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Armor : Gauntlet Hinge Tutorial

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Raestin Ke'Varek


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: Gauntlet Hinge Tutorial
« on: Feb 25, 2019, 11:45 AM »
Gauntlet Hinge Tutorial
Lead Author: Raestin Ke'Varek
Edited by: MMCC Education Team

This tutorial will help you with installing piano hinges onto your gauntlet shells.  There are many different methods for gauntlet closure, but the piano hinge is one of the most secure.  It's also very easy to do!  Hopefully this tutorial will help demystify the process a bit.



Tools Required

The following is a list of tools required for the project:

  • Gauntlets (of course)
  • Piano Hinges
  • Ruler
  • Safety Glasses
  • Rotary Tool (or hack saw)
  • Cut-off blade for Rotary Tool
  • Sanding Attachment for Rotary Tool
  • Quick Set Epoxy
  • Clamps
  • Bicycle Spokes
  • Pliers / Wire Cutters





Instructions

Remember to use proper safety equipment!!




The first step is to measure the length of your gauntlet shell.  Allow about 1/4" on each end.



Next, you'll want to measure out, and using your rotary tool (or hacksaw), cut (4) sections of piano hinge to the appropriate length.



Once the pieces are cut, use a sanding attachment to rough up the inside of each hinge.  This will help prep the surface for epoxy.



Next, you want to take each hinge apart.  Use a pin and hammer to knock the hinge pin out.  Pliers will help pull it the rest of the way out. Be careful here, some piano hinges are punched in a few places to keep the hinge pin from coming out, so you may have to work around that.







Once each hinge is disassembled, use your quick set epoxy to attach one half of the hinge to a gauntlet shell.  Use clamps to secure it. Be sure and mark each half of the hinge, so you assemble them correctly.









Once all of the epoxy has set, you'll need to trim two bicycle spokes to the correct length. The spokes are smaller in diameter than the hinge pins, and will be how you open and close the gauntlets.



Mark the spoke using an existing hinge pin, then use your pliers / wire cutters to trim the length of the spoke.  You want to keep the end of the spoke with the curved tip.  This is what allows you to grab the pin and pull it out.







Once the spoke is cut to size, you can fully assemble the gauntlets.  Use the hinge pin on the outer hinge, and the spoke on the inner hinge.  This way, you can open and close them yourself.












In Summary

There are many different methods for closing your gauntlets, and as long as they meet CRL standards, any of them will work.  But if you want a very secure method, then hinges are a great way to do it. Hopefully, this guide can help you on your way to building a set of gauntlets that will last you a very long time.

-- MMCC Education Team --

« Last Edit: Jul 23, 2019, 09:03 AM by Raestin Ke'Varek » Logged
 


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