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  1. Fastback

    My woodworking shop

    I don't have a DRO, but I do use a 4 inch digital caliper on the tail stock to read the quill movement. In addition, I made a holder for a dial indicator to measure the cross slide. My lathe is a 1942 Heavy 10 or 10L, with 4 ft bed. It was originally built as a Tool Room lathe, it also has a taper attachment and a 1 3/8 inch spindle bore. This old lathe has a plaque on it that indicates that it met the war boards requirements. I can't turn in reverse because it has a threaded spindle end. I can thread reverse threads by starting at the chuck and turning towards the tailstock. I did install a 2 axis DRO on my mill and really like it. Oh, I will check out the machining site. Thanks.
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    My woodworking shop

    I also am not a machinist I just try to do the best I can. Sometimes the projects come out well and some times they don't. No, I have not tried my hand at casting. At the present, I have way too many hobbies I am trying not to add any more to them. I can't say I work a lot with aluminum. I have a very good inventory of cold roll steel, probably 2 and 3,000 lbs. I also have some A2 and O2, but nothing to harden it with. That 1440 will do most anything you need to do. I have heard that Matt does a nice job setting them up before they are shipped. Nothing wrong with the Jet mill either. Had my surface grinder given to me. Its a decent machine 6 x 18, manual.
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    Today's tool buy

    Well no I am not a machinist, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn last night, not really. I did work in my uncles tool room for a couple of years on Saturday mornings. He asked me to come and work for him, but it was the money and retirement thing that keep me out. Actually, I come for a family of tradesmen. On my mother side her brothers were mostly tool makers (as well as their children) 2 of my uncles had their own businesses and 1 was very successful and is still in operation today the family took over. My uncles are all gone now. On my fathers side they were all carpenters, builders or cabinet makers. They also have all passed. My trade, well I was in the water and wastewater industry. I retired in 03 at the age of 54 and have been playing ever since. I guess love for working with my hands came from them and I am proud to be able to somewhat carry on from what I have learned in both the wood and metal trade. I also attended a welding school for a few years and did work doing that for a year or so. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    I agree, my thought is that it may have fallen of a truck. Oh, it was 14 awg wire. I ended up getting a 9 foot replacement type cord. It was the cheapest way out. I should have gone with a 15' extension, but I Iet the price rule the day. All and all I have $30 into this saw and I must say I am liking it. The model tag has been scraped, but I think it is a model DW 708 Type 1. It was assembled in the USA. So now I am on to the next project of making a Gray Hoverman TV antenna. I getting tired of the high cable bills. I believe I can save $150 per month. I cut some of the pieces yesterday with the Dewalt to try it out. Thanks for the support, Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    OK, I'm back. I finished up on the bushing and dry fitted the table to the base and it really worked out well. I have no play what so ever. So I started to reassemble the saw. Unfortunately, I found that I had another issue that needed to be addressed and that was the vertical and bevel alignment pin. It look to be a 1/2 inch in diameter and about 3 inches long t)hat had a bend in it . The bend was out at about .250 ( I for got to measure when I first started. I had to decide if I wanted to turn a new one or try to straighten the old one. I opted to try to straighten. Well after 3 tries using my 12 ton hydraulic press and couple of Vee blocks I was able to get it within .010. I think this will be OK, but if necessary I guess I can always turn a new one. I meant to take pictures of the saw reassembled, but forgot so I'll see if I can get one the next time out. Anyway, I did get a couple of pictures of the pin. I never took one when it was finished but you get the idea. BTW, the saw does work well. Noticed that you can not read the dial indicator because of the lighting, but I believe the reading at the end (picture 3) was about .075. An that was after the first press try. The fist dial picture shows where the bend started. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    The saw draws 15 amps and #14 technically is only for a max of 15 amps. There is no marking on the wire that was left on the saw, but it sure looks like 12 AWG. I am looking to put a 10 ft cord and I don't want to be affected by voltage drop. I don't think that the upgrade will cost all that much more it is only 2 conductor with no ground. I was going to check the price of extensions and see what they are getting for a heavy duty cord so I think we are on the same wave length, thanks. I do like the idea of a sealed plug. Oh, I did a little more on the aluminum replacement part tonight. I was able to cut a cove on the mill the remove some of the excess material. I also pressed it in place and used some Lock Tite to solidify the fit. I still did not get any more pictures of the project. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    No pictures today, but I did get the bronze bushing made up and installed. I did a dry fit and everything seem to be good. I still new to remove some material from the top of the new piece and then I can Lock tite it in place. At that point I can buy some replacement 12 AWG cord and plug and I should be good (I hope). I'll try top take more pictures tomorrow. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    So today I made the bushing and got it bored. I also started on the base setting it up an boring it over size so I can make a bushing and get get it fit. So here are a few more pictures. Picture 1 shows the new part with the bushing installed. Picture 2 shows the turntable right side up and the new part extending upward. Now you may notice the black mark lines in the picture this is some of the material I will need to remove. Picture 3 show the base set up in the mill with a center finder set up. The center finder's increments are in .0005 (or 5 ten thousands) of an inch. I was able to get it within 2 tenths (.0002) The center finder was bouncing, but this should certainly be accurate enough for this job. .
  9. Very nice addition to the shop. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    So I did not get much time in the machine shop today. I have some other projects that are higher priority. Anyway, I spent a an hour finishing up the bore on the part that takes the place of the original cast aluminum. The bore is deep enough to keep the bolt and nut recessed so the saw blade does not come in contact with them. So here are the pictures. You will notice that I left a small shoulder to act as a stop at the table. I am hoping to be able to TIG well the new part in place on the other side of the base. That would make the pivot very solid. If I get a chance I will work on making the bronze bushing for the over size hole and reduce it to 3/8 inch to match the bolt. I am also thinking of installing a bushing on the base for the bolt hole. The hole is a bit oversize and is not really centered. That will need to be done in the mill. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    Hey P_toad, I juat saw your post and your right (LOL) they had a sign up looking for volunteers. I'd be afraid because I would end out buying everything. I did ask about the drill press and they said it worked. I failed to ask about the saw and that is my bad, but I only paid $15 for it. I'll chalk it up to a learning experience and leave it at that, but I'll know better next time. Did not get a chance to work on the piece today but will try for tomorrow. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    Gee Ron, I don't know what a Chandler head is. Are you talking about the boring bar? If so Its a no name brand made in China. I do have one made is USA that was given to me, but I did not think is would be good in this instance. OK, so I looked it up Chandler on OX Tool and he has one and showed how it works. That is quit the head. The company is no longer is business, but none the less a great tool. I have to tell you that I have a ton of machine tools and many were given to me. What a shame that this country does not do anything anymore. I guess if they did I would not have been able to get my equipment at such reasonable prices. My neighbor a retired machinist gave me his Gersner (spelling) tool box because no one in his family was interested. BTW, it was full of tools. Paul
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    Today's tool buy

    Hey Dan, I had 2 of those Atlas 6" (I know it is hard to believe) I sold both because the lack of room and the fact that I have the 2 South Bends. I had all kinds of accessories for the last one. Nice lathe and a lot of fun to use.
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    Today's tool buy

    Cal, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention Actually, I was born in 49 so..... I am almost afraid to look at that auction, I think that part of my problem with tool is I look at them and think I can fix that. I may as well put all my equipment to use. Paul
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    DeWalt Scroll Saw Knurled Knobs

    That looks like something I may want to add to my Dewalt. I already made up the arm that is used to hold up the head. I can't say that I do a lot of scrolling these days, but when I do I like to have the machine working at it best. Paul

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