Reference Section: Forming Kydex Procedure (picture intensive) parts 1 and 2

This is a discussion on Reference Section: Forming Kydex Procedure (picture intensive) parts 1 and 2 within the Reference & "How To" Forum forums, part of the Related Topics category; I am posting this here as the same basic procedure can be used to make just about anything from Kydex. If the Mods think it ...

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Reference Section: Forming Kydex Procedure (picture intensive) parts 1 and 2

  1. #1
    Sponsor
    Array luvmy40's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Youngstown, OH
    Posts
    1,646

    Reference Section: Forming Kydex Procedure (picture intensive) parts 1 and 2

    I am posting this here as the same basic procedure can be used to make just about anything from Kydex.
    If the Mods think it belongs somewhere else please move it.

    Every time I post a pic of a new Kydex project I am asked for pics of the process. Well I finally took some. (Ok I took a lot!)

    First up my work bench/reloading area.

    This is where I do all my kydex work, gun smithing, reloading and weapons maintenance.

    This is the press that I made for holsters and such.


    The process begins by measuring, scoring and snapping piece of .063" Kydex to the proper size for the project.




    Next the Kydex is heated in a toaster oven @350deg for 1-1/2 minutes.



    Then wrapped around the form, sandwiched between two pieces of heat resistant foam and clamped in the press.



    After allowing 20 minutes or so to cool, the press can be opened and the formed Kydex removed from the form.



    To Be Continued...

    ...Continued From Earlier Post
    The desired shape is then laid out on the formed blank and cut with snips or a band saw.




    The piece is shaped further with a file or sand paper and the edges polished. I use a Dremel and a fine abrasive buff.


    The Kydex molds so tightly to the form that it would be impossible to remove the gun from the holster if some of the details, such as the depression made by the ejection port, are not softened, or loosened. I use a pencil torch for the very small areas and a heat gun for larger areas.


    And the almost finished product...


    I form the belt clips from a 1"wide piece of .090" kydex. They are formed by hand on a wood form. I use a heat gun to heat only the area being formed at the time, Usually there are 2-3 steps. Wrapping around the form and forming the beveled flare.


    The holes are drilled with standard twist bits and cleaned up with a hand countersink burr.
    In this case I slip short spacers made from windshield washer tubing over the barrel of the chicago screws. This helps keep the screws secure and provides the spring action for adjustable retention.


    With this design you can attach the the belt clip to either side now and have an ambidextrous rig. Or you can re heat and bend the attachment point for either right or left hand use exclusively. Bending the tab makes for a more comfortable fit and feel.

    The finished product with sweat shield.
    T*A*N*S*T*A*A*F*L
    The best things in life are not free.
    They are paid for with the blood of brave men and women!
    M&P Forum
    Ohioans For Concealed Carry
    Holsters

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    JD
    JD is offline
    Administrator
    Array JD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Central Iowa
    Posts
    19,218
    Thanks for the write up and the pics, I'm copying this over to the new Help and Reference Section

  4. #3
    Lead Moderator
    Array rocky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    15,855
    Nice , I use automotive heat resistant gloves and a heat gun, but otherwise about the same technique.
    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson


    Nemo Me Impune Lacesset

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Reference Section: DC vs. Heller: Highlights 3-18-08
    By JD in forum Reference & "How To" Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: March 19th, 2008, 08:56 AM
  2. Forming Kydex Procedure parts 1 and 2 (picture intensive) MERGED
    By luvmy40 in forum Related Gear & Equipment
    Replies: 44
    Last Post: October 21st, 2007, 05:05 PM
  3. Reference Section: How to Travel with CC
    By limatunes in forum Reference & "How To" Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 7th, 2007, 02:07 PM
  4. Reference Section: Can You Be Too Prepared?
    By Bark'n in forum Reference & "How To" Forum
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: April 30th, 2007, 08:02 PM

Search tags for this page

chicago screws
,

forming kydex

,
forming kydex at home
,
forming kydex holsters
,
gun workbenches
,

heat forming kydex

,
heat resistant kydex forming foam
,

kydex forming

,

kydex forming foam

,
kydex forming press
,
kydex process
,
reloading and workbench
Click on a term to search for related topics.