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

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Super simple project. I bent the rod for moving the ram on my Bridgeport when initially moving it. Turned down some SS303 to size, cut threads on the ends, and now it looks much nicer. Sure, I could have used a piece of all-thread. But what fun is that?

It was partly for practice and working with the ELS. It was great to tap a couple of buttons to change feed speeds and switch to threading. Got some practice with the thread mic as well.
 

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Today i had some time to spare so i decided to finish one shaft i had welded up, it was a pretty simple task, where i had to cut off the weld and straighten it by taking material off, i left it longer not knowing what i'll be using it for. I have few projects in the works but i need to finish my car projects first. IMG_20200229_155133.jpg IMG_20200229_160039.jpg IMG_20200229_161938.jpg IMG_20200229_162739_1.jpg
 

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I don't know what to call the 2 blocks that bolt onto a mill spindle that drive tool holders. I have 1 of them still attached.

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I decided to make another out of round stock in the lathe.

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It was actually liberating in a sense - because the 4 jaw chuck would hold the sides square to each new face.

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I started with the bolt hole & centered my sides on it. The final bolt head recess depth was saved the for last.

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Trimmed a bolt for it & good to go!
 

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I don't know what to call the 2 blocks that bolt onto a mill spindle that drive tool holders. I have 1 of them still attached.

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I decided to make another out of round stock in the lathe.

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It was actually liberating in a sense - because the 4 jaw chuck would hold the sides square to each new face.

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I started with the bolt hole & centered my sides on it. The final bolt head recess depth was saved the for last.

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Trimmed a bolt for it & good to go!
Very nice!, I have been looking for an excuse to make something square with my lathe.
 

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Nice littel shop project. But as you know, the old saying, "A lathe is for making square things round & a mill is for making round things square!" apart from being just an old saying, because clever people have been making square things rond in a mill as well as making round things square in a lathe for long time, It's another case "As needs must".

I remember many years back as an apprentice, one of the first things we had to do was to make a small 2.5 inch toolmakers "G" clamp using only a lathe, hack saw and file, from a one inch slice off a 4" round bar. plus a drill bit and a tap.
 

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Interesting looking tool post, another variation on the QCTP, do you have any good shots of it, what brand or is it home made?
 

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Downunder Bob wrote: "Interesting looking tool post, another variation on the QCTP, do you have any good shots of it, what brand or is it home made?"

It's a Shars BX made to fit my Grizzly G0773 combo. Had to mod the center post to mount it. Then had to mod the tool holders to get down to the centerline & now I've made a 3/4" insert holder to fit. Still have to mind the weaker points (like the lathe itself), but sturdier!

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Ah, the mods the machine has endured to learn how to walk & to talk. LOL
 

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Sorry Brockwood, the question was intended for GoceKU, My fault I failed to make it clear who I was talking to.

Your toolpost is basically the same as an aloris, and others, but his appears different.
 

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No worries Bob. His IS a real lathe with a stout QCTP! Seen em before, but don't know the specs. I forgot this IS a General Thread.
 

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Interesting looking tool post, another variation on the QCTP, do you have any good shots of it, what brand or is it home made?
Only marking it has are " PPT 2000 00/2" , couple of my friends have the same tool holders, i'm not sure is it russian or serbian made, but it works. Making square items on a lathe takes a lot of time to set up but it is a fun challenge.
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made some QCTP holders :)
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made some QCTP holders :)
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Some? The words, heard, flock, or school come to mind.
 

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Downunder Bob wrote: "Interesting looking tool post, another variation on the QCTP, do you have any good shots of it, what brand or is it home made?"

It's a Shars BX made to fit my Grizzly G0773 combo. Had to mod the center post to mount it. Then had to mod the tool holders to get down to the centerline & now I've made a 3/4" insert holder to fit. Still have to mind the weaker points (like the lathe itself), but sturdier!

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Ah, the mods the machine has endured to learn how to walk & to talk. LOL
Do you have a forum thread write up on those changes?

joe
 

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silverhawk wrote, "Do you have a forum thread write up on those changes?" in regard to what I thought Downunder Bob was asking. Joe, https://www.hobby-machinist.com/threads/g0773-lathe-mill-combo.73973/ is my thread on all of my Grizzly mods. It's a learn as I go - complete with a few oops as well.

But mattthemuppet2, in my opinion, has a better topic for this thread (or perhaps his own) as Chinese parts ain't comin for a while in normal conditions. This thread is also on the Dhal22 Unimat Dead Center topic. Reminds me that I need a smaller tipped MT3 live center than I'm trying to get by with.

So, Joe I PM'd ya bout your situ.
 

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Friend came to me with a job. He mangled the knurling on a endcap that goes on one of his gun parts. Was alittle intimidated by the size and features needed but I said I’d give it a try. OD of the part was a touch under 1.0 about .450 thick, recessed with a 28 pitch thread to the end.
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I couldn’t figure out how to duplicate the knurl which is different than what I’m use too. There is a ridge line on top of the points of knurl. Anyways I knurled the part first and then started carving out all the other features. Threading was last I ended up using a left hand hss tool that I ground, cut a thread relief with the thread tool then cut the thread in rev.
Other than finding a way to align the thread tool because a fish was to large for such a small thread point. Which I’d love to hear how to align a tool that has such a small tip. Thread turned out nice no slop in threads
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Friend was hystatic that I was able to do it and not gonna lie I was too for the fact it only took one try and the thread turned out perfect.
Now all he has to do is get it powder coated or whatever he wants my job is done. Oh and it was made out of scrap. Thanks for looking.

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I bought my son a desk lamp a while back. He said it buzzed and distracted him while he was doing his homework. I bought him a new one and forgot about it. Fast forward a few months and I needed a lamp for my lathe so I thought I’d convert it to a machine lamp. I took it apart and realized the buzz was from a bad solder joint. I moved the ballast into a metal project box. I designed and machined a bracket. Finally I screwed a big magnet onto the box and I’ve got a new lathe light.

 

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After all that work on the last keyboard workstation, I decided to upgrade the full-size keyboard music workstation and make it more furniture like. The original was just a little too hip for the living room.

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The new station is more furniture-like and matches the color scheme of my entertainment center.
It incorporates a larger monitor (for my old eyes) and drawers.
It's made of 1/2" Baltic birch plywood, painted.
The previous small keyboard station and the old full-size one have both returned to the parts bin.

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I added some nice display cabinet lights so I can see the faces of the rack mount equipment.
They are LED about a foot long and brightness and color temperature adjustable.

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I milled brackets for them from 1" x 1/16" aluminum angle glued to the lights with hot melt, and mounted them to the stand with little ball and socket fixtures. The ball and socket fixtures attach to the cabinet with t-nuts.

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I can play in the dark, now.

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This is for my Explore Scientific 12” truss telescope that I had purchased used as is.
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The original mirror cell is made of aluminum 1x1/2” tubing, while I am using 1” sq steel tubing.
 

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After I finished the new music workstation, I noticed that it made everything past it look cluttered.

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So, I decided to make a matching drawer cabinet to rest on the right side of the drawing table.
It has 5 drawers and make that part of the room look a little more civilized, plus it gives me a nice work surface for sketches and reference material used when I draw plans.

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The drawers are big enough to hold the 17 x 22 paper that I use to draw plans.
You may notice the Gerstner tool chest left of the drawing board. I modified it by removing the lid and building a multi drawer cabinet.
That cabinet was my very first project after I got my first table saw.
It holds pens, brushes, prismacolor pencils, ad markers, scales and guides that I used to use to make a living.

I also made the drawing board using hardware from a lesser board.
I also modified the arms of the drafting machine by shortening them so it would better serve my small drawing board.

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Peaches, the cat, is unimpressed.
Thanks for looking.
 
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