Trust me, your not missing anything. I can run a decent overhead bead with stick, but it's never any fun. Nothing wrong with flipping it over if possible. MikeI can’t stick weld upside down to save my life. I had the whole neighborhood over one time to help me turn over a boat trailer so I could weld the underside. I was the talk of the neighborhood from then on. Like said, just turn it.
The information you are looking for is in the machine renovation "bible", Machine Tool Reconditioning, by Edward Connelly. You can find it here on this site:Been trying to research scraping a vertical surface and could not find anything but a special vertically mounted granite surface plate. I have a mill I want to inspect and possibly scrape if I have to.
Daryle still have all those straight-edges we recovered up north? There used to be a guy named Ed Hadley that Dennis and I both knew who specialized in Bridgeport rebuilding and that idea of the cradle was his. He also had 3 planners set up dedicated to doing the table, saddle and column.I do not consider myself an practiced rebuilder or a seasoned scraper....
We made what might remind some of a Rotisserie to hold the column. We could pivot the entire column so that it was easier to scrape and blue.
The bottom cradles the base and the top has a floating mechanism with bolts to pinch the top of the column toward the cradle.
The entire assembly and column could be laid down with the assist of a gantry, jib crane or engine hoist. The back was flat so that it was stable and wouldn't roll.
While our first build was pretty crude it worked.
Didn't take any pics. Sorry.
On edit: if this is your first rebuild. Please take the solid advise of those above. This is a huge project. Scraping is only a small part. The complexities of the machine tool geometry is much more than a math problem.
Yes, the camels cleaned up pretty well. I'm still looking for a plate large enough that will allow me to reliably qualify how flat they are. I've just been flipping them. They come in pretty close.Daryle still have all those straight-edges we recovered up north? There used to be a guy named Ed Hadley that Dennis and I both knew who specialized in Bridgeport rebuilding and that idea of the cradle was his. He also had 3 planners set up dedicated to doing the table, saddle and column.