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Thread: Lube stick molds - my version

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    Completely independently I came up with a similar system.

    I also used 5" lengths of 1" PVC. I put round caps on one end drilled for a bolt or something similar. To limit the lube fillout in the endcaps I used a large washer in one. In the other I filled the endcap with hot glue. For my mold stand I used a Forstner bit to drill a hole the diameter of the cap in a length of 2x4. Centered in hole that I drilled a smaller hole for the head of the nut that runs the length of the tube.
    For plugs I used a hole saw to cut plugs out of pine and (while spinning the plugs in the drill press) used a rasp to taper them. I cut the bottom off an old funnel to fill the tubes.

    Everything went fine, with only some spillage from over filling one of the tubes. No pictures right now because they're out in the garage and its 25* outside.

    Then I wondered how to get the lube out of the PVC and though to look on the site. You guys were way ahead of me.

    One dowel and a washer later I have my first batch of lube sticks. The next batch in in the garage setting up.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recluse View Post


    That is slick and absolutely top shelf! And I'm going to shamelessly duplicate it.

    GOOD job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recluse View Post


    That is slick and absolutely top shelf! And I'm going to shamelessly duplicate it

    GOOD job!


    I also bootlegged his idea and it works like a charm , I haven't bought lube sticks for 3 years

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    I used 1" electrical conduit instead of PVC. It's a little closer to the diameter of the sizer interior, and the metal tubes will stand up to the temps needed to pour the heavy soap lubes. My PVC tubes are all warped from being softened by an ATF/paraffin/Ivory experiment a few years ago.

    It's also very easy to heat them with a torch to get them to release hardened sticks.
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    Old poly cutting board for a base. Old arrows for the thru hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yodogsandman View Post
    Old poly cutting board for a base. Old arrows for the thru hole.
    Now you're gonna make me have to make one of these too.

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    I updated my lube stick molds today using a version of Gunarea's excellent design. Using a length of 1" PVC tubing I made four more 5" mold bodies. While I was at the hardware store for the PVC, I noticed they had 3/8" spikes in various lengths. So I picked up a half dozen spikes and 3/8" fender washers.

    After doing some testing on scrap wood, I used my adjustable hole saw to cut grooves for the PVC and a 3/8" drill to widen the center hole in a length of 2x6.

    Then it was time to melt my pot of lithi-bee and fill the tubes. Unfortunately, my plastic funnel didn't survive this batch. I was able to get the last tube filled with only minor spillage.

    The only down side is that since it still gets over 80* during the day and even though the evenings feel cooler, its not really that cool. Getting the lube out of the molds and off the spikes was a little more challenging because the lube was still fairly soft.

    Nevertheless, I endeavored to persevere and completed the extractions. I now have another 6, foil wrapped, tubes of lube, ready to go in my Ideal No. 45 Lubricator and Sizer as needed.

    Thanks for the ideas.

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    Amazing how ideas evolve, isn't it?
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    Great creativity.

    For me I'll just buy stix as I need them from here, I can't justify the cost & time to make my own.

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    There are some great ideas here.But I just like pouring hot ,heating with a double boiler.

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