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South Bend reversing gear stuck

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I am restoring a South Bend 9 and work has stopped due to a stuck reversing gear. It loks like no maintenance was done since the machine was made in 1947. Everything but the final gear on the shaft has disassembled but that gear needs to be pressed off. A mechanic friend tried with his 20 ton press - dyidn't budge. I took it to a local machine shop and they stopped trying when the pressure was nearing a breaking point. I have to get this apart. It drives the entire gearbox and screw. I can't afford for it to fail. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
South Bend, restoration,.

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 compound and cross slide. But I decided to tackle a far larger project. I've taken Richard King's class twice now (and I'm about to help out with a third) but I know full well there is no way to really learn something without actually doing it (and even better, trying to explain what you're doing to others). So, despite my old Wards/Logan being in perfectly (well ... "acceptably") useable shape to begin with, I decided to scrape in the bed ways, headstock, saddle, and tailstock. I rationalized that...
The Power of Smallᵀᴹ
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Do you remember the time when most of the things were made here, they were durable, repairable and they would last for a very long time? Do you remember the time when shop and other hands-on trades training were part of the school curriculum? And you also probably remember when all this deteriorated, was bought and moved oversees and centralized by mega corporations... And this is great for few industries, but for a lot of small shop and inventors, makers and hobbyists, there is a real need in local distributed manufacturing. We are looking for your help to spread the word about our new initiative which we call "The Power of Small". What is The Power of Smallᵀᴹ ? • Small businesses doing big projects with low amounts of capital; • Office-desk sized machines making large parts - 100lbs and more; • On-shore, distributed manufacturing on a national or international scale; • Converting 100% waste plastics directly into viable finished goods - affordably and locally; • A...

Working With Plastics

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Some people are not very familiar working with plastics. So we will continuously be adding useful info about plastics, here are few first ones we put together: Joining and Gluing ABS Painting parts with molded-in colors - a great partnership. Your Guide To ABS Drop us a note if you find this info useful. If you have more questions/topics you'd like us to cover in future posts, please respond to this thread or submit suggestion on our website using this form

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 have a single drill mark in it!) This is my second Clausing variable speed drill press. The first one is in my metal shop, this one will be in my wood shop. Jack Fort Loramie, Ohio
How To Fabricate Plastic Vise Jaws
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This week’s Alternative Tuesday segment from the Acutabove Woodworking channel features a project to fabricate Vise Jaws! Every shop has an old steel vise or three. Many maker and hobby projects are held in a vise during operations such as cutting, sanding, gluing, or assembly. Sometimes the metal jaws on this vise are a bit too rough for the parts it holds causing scoring, indentations, and/or distortion. To solve this problem, a softer material than metal should be used. In this short video, Ken uses a table saw and a drill press to show you how to make vise jaws out of ABS plastic to protect your delicate parts. It is a very simple and practical project, and plastic vise jaws can even be custom-shaped to enable the perfect fit for your projects parts. Be sure to check this channel out regularly for episodes using Plasti-Block™ plastics and get inspired by Ken’s creativity! Upcoming Plasti-Block™ Themed Episodes ABS Mosaic Butterfly - Sept 25 ABS Finger Jointed Box -...

Altering Fusion 360 post processors to allow mill to pause and wait for spindle to ramp up

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If you want to hard code in a dwell time for your spindle to ramp up so you are not fiddling with your feed override knob, then here is what you do to the post processors; You will want to open up the post processor config file and locate a block of code similar to this. You can hit "ctrl+f" to do a search for "if (tool.spindleRPM" and that will likely get you down to the right section of code. if (tool.spindleRPM < 1) { error(localize("Spindle speed out of range.")); return; } if (tool.spindleRPM > 99999) { warning(localize("Spindle speed exceeds maximum value.")); } writeBlock( sOutput.format(tool.spindleRPM), mFormat.format(tool.clockwise ? 3 : 4) ); Just after that last semi colon, add a dwell command and choose the seconds you wish to have in the dwell. The modified code should look something like this: if (tool.spindleRPM > 99999) { warning(localize("Spindle speed exceeds maximum value.")); } writeBlock(...

NTN Bearings Difference's ????

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Sorry,double post

Where do you get practice scrap cheap?

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I guess the title says it all... I'm definitely a beginner, and willing and eager to be cutting all sorts of chunks of metal, but metal is expensive (which cuts down on practice time)! Where do you all find scrap to practice on? Or, do you practice on other materials that I've not thought about? It doesn't even have to be big chunks of metal to practice simple tasks, but my brain is kinda exhausted of ideas about where to look. I've got some metal for projects, but I'm a little hesitant to start cutting on it for fear of messing it up, and I haven't generated enough scrap of my own yet! Part of my problem is living in an area without a whole lot of industrial fabrication in the economy, and maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places, but any ideas are appreciated.
Machining Kazoo Project & Classical Music
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Good news everyone! This week’s Alternative Tuesday segment from the Acutabove Woodworking channel features a project to machine a Canadian-themed kazoo! Ken turned some of our red and white ABS blocks into something awesome! What’s a Kazoo I hear you ask? A kazoo is a musical instrument that requires the operator to hum, not blow. By humming, a "buzzing" sound is created thanks to internal vibrations - causing a rather unique sound. While the exact origins of this instrument are not certain, it is rumored to have originated in the USA in 1840. In this short video, Ken uses a lathe and scroll saw to shape a fully functional kazoo with a demonstration at the end. If you love experimenting with making new things, this is the perfect hobby project to whet your appetite. Be sure to check this channel out regularly for episodes using Plasti-Block™ plastics and get inspired by Ken’s creativity! Upcoming Plasti-Block™ Themed Episodes ABS Vise Jaws - Sept 18 ABS Mosaic...

Threading for beginners

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Finally gathered up all the basic stuff to start threading, I think... Threading wires, micrometer, thread pitch gauge (U.S) , fish tail gauge, and some tap and dies. I have watched a lot of videos and read a lot of stuff but this is still a bit intimidating. Equations to figure out size and charts with all kinds of numbers for outer and inner diameters, tool angles...etc Not sure I understand what the charts on my lathe are telling me exactly as to speed of lathe and gear selection, etc.. Or what kind of threads will it cut as is no change gear..lol What tool in the arsenal should I choose? I need some practice and understanding of how to make a matching set of threads, i.e. internal and external fitting threads for a tool height check tool. Will post progress pics along the way to hopefully help others new to threading.

CLT Auctions experience?

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I may be bidding on a bench mill via online auction thru CLT Auctions. Found the auction thru bidspotter.com. Anyone have experience with either or just general experience with these types of auctions? Methods of payment are cash, wire transfer or PayPal (+3% premium for paypal). Thanks

Help with removing Bearings, 6" Rockwell Belt Sander

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Has anyone removed/replaced the bearings in the upper roller/drum? There are 2 lock nuts on both ends and a notched not looks like a pre-load bearing adjustment nut. All removed, but the shaft is rock solid. Which way to press out? Thank you!

Identify antique bench mill

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I found this available at an auction. Anyone recognize the maker?

I Need Ideas-New Electric Motor-Different Shaft for Pulley Mount

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Help. I purchased a replacement motor from Graingers for my band saw refurbish. 1947 Delta 14" band saw gets a new power plant. The old motor has a 1/2" shaft with a flat for the allen bolt to mount. The new motor has a 5/8" shaft with a key way. Should I bore out the pulley? Can I buy one that fits? What would you do? Thank you for your help. Jeff

My First Home Made Spring%^!!??^GE%!

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I watched "This Old Tony's Video", on making your own home made springs. I need 2 springs for my sheet metal brake. I knew my set up was a gamble. I had my auto feed to 8 TPI, I had my 13" South Bend in Back Gear. I stood back and turned on my lathe. Not what I was expecting. Lessons learned though. I need a better wire tension device. Heck, I need a new set-up entirely. The 3/4" ID by 3" compression spring will be made to order once I fine tune my arrangement (smile). Hey, it takes inner strength to post this. This is better than TV right? Jeff
Drill/Tap chuck jaws
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Folks, what would you recommend for drilling and tapping jaws on a 3-jaw chuck to add dovetail jaws for bowl turning? 6" chuck, thinking of 1/4-20. Thanks, Dave

Would this wiring mistake have blown a motor?

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Question: Would this mistake have blown a motor? I was given a 230/460 motor that was used – but supposedly good. To test it, I temporarily wired it to my lathe VFD today. Access and visibility inside the panel was limited and I stupidly had gotten two of the motor feed wire under the same connector. So the L1 motor lead was connected to the L1 terminal, The L2 terminal was empty and L2 and L3 leads were attached to theVFD’s L3 terminal. I also ran a ground from the motor frame to the panel . I started the VFD with the Potentiometer at zero and slowly increased. The motor bucked a few times and a small arcing occurred at the ground. I then rechecked the wiring and corrected my mistake. Trying again I set the pot to zero, flipped the run switch and the motor would ramp up about one fourth of the way then it would trip out the VFD. I reset the VFD and got the same results on the second try. I do not remember the error code. I am not knowledgeable on electrical and just...

Rockwell band saw motor tripping GFI

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Happy Labor Day, I am working on this 1947 Delta 14” band saw. I am getting close, just need one more bearing and I thought I was ready to go. I replaced the electrical source 14/3 wire. Plugged it in and the GFI tripped immediately. I checked my work, all looked good. I removed the end shield and cleaned the points. They were pretty bad. I also discovered a chaffed wire. One of 3, there are two sets of 3 wires. See pic. I taped the damaged insulation assuming that was it. Blew all the saw dust out of the motor etc. I plugged it and it ran perfect, for about ten seconds, then tripped the GFI. I haven’t checked amp load yet. This is a 115/230 ac motor. 1/2 HP, frame is 56. Rated at 7.7 amps at 115 v which is how it is wired now. Please excuse the improper names I applied to the components, I really am an idiot when working on anything electrical. I would like to save this motor. I’ll look for more shorts in the mean time. Do you think it can be saved?

Mill for sale

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Not mine, but on local CL. FYI:https://joplin.craigslist.org/tls/d/horizontal-mill/6686690381.html

Vertical milling slide for lathe

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I keep coming across projects that need a small amount of milling. I have read a lot of peoples comments on how they are junk. For someone without a drill press or any other means of milling I am starting to consider adding a 4"x5" vertical mill table to my lathe. https://www.ebay.com/itm/LATHE-VERTICAL-MILLING-SLIDE-SUITABLE-FOR-MYFORD-ML7-SUPER-7-BOXFORD/323319715164?epid=25020893189&hash=item4b475b555c:g:9QoAAOSwxBtbbSAa It looks like I would also need some sort of clamping set up to hold my work..... https://www.harborfreight.com/42-piece-machinist-clamping-kit-90752.html I know you all have way more in sight on this than I do having never used a mill. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Combo-of-Round-Vice-mounted-on-4-Inches-100-mm-Rotary-Table-Milling-Clamp/323380922244?hash=item4b4b014784:g:6REAAOSwstJZOrR3 I was wanting to make a...
Are You A Mechanical Engineering Genius?
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So you think you know about mechanical engineering, eh? Put your knowledge to the test with this short quiz from engineeringclicks, a website dedicated toall things mechanical engineering. Let us know how you did by leaving us a comment! https://www.engineeringclicks.com/quiz-are-you-a-mechanical-engineering-genius/

Do you have extra insurance for your machines/tooling?

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I haven’t looked into it yet, but as I sit here in Tucson sipping coffee, I worry about the security of my empty home in Northern California. I’m sure most of us,have in excess of, $30,000 worth of tools and machinery in the shop. I am curious what some of you have done insurance wise. If I had a theft or a total loss, I have replacement value up to a certain amount. If a few pieces were stolen, I would be out some money for sure. I have taken pictures and videos of my tool inventory for a record. What are your thoughts?

Using a Fly Cutter

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What is the purpose of a fly cutter and why use it instead of an endmill? Thank you Nicolas

What we Learn from this Picture?

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The attached picture indicates a cut using an endmill and it says it should not have been done this way but I don’t understand why. Picture is taken from https://toolingaround.ca/lms.php The text on the picture also says “..for some cuts, it is appropriate…” What are these appropriate cuts? Thank you Nicolas

Chuck problem

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I have a 4" D.E. Whiton 3 jaw chuck that I took apart to clean and lube because it was not working smoothly. When I was backing out the jaws I don't recall them being at all tight or difficult to remove but now that I try to reassemble it one jaw fits fine, one is tight close to the inside portion of the slot and one won't fit at all. What happened?
Inspire Creativity Using Plastics! - Video link
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Good news everyone! Plasti-Block™ products are going to start being featured on a YouTube channel . Currently dedicated to woodworking. To this point, the owner of the channel has only ever posted videos about working with wood, but after trying his hand with some of our ABS blocks, he couldn’t resist the opportunity of demonstrating different applications of our material. Kennyearrings1 will be featuring these videos from time to time on the new “Alternative Tuesday" edition of his program. Get a taste of some of the projects kennyearrings1 has been working on by looking at the pictures below. So creative! The first episode featuring our Plasti-Block™ products will air on Tuesday September 4th, 2018. About the channel: A fun YouTube channel where weekly videos are posted on a variety of different woodworking topics. It is a very inspiring and creative place to visit for ideas and information. In addition, this channel ensures to allocate time for safety and shop tips, a...

Where to start?

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I have a slug of 2" diameter aluminium 4" long that I bought just to learn on and play with. Ends are not cut exactly square and when I chuck it in my 3 jaw, about 1/32" from being all the way into the chuck and bottoming out, it has 0.037 runout. I tried repositioning in the chuck but couldn't do much better on runout. I've checked other round stock and get between 0.011 and 0.015 runout, which sounds high. One piece is something I turned and the other is a piece from a tool i just bought. How do you start trueing up the slug? Could the slug be that out of wack or is it just how it is chucked?

Everybody Is A Designer

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Hello everyone! We are excited to announce that we started knowledge and innovation discussions. We will be posting articles contributed by people who are passionate about innovation, hands-on prototyping and local manufacturing. We hope to inspire young people to have more involvement, learn trades or have interests in design and engineering. The first article was published today. Its title is Everybody Is A Designer. Design is the answer to a need and anyone can be one! You can read it on our Facebook page or on our blog. We really encourage you to participate in the discussion by leaving us a comment here, or on our FB page or on our Blog. Thank you! Plasti-Block Team
What is it?
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Looking around the house and cleaning up, I found this and have no clue what it does or is. Looks to be heavy duty made in the USA:D Has a polished steel ball at the end of the threads.

Odd surface plate question

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So someone on craigslist is selling a couple of surface plates. They are from his father's estate and he says they are in good condition. So far so good. He has no documentation or knowledge of the manufacturer. One is a basic 12x18x3 black granite, which seems normal enough. But the other is 12x18x0.75. I've never heard of a surface plate so thin and suspect that it is unlikely to be as stable as the 3" inch think version. But it will be much easier to move around the small area I have available. It also looks like it's two pieces bonded together horizontally. I wonder if someone was using it as a portable "good enough" plate. Even at that thickness it's probably a lot more accurate than anything I'm capable of. I just wondered if anyone had ever run across such a thing. It comes in its own wooden box. He's asking $45 for each one. Price isn't fabulous (assuming Grade B on the 3" version), but shipping is cheap since it's a 10 minute drive from home.

1" round rod, what can be made?

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Found a 10' long section of round steel 1" in diameter. I cut off 12" length and cleaned it up a little, as it was buried in the dirt of my backyard. I was thinking maybe a hammer but it looks like most machinist hammers use a aluminum handle. What sort of stuff would you make or could be made from a 1" steel bar? With lathe only, no milling here, yet.

Cross Slide Stop for threading on my 13" South Bend?

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Hello, I am struggling to return the cross slide back to the zero point in order to feed the compound in for another pass when threading. I have a single gear box (1941) 13" South Bend. It has the small dials with some backlash like all lathes. If I could dial back the cross slide to clear the threads, move the saddle back to the starting point then move in the cross slide to a positive point each and every time, then I could feed the compound with confidence. I am looking for the locking device, guide, stop or whatever will perform the intended cross slide location. Thank you for your help and I apologize for my ignorance, I don't have very much experience. Jeff

Calculating Spindle Bearing Grease Volume

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Quick question / request for links... I am replacing the spindle bearings in my CNC (G0704) and I need to pack them with grease. I have an empty 7007B (https://www.vxb.com/7007B-Angular-Contact-Bearing-35x62x14-p/kit8891.htm) and an empty 7005B (https://www.vxb.com/7005B-Bearing-Angular-Contact-25x47x12-p/kit8889.htm). I have Kluber IsoFlex NBU 15 grease and a 1 ml dosing syringe. Both have Phenolic cages. I know that higher end bearing manufacturers have tables for these values, but any idea how I can figure out how much is needed in these?

Working With Plastics

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Some people are not very familiar working with plastics. So we will continuously be adding useful info about plastics, here are few first ones we put together: Joining and Gluing ABS Painting parts with molded-in colors - a great partnership. Your Guide To ABS Drop us a note if you find this info useful. If you have more questions/topics you'd like us to cover in future posts, please respond to this thread or submit suggestion on our website using this form
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