US Divers belt buckle blueprint

Rich D

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I got a U.S. Divers belt buckle from eBay recently. I got mine for $40, but I've seen them go for upwards of $75.

If anyone's interested in trying to make their own buckle out of something like aluminum, here's a blueprint. You'd probably want to use 16 or 20 gauge material.

The dotted lines indicate a bend, except the lateral dotted line on the buckle base, which indicates an optional rolled groove (that my buckle has). I'll try to find a picture of that.

The PDF template is intended to be printed at 100%. Enjoy!

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wizardofflight

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Thank you! that was on the list to do, but haven't had the time. I don't have the US Divers, but I have a SSteel bucklet from that time period that I was going to convert, this will make the job easy.

Alan
 

Rich D

Active Hunter
Thank you! that was on the list to do, but haven't had the time. I don't have the US Divers, but I have a SSteel bucklet from that time period that I was going to convert, this will make the job easy.

Alan

if it helps, the vertical dotted lines on the bottom piece indicate the bend point on the inside of the bend. The capsule-shaped slots (on my buckle) are partially stretched around the outside of the bend, as the material warps during the bend. I'll try to post a picture of that.
 

bpwmd

Hunter
ok so I feel a bit dumb here but how does this work??? like how does it hold the ends together.
I just want to make it so that its functional
 
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RafalFett

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The flat parts are bent along the dotted lines and will have the shape presented on the right and bottom parts. The small ears from the right flat piece goes into the holes on the left piece. After you do all the strap webbing, the shear pressure and friction applied by the buckle will hold the belt in place:

 

bpwmd

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