View Full Version : That damn floor

John Stevenson
02-16-2005, 06:51 PM
Well started on the floor *yet* again <sigh>
Moved a drum of hydraulic oil, one of ATF, one of way oil and a tool box.

Then I spotted it, small sliver of grey, shouted Gert to come and stand on it before it could escape and then rushed out and dragged a Bridgeport MDI mill in from outside and stood it on that spot to hold it down.


This came from a local college that was closing down, only made in the UK it's a servo driven CNC machine that's also manual.
Pressing the small button in at the side of the handwheels and it reverts to manual with the display for that axis swoping to a DRO.

You can also do the first part manual and enter the way points and it will do subsequent parts by CNC.
Cleaned it up since the photo was taken, most of the crap has wiped off as it was pasted up with heavy oil before it was sheeted down.

Should get it wired in this weekend and let small son loose on it as he trained on this at the college some while ago.

John S.

02-16-2005, 07:03 PM
I had a spot on my shop floor once. I got one of the students to stand on it so it wouldn't go away. He wasn't sure what he was doing, and got tired, so I dragged an anvil on to it and held it down. Once I had a bare spot on one of my walls too. We had to put tapcom fastenser and a shelf on it to hold that baby in place. Then we piled lots of papers, CD's, DVD's, text books, Machinery hand books and other stuff to hold that spot in place. We even had a bare spot in the parking lot one time. We held it down with 65 full size picnic tables the students built. That was probably the bigest spot we ever had to hold down.

Life is good, buy more machinery, and hold down as many spots as you can so they don't escape.

02-16-2005, 07:04 PM
The never ending saga of John's floor! You are very lucky that you had help to hold it captive http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif LOL!!!!

02-16-2005, 07:41 PM
So that's why you've been so quiet lately.

That would be a very neat machine to have alright.

'And another door opens' http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


02-16-2005, 09:01 PM
That's a pretty colorful way of saying that you found some floor space, John. Thanks for the laugh. Now if only I could add one of the machines in your shop to my shop- I'm more than willing to help you find some more grey spots http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

02-16-2005, 09:22 PM
Nice floor covering.
Now for the big question. What kind of control is that? Looks kind of familiar.
David from jax

02-16-2005, 09:31 PM
Paint it green! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

02-16-2005, 10:45 PM
Better yet? Have Alistair come paint it green and wax it.

Hope that old devil is Okay.. DOn't see as much of him lately.


02-16-2005, 11:09 PM
John, I used to work on one of these many years ago, they are brilliant little machines, can do one off's or change to cnc control for larger quantities. The heidenhein control is easy to program to. The only drawback is that there is only linear interpolation. I found it was heavy on spindle drive belts, bridgeports solution was to slacken the air brake off slightly, which helped alot. Also watch out for the circlip holding the pulley to the motor shaft, the one we had the circlip would come off and launch the pulley into the belt housing.

02-17-2005, 02:45 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ibewgypsie:
Better yet? Have Alistair come paint it green and wax it.

Hope that old devil is Okay.. DOn't see as much of him lately.


Last time I talked to our wee Scotish Brother he was not feeling all that great, but he has been having a blast learning from the Model Engineers Club at the college and even learning to thread with his Brown & Sharp. I think he is going to have to build a 10,000 sq ft shop if he doesn't stop buying more goodies and machines - I told him just to buy a warehouse and move in, but NOOOOOOO! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Hey John! I spotted some bare floor in your shop behind the spiffy BP - what gives? The Missus cleaning up after you again? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I hate that when women "help out" - can't find a damn thing then... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif I tells them - Jesu s H. Murphey woman, just go bake me a cheeze cake or six and leave me alone - then I find a note calling me a jerk off, or telling me to jerk off - can't recall which, but where's the Cheesecake, huh? No where, that's where! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif It's tough to be a man baby! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

[This message has been edited by Thrud (edited 02-17-2005).]

02-17-2005, 10:18 AM
John: I wanna see inside the control panels.

DOn't make my buy a plane ticket, then you'd have to feed me and buy me a brown beer..


John Stevenson
02-17-2005, 03:09 PM
Photo later, daughter has my camera at the moment.
Only one cabinet on this model on the side unlike the Boss models with two cabinets.
20,000 relays and not a lot else.
Got to shoot down to the wholesalers tomorrow for 6 metres of 4 core armoured.
Asked the scrappie for a length and he rolls up with 50 metres of 250 amp 4 core.
Took two of us to drag it off the truck.

I know he means well but it could be a tad overkill http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John S.

02-17-2005, 10:37 PM
Did you ever get Gert off the spot? or did you forget?

Neil Peters

02-17-2005, 11:21 PM
I was so wrong -- figured this thread was about how the floor gets farther and farther away each year.

02-18-2005, 12:17 AM
Well, IN my moonshine drinking days I remember the floor being one mean SOB that'd reach up and hit you square in the jaw, then hold you there till you crawled off to the bed. I guess I have lived this long by being "pickled".

I was filming a biker wedding, me, the mug of beer I was drinking went tumbling end over end backwards down the hill, first shot after the spinning quit, was of my tattooed arm and unspilled mug of beer as I was standing up. I reckon I reached the "one gee:" speed spinning and kept my beer in the mug.


John Stevenson
02-21-2005, 11:05 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ibewgypsie:
John: I wanna see inside the control panels.

DOn't make my buy a plane ticket, then you'd have to feed me and buy me a brown beer..


Here you go David.


John S.

02-21-2005, 05:15 PM
John, It looks like you got your hand stuck under the door. Pull it out quick before you cut off the circulation! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

John Stevenson
02-21-2005, 05:33 PM
Bloody hell , that's Gerts shoe.
I wondered where she had got to after I shouted 'shift' when we rolled it in.

Gotta go find a crowbar..................

John S.