Builders Plate - J. Clement - Maker
If I built it, you will find my mark on the finished project, in this case the boom of my yagi. Years ago, I had Bernard Stamp out of Kingston Ontario, make me a hardened metal stamp with my name on it. I had this stamp made up especially for marking the blades of custom knives that I was heavily involved in making at the time. Later I found that this stamp bearing my name was perfect for placing my mark on other things that I had built.
I use my arbor press to mark the builders plate that I make out of brass or stainless steel. In this case, I made the nameplate from brass, and then shaped the plate to fit the contour of the antenna's main boom. Because the boom is quite thin, I was not able to use the conventional way that I use to mount the plate in place with stainless steel rivets. Instead I fastened the nameplate in place with the use of JB Weld. If you have never used JB Weld before, you have been missing out, as it is a terrific product. It consists of a two part epoxy, and once it sets up, you can drill in to it and thread it, finding it as strong as steel. Its perfect for my application in this case, as it will bond to pretty much anything. Believe me, my nameplate is going nowhere.
Also, just a comment on the black "Allen-drive-button-head-capscrew" visible on at the T intersection of the boom and the element mounting segment. Since the antenna has been completed, I have ordered, and received as well as replaced all the machine screws on my Tent Pole Special yagi with stainless steel allen-drive-button-head-capscrews. I had the black variety in stock in my bolt supply, but I had to order the SS 2/56 sized machine screws from a bolt supply house off of the Internet. I made sure that I ordered a box of a 100, and I now have them in both black and SS for my future projects that require these tiny machine screws.
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