Whippet Scissor Linkage

This part of the Whippet I call the Scissor Linkage. The linkage should not be fully extended, as in the photo below. When working properly, it’s more like a fish mouth viewed from the side — opening and closing. This bike has been through some abuse, and some part of the frame is either stretched, or bent. This linkage is early Whippet, as later models hinged on ball bearings.

1888 Whippet Replica Scissor Linkage

I’ve taken some 5/8″ flat cold rolled steel, marked out the shape, rough cut it in the bandsaw, drilled (2) holes, and now the ends are having a smooth radius cut with an endmill. The holder is mounted in a 3 jaw chuck, on top of the rotary table.

1888 Whippet Replica Scissor Linkage

The ends are now smooth, and I’ve drilled (3) holes and marked material to be removed with a red felt pen. The piece of cardboard is my template; that’s all I’m working from. No fancy Autocad drawings to get this bike done! Next step is to carefully use the vertical bandsaw to remove the metal between the lines.

1888 Whippet Replica Scissor Linkage

Each linkage piece is now put back in the mill vise and a 1/4″ endmill used to finish the slot. It needs to be quite precise as the (2) linkage pieces have to fit together well.

1888 Whippet Replica Scissor Linkage

A larger endmill is used to shape the other end. Note the feeler gauge being used with another small piece of steel (not seen) to prevent the end from being “squeezed” . . . this allows the vise to hold the linkage securely.  When making parts the first thought is always, “How am I going to hold this?”

1888 Whippet Replica Scissor Linkage

This is the finished Scissor Linkage after a bit of filing and polishing. It will get bead blasted and sent out for Electroless Nickel plating, which is a very nice finish. I hope you have enjoyed this installment of how things get made in my shop.

1888 Whippet Replica Scissor Linkage



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