Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Fighting Man Frying Pans! Epic kitchenware to make your meals legendary!
Fighting Man Frying Pans! Epic kitchenware to make your meals legendary!
651 backers pledged $46,261 to help bring this project to life.

Recent updates

Photos

6b1b6fadb881682b8bc22419318082f0 original

Happy December 6th?

1 like

I am sorry this is vague but a lot of stuff has happened all on top of itself (one of which is my worker needed to reschedule for next weekend) and I am a bit overwhelmed.  I need to take the week off.  So that is what I am doing.

I will post an update on the 14th or 15th.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.  Victory will be ours!

Happy November 24th!

2 likes
I am going to change up the update a bit: 

10” single handed and 12” double handed cast iron pans:

So we will begin training our new shop minion on the 5th of December. My shop Minion will be learning all about grinding the pans that have marks on them, drilling holes in the pan handles and grips for the screws to fit through, and cutting down the wooden grips. We have been assured that he does in fact know how screws work so we are going to leave that out of training and wing it. Once he has had some time to actually do the work we will know how long it will take to finish, and we can start prepping for shipment (send out surveys and the like). 

Rogue:

The other cool thing about my temp Minion is that he has experience with the Bridgeport. So he can help feed the machine when I am unavailable and keep the rouges moving forward (as you will recall the pans used for the Rogue needs to be shaped so our hilts fit over them and holes need to be added to attach everything together). The adventure sets cannot ship without the Rogue, so this is fabulous news for us all. The Rogues are still missing a grip, so I hope to solve that problem in the next two weeks so that all the cast iron rewards can ship at once!

The current goal is to have the surveys go live around the 12 so that shipping can begin no later than the 20th (yes, those are dates!). Here is to meeting goals! 

Speaking of goals – the new website is live! Woo – a goal was met!  Positive thinking people!

http://morlockenterprises.com/

Happy November 7th!

4 likes

What has happened with the shop (October 25th – November 7th):

  • We have a solution for the cast iron single and double handed pans! Quick recap – the cast iron pans had some weld and grind marks on them. These imperfections needed to be corrected. After much talk, research, and trial and error we have a solution. The foundry sent us out a grinder and grinding discs. This takes the work load off the Bridgeport (hooray!) but I cannot operate the Bridgeport and the grinder at the same time (boo!). I am working out a work schedule with someone who is going to help me out with the grinding and drilling (and maybe assembly).
  • Bridgeport was not tested. Logistics took over. Boo to me.
  • The inventory was dug out and Nelly will finish this up the website this week. How exciting!

On deck for the next two weeks (November 8th – November 21st):

  • Pick up the remaining pans from storage.
  • Nail down availability for new shop person.
  • Train new person to grind and drill single and double handed cast iron pans.
  • Start writing up survey for the single and double handed cast iron pans (after the availability of the new shop person is nailed down we will have a better idea of a shipping timeframe. If he can come into the shop before the next update on the 21st we will send out the survey so we can prepare for shipping). 
  • Begin Bridgeport testing (take 2) – first I must check that all the oiler and pneumatic assist to the knee (Z Axis) are sealed and working properly. If all looks well the first test cuts can begin. If not, seal and hose replacement will need to happen (with the way things have been going, I feel like if I go into any more details everything will explode, so I am going to leave this part of the update like this and tell you how awesome everything went in my next update – the power of positive thinking?)
  • Nelly finish website for reals.
Super smooth pan bottom - no divots here!  Stay tuned for an updated image sans rust later this week!
Super smooth pan bottom - no divots here! Stay tuned for an updated image sans rust later this week!

Happy October 24th!

4 likes
First let me start by apologizing for the lack of update on October 10th. 

I had an update. I thought I posted it. I obviously did not post it. I did not realize I did not make a post until this morning. I must have been distracted by the turkey as I was celebrating Thanksgiving (it was observed in Canada on the 12th, but I celebrated it with my family on the 10th). If I continue on the current update schedule (October 24th, November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19, January 2nd, etc) I should miss all other major holidays that I celebrate, so this should not happen again.

Can’t change the past, so learn we must. Onward and upward it is!

The shop is almost clean and organized. Well, as clean and organized as my shop gets that is! I have had a few things from my personal life take me out of the shop, but I have pressed forward. I think I have a solution for the single and double handed cast iron pans. I need to work out a few logistics with the foundry so I cannot post any details yet, but I am pushing to have them take the bulk of the damaged pans back to fix. This will take some of the bottle neck away from my shop and should get the cast iron pans out the door faster. So exciting!

On deck for the next two weeks (October 25th – November 7th):

  • Create repair/modification timeline for single and double handed cast iron pans with foundry so that a shipping timeline can be created (yes you read that correctly – SHIPPING TIMELINE – be still my heart!)
  • Begin Bridgeport testing – first I must check that all the hoses and gears are well greased and sealed. If all looks well the first test cuts can begin. If not, greasing and hose replacement will need to happen (with the way things have been going, I feel like if I go into any more details everything will explode, so I am going to leave this part of the update like this and tell you how awesome everything went in my next update – the power of positive thinking?)
  • Lastly – Nelly will be finishing up my website and posting some of the inventory on said site. She will be managing that. So if you see posts on various social media things, have no fear, I am still chained in the basement slaving away in my shop.

That is all – have a great two weeks!

Happy October 4th!

3 likes

It is nice to be back and settling into my new normal.

So September, recap: I didn’t have to go to jury duty (yay!), Dragon*Con was fun (superb!), moving was more time consuming and complicated than anticipated (booooo). But my family and I all survived and here we are in October (phew!).

As for the pans, the grips are all cut. We are waiting on resurfacing the cast iron pans to call the grips done (holes need to be drilled in both the pans and the grips). I have not found a good solution for resurfacing with the forging company. So my focus with them now is to ensure the surface issues will not happen again (for a refresher see August 15th post for details). If they cannot guarantee that, we will have to find a new company to work with. On the plus side, that is not going to affect the any current pre-orders (i.e. you), but on the negative, it will affect our ability to move forward with this product in the future (i.e. me and the investment made on this project). Suffice to say I am very frustrated.

So we are back to using the Bridgeport to resurface the pans. It will cost more time and money, but the pans will be useable and pretty, and we think those two points are kind of important!

All the other pan hilts: AllClad pan, Executioner, and Custom hilts – because there are so few all hilts will be milled using the Bridgeport. Stainless steel (not AllClad), Kits, and Teflon hilts – There will be a choice – metal hilt, or plastic hilt. Metal will be cut using the Bridgeport, plastic hilt will be thermoset (injection mold using a plastic that most normal pans use) through another company. For those of you reading this whole post – the Bridgeport is being used for all the other hilts. This means there will be a bottle neck, so a decision will need to be made: Metal hilt someday, or plastic hilt “now”. I will have better timelines at the end of the month after I have finished making the mold (also using the Bridgeport).

As for posting – I am going to step things back to an every other week update schedule. I will also return to a bullet point update list. The first update in this format and update schedule will be next Saturday (October 10th). 

I am still trying to figure out the whole social media thing, if any of you have any suggestions with things to post, or how often these things should be posted, feel free to let me know!

Have a good week!