Home Made Angle Plates

Over on Clay, Application to Refinement forum “Geep” has posted his remarks on building my angle bracket from the plans provided at my claysculptors website and to compliment his workmanship he has done a fine job. These angle brackets are a necessary item if you are contemplating building a scale model as a home project, purely just to ensure some kind of balance to the model. Many of us who are attempting to create our own little masterpiece will realize that it takes considerable time and money to setup enough equipment to go through the process without the additional hassle of keep running to the local Home Depot for supplies.

The only option for many of these specialized tools is to construct them yourself and with the angle bracket this is no exception. To actually purchase a couple of metal aluminum or magnesium angle plates would cost quite a considerable amount of money, such as you would get from Norton Equipment Corp. The biggest problem is to find a supplier who has the size that would suit the task at hand at a reasonable cost. Initially that was what I had in mind but after considerable research I found that the cost was prohibitive for a project set for the garage, the setup is for hobby modelmaking and not industrial or commercial, so option two comes into play, make your own.

With making your own equipment the biggest factor is whether you are up to the task and do you have enough free time to get the job done. The material aspect of this project is a relatively small cost, it’s more a matter of woodworking skill.

John, aka “Geep” has enhanced the initial design by adding cut-outs in the webs to the angle head and lightening holes to the main spine of the bracket giving it a more purposeful look. The adjustment knobs have been taken to the next level, giving them a sprocket type feel with the use of a nice variety of hardwoods.The initial design is available via the link to plans above for anyone who wants to have a go as a download PDF.

One of the design issues at present is to add weight to the base of the angle plate to prevent it from toppling when in use. The use of plywood as the material of choice has the benefit of being light, easily worked and readily available but it doesn’t have the added/needed weight for stability when actually put to the test. The answer is to add additional weight to the base, be it as lead shot as John has suggested or affix an additional metal plate to the top of the base to provide more ballast.

Johns suggestion of routing out the underneath and filling with a mixture of lead shot and resin will retain the aesthetic look of the design but may present a additional problem of ensuring a flat base, be it only a slight problem. Additional care would have to be taken in the setup before pouring the resin/shot mix. My suggestion of affixing a plate on top of the base is the simpliest solution although not the most aesthetically pleasing. No doubt I will have to put more thought to this before deciding the best course.

Do you have any suggestions? Checkout the forum and add your solution there or post here. The best results always spring from combined thoughts.

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