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For 15 yrs I've been pulling a 5/8" logging chain across my bridge railings when we leave in the winter, or anything more than a few days the rest of the year, and while the mind is willing, the body is starting to complain. So, had a bunch of old drill pipe in several diameters, and as free is my favorite price, it became the material of choice for my new quick and dirty gate. I did get to use the mill for one of the miter cuts. Also replaced one of the mower wheels in the railing that got knocked out a few yrs ago, and added some steel rod tie ins to it and the other three. The wheels are made from some form of cast steel and I had originally brazed them in as they wouldn't take any kind of weld, but they would eventually crack at the wheel. A few pics of the process, and result. Nothing very pretty, but it is functional. I did stand by it for awhile, and practice saying "may I see your papers please" in a bad German accent. Cheers, Mike
 

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I've been working little bit every day trying to get stuff done while my back gets better, today i did manage to get two things done. First was little painful but i did clean up my work bench, then i found an old plywood door and bolted couple of wheels on it to make a car creeper trolley. I've made it close to 30 years without one, working on concrete, on cardboard and styrofoam, but my back is no longer able to endure, is little bit higher than i like but the little Lada is high enough i should fit, i'll be back doing more rust repair on the little Niva just as my back heals.
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You know how to build a gate, I love the grease zerks on the hinges.
Thanks for the kind words gentlemen. I would have liked to do something a little more elaborate, but I have several honey-do's to finish before we leave on Monday. The border gate will have to do for the foreseeable future, as there is a long list of higher priorities when we get back in the spring. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Mike
 

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For 15 yrs I've been pulling a 5/8" logging chain across my bridge railings when we leave in the winter, or anything more than a few days the rest of the year, and while the mind is willing, the body is starting to complain. So, had a bunch of old drill pipe in several diameters, and as free is my favorite price, it became the material of choice for my new quick and dirty gate.
Nice work Mike.
you got a nice homestead there.
Happy Thanksgiving !
 

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Finally got around to making a locking handle for my qctp, last night. I'm still quite the newb, but I think it came out alright. Haven't really got to use it on anything yet, but plan to after I get home from Thanksgiving with the family.
 

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Forgot to post this, but finished up the trailer boards and reinstalled the divider a couple days ago:

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That ungainly looking thing attached to the divider is a bracket to hold my snow plow in place.

The thin piece of floorboard was a pain to make, as the initial cut was about 1 blade width too wide, and pounding it in would wreck the pain on that board and the two adjacent boards, so I shaved off a thin slice with a circular saw. It's not the easiest thing to do with a circular saw, as it was an overcast day making it harder to see the edge of the wood, and the piece was already pretty narrow, so the saw also was easy to tilt. Naturally, once I was about 90% done, I realized it would have been MUCH easier and more accurate to do the job with a table saw, just set the guide and go... But it turned out alright, there isn't much of a gap between any of the boards.
 

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Made A Funnel

My son and I reload pistol ammo on a Dillon press. When we weigh out powder, it's poured into the die through a plastic
funnel which came with the press. Since all the dies are stainless, I decided to make a matching stainless funnel. The
secondary reason was to procrastinate by spending time playing in the shop rather than cleaning the gutters.


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Attached a hand plane handle and flat bar to a diamond stone for when we touch up our hot rolls on a rolling mill. I had the threaded rod extend through the flat bar to add as an anti rotation pin to go with the bolt. The user can remove the handle as a unit and flip the stone over to work on the other roll, just with the one bolt. The rod and the top nut are slotted to allow a flat blade screw driver for installation to the aluminum block that is fitted into the bottom of the handle.
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Made A Funnel

My son and I reload pistol ammo on a Dillon press. When we weigh out powder, it's poured into the die through a plastic
funnel which came with the press. Since all the dies are stainless, I decided to make a matching stainless funnel. The
secondary reason was to procrastinate by spending time playing in the shop rather than cleaning the gutters.


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Another good reason- eliminates the problems with static electricity. Very nice job!
 

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Made A Funnel
The secondary reason was to procrastinate by spending time playing in the shop rather than cleaning the gutters.
Sounds like a perfect reason to me> :laughing:
 

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Turned out these little things for a buddy. I guess a Schrader valve cap fits perfectly inside a 40 caliber casing, but he didn't like the looks of a spent primer cap in the end and didn't want to use an un-fired one either. So I made fake primers out of some stainless and loctited them in. For tires on two cars and one motorbike. And in case anyone cares, 0.173" diameter by 0.110" long fits perfectly :)

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Thanks for looking.

-frank
 

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I got tired of the cheap looking knob on my dial indicator mount, and figured it would be a good opportunity to work on some,new to me, operations.
 

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I got tired of the cheap looking knob on my dial indicator mount, and figured it would be a good opportunity to work on some,new to me, operations.
Also made a couple brass tapered (mt2) plugs to help center my rotary table. Made them, before I made the knob, and they worked great!
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Nice!

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Very nice!!!
 

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Yesterday i had couple of jobs on the lathe, some of i'll have to finish today, first was this starter motor rotor, had to resurface the commutator , looks like someone tried starting it in gear. Then i started making spacers for the Little Niva i'll have to re engineer the gearbox and transfer case mounts the originals are a bolt thru the floor sheet metal and the spreader plate is from underneath weak weak design, the plan is to make a cage and fabricate a skid shield to make it bulletproof, my back is getting better and i'll try to work on finish welding the floor on the Little 4x4
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Today was a rollercoaster of a day, started by putting in hard work on welding a new floor in the little Niva, but 4 inches before the finish i run out of welding wire, so i had to stop and go and buy some more, while out i bought this set of used seats. Original lada seats are terrible so i'll be modifying and engineering new seat rails to make them tilt and fit the very narrow 4x4, but i know they'll be comfortable, as they are from a Peugeot 605 and french know how to make a comfortable car, by the time i got back and unloaded them was too late to continue welding.
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Someone, who owned my lathe before me, who should have never been allowed to touch a lathe, or any tool for that matter, decided it would be a great idea to use vise grips to remove the crossfeed dial... 20181124_161645.jpg
So I had to spend the day fixing it, then decided why stop there, and did a bit of cleaning...
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Was able to file, sand, and buff most of the poor girls scars off.
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Went ahead and started stripping some of the two color, slap on, paint job as well. Soon she will be good as new! Guess there's worse ways to spend a Saturday, but ida rather been making chips. Seriously though, if you're going to own a lathe please invest in a spanner wrench.
 

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Well...was going to make a beautiful knob style chuck key, to adjust the back of my 4 jaw. Instead I had my first crash, on my mill. Ended up taking too deep of a cut, while climb milling, and it broke my 1/2" end mill, as well as put some scars on my work. 20181125_141713.jpg 20181125_141745.jpg
Had to finish up the squared off section by hand, ie filing. But it fits in the 4 jaw anyways. 20181125_154907.jpg 20181125_154931.jpg
Need to wait for my new endmill to come in, to finish it up...guess it's on hold for now.
On another note, I decided to use a piece of old aluminum ladder, that I was saving for casting, as a holder for my R8 milling attachments and collets.
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That came out alright I guess..anyrate, thanks for looking.
 

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Decided, since the knob was kinda a flop, even though functional, and since there was still a little daylight left, to try my first attempt at hardening. It turned out pretty well. I heated it to glowing red, in my foundry, then doused it in motor oil. Will have to keep it in mind for later projects as well. 20181125_172623.jpg
 

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After being without a steadyrest for a few months because one of the fingers broke, I finally got around to making new fingers with rollers on them. 1543091605021910b6f5f958ada36a47959d73d1f15442892826a02c3bcd972749bd6b7ca248c7237f20726da611bc...jpg 154309232044304e24d3f115b7e02aeeccbd1a4550145b86ad29ca9620b091054c982e9389f1dc05c63ff49d81c20a...jpg 1543099220472634c238b589c702a73779e52b514e201ee701af9a6efd769a16f0ebefe45f9a4a681731d9fa14b34d...jpg 154318671235851b2b16d3636d16518c1e262b9144597b64f6308af4ae269c653eac93327c0bfa37c8778c4d5a36da...jpg
The bearings and axles are from Razor scooters.
 

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Today i've put in a full day of work on the little Niva, first i finished welding the patch behind the drivers seat then i moved to the big hole to the gearbox tunnel, i welded a big patch then i made two more patches for the front and door pillar side, some of the places had thin metal so i had to turn down my welder and hill couple of holes i burn thru. Then i clean out the inside, and put on couple of coats of hi zinc primer, to stop any new rust, i'll be applying some undercoating and some sound deadener. I full day of welding and painting, i'm exhausted.
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It's not surprising that you're exhausted. The amount of work you're doing to that car is incredible. Keep up the
good work!
 

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It's not surprising that you're exhausted. The amount of work you're doing to that car is incredible. Keep up the
good work!

Don't forget i put in 10 hours at work before i started at home on the little Niva.
 

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Wow that is along day. Your doing a great job on the Niva
 

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Next project- Railroad track anvil!
I've been putting this one off for a while. The guy that found the piece of rail for me will be getting one also. So I have to make 2. This one is the practice one.
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I haven't used my fly cutter since I got my 3" face mill. I forgot how nice the finish was with the fly cutter.
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I got the top squared up, got the bottom fly cut. I didn't try to get the pitts out of the bottom, I just got it flat. I started profiling the nose. It's a lot further along than I thought that it would be for one night.
 

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Next project- Railroad track anvil!
I've been putting this one off for a while. The guy that found the piece of rail for me will be getting one also. So I have to make 2. This one is the practice one.
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I haven't used my fly cutter since I got my 3" face mill. I forgot how nice the finish was with the fly cutter.
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I got the top squared up, got the bottom fly cut. I didn't try to get the pitts out of the bottom, I just got it flat. I started profiling the nose. It's a lot further along than I thought that it would be for one night.
Great idea! Looks very nice this far! I'll be anxious to see the end product. Keep us posted. Thanks for sharing.
 
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