Quarantine Projects!

Weldo

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Hey guys, as you all are probably aware many people who work in "non essential" businesses are either urged or ordered to stay home for a while in an effort to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 illness.

I work in residential construction and as such I am one of those people. My company has stopped all field work on the order of the governor so I find myself with some free time. My hopes are to get some things done around the shop I've been neglecting for too long.

I figured starting a thread might be a fun way to document how we can use this time off! So if anyone is under quarantine, self or otherwise, post up some pics or descriptions of how you're using your time!
 

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I'll start!

I finally got around to re-powering my belt sander. For years it's been running on a 3/4 HP spa pump motor, and while it did work it lacked power for heavy grinding. Also I was not able to achieve the pulley ratio I wanted because of lack of power.

A eventually found a better motor locally on craigslist but it's been languishing for a few years. The new motor is up to 2.3 HP!

The old spa pump motor is on the left.

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I'm hoping it'll allow me to change the pulley ratio to get some more SFM. I'm in the middle of this project right now!
 

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I'm working on my mill DRO project.
Have the x and y axis done. Need to mount the display and put the table back on.
 

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Right on! DRO is the ticket!

I keep thinking about trying to do DRO on my lathe, but I'm not sure it's worth it for me. If I had a mill I'd dive in for sure!

What kind of parts are you using?
 

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Right on! DRO is the ticket!

I keep thinking about trying to do DRO on my lathe, but I'm not sure it's worth it for me. If I had a mill I'd dive in for sure!

What kind of parts are you using?
 

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I keep thinking about trying to do DRO on my lathe
I did have problems intalling a DRO scale on my cross slide, but find that between the radius/diameter discrepancy, and the very slight lack of repeat, I don't use the DROs. I'm glad I didn't pay a lot for them or their installation, (Perhaps that would have made them more suitable), but don't be surprised if you don't use them.
 

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That was my first quarantine project, to carefully examine the D80 DRO accuracy. I have the slim-line magnetic scales, that were nice to install but I have not been convinced about overall accuracy. To measure reliably to tenths over 5 or 6 inches turned out to be surprisingly difficult, with lots of unexpected error sources. Eventually I got a setup that was highly repeatable (seems like this would be easy, right?) but it took some time and trys. There was clearly an inaccuracy, and eventually it took about a 0.1% linear compensation to get it where it was as accurate as any way I had to check it.
The manual is just plain wrong and incomplete about the process, so that took awhile to figure out.

In the end, now the DRO is quite accurate. And I know how to do a linear compensation. :) The non-linear compensation process, if needed, looks like it's going to take more than a virus threat to get me to do it.
 

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Not working sounds pretty good to me right now.
We always want something we can't have.
This too will pass, sooner than later I hope.
Stay well.
 

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I built an adapter for my cheap tool and cutter grinder to grind square lathe tools. I don’t have a dovetail cutter so I used a 60* countersink and then got into the corners with an 1/8” end-mill. It works very well and by widening the slot and adding set screws I can grind any size I need. F10AA4EE-F8A2-4EA7-9613-51183EC005D5.jpeg 8360E43F-3E51-40D3-A98F-E35BCB4235A1.jpeg
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In support of our state juniors high power program, here is my self quarantine project - barrels from Shilen Rifles.

These should keep me tied up in the garage for awhile.
Is that 94 lbs worth of rifle barrels?! Wow!

Hey @Rootpass that's pretty cool! Creative with the counter sink! I like it!
 

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I built an adapter for my cheap tool and cutter grinder to grind square lathe tools. I don’t have a dovetail cutter so I used a 60* countersink and then got into the corners with an 1/8” end-mill. It works very well and by widening the slot and adding set screws I can grind any size I need. View attachment 317885 View attachment 317886
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Sweet,
Cheap? Even cheap they are a lot of money. They sure would come in handy.
I like your hss adapter.
 

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Got a coat of paint on my sander's base plate. For years it was raw metal and accumulating rust since I sometimes dip the piece I'm grinding into water for cooling.

I like Rustoleum hammer tone for shop equipment. It has a nice look. This is the brown I've done some other things in, like the old bench shear in the background.

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I'm itching to reassemble but the paint is still soft... Now I have a project for tomorrow!
 

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Thanks to all who have shared their work so far! The forum and this thread in particular is helping keep me busy and motivated during my time at home.

In that vein, my sister just coined the phrase "Corona-cation"! Wash your hands and avoid all people! I've been training for this my entire life! Let's keep the positivity flowing!
 

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Weldo,
I like to bake painted parts in the kitchen oven for about 30 minutes at 325. Once it cools it’s rock hard and I can go ahead and use it.
 

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Weldo,
I like to bake painted parts in the kitchen oven for about 30 minutes at 325. Once it cools it’s rock hard and I can go ahead and use it.
Is your experience that the finish is more durable than just air drying?

(Thinking that I’ll be crucified if I put parts in the oven!)


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@Grinderman Dude, that's incredible work! Very nice! Do you dabble in sculpture a lot? Copper is so nice to work with. A while ago I made a small oil pot thing for the shop out of copper. I'll snap some pics sometime soon.

Thanks for the tip @Rootpass I'll keep that in mind for sure! Really it would be nice to have a dedicated oven for the shop.

Along those lines I wonder if an old dishwasher could be converted to recirculate parts washing fluid! Maybe disable the heater element and plug up the drain. It would need a filter I guess, or maybe not. Imagine putting a bunch of greasy parts in there, pushing a button and coming back in 45 minutes to nice clean parts!
 

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Sorting, consolidating and getting rid of stuff.

But I'll start putting this back together tomorrow....

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@Grinderman Dude, that's incredible work! Very nice! Do you dabble in sculpture a lot? Copper is so nice to work with. A while ago I made a small oil pot thing for the shop out of copper. I'll snap some pics sometime soon.

Thanks a lot. First time “art” project and first time working with copper. The copper isn’t bad to work with aside from having to anneal it a couple of times to keep it soft.
 

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I've always wanted a ball turning attachment for my lathe. After watching Jere Kirkpatrick YouTube on his attachment I got some good ideas and decided it was time what with the apocalypse and all. Here's a pic of the mount plate, the rotary mount and the cutter mount. I had some carbide triangle cutters but they don't have a screw hole so I think I'm going to modify for 1/4" HSS cutter. The height of the cutter mount right now is about 3/8" too tall so I'm still ok, hopefully. It was the first time I've done this kind of angle cut for the "relief" on the mount. The plate behind the assembly was the other half of the base plate. Kinda a before and after. I surfaced the base plate with the old Atlas 7b shaper. I've also got to mount the handle arm too.
 

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If only I had the room here....
 

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Along those lines I wonder if an old dishwasher could be converted to recirculate parts washing fluid! Maybe disable the heater element and plug up the drain. It would need a filter I guess, or maybe not. Imagine putting a bunch of greasy parts in there, pushing a button and coming back in 45 minutes to nice clean parts!
Works great with hot water and dishwashing detergent. Just be sure she'll be gone long enough for the cycle to finish.
 

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MrWhoopee-
I've often thought about going to an appliance reclaim store (like Habitat for Humanity) and picking up a cheap old dishwasher. You could even leave the heater in place - hot water works better than cold! One caution, though ... dishwasher detergent is pretty durn alkaline and it will frequently attack/discolor aluminum items. So if you're cleaning aluminum, run it with plain water!
 

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Sunday I had the Kubota out and about . I'm still digging out a hill down at the other place . I used 6 or 7 buckets of dirt and filled in my backyard fire pit , leveled it out and then hit my rockpile and build a new pit . I'm cleaning up under the " tool tree " to get some new grass seed in . I sorted out metals , crunched about 80 lbs of beer aluminum cans which are ready for shipment , cleaned up the garage a bit , had the 4 wheeler out , and basically cleaning up as usual . No rain today , so I'll have to get out and finish things up . I'll say this , those rocks I moved 30 years ago sure are heavier today for some reason , they must be growing on their own back in the garden . Soon I have to construct a raised garden for the daughter . She wants to upscale our veggie garden to compete with our deer population . Every year it's the same thing , it goes well up to one night and the deer come and have a feast , eating everything down to ground level . As far as time off from work , not me . Everyone else in the house has off ( other than my one son who is an OT ) . Hopefully I'll get a chance for pics today and get some basement time tonight .
 

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Lots of good projects goin'!

@matthewsx that looks like a little 6" lathe? It's amazing what a coat of paint can do! It's gonna look amazing!

@C-Bag That ball turner is sweet! I like the shapered finish. I sometimes wonder if I want to buy an Atlas shaper, it's such a cool machine. Also if you still want to use triangle inserts I have some laying around that I can't use, Here's a link to the trading post forum.

@dlane I've never seen a grinder like that, but it's awesome!
 

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Thanks Weldo. My problem is I'm not set up to cut the pockets as precise as they should be. I was so involved with the other aspects of the project that I just thought I'd figure that out when I got to it. But I'm stunned how deep the wabbit hole of insert nomenclature etc is and how crucial the pocket is to proper function. I'm already set up to grind and profile HSS so I think I'll stick with what I know for now. I'm thinking the same 1/4" HSS setup I use on the shaper will work fine and if not I'll make something else.
 

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Weldo, I’m not sure about more durable but it cures in and hour vs days.
I did buy a dishwasher from Craigslist one time for $25 to use as a parts washer for a Willys Jeep transmission and transfer case. I put caster wheels on it. I never got to use it. By the time I was ready I had to back to working out of town.
 
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