View Full Version : What are ya up to? Project check.

10-18-2005, 09:43 PM
Havent seen one of these posted for a bit. Hoffman and his welder made me think to ask the question.

So, what do you have going on right now? Interesting, mundane or the plans of something big.

Me? I'm starting to work on the transformaton of the old Boss Bridgeport to a pc based drive so that I have cutter comp. and maybe a 4th axis.

3 Phase Lightbulb
10-18-2005, 09:53 PM
The buggy project, and more recentely, playing that game where you hit the pop-up clowns with a big wooden hammer http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif


10-18-2005, 09:58 PM
Not a lot of machining but the right season for it ... gonna build an electronic mouse trap that re-triggers, holds multiple mice and is harmless so kids can see the mice and help to "relocate" them. If no kids, relocation might be to the indoor Bermuda triangle on sub zero winter nights http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

10-18-2005, 10:00 PM
holy $%#$ many here will be typing all night


trial cnc project lite mill - ie for pcbs'including making the electronics (although not the design)
stuart triple expansion, bottom half is finished
hit & miss engine, finished the gas tank on the weekend
accessories for a T&C grinder
thinking about a clock, then a radial engine, then ...

10-18-2005, 10:36 PM
Making an octagon poker table featuring mahogany veneer, velvet and some nice fake leather.

In the process of trying to find a house. All the ones we like get sold before we can do anything.

So maybe we will build.

Oh, forgot, making a concave live center and holder for my tailstock. Also making more plastic collets to protect cues in the headstock.

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10-18-2005, 10:42 PM
This @&$%#dirty rot$%&#$pos345&#rusted$&*%^#...
Just about have the new front spring install done
Motor mounts done, just about finished the matching (uses the same poly bushings as the motor mounts) crossmember for the 700R4/208
Done a ton of fabwork and body work

10-18-2005, 10:45 PM
Just finished and got running a "Whatzit",
Philip Duclos design from HSM. Maybe tomorrow I'll take some pictures of it.

10-18-2005, 10:47 PM
I'm fixin' to mount the FEL on the Kenbota. Still have some hydraulic valve and curl cylinder issues but it's almost ready.


10-18-2005, 11:03 PM
Well I am pretty much done with the outside, now I just have to furnish this son of b!t$c. I got a feeling it is going to run up my Ikea card to the max.

10-18-2005, 11:57 PM
Haha...sawing wood http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif Actually I just today bought a Windham 10,000lb forklift,it's greasy,dirty and needs a tranny so,yup I'm even busier http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

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10-19-2005, 12:23 AM
A rather large CD rack/autoloader.

10-19-2005, 12:25 AM
Just about done with my Kearney Trecker S12-307, ready to make some chips.

10-19-2005, 12:45 AM
Getting ready to put another rearend into the Stock Car...a straight one with a different ratio for our new track. Gotta get ready for that seventh in a row class championship next year, eh?

J Tiers
10-19-2005, 12:50 AM
Right now, working on making one of these:

as part of restoring the item that this is part of

That currently looks like

But also has these two lovely parts that may need work.....

10-19-2005, 01:10 AM
I'm working on a catapult designed to fling baseballs into a 10" diameter target placed anywhere between 5 and 30' away from the launcher. Yeah, it's a class project, but it involves a fair amount of machining and some neat linear bearings and stuff, so I figure it counts.

here are screenshots of the solidworks models. I've made the bearing carriers, and have roughed out the plate that the ball sits on. I'll get some real pictures, and maybe a video eventually.




Frank Ford
10-19-2005, 02:46 AM
Just a little one, a 19 x 2 mm tap.

I mentioned to my wife that I needed that size for a project on the weekend, and couldn't get one in time. So, she said, "Why not just make one?" Why not indeed?

Here it is:


10-19-2005, 02:47 AM
Still fooling around with my 3 wheeler. It's past the season where I would be riding it much, so I guess the remainder of it is a winter project.

Making a universal joint for our edge banding machine. I can't believe how much they want for a replacement.

Finished building two 5 drawer cabinets, and am still working on filling them up. Just finished making 75 or so square containers out of plastic downspout. Trying to organize all my hardware bits and pieces, and all the custom made cutters. Getting the shop floor back to a uniform gray color- seems like the ceiling has risen a few inches, or maybe that's because my shoes can touch the floor now (in some spots). Doing the dishes- yeah, that's a project in itself.

10-19-2005, 03:09 AM
Putting together my latest Clutch Winch for launching RC sailplanes.

The permanent magnet starter motor is from a large outboard engine. It will serve as the brake (hopefully) by shorting out the armature.

Lots of fun-to-make parts:


10-19-2005, 06:45 AM
Getting ready for winter,I know its late but it was 86 here yesterday and a few extra days is always good.Things like cutting/splitting wood,moveing stuff around so they are not in the way for snow piles whenI plow.
Doing a Confidendtiality agreement job that has something to do with a Gas Saving Device.
And finnishing up on a 200 piece job that is a "at leasure job".
I wish I could get some work for my turret lathe.

The tame Wolf !

Your Old Dog
10-19-2005, 06:54 AM
projects in front of me for winter are a 2 x72" belt grinder, heavy duty leaf vacuum (that will pick up leaf slop) and taper attachment for my 9 SBa.

completed projects in new home of 2 years include painting house, shop wood stove fine tuning and shop lighting. Been slow going.

10-19-2005, 08:30 AM
Winchman, cool idea but don't just short the motor to brake. Instantaneous currents with that sorta load can do very ugly things to your commutator and brushes. Use a low value resistor. They're easy made from 0.9mm 316 stainless mig wire. You don't hafta buy a roll. Find a welding shop, they'll give you a metre or three if you ask nicely.
Rgds, Lin

10-19-2005, 08:37 AM
Just need a cover for my tungsten grinder. Making a 41/2 foot linear actuator. Building a cnc system for my mill and lathe. Finish up my welding bench.Straighten up the garage.Make scaled down drawings of the fly tying vise to make scaled down fly tying vise.

10-19-2005, 09:28 AM
This is still in the works,
It's apart right now waiting for painting and machining of bolt heads so they all match. Have to finish making the bench for the SB and move machine area into another part of my combo house/shop.


Paul F
10-19-2005, 11:38 AM
Building a couple target rear sights for some .22 target rifles (finally done collecting parts, materials, and tooling, now I can make chips!)

Collecting parts, materials, and tooling for;
A CNC Mini-lathe
Collet closer for my "big" lathe.
CNC retrofit for my Mill-Drill (got all the expensive parts except the motor-drivers...)

Right now I'm trying to concentrate on the "little stuff" that I've just put off for years and years... making an indicator holder, depth stop for my mill-drill, stock rack so I quit knocking over the bar stock standing against the wall... etc.

Paul F.

10-19-2005, 11:56 AM
Woking on the reconditioning of my fire damaged Nebel lathe and a non-fire damaged Rockwell cutter and tool grinder. Both projects in excess of one year already. Tough to get anything done when you only have a couple of hours each week to do anything.

10-19-2005, 01:01 PM
Fixing up an old BP mill. See the "Bridgeport Help" thread!


Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it!

10-19-2005, 01:37 PM

What is that you're working on?


10-19-2005, 02:06 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by winchman:

What is that you're working on?


Methinks it's a DeathStar

10-19-2005, 02:07 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by winchman:

What is that you're working on?

OMG http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

Do you live under a rock?

The tame Wolf !

John Stevenson
10-19-2005, 02:22 PM
I'm helping Mochinist with the wiring.


Sir John.

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10-19-2005, 02:34 PM
I still have to finish the 4" CNC rotary table to go with my unfinished CNC mill...


Weston Bye
10-19-2005, 04:33 PM
Still building a new house. Have given up all other forms of recreation until the house is finished. Am painting now, floors and trim are next.


The combustion blower in the furnace in my current house croaked. The hub broke on the plastic impeller. Ordered a new one, but it was 2 days out and I wanted heat last night. Yipee! A chance to go into my neglected shop. Dissassembled the non-repairable blower, (said so on the plastic cover) cut away the hub from the motor shaft, turned, bored, threaded a new one on the lathe, designed to clamp onto the remaining plastic of the impeller, reassembled and tested. Will only use it for 2 days, but am satisfied and warm.


10-19-2005, 06:08 PM
Mining. In the workshop. To try to get down to the floor again.
Chucking stuff out, selling stuff, still no room. Spent today out collecting new stuff just to make sure there's never any room, though one of the things I collected was some steel cabinets for storing stuff in to get it off the floor. Problem is finding room for the cabinets http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif
Also trying to make a start on one of these:
15" gauge, a design from 1912. Took it on in a moment of madness, small models are not my thing, but toy steam trains aren't either http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif
I'll probably never finish it, & doubt that I'll ever be able to afford the boiler, but it'll give me something to occupy myself in my copious free time http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif


10-19-2005, 06:14 PM
15" guage? Thats HUGE!!!!

cam m
10-19-2005, 06:35 PM
20 hp 4wd articulated loader tractor. Check out cadplans Cadtrac design. Welding machining and hydraulics combined WHAAHOOO!

10-19-2005, 06:45 PM
Im doing chain link fence on the front of my house with a walk and drive gate. (dog proof)

tough digging,a hard caliche like hardpan.

5 more holes and Im done with that part.

10-19-2005, 07:53 PM
Wow, you guys are doing some neat stuff! I'm just fixing old busted machines.
I didn't mean for that to be my hobby but it is...

charlie coghill
10-19-2005, 08:03 PM
Putting a clutch in my friends ford 2N. Working on weekends.
Waiting for the next issue of HMWS to continue with the .60 Crusader engine.

10-19-2005, 08:29 PM
Fantastic. How I enjoy seeing everyones projects. Keep 'em comming!


10-19-2005, 08:52 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by John Stevenson:
I'm helping Mochinist with the wiring.


Sir John.

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Note to self, next time sir john volunteers to help wire something, respectfully decline.
I think he crossed a wire.

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10-19-2005, 09:03 PM
first, i have to finish painting the side of my house that i started (hopefully i'll be finished and have the scaffolding down before it snows).

then, my list of major winter projects:
finish remodeling the master bedroom (i still need to install two new windows, run some wiring, insulate, drywall, paint, etc.)
finish putting the F-14 (as in Farmall, not Grumman) back together
rebuild an old Hisey horizontal mill
finish shift dog for B&S Omniversal mill, and put the x-axis travel pieces back together
build mobile base for old Williamsport 26" bandsaw
assorted other projects the "boss" has for me

andy b.

Bob Quale
10-19-2005, 10:26 PM

I too have an unfinished cnc, I would love some details on that unfinished cnc rotary table!!


10-20-2005, 03:20 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by BillH:
15" guage? Thats HUGE!!!!</font>

It's actually quite small for 15" gauge, compared with the stuff that's in regular use on 15" gauge lines. The main side frames, though, are 9' long and one of the first jobs is to mark out & drill about 120 bolt & rivet holes in each of them.


10-20-2005, 10:34 AM
I still don't know what Mochinist is working on. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif


Paul F
10-20-2005, 11:44 AM

Mochinists post was a picture of the Death Star from the Movie Star Wars (1977, directed by George Lucas).
In other words, he was making a JOKE about how difficult it would be to furnish the inside of a battlestation the size of a small moon (as it was described in the movie).

Hope this makes it clearer...
Paul F.

10-20-2005, 12:13 PM
Finishing off the rebuild of my Sharp 80% BP Clausing clone. See details of leadscrew problem in Bridgeport help.

10-20-2005, 12:43 PM
I purchased a trav a dial on ebay and needed the dovetail device to mount it to the lathe. Since I didn’t seem to find one I thought I would make one. I had a few of the linear bearings and thought this would be a great device to allow the trav a dial to float if needed between the mount and the lathe. I added a die spring to give it the tension I thought it needed. I can adjust the angle with three set screws to calibrate it.

Took a few hours but I always enjoy building stuff.


First attempt to post pictures so I hope it works...




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10-20-2005, 12:55 PM
is that lathe a Yam? It looks really familiar...


Paul F
10-20-2005, 01:48 PM
Nice Travadial mount!

But, uh, why does it look like theres a pool of blood in the chip tray?

Paul F.

3 Phase Lightbulb
10-20-2005, 03:37 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by JeffKranz:
I purchased a trav a dial on ebay and needed the dovetail device to mount it to the lathe. </font>

Hi Jeff! Is that a Clausing 6913? From your pictures, it looks exactly like mine.



Your Old Dog
10-20-2005, 04:10 PM
Adrian, is that a factory steadyrest in your photo or homebrew? Pretty neat, very macho! (compared to my little 9SBa's)

10-20-2005, 05:09 PM
Adrian - You are close Clausing 5904.


No blood in the pan just a little layout die.


3 Phase Lightbulb
10-20-2005, 05:35 PM
YOD, It came with my lathe when I bought it. I'm not sure if it's a Clausing steadyrest or not. I'll look more closely at it this weekend. I haven't needed to use it yet.

Jeff, I like that colet adapter/head you have. I have a draw-bar type colet adapter but I'd prefer to get one like yours. Do you find that it's accurate enough?


John Stevenson
10-20-2005, 05:36 PM
Grafted some of those cheapo Chinese digital dials onto the Taig mill.
Fits nice and works OK.
Enables a quick swop between imperial and metric and best of all no counting turns.


Sir John.

10-20-2005, 05:48 PM
Sir John,or Richard, where do you get those? and what do you call them?

The tame Wolf !

John Stevenson
10-20-2005, 06:15 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by IOWOLF:
Sir John,or Richard, where do you get those? and what do you call them?


Digital dials ?
They come as an option on the Seig X3 lathe.
I managed to scrounge a set off the UK Seig agent.

Sir John aka Richard.

John Stevenson
10-20-2005, 06:20 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Timleech:

Also trying to make a start on one of these:
15" gauge, a design from 1912. Took it on in a moment of madness, small models are not my thing, but toy steam trains aren't either http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif
I'll probably never finish it, & doubt that I'll ever be able to afford the boiler, but it'll give me something to occupy myself in my copious free time http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//rolleyes.gif


That should frighten the weekend punters trolling that up and down the cut tow path http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Sir john.

John Stevenson
10-21-2005, 05:27 AM
Just found this link for you.


Sir John.

10-21-2005, 07:05 AM
Thank You,they look too small for a normal size lathe.
I wonder if a guy could bend an 8" digital caliper around a dial?

The tame Wolf !

Bill Pace
10-21-2005, 10:21 AM
Found a treadmill at the trash dump, drug it home and it worked!! Been wanting a belt sander, so, using almost exclusively parts off the treadmill, this is what I came up with....the variable speed is NICE


10-21-2005, 10:41 AM
In no order:

1) Belt Sander (buy or build, depending upon time)
2) Forge
3) Rewire Kilns
4) Punch/mini ironworker
5) Mount switches on CNC router
6) Mount motors on mini lathe to sell on Ebay
7) Get rid of Leblond
8) Buy new lathe (not gonna happen this winter)
9) Finish getting corn stoves installed
10) Buy corn!
11) Build welding table
12) CNC my Van Norman #12
13) Make paint booth (nothing fancy, just well ventilated bench top version)
14) Install better lighting in shop
15) Win the lotto (gotta start playin first tho)
16) Fix the lawnmower I bought for 40 bucks and sell
17) Fabricate a new blade for the tractor...crap, gotta do that soon.
18) Finish my current quilt (I like to bake too, some day my penis will probably just fall off)
19) Build my longarm quilting machine (the machine that got me interested in quilting)
20) Quit making lists of things that I need to do because they just depress me because I have so little done!
21) Add hydraulic cylinder to pipe bender (sick of "pump, pump, pump, pump")

I'm done for now.


10-21-2005, 11:43 AM
"18) Finish my current quilt (I like to bake too, some day my penis will probably just fall off)"

Heh. This last summer my twin grandsons were visiting. They got interested in doing some cross stitch to while away some time in the evenings. One was particularly interested and the other was just doing it to not be left out. They have since both joined Army Cadets. The interested grandson paid attention on how to sew when grandma was showing him. He did such a nice job of hand sewing on his patches on his uniform that they accused him of somehow using a machine to do it.

10-21-2005, 12:59 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by snowman:

21) Add hydraulic cylinder to pipe bender (sick of "pump, pump, pump, pump")


as long as you aren't adding the hydraulic cylinder to your penis, you should be okay.

one of my other hobbies (i must have enough hobbies to occupy every millisecond of available time) is Civil War reenacting. two years ago i decided to sew some of my uniform pieces, mainly the Greatcoat and dress uniform jacket. when i had them finished i took them to my grandmother's to show her (she was a seamstress for many years), and one of my cousins said it looked like my feminine side was coming out. i told her, "no, it's my cheap side coming out." a quality reproduction uniform jacket goes for $300+, and i sewed mine up for less than $90 (who cares if it took 15 or 20 hours, i had fun). of course, there are now at least four old treadle-powered sewing machines scattered throughout my house. my wife thinks i am insane.

andy b.

10-21-2005, 04:41 PM
Funny thing is that MY grandmother taught me the basics of sewing and I have picked up some from my wife as well. It came in handy when I helped to sew new wing covers for my Cessna 140. I also sewed my own sails for my canoe as well as various custom stuff bags for camping. It's a handy skill, sort of like sheet metal except the material doesn't behave as well.

10-21-2005, 05:04 PM
"It's a handy skill, sort of like sheet metal except the material doesn't behave as well."

No **** it doesn't!


10-21-2005, 05:16 PM
yeesh. I feel bad, all I've done lately is replace a plug on my handheld bandsaw, pickup a sandblasting cabinet, recast a lead hammer, slag down some more wheelweights into ingots(still have a half a bucket to go!),store some extra monitors, and get the truck inspected. Still gotta call about a free air compressor, move my belt grinders and my Drill press out of the garage and into the basement, and sort through a bunch of taps somebody gave me.



This Old Shed (http://thisoldshed.tripod.com)

Paul Gauthier
10-21-2005, 06:33 PM
Well a couple of weeks ago I was towing my tractor to my son-in-laws house and tore the trailer hitch right off my truck, guess it wasn't up to the task. Hence I have been building a new one.
Started with these parts that will attach to truck frame.
Then I needed some plate and didn't have any so I cut the top of a piece of I-beam I had using a sawzall, what a pita.
Of course this left about .800" of material to be removed, thank goodness for B'ports.
Then cut it in half cause I neede two.

Paul G.

Paul Gauthier
10-21-2005, 06:33 PM
These then needed angles milled on the ends and the two pieces from first pic had to have pockets milled into them to accept the plates
This next shot shows that completed and the square hole milled for the tube and frame parts and plates tack welded.
I then mounted them on the truck and slipped the tube into place.
Earlier I had inset the reciever into the tube.
After a bitr of welding to hold it together I took it off the truck and completed the welding. Here it is finished except for paint.

Paul G.

10-21-2005, 08:06 PM
I forgot to say I am building My version of Dave Gingerys injection mold machine,I'll post pics later.
Oh and I went to see the OCC miller welder chopper today , all show..........

The tame Wolf !