Woodstock feet replacements?



#8

Now that my Woodstocks are getting older, the feet are getting to the point that just "sanding" them isn't working... as with the drive wheels, they're turning into sticky goo.

I have had no problem finding the tan rubber in furniture feet, but cutting them into little Woodstock feet is turning out to be more difficult than I expected. They end up the wrong size, the wrong angles (the rubber deforms when pressed on with a knife), etc.

Any ideas on how to cut uniform replacements?


#9

It may be helpful keeping the rubber in a freezer overnight. It probably won't deform when you cut it due to its frozen state.

I never tried that on my own, the idea spontaneously came to my mind, so it might not work.

Good luck.


#10

Thanks. I knew somebody had to have SOME ideas. I thought of cutting razor blades to build a box die cutter, but I've never done something like this. The feet have to have depth and a taper unless they are glued towards the surface, but that would change the way you access the screws. I guess another approach would be to fill the openings with another material and just top them off with the rubber part. Still... a replacement piece would be best.

maybe a mold to fill with hot glue, topped by rubber?


#11

Hi, Doc; are you OK?

I read your post and wondered about it since; no ideas so far. The specific format of the rubber feet actually helps cutting a spare from raw material (they are like small bricks). And the mold with hot glue seems valid: just wrap an existing feet with any aluminum foil (thicker than the one used in the kitchen, which is as thin as a paper) and remove the feet from the top: your mold is ready. You could also try to carve the glue bar directly and then use a small amount of hot glue to set the sheet rubber feet (flat cut) in place. I would also suggest to cut the new rubber feet (sheet) a bit larger than the actual feet so its edges match the thickness of the small borders around them in the calculator case. Wish I had a picture or a Chinese to write down its description in a thousand words...

Success!

Luiz (Brazil)


#12

The idea of Luiz how to build a simple mold is great, however, instead of hot glue I would prefer a 2K-silicon compound, which certainly can be blended with a filler and/or tan pigment to get the right hardness and surface. Such silicon compounds are usually available at modelling shops or dental supplies.

Andreas

#13

Hi, Luiz, and let me add my belated welcome upon your return from hiatus!

Quote:
Wish I had a picture or a Chinese to write down its description in a thousand words...

I admit to not quite getting the reference, there -- does this refer to a calligrapher painstakingly producing an illustration 'worth a thousand words'?

:-)

-- KS


Edited: 9 Oct 2009, 2:40 a.m.


#14

Hi, Karl;

Yeap, you are correct about the 'chinese thought'. It was just a reference of the origin of the thought (at least, I've been told that since I was a kid...) because after reading what I wrote, I felt as using too much words and failing to describe it... Frustrating.

<:^(

Cheers and thanks for your welcome. I appreciate.

Luiz (Brazil)

Edited: 9 Oct 2009, 5:30 a.m.


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