replaced by a cutting tool. Also, an adjustable hole cutter or a step drill bit in a good drill press should cut clean holes in card stock or brass clamped between thin sheets of scrap plywood.

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    Punches similar to this with either cardstock or shim stock.

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/6549027...-steel-leather

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    Re: Waterhouse Stop Fabrication Alternatives in 2019?

    Just something I picked at Dick Blick's Art Supply. Basically a compass with a x-acto knife blade. Yes, the largest stops are delicate if you make them with paper rather than brass, but paper stops aren't meant to last forever. A stop gap measure to get you using the lens while you work on finding or making proper metal stops.

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