POTD- PROJECT OF THE DAY: What Did You Make In Your Shop Today?

extropic

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I have tried sand with poor results (kinking.) The Cerrobend melts in boiling water so it is not a big deal to melt/remove it. I'll give it a shot next opportunity.
Robert
Actually, the melting point is 117° F.

My bad. Cerrolow 117 melting point is 117° F. The melting point of Cerrobend is 158° F (higher than most residential water heaters).

I think most home hot water heaters are set higher than that so the risk of a burn injury is greatly reduced.

Even a hair dryer will serve.

Wear the proper PPE and stay safe. I'm harping on the PPE because I've had a very close call myself and I learned my lesson. Please heed the advice.
 
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johnnyc14

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I have been making and selling some parts from 1/2" CRS rod that have a rectangular feature . Using a 5C collet block in the mill vise along with a vise stop makes consistent set up fast and easy. I decided to add a second collet block to my set up so the milling on 2 parts could be done with one set up. I previously bought a collet block set from KBC that contains a square and a hex block as well as the nuts to mount the collets into the blocks. I just ordered another square block of the same part number from KBC to match the one I already had. After it arrived I quickly found out that the outside dimensions are different than the one I had. I called KBC and asked that they check the others they had in stock and sure enough they were all inconsistent in size. The collet is dead center in the block but outside dimensions on the 2 I have vary by .010" from each other.





With the 2 blocks mounted side by side in the vise the rod is .005" higher in one of them.





The blocks are very hard so correcting this in the mill was not an option and I don't have a surface grinder. I made up a stepped plate to fit under the 2 blocks. One block sit on a pad that is .005" higher than the other. The overall width of the plate is .010" less in width than the 2 collet blocks side by side.





Running the indicator over both of then now shows the same height with a minimum amount of work. I have engraved marks on the plate and the thinner block so it's easy to orient them correctly.





This is my vise stop set up.



Just another example of how import tooling can be disappointing.
 

Hawkeye

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I've had good results with sand, but that was on a much larger tube (3/4") and the sand had to be packed in VERY tightly, with both ends crimped over. For such thin tubing, the sand would have to be very fine.
 

Dhal22

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Just another example of how import tooling can be disappointing.

I could not live with myself producing such consistent low quality products. I mean the entire country. As a plumbing contractor i find 'import' black iron fittings are laughably crookedly threaded. Literally laughing at their quality sometimes. Oh well, let the customer choose (which is why we have a lot of imports).
 

ArmyDoc

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Needed a quick solution for a surface grinder , Which I do not have.
This works pretty good and the accuracy is beyond my instruments capability
It seems reasonable to me, but I wonder how would the surface be with a standard shaper attachment?
 
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