Anyways, here are some views of the useless springs...
My second workbench....
Milling the spring
So if you remember from the last post I said I had to make a new regulating arm. Well I did that easily and I'm nearly finished that part. Just to show an example of the inside corners here is a pic. On the left side you can see it is nice and sharp. And on the right is what it looked like after the milling. It looks even better through a 10x loupe. I will be polishing the top and still need to make some beveling.
I also had to drill and tap the spots to hold down the swan neck on the bridge. You can see the holes in the pic here. The threads are 0.50mm and were way easier to tap. Once this was done I made the two screws for the swan neck. 0.50mm thread - 0.80mm long, the head is 0.75mm diameter and 0.40mm long. Pretty small screws. The first one I made got away from me and I couldn't find it. This job can be frustrating sometimes!
As you can see there are still sharp edges everywhere so not close close to 'done' yet...
The long regulating screw is just temporary for now. The ones I could find that were already made are not very nice. They have a cross slot on the end and it isn't very centered. So I'll just make my own with only holes. I'll show some pics next week of that screw. Not easy to make as it is very long (2.40mm) and very skinny (0.40mm thread).
Here are the parts together (minus the jewel of course, if it ever comes...). I think it looks pretty awesome! Basically just how I pictured and drew it so that is good. Really happy with how it is looking. I'm excited to actually get it running!
One last thing I made last week. It's a holder for saw blades. The ones we had before were much smaller at the holding point so the blade was not so steady. Especially when using a saw blade only 0.10mm thick. It wasn't working to cut slots for screws that small. So I designed this holder to hold more of the blade. It worked perfectly and the screws for the swan neck were made with this thing. Now I can make super small screw heads easier, yay!
On a side note we are starting to work on hairsprings on our watches. Delicate shit I tell ya!