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iron man

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Well here is my setup I cut a keyway in an aluminum tube that fit the shaft to keep the shaft timed it cut just fine.

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Here is another differant angle to show the tube and key.

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Wow, great job. Looks like it worked well.


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Thanks it did work well I put it all together and it seems to work just fine. Ray
 

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Clever. Did you end up with any burrs in the threads at the keyway and if so, how did you clean them up?
 

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Good job Ray, --did you broach the keyway in your alumn tube? this can probably be used again for other leadscrews or shafts that size. Dave
 

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Clever. Did you end up with any burrs in the threads at the keyway and if so, how did you clean them up?
There where some I just run the whole screw over my wire wheel and it soften the edges and removed the burrs. Ray

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Good job Ray, --did you broach the keyway in your alumn tube? this can probably be used again for other leadscrews or shafts that size. Dave
Yea when I was a kid and could afford it I purchased a couple of broach sets they do work nice. I will save the tube incase anyone else needs one. Ray
 

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I did not use a regular straight flute cutter because I could cut faster with the woodruff cutter the process only took less than a half hour. Ray
 
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Someone asked how I cut the long key in my new lead screw I made here it is..
 

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I had a 12" x 54" bed on my craftsmen lathe. It's a newer model so it has the 1/2" thick ways. Had a job come in last month that needed a longer bed lathe. Looked like a money making deal so I picked up another bed on ebay and fastened both beds together and made a 8' lead screw for it. Was a real job to get everything lined up but works great. Had to set up three vices on my mill to hold the acme thread so as to cut the key way. If you cut just a little deeper than the thread everything should be fine.
 

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I had a 12" x 54" bed on my craftsmen lathe. It's a newer model so it has the 1/2" thick ways. Had a job come in last month that needed a longer bed lathe. Looked like a money making deal so I picked up another bed on ebay and fastened both beds together and made a 8' lead screw for it. Was a real job to get everything lined up but works great. Had to set up three vices on my mill to hold the acme thread so as to cut the key way. If you cut just a little deeper than the thread everything should be fine.
You gotta post some pictures of that. :worthless:
 

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Would like to as soon as I figure out how to post photos.
 

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Very nice job Ray, thanks for the info and linkies! It's on my list too, so appreciate the info... :)
 
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