Custom Machining Services

We love doing one-off, custom projects for our customers!  Need something prototyped, or maybe just one or two pieces?  How about a copy of a part that is no longer available?  Custom machining service can often be prohibitively expensive to have just one or two parts made, but we enjoy providing this service to our customers at a reasonable price.  We are also happy to customize any of our existing products for you for little to no charge depending on the changes - just get in contact with us!

Here is some of the custom work we've done:

Vintage Boat Motor Cutaway Wall Hanging

We were contact by a local company to do a custom piece of artwork for them by taking an old vintage outboard motor and cutting parts of it away so you can see the inner workings.  it was then mounted to a custom backer board and a frame was also made int he shop.  Turned out really cool!

Vintage Boat Motor Cutaway

Vintage Boat Motor Cutaway

Vintage Boat Motor Cutaway

Vintage Boat Motor Cutaway

Vintage Boat Motor Cutaway

 

Replica Plutonium Canister from Spiderman 2

This is an awesome replicate of the Oscorp Plutonium Canister as seen in the movie Spiderman 2!

Oscorp Plutonium Canister prop replica from Spiderman 2

Oscorp Plutonium Canister prop replica from Spiderman 2

 

Replica Eagle Model 66 Oil Cans

We grew tired of using the cheap "Made in China" oil cans around the shop, so we made up some replicas of the Eagle Model 66 oil cans to use!  Not only are they very functional, but they look great as well.  We made a couple extras and put them up for sale here https://www.butterfield-machine.com/collections/stuff-for-the-shop/products/eagle-66-replica-oil-cans

Eagle Model 66 Oil Can Replica

Eagle Model 66 Oil Can Replica

Eagle Model 66 Oil Can Replica

 

Luke SkyWalker Light Saber Prop Replica

This was done for Chris' son's 6th birthday and is a replica of Luke Skywalker's light saber in Return of the Jedi.  It is made from 6061 aluminum and 360 brass and is comprised of 9 separate pieces.

 

Luke Skywalker replica Return of the Jedi Lightsaber

Luke Skywalker replica Return of the Jedi Lightsaber

 

PLO Light Saber Prop Replica

This was done for a customer down in Australia, and is machined from 14 separate pieces of 6061 aluminum.

PLO Light Saber Prop Replica

PLO Light Saber Prop Replica

 

.50 Caliber Mini Cannon

This was a custom project done for one of team, who is also a firearms enthusiast.  The wooden carriage ended up taking way longer to do than the actual cannon did.  It does fire using black powder and a .50 cal musket ball, and yes, it is LOUD!  It punched a clean hole in .750" pine with no problem.  The cannon is made from 1045 steel, the trunion caps from 6061 aluminum, and the carriage from oak.

50 caliber black powder cannon

50 caliber black powder cannon

50 caliber black powder cannon

50 caliber black powder cannon

 

Custom Cigar Tube

We did a couple of these cigar tubes as gifts for friends.  Both have cedar wood lined 6061 aluminum bodies with o-ring sealed brass end caps.  We put a humidifier in one end cap to keep that Cohiba on point!  One we did with a black anodized body and aged the end caps for an awesome look.

custom aluminum and brass cigar tube

custom aluminum and brass cigar tube

custom aluminum and brass cigar tube

custom aluminum and brass cigar tube

custom aluminum and brass cigar tube

 

Steam Engine

This was done as a small project, just for fun.  Every piece was handmade was built over the course of many months in spare time, and it a work in progress.  It currently runs on compressed air, but we'd like to build a small boiler and see it actually run on steam.  We'd also like to build some small glass bubble oilers to keep everything lubricated.  It's pretty cool to hook it up to the air hose and watch it go - sounds neat too!  This engine was made from 1045 steel, 303 stainless steel, 360 brass, bronze, and 6061 aluminum and copper.  All parts except for some of the fasteners were all hand-machined.

hand machined steam engine

hand machined steam engine

 

Grappling Hooks

These grappling hooks are a fun project to do, and they are actually quite functional to have around in your camping gear, go bag, etc.  We made a number of these for a school project for a friend's son.  They are made from 7075 aluminum, with stainless steel 'hooks'.  The hooks are removable and can be stored inside the body.

custom aluminum and stainless steel grappling hooks

custom aluminum and stainless steel grappling hooks

custom aluminum and stainless steel grappling hooks

 Custom grappling hooks

 

Match Tubes

We turned up a couple of these waterproof match tubes with a compass in the lid and some striker paper on the bottom of the lid.  Made from 1.25" diameter 6061 aluminum.  Did another custom matched set of a fire piston and match tube, made with aged brass end caps, and another custom project for family Christmas presents, with each tube's cap personalized.

 

aluminum match tube with compass

aluminum match tube with compass

Custom match tube and matching fire piston with aged brass end caps

Custom match tube with aged brass end caps

Custom match tube with aged brass end caps

 

AR-15 Forward Assist

When shooting an AR-15 with a suppressor, your can often times end up with a face full of gas, due to the extra gas pressure the suppressor causes.  We made this replacement for the forward assist button in order to vent the excess gas away from the shooter's face.  It turned out pretty good and it does work, although the function of the forward assist is lost.  Made from 1018 steel, and then blackened to prevent corrosion and rust.  A groove for an o-ring was also added to seal it and force the gas through the vent hole.

Vented AR-15 forward assist

Vented AR-15 forward assist

Vented AR-15 forward assist

 

Gyroscope

These are just fun!

Hand machined gyroscope

Hand machined gyroscope

Hand machined gyroscope

 

Wall Bracket Stand-offs for Artwork

These were made custom for a local guy the next town over from us.  His wife wanted a nice way to display some artwork in their home, and he came up with the CAD design and we built them.  We made 3 sets, 6 total brackets. These are made from 6061 aluminum and then black anodized with brass set screws to secure the artwork.

Custom machined artwork wall stand-offs

Custom machined artwork wall stand-offs

Custom machined artwork wall stand-offs

Custom machined artwork wall stand-offs

Custom machined artwork wall stand-offs

 

Aged Brass Pill Fob

Several customers have wanted a little aged brass container to carry their medication in, so we've turned up a few cool little pill fobs and aged them a bit.  We also did a much larger pill container out of stainless steel in a 'bomb' style that is really cool!  Looks great!

Aged brass pill container

Aged brass pill container

stainless steel bomb pill container

stainless steel bomb pill container

stainless steel bomb pill container

 

Replacement Brass Mirror Mounting Bracket

A customer lost two mounting brackets during a move for their mirrors.  They were able to provide some pictures of the mirror, and we were able to replicate the mounting brackets for them.

Custom mirror brackets

Custom mirror brackets

Custom mirror brackets

 

Ferro Rod Holder

A customer had a large ferro rod and wanted an aluminum holder for it.  He drew up the design, and we machined it for him from 6061 aluminum and a small bit of brass for the pin.

 

Stainless Steel Canteen Cap

A custom had a canteen with a plastic cap that they wanted replaced with a nice Stainless Steel cap.  Turned out really sweet!

Stainless Steel Canteen Cap
Stainless Steel Canteen Cap
Stainless Steel Canteen Cap
 

3-Gimble Desktop Gyroscope

A customer was interested in a larger desktop gyroscope with 3 gimbles.  We made 3 of these, and they are super cool!  We have one more of these posted for sale here:  https://www.butterfield-machine.com/collections/accessories-for-men/products/3-gimble-desktop-gyroscope

Desktop 3 gimble gyroscope

Desktop 3 gimble gyroscope

Desktop 3 gimble gyroscope

 

Custom Tap and Die set

A lathe is a fantastic tool, and it gives you the ability to cut basically any thread onto any diameter material.  However, it is a bit time consuming and takes some set-up, so where possible to is quicker and less error-prone to use a tap and die.  However, some threads you need to cut do not correspond to a standard tap and die size, so it can be necessary to make your own.  These are for 24 -.854" threads, and are made from O1 tool steel that was hardened.  They cut beautiful threads!

Custom tap and die set

 

Custom non-marring hammer

We have several cheap non-marring hammers for various uses around the show, but cheap just feels cheap, and so we turned up a very nice custom non-marring hammer with replaceable tips.  Shown here with copper, brass and plastic tips.

Custom machined non-marring hammer

 

Custom Brass Faucet Trim

We had a customer who had their bathroom faucets improperly installed such that there was a 5/8" gap between the back of the trim piece to the wall.  So we turned up some brass 'spacers' for them.

Custom brass faucet trim pieces

Custom brass faucet trim pieces

Custom brass faucet trim pieces

Custom brass faucet trim pieces

 

Brass Stair Rail Support Brackets

A customer in New York has four flights of stairs in their home and they needed some support brackets to mount to the railings to give them some support.  Easy enough, except that they need to have a 42 degree twist in them, which made it a little more interesting to build.  We made these up from 385 architectural brass, buffed and polished them, and they turned out great!  We are eagerly awaiting some pics of them installed.

Custom Brass Stair Rail Support Brackets

Custom Brass Stair Rail Support Brackets

Custom Brass Stair Rail Support Brackets

 

.22LR Suppressor Build

Suppressors/silencers are expensive, and are a really fun project, that is both challenging and very effective if done right.  .22 caliber rifles are incredibly quite when using a suppressor in conjunction with sub-sonic ammunition - a pellet gun is louder!  Note that this was done completely legally, after having a stamped NFA Form 1.

.22LR Supressor Build

.22LR Supressor Build

 

9mm Suppressor Build

Suppressors/silencers are expensive, and are a really fun project, that is both challenging and very effective if done right.  A suppressor for a semi-automatic has an added challenge in that it needs to incorporate what is called a 'booster', which helps to ensure that the pistol can properly cycle.  The booster is a spring loaded device that allows the suppressor to move independently of the pistol barrel and slide, which prevents the suppressor from over-dampening the action and causing it to malfunction.  Note that this was done completely legally, after having a stamped NFA Form 1.

9mm Suppressor build

9mm Suppressor build

9mm Suppressor build

9mm Suppressor build

9mm Suppressor build

 

Replacement Vintage Lamp Mounts

We had a customer that had a number of old vintage lamps that were missing some of the mounts.  He sent in one of the originals and we made 4 copies and had them black anodized to match.

replacement vintage lamp mounts

replacement vintage lamp mounts

Replacement Vintage Chainsaw Cap

A customer had a vintage chainsaw with two caps, one of which is missing and not available anywhere from a supplier. We turned up an aluminum replacement to get him back up and cutting!

replacement vintage chainsaw cap

replacement vintage chainsaw cap

replacement vintage chainsaw cap

Jurassic Park Cryo Can Prop Parts

A prop maker in Australia is working on a replica of the famous shaving cream canister used to smuggle Dino DNA out of Jurassic Park. We were able to make a few of the pieces for them using 6061 aluminum.

Jurassic Park prop replica

Jurassic Park prop replica

Jurassic Park prop replica

Jurassic Park prop replica

Jurassic Park prop replica

Brass Container with a swivel lid

Fun one-off project. Brass container with swivel lid. Has a blued stainless steel screw, and a silicon nitride ball detent. 2" diameter brass, and nice and heavy.

Brass Container with swivel lid

Brass Container with swivel lid

Brass Container with swivel lid

Brass Container with swivel lid

Aluminum Handlebar Ends for an Indian Scout

The throttle-side grip on this bike had been torn, so we turned up a custom set of handlebar ends out of 6061 aluminum to insert into the end of the bar. These were polished and really look great on the bike.

Aluminum handlebar ends for an Indian Scout motorcycle.

Aluminum handlebar ends for an Indian Scout motorcycle.

Aluminum handlebar ends for an Indian Scout motorcycle.

Aluminum brake pedal and shifter for an Indian Scout

In addition to the bar ends, we turned a new brake pedal and shifter out of 7075 aluminum for the bike.  The brake pedal was bent, so this was a much needed replacement, and looks great too.  The shift lever was also worn at the pivot point and had quite a lot of slop in it.  We removed the entire lever, bored out the cast aluminum and then machined a stainless steel sleeve to insert into the lever which is a really nice fit on the pivot pin, which eliminated virtually all the slop in the lever.  Has a really nice positive feel when shifting after this modification.

replacement shift lever and brake pedal for an Indian Scout 

replacement shift lever and brake pedal for an Indian Scout

replacement shift lever and brake pedal for an Indian Scout

 

Custom File Handle

This was just a quick project for use here in the shop. We just had a need for a new file handle, and wanted a nice piece, so this was turned from 6061 aluminum and 360 brass. Came our looking really sharp!

Custom brass and aluminum file handle

Custom brass and aluminum file handle