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I have not done a Damascus machine, or a machine completely from scratch in a couple months. So, while the weather was nice I decided now would be a good time to knock both of them out at once. I took a picture of almost every step along the way. Below is the picture blog of the process. Don't forget to add me on Instagram or Facebook: forwardtattoo so you can keep up with what's going on or comment on our latest creations! Also, feel free to email me with ideas:!

These are the raw materials that were used:

And this is what I did with them:

Freed from her confinement

Starting the base

I wanted a unique drop down base for this shorty build.

Spring deck

The cut came out a little rough here, but I machined it square later

I didn't initially intend for her to be a side wheeler (hence the clip cord hole on the spring deck, but after I had her together - I realized I wanted more brass showing on the front. (Just in case any one was wondering why I put the clip cord hole in.)

Welded, cleaned, and *mostly* sanded (she required a LOT of sanding!!!)

Time for the a-bar

Center punched

Pilot hole drilled

Full hole drilled



Center punched


Sanded down the threads on some brass to fit the hole

You can never have to much flux


Cut off & Cleaned up

Progress at this point

Time for coils

I made this coil winder when I first started almost 20 years ago and still use it to hand crank coils.

Time to start the binding posts

I keep thicker brass round in stock for "chunky" hardware, but I wanted to lighten this machine up a bit, so I thinned it down a lot.



And now for the rear binding posts, I wanted to keep them very small and thin.

Cleaned up and drilled for the clip cord


I though some gold prism covers would go really well with the brass accents.

Then I assembled her and voila! I think she came out great! Runs insanely strong, and sounds like a pissed off bumblebee (in the best possible way).

Thanks for taking the time to check out my build!



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