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RJSakowski

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Bit of a short story to start, but I finally got to go fishing on Lake Erie last Thursday for perch and possibly walleye. Bought $25 worth of emerald shiner minnows and some fat dew worms for my spinner rigs for the eyes. There were many other boaters spread all over the water. My sonar was marking hundreds of fish - some on bottom and some suspended 25 feet down in 50 foot of water. With thousands of dollars worth of lures and a dozen fishing methods, you would think I could choose one that would entice a fish to bite. For all my time and trouble, between my son and I, I caught one GOBY !:bawling:
I have had days like that (much too recently for my comfort). That's why they call it fishing instead of catching. However, it is always good to be out on the water. Gotta love those lake perch too!

(How many shiners does $25 buy? I complain when I pay $6 for three dozen fatheads and they only give me six dozen.)

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Nice work jrstech!
It occurred to me looking at your pics that you could make up a stamp and die and stamp out some flex washers from steel packing strap to go between the adjusting and locking nuts. I doubt you would even need to harden the die since the metal cuts like butter and you are only making a handful. Handmade washers to go with hand made locking nuts :)
Thanks for the compliment. I started removing all the spring washers as my collection of tool holders grew. Once I install a tool bit and center it, I lock it down with a wrench. The spring washer allows a finger tight height adjustment so that it's easier to adjust to center without a wrench when changing cutting tools in the holder. Plus I don't need any more projects! LOL.

(How many shiners does $25 buy? I complain when I pay $6 for three dozen fatheads and they only give me six dozen.)
Bob, we get a scoop or approximately 3 or 4 dozen shiners for $6 - never counted them cause they won't hold still! Three scoops of minnows and a dozen fat earth worms, plus the governments tax = $25.

Referring back to some earlier posts discussing knurling and size charts to determine shaft sizes, I have never had a problem knurling any shaft size up to approx. 3 inches since I made my scissor style knurling tool some ten years ago, without checking a knurling size chart. I just recently had to replace my first set of knurls after knurling a 4 foot chin-up bar of 1.250 316 stainless for a gym.

Here's my new tool holder setup on my lathe as of this morning.

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That's badass john, love it, I need some holders so I'm not always changing tools out and having to adjust heights
 

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cheeze and rice jrt, that plain more that any many should have. . . . . . . . i have about 8, maybe 10, and thats more than i can . . . . . . well, maybe a couple more would be ok ::)
 

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you cant have too many tool holders!
I need more as I get fed up swapping bits out
 

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What did I do in my shop today? And yesterday and the day before? I wasn't in my shop but in my office fighting with my computer. A power glitch last week shut off my computer and a second one shut it down again during the reboot.

After that, email started crashing and the computer slowed down to a crawl. a slooow crawl. I started a full virus scan using Norton Security at about 11:00PM Sunday night and at 10:00 the next morning, it was still scanning; over ten million files. I finally aborted the scan. I don't have ten million files.

Yesterday afternoon, was was struggling to keep email working. I would reboot my computer and the email would work for a few minutes and then not receive any incoming mail. I called my isp and had them reset my passwords, thinking my system had been hacked but that didn't help. All this time my hard drive was busy, every half second or so doing a read/write.

I finally opened the resource monitor and lo and behold, Norton was writing about 1 mB of something every half second. This morning, I called Norton customer service and after a scan for malware, an uninstall of Norton Security and a reinstall (three hours elapsed time), everything is happy again. The e-mails are flowing in. The hard drive is blissfully quiet and, instead of taking a minute or two to access the Hobby Machinist site, it takes a couple of seconds.

Not exactly a machining project (although it is the computer that I have my CAd and CAM on so it could qualify as a rebuild;)) but it is what I did.

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very cool hman, i love that type of art, although a quarter or nickel in the picture would be cool to reference size
 

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As promised the other day, I did my experiment with the magnet in a pill bottle as a swarf collector on my lathe. Rather than use the neodymium magnets we were talking about, I used a chunk of magnet from a trashed hard disk. To facilitate getting it out of the bottle, I glued a piece of popsicle stick to it as a handle. Place it in the bottle, put on the cap, and place it on the cross slide right beneath the tool.
I estimate it caught 90% of the swarf while facing and turning on a 3/8" rod. This included turning a taper with the compound slide, for this, the bottle has to ride on the compound slide, or latch onto the QCTP.
Three images:
1. The pill bottle, magnet and its handle
2. Swarf catcher in place, ready for action
3. Results: a good catch
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It will be exciting when a piece of swarf grabs the pile, and the rotating work at the same time and throws the pile, the bottle, and all across the room. This happens all the time, the bottle with the magnet just adds more mass to throw.
 

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With a little care it should save a lot of clean up and when it is loaded, just change it out for a clean one. I'm game.
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I agree with you Jim. It might save a few minutes cleaning if the lathe were making chips but definitely not when turning out long stringy swarf.
 

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I agree with you Jim. It might save a few minutes cleaning if the lathe were making chips but definitely not when turning out long stringy swarf.
Yes but long stringy swarf is a hazard even without this device. Better to grind/buy tools with a chip breaker or if this is not applicable just remove the device.
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Did some clean up on my mill and trammed in the vise. I muscled the 6" Kurt onto the table and moved it to the stains on the table that matched the old vise and by eyeball I was only off by .005" over the 6 ins. Should have gone out and bought a lottery ticket. LOL

Also made my first cut using a 1/2" 3 flute endmill on the edge of a 1/2" plate of HR. .050" cut was so smooth compared to my smaller mill. Easy peasy.
 

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Did some clean up on my mill and trammed in the vise. I muscled the 6" Kurt onto the table and moved it to the stains on the table that matched the old vise and by eyeball I was only off by .005" over the 6 ins. Should have gone out and bought a lottery ticket. LOL

Also made my first cut using a 1/2" 3 flute endmill on the edge of a 1/2" plate of HR. .050" cut was so smooth compared to my smaller mill. Easy peasy.

We still haven't seen pictures of your new toys..er tools.
 

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Finished "tuning up" my HF metal brake so I can make an enclosure for my CNC mill. Did some surfing on the web and found a few useful hints on how to improve the design to make it a more useful tool. I'm using 24ga steel sheet so it should do the job.

A few months back I saw a hand made tool that allows you to use a leaf brake as a pan and box brake. I can't find the link. Anyone know where to look?

Here I've welded on a piece of 1-1/2" square by .120" wall tubing to stiffen the bending leaf. You can see the set back adjuster on the lower right.
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Here's a closeup of the set back adjuster. It's a piece of 1-1/2" channel with a slot. I added the 1/4" adjusting rod and angle iron bracket to make setting the set back easier.
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I'm assembling the most expensive hobby TIG tungsten grinder ever today stay tuned...
 

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Interesting.......I'll be watching


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Wow.....


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My project of the day is a heavy duty arbor for my larger hole saws.

I get tired of replacing the 1/4" drill bit every time the hole saw get hung and kicks back and kinks the bit! Especially cutting sheet metal in electrical boxes. Who hasn't had that to happen to them?
I have job needing to cut 4-1/4" holes, four of them total. A Greenlee knock out punch of that size is over$500! not going to pay, no way!
So here's my setup I have built.
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My procedure of operation is as follows:
1) Drill a hole for Greenlee 1/2' pipe knockout punch, I use a 7/16 hole buster.
2) Punch out the hole to 1/2" pipe, actual size comes out about.880"
3) Take the large hole saw, apply my favorite cutting oil and get after it using my Milwaukee Drill.

Here's the results:

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A lot of the stuff McMaster sells is the same china made items, just priced higher.
Make certain the manufacture information is listed.
 

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My procedure of operation is as follows:
1) Drill a hole for Greenlee 1/2' pipe knockout punch, I use a 7/16 hole buster.
2) Punch out the hole to 1/2" pipe, actual size comes out about.880"
3) Take the large hole saw, apply my favorite cutting oil and get after it using my Milwaukee Drill.

Here's the results:

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Nice job. When I use my hole saws I drill a 1/4 pilot hole. My hole saw mandrel has a 1/4 hardened dowel pin instead of a drill bit. This works much like your device but has been more thrifty. Your adapter gives much more piloting support though.
 
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