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I have been keeping track of the cost Steve. What you see there is $116.86. Not bad so far. I set the budget at $350.00, I won't hit that.

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That's not bad at all.
most of my project designs have to change as materials become available.
to buy online makes them too costly.
I have been collecting pieces to make a cast iron table saw that turns a 14" cold saw blade at 58 rpm
I have a worm drive, motor and an old cast iron table saw so far.
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For the fun of it I just checked out Ebay for the table material. They must think this stuff is gold. 24 x 24 x .500 is $130.00 S&H included. I paid a case of beer for mine.

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In the early days there were deals to be had on eBay. Now everyone thinks they are going to get rich...
 

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Your project looks good so far, Bill! I may not get in here to have a look every day anymore, but I get here for a good look when I can!
 

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Looking great. I wonder if you could find an old band saw table cheap and adapt it?
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Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Would be even better if the Trunnions came with it.

OK -- back to work. This is the Table "0" block. Needs holes and it to is a done deal. Then we wait for bearing stock. Should not be a long wait.

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It was a walk in the park, it's a done deal. Now we can "0" the Table.

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With that 1.500 inch Spindle hole all that is left to do on the back plate are the three 8-32 spindle mount holes. It's been a long trying day. At this point a mistake is not an option. Not bad for 11 days work. I started on the forth.

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All parts for the frame and table are complete. All holes are drilled and tapped as required. Now it's a waiting game to get the drive materials. Everything should be here this week.

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Bill- I see you drilling those holes on the Clausing that I am considering! I assume that is a 8520? Any issue with the 4.9" Y axis travel in doing that?
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No problem on mine, I have a 5 inch riser block on my 8420. I had to take it out this morning for a friend to copy.

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Found some scrap in the bin to make the Yoke Guides. Now they are a done deal.

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Yoke guides on each side! Now I get the plan. This is looking great.
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All set. The left one can move .060 to make up for the slightest misalignment.

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The bearing blocks will line up perfect. This wooden mockup proves it. It's gonna start to get crowded in there real quick. LOL

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Looks like you need to borrow my unobtainium space adder :grin:

Looking good!
 
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Stock arrived for the Bearing Blocks today. Bearing Stock will come in Friday? Also got a set of 8-32 transfer Screws today. Now the Table will easily mount. There are 14 screws holding it down, six are blind holes. Tomorrow will be a looooong day.

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I've been watching Die Filers on eBay for some time now, and it amazes me what some people think they are worth. And always local pickup. I know they actually sell in the ~200 range, but I see them listed anywhere from 500 to 1300 all the time. Some people list things without doing adequate research on past selling prices.
 
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All three Bearing Blocks have been bolted together and squared in the mill. Here they are being line bored. At this point they have just .030 to go. This is where I take a break. It lets the parts cool to a stable dimension. I may or may not have .030 to go.

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Just out of curiosity Bill, why did you choose the lathe over the mill to line bore?
 
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That's a good question. The mill would have been faster. I don't know why I did it this way. Just used to it I guess.

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With a slight interference fit on that 1" OD tubing the Bearing Blocks are bored. I ended up only taking .025.

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I needed to stop on the Bearing Blocks. I swapped out the Wingnuts for 1/4-28 Coupling Nuts for the Tilt Locks.

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They are mounted. The tube spins freely when the set screws are loosened. Now to shape them.

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Bearing material was a no show. We are at a standstill. Bummer.

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