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Restoring an old powered hacksaw
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Figured I'd share my restoration project! I've always found these old machines quite cool and when a neighbour offered me a defective one for free, I couldn't say no! :D This is the machine as I got it, it runs but won't lower the sawblade so you have to manually push it against the work piece, which becomes quite the challenge and dangerous as heck when it's moving back and forth. The thick bars protruding on the side are from an automatic feed system that's been cut off. By pure chance...
Scraping in all bearing surfaces on my Wards/Logan 10"
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I've been working on my lathe off and on over the past several weeks or months, but I've been hesitant to start a thread documenting my progress (or lack thereof!) for fear of embarrassing myself. I'm increasingly confident that I'm going to end up with a very precise lathe rather than a very large pile of cast iron dust and tears, so I'm finally willing to share my progress. After creating a new cross-slide for my lathe some time ago, I'd already spent a lot of time scraping in the...
9A project completed
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Some of you guys may remember this little crudball I acquired back in April... I had just completed the last project, the Seneca Falls #30 resto-mod,(project of the month) when this lathe found it's way to me via a friend of a friend. My friend, who is also a tool salesman, showed me a pic of this on his phone, which came from his friend, the seller, who now is a retired tool room supervisor. He had this in his back building just taking up space and wanted the room for some of his...
KO-Lee Cutter/Grinder Revamp
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Perhaps you've seen this from other photos... It's a KO-Lee cutter grinder. It's a good platform and the table and all mechanisms are in excellent condition. I don't think this machine was used much in it's lifetime as there are very few signs of wear (hardly any at all really). The motor is the weak link. The bearings are going bad and vibration can be felt in the short shaft. The long shaft is OK. The seller told me about this when I got it. I'm guessing someone bumped a wheel...
Clausing 1771 Drill Press Restoration
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I picked up a Clausing variable speed drill press from a Craigslist ad. I offered the guy $200.00 and he accepted. The drill press was in decent overall condition, and had a new motor on it. I disassembled the machine and cleaned up and painted everything. Mechanically, it was in very good condition, and the only real repair work I did was to straighten a few of the handle arms. One really nice feature is the table lift, which works great on that heavy table (btw: the table doesn't...

Ellis Saw Vise Clamp

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My Ellis band saw has a quick acting vise for holding the stock in place while cutting. The vise can not be located real close to the blade and can cause a clamping issue when trying to cut really short pieces even shorter. So, here is my solution. I made an adjustable clamp. Seems to work pretty well. And yeah I know, it still needs some paint.

Indexing plate!

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-20F this morning again...........:cool: This morning's project was to finish up on an indexing plate that I had started the day before. Not that I really needed a project but wanted to test out the bolt circle feature on my Mitutoyo digital readout. As luck would have it I had a steel disc or the right thickness but a little larger in diameter than the original indexing plates. I picked 40,44, 48, 50, 55, and 60 divisions but maybe using some prime numbers would have been better, not...

DIY chamber headspace gauge.

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I made a simple headspace gauge for installing a 45 conversion barrel to a Mauser action. Final length was done by stoning a few tenths off.
MT3 1" Slitting Saw Arbor
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i started construction on a MT3 slitting saw arbor from materials in the shop. here is the slug of what i believe to be 12L14 mild steel. it was unmarked, but acted like 12L14 i have machined before. it's very nice to turn. the slug was a fraction over 1" in diameter and 7" long. i centerdrilled both ends. i turned the diameter on both ends down to .950". one for the drive dog, the other to make the taper turning operation quicker then i added the drive dog and offset the tailstock to...
Quick & Dirty Worm Wheel making
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I was trying to make a substantial speed reduction to a small, but very powerful 230 Watt motor to drive a small auger. The motor specs are impressive Mabuchi Motor 12v Rs-775sf 230w 19500 rpm Model : RS-775 18V Weight : 11.9 oz Operating v : 6v - 20v Length of motor : 2.81 in Nominal v : 18v Diameter (with flux ring) : 1.85 in No Load RPM : 19500 Diameter (no flux ring) / Width Across Flat : 1.66 in No Load A : 2.7A Shaft Diameter...

Homemade Grinder Tool Rest

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how i build my homemade tool rest ( video witch portuguese audio) greetings from Brazil

Shop build beast of a chop saw

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I started this build couple of months ago thinking i'll finish it in a week or two so i continued writing about it in the question & answer section where i had couple of questions, but because is drag on for so long i've decided to move it in the project section.
Old gasoline generator repairs
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Couple of weeks ago i bought two small generators they both "run" the smaller one needed an carb cleaning and now runs good, the Bosch uses an Tecumseh HS40 engine which has a blown head gasket, and only runs for couple of seconds and dies, the generator works so is worth repairing it.
DIY steady rest spider.
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My steady rest spider turned into a bigger project because the roller shafts do not retract to utilize the diameter of the steady rest. I made new shafts from O1 tool steel with bronze tips. The spider is made from a 2.5” diameter scrap of some grade of steel, it machined nicely. I will thread for the 8 spider screws m10x1.5. First time using my rotary table, I supported the work directly under the bottom of the spider body because of the lack of rigidity of the rotary table mounting. I...
KO-Lee Cutter/Grinder Revamp
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Perhaps you've seen this from other photos... It's a KO-Lee cutter grinder. It's a good platform and the table and all mechanisms are in excellent condition. I don't think this machine was used much in it's lifetime as there are very few signs of wear (hardly any at all really). The motor is the weak link. The bearings are going bad and vibration can be felt in the short shaft. The long shaft is OK. The seller told me about this when I got it. I'm guessing someone bumped a wheel...
4th axis servo controlled rotary table build
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Hi everyone, I am getting ready to build a 4th axis for my CNC mill. I should be getting the rotary table in the mail in about a week. I will be posting pictures as I go along :). The rotary table is one from eBay. It is of the 8" variety. I believe the brand is CME. The servo and drive is from Leadshine and is 400w. Here are a couple pictures of the servo and drive:
Clausing 1771 Drill Press Restoration
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I picked up a Clausing variable speed drill press from a Craigslist ad. I offered the guy $200.00 and he accepted. The drill press was in decent overall condition, and had a new motor on it. I disassembled the machine and cleaned up and painted everything. Mechanically, it was in very good condition, and the only real repair work I did was to straighten a few of the handle arms. One really nice feature is the table lift, which works great on that heavy table (btw: the table doesn't...
Rebuilding the head on a South Bend 4219 1956 mill

Vfd's Rpc's And 3 Phase Power At Home

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I see a TON of questions on RPC's and VFD's on here and I figured I would type out a knowledge base for what they are and how they apply to the home shop. We as machinists work with industrial equipment at home. It's obvious if you are reading this that you know that industrial stuff is typically 3 phase and you want it to run in your home shop where there is no 3 phase power. For a long time there was little option for this except the rotary phase converter or RPC for short. There are...
VN Finally Got A Slotter Attachment
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Finally picked up a slotter attachment that I have been looking for. Probably paid a bit much, but it's practically new. Stripped it and cleaned out the old gunk. Back together already, quickest rebuild yet. Missing one oil cap and the arbor, but I have a print for the arbor. All I did was clean it. Jason
Joel Miller Cnc Milling Machine
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Original at http://jmillerid.com/wordpress/category/cnc-milling-machine/ CNC mill phase 1: planning Thursday, 9 June 2011 While I have understood the basics concept of CNC machining–and have utilized it in my work–I never fully appreciated how complex a system a CNC machine is until I set about designing and building one. There are many software and hardware layers are involved in the process, and each of these layers offers nearly endless options to choose from… CAM software, controller...
Replacement Compound slide for Atlas 10
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I have started to make a replacement compound slide as my original cast iron one is a repaired one and I do not want to continue to use it. First you start with a block of steel and square it up. Yesterday I milled out the area for the nut for the screw and the majority of the metal where the dovetail will be. I hope to do the dovetail on the weekend and then surface the top down to the right height for the Phase II tool post. Only 2 pictures at the moment. Will post more later when there...
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