Don't feel bad, this is my machine shop it's only 12 square meters, i have a big garage that is 158 square meters that is worse mess then this one, and if this one took me 7 hours that one will take me 170 hours, but one step at a time.
I like to keep the shop organized as well, but shop cleaning days are also an opportunity to clean and maintain the machines. Today I
gave the lathe a good cleaning, laid down some way oil and lubed all the points that needed it. Also adjusted the belt tracking and straighted
out the platen on the belt sander. This kind of stuff doesn't happen very much when I'm focused on projects.
My garage gets pretty out of control every time that I do a largish project and gets cleaned up when I get good and tired of working in it. I am getting better about it. I have big plans for it this winter. My dad gave me a big surface plate and have no place for it right now. He used to be a pattern maker. He actually worked on something that had to do with some of the first space suites. His shop was not far from the David Clarke Industries in Worcester, Ma. He is ready to pass on all of his tools from that trade. Im only interested in the tools that cross over to metal working.
I was going to mention all about my latest project and most difficult I've attempted to date but you guys have beat me to it.
Yup, cleaning up the workshop.
Been 2 days so far and no end in sight.
Two more days should do it I hope and then it starts all over again.
I often wish I was a tidy worker and I really try hard but it never lasts.
Well done to those who can work in a tidy fashion but theres a big Grrrrrr in there
got another little project done, a light for my youngest daughter's closet. It's across the room from the window, so it's pretty dim in there. 6ft of cheapo LED strip lighting later and it's nice'n'bright
first time installing a receptacle, which I'm rather pleased with. Wired it in to a socket on the other side of the wall space and wired the outlet to the switch. 12VDC wall wart was from my stash.
used part of a closet door slider thing to mount the LEDs
total cost came to about $5 plus whatever 6ft of 14/2 Romex costs. Good practice for a much bigger job wiring up the kitchen for a ceiling fan and under counter lights.
POTD was keeping with the recent theme here, shop organization. I picked up a lot of end mills, spotting drills, center drills, taps, etc. from a shop that closed down in the Detroit area over 10 years ago. I had the cutters sorted by size and style and had them bagged in Ziploc's.
Made a cabinet this past summer to house stuff. The end mills went into Harbor Freight stackable bins with sheet metal pieces slipped into the card area to close off the fronts and give a spot for a label on top. The HF bins are fine, but their stacking feature is a PITA. They have pins/pegs on the bottoms that (poorly) align with the slots on the top. I had a drawer of taps that were housed in bins from Menards which have a better stacking feature. These have a ledge along the whole edge of the sides for much easier alignment for stacking. So, picked up a couple of bags of the red Menards bins at $0.59 each (plus the 11% discount) and swapped bins between the taps (on one level, not stacked) and the end mills (stacked two high).
Oh, the paper label taped to the sheet metal pieces denotes what's under the upper bin.
Had my end mills in these stackable HF bins.
They were stacked two high in a drawer. Paper label
id's what's below.
HF bin stacking feature. Real pain to get the pins
aligned with the slots on the lower bin.
Menards (and probably others) stacking feature.
Works much better than the HF method.
End mills all swapped over. Much easier to pull
an upper bin to get to what's underneath, then
set the upper bin back down.
Today is the first day of 2019, and the first thing to tackle was the locks on the little Niva, the car come with couple of keys, of which the ignition lock is the wrong type and is not working properly, so couple of weeks ago i bought a used lock to replace it, today i clean it greased it also tested it and is ready to be installed, both doors have locks on them and thankfully one of the keys fits and after some lubricant seem to work as new, but the trunk lock has no keys and was in terrible shape, so i looked thru my spares and found one from a zastava 101, they are identical, but i also did not have keys for it, so i had to take it apart and rearrange the tumblers to make it fit the same key for the side doors, and finally the gas cap is not lockable back in the days no one use to steal gasoline, i looked thru my spares and found a lockable fuel cap, so i don't need to modify the cap door to lock, the new cap has 2 keys so i don't need to mess with it.
Today the temperatures dropped significantly, and -14 celsius is forecasting for the next couple of days, so is time to figure some type of heating for the big garage, being a car guy i resorted to using car parts to achieve it, i have many webasto diesel heaters they are rated for 5 kw so i decided to give it a go, first i got me a piece of mdf and installed a cheap set of wheels to get it off ground, then i looked thru the radiator rack and found this Renault radiator i had some damage and a fan, so it should do the job, mounted it with zip ties and a piece of wood, then i mounted the heater unit, pump, diesel pump, expansion tank, i used some silicone on the broken part to connect a hose to the expansion tank and connected everything, i put on a water bottle to hold the diesel fuel but i may change it for something more sturdy. I need to install couple of switches and wire everything up and fill it with coolant and diesel i also need to make some sort of exhaust or chimney in the garage for it.
Another Ball Turner using a BXA boring bar holder with bushings and a cheap boring head. Added pins on the back side of the holder and adjustable collars to limit the swing of the turner. Does require the compound to be set up at an awkward position for the cutter to reach center, think I'll make a shorter HSS holder for balls under 2". First ball turned always becomes the ball turner handle right?
Finally finished the new counter-shaft pulley for my lathe. Started with a 6" diameter 3" tall chunk of 6061. Two months and 3 pails of swarf later this pulley appeared. The original 65 year old die cast Atlas pulley wobbled. The new machined pulley runs much smoother.
I've got couple of days off work so it's time to finish the Little Niva. This morning we got the first real snow, never less i started working on the dashboard very early, couple of hours in i had to drop what i was doing and go and help couple of friends who think all season tires can be used in the winter and summer, but i got right back to work after i finish getting them unstuck and continued applying body filler and sanding on the dashboard and on the wheels, the wheels have been drying for weeks now, and most of them are pain to send, all those holes and curves took more than an hour a wheel, i also started to apply filler and sand it back on the body shell one spot at a time. Today i put in around 16 hours of hard work, doing body work.
AC Servo mount for an upgraded CNC control system. Maybe 1 of 50 or so parts for this project. Will do a more detailed write up as I finish this project up, but it was a pretty neat part so I thought I might share.
Im building a small steam engine from a set of Stuart castings. Its 1 1/2 bore and 1 1/4 stroke, really to big to be called a model.
Anyway need two drain cocks for the cylinder. Finished one today.
The body is 5/16 with a 1/4 hex and 10-32 tread. The stem is tapered to match the body which was reamed with a tapered reamer think it was a No 2 for dowel pins.
Today i spend even more time in the big garage, i did manage to finish sending all 9 wheels, this wasn't easy at all, i've managed to send off my fingerprints on both hands from holding the send paper, then i moved to applying body filler, sending and getting the wheel arch in shape, i also started on the trunk lid, wich had a suprase installed for me. The gas shock that i install about a week ago decided it doesn't like the cold weather more than me, so it exploded and got oil all over the floor and roof, you can see i did manage to do 3 coats of body filler on the wheel arch with sending in between every coat, i'm glad to be finished with sending on the wheels, unfortunately the hardener for my clear coat is hard so i'll need to buy some more so i can paint and clear coat the wheels also the dashboard is pretty close to being finished, so i may spry it with bedliner.
Last night i mark and center pop the holes for this tool, it is a plate to hold a dial indicator to set the valve clearance on the little Niva. This morning i started by drilling all the holes with 3,2mm drill then tried going directly to 8mm on the slowest speed my cheap drill press has and it spins the belt, i've tension the belt as tight as it will go and still spins, so i used a 6 mm drill first then 8 mm, the drill press progressively got better but is still junk in my book. I need to drill 8 more small holes and 5 holes to 17 mm i'll have to do them on my lathe, also i inspected the belt when i finished drilling, and the spindle end was little hot, probably from all the tension against the bearings, truthful i don't know how crap like this drill press can be sold.
Today i was still hard at work in the big garage, but the weather is not cooperating, dropped to -14 celsius and is really uncomfortable but i did managed to finish sending the dashboard prepare it and shoot it with a bedliner coating, the finish isn't the best, i think because is so cold it did not cure fast enough and become this bumpy texture, as soon as i sprayed it, i fire up 2 electric heaters and left them for couple of hours to help it dry, after drying it looks better but not what i hoped for, i'll probably shoot it again, i also sprayed half a wheel well with what was left from that can tomorrow is Christmas here so i know the stores will be closed so i went today to buy some more bedliner and other paint supplies.
Strong winds last night, broke a tree branch that fell and broke a window on my big garage and this morning when i measured the temperature i got this (-14 centigrade) so fired up my chainsaw deal with the tree branch shovel outthe snow and took my broken window to the glass place and got a new window installed, a also bought 2 more electric heaters and fired them up together with my old ones to bring the temperature in the positive, this cold weather is unusual for here and i can't wait for it to warm up so i can work on the little Niva.
I was thinking the same thing, I'm so far south in europe, we rarely get temperature below zero degrees and this happens as soon as i buy a russian car, thankfully the temps are little higher today up to - 6 centigrade, i left the heaters on thru the night so i expect the temp in the garage to be good enough so i can paint the wheels and bumpers.
I had 5 electric heater running all night and this morning the garage is 6-7 degrees celsius, but 2 of the electric heaters have burn out, no big deal, the smallest room there was 12 ºC, so i blow off all the wheels, began masking the bumpers and began painting, one wheel at a time, first i spray the silver base coat with one paint gun, leave it couple of minutes to cure then spray on a clear coat in two thick coats with a second spray gun, after i finish the clear coat i'll wheeled the painted wheel in the smallest room with the heaters going, i did this for all 9 wheels and in between coats did the masking on the bumpers. Also i clear coated this side indicator for the front, i did a repair on it and had to send it , this will add protection and give it a shine. I finish this in record time, just over 3 hours because i didn't wanted to be in the cold any longer than i needed to finish this. Now the wheels are factory color, i could have painted them white like the newer nivas have them or black but in my opinion silver looks the best., i hated them in body color, it looked like a orange panda bear.