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Ulma Doctor

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i made a toolholder adapter for my ammco 7" metal shaper.
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my machine is made to accept 3/8" wide toolholders or tooling and up to just under 1" thick.
i had some resharpened carbide tipped lathe parting tools that i got cheap.

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i wanted to either shop make an AXA toolholder to accept the lathe parting tools,
or
adapt them for use in the shaper.
i ended up going with plan B...

i'll use the carbide for slotting and for general light clean up work on the shaper.

i had a piece of aluminum casting i reclaimed from a broken part of a meat packing machine.
the alloy is unknown, but it is mostly aluminum.
it doesn't machine nice like 6061, so it may be some boo-boo sand cast crap,
but it is suitable for this purpose.

i laid out the rough dimensions and went to work on the vertical mill
i used a 1/2"x 1.5", 2 flute endmill for most of the work
i refined the pocket with an 1/8" endmill, along the perimeter

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and somehow magically (hours later), this popped out!
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the tool is about .002" larger than its pocket.
i'm counting on the compression of the aluminum crushing against the tool and the toolholder to hold it securely.
here are a few test photos in 6061 aluminum




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i may need to incorporate a secondary blade pincher, if there is a lot of stick out and i get some chatter.
but that may be another chapter.

thanks for reading!
 
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Silverbullet

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I don't think your getting enough clamping pressure with the set up the way it is . If the blade were centered under the lock down bolt with a bit more clearance I'd bet it would be good and I bet no chatter.
 

Ulma Doctor

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Than you!
i haven't experienced chatter, but i was taking light cuts.
i'm already contemplating another way of skinning the same cat, maybe in a different material next time!
 

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If you can slot a piece in the center the blade can be on top to give more support even under close to the depth of cut. The more support the better.
 

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It would seem like the tool would be loose in the lantern post. Your idea is great and provides me with one more use for my shaper,
Have a good day
Ray
 
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