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12-29-2006, 10:17 AM
Thought that it might be a good time to see what everyone is up to project wise. A few have been listed here in the past few days but I know with the new year approaching, your re-working your project list.

Me - With some time off and a bit of money in my pocket, I have found another project to get into.

I found an Bridgeport M-head at the local dealer. We made a good deal on it and I brought it home. I plan to attach it to the round ram on the Van Norman so that I have a quick way to drill holes.

I really like the quill feed of a Bridgeport in comparison to the way my VN drilling attachment works. Dont get me wrong, if I had to drill a 2" hole in something, the VN attachment would be the way to go. On the VN, a big handle turns a fine screw and makes the drill plunge. Fine screw + big handle = the force a 2" drill would need.

But I mostly use smaller drills and mills. No wonder Bridgeport made adapters to fit their head to other equipment. What vision. That head was a great design.

Here are some shots. And yes, it was together when I got it. I just couldnt wait to start working on it and took the photos a bit late.

Here is the head with the round ram attachment in the background.
Click for larger photo.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/m-head/th_IMG_1930.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/m-head/IMG_1930.jpg)

A bit of braze helped me get a great deal. Looks like someone forgot that they were on the bottom of the quill stop and kept turning the handle. Wonder who got the dope-slap for that. Whoever it was, I bet it was not hard enough.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/m-head/th_IMG_1931.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/m-head/IMG_1931.jpg)

Belt cover and sheaves.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/m-head/th_IMG_1929.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/m-head/IMG_1929.jpg)

And here is what I should get by the time I'm done.
This is a photo of a fellows VN with a head on it. Nice work dont ya think. His machine is a bit smaller than mine but I think that the head will do just fine.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/th_m-head.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/m-head.jpg)

So what are all of you up to?

12-29-2006, 10:35 AM
Is that a vertical slotter i see ? Would he by chance have a manual ? If not could you take some close ups of it for me. Thanks bob

12-29-2006, 02:22 PM
Is that a vertical slotter i see ? Would he by chance have a manual ? If not could you take some close ups of it for me. Thanks bob

Nope, there is not one shown there. But I have one.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/th_slotter.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/slotter.jpg)

I have since cleaned it up and gave it a coat of paint. Works nice.
Oh, I have a slaes flier for it. I could email it to you. Its a 70kb photo.

12-29-2006, 05:19 PM
I finished cleaning out my store this morning and locked the door on it for the last time. I'm going to take some time off. I might even get back in the shop.

12-29-2006, 05:48 PM
I got to cleanup.
Put a tranny in my forklift.
Fix the roof on my woodshop.
Put a new fence on my tablesaw.
Haul off more scrap.
Fix my Mini-mill,again,before tearing it apart for another mod.
Finish building an RPC I started building 3 years ago.
Fire up a bandsaw I rebuilt 3 years ago,but needed the afore mentioned RPC to power up.
Pour more floor and put a building over it.

........shouldn't take more than a decade:D

Alistair Hosie
12-29-2006, 05:55 PM
Darin you have been a great friend to me over the years just wanted you to know I have not forgotten your kindness to me hope you have a great new year and all the others here to Alistair

12-29-2006, 06:52 PM
1. Make the gib for my lathe..still havent got it fixed close to a year of having the lathe.
2. Figure out the VFD for lathe
3. Got plans for the Tinker coming
4. Figure out how to make a cool little cart to tow my son in behind my bike.

charlie coghill
12-29-2006, 08:53 PM
Well I am working on a set of casting that will look like this 3X5X4 steam engine.

Also the first of Dec I started this smoker for our local Lions Club.
Other than that I don't have any thing to do.:D

12-30-2006, 08:20 AM
I do the odd bit of leatherwork, mostly stuff for the bikes like saddlebags, toolbags etc., so the latest projects are some decent tools for the job.
Strap Cutter, I made the traditional blade from hardened gauge plate but it works better with surgical scalpel blades. There are some pics. of the construction here http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/remark/pages/hobbies/tools.html

Circle Cutter
All from the scrap box apart from the handle plates on the strap cutter which are Cocobolo left over from a woodturning job.

12-30-2006, 01:20 PM
well , i would like to make something like this ....


however in the mean time in the shop i have a bunch of machinery fixer uppers in progress, lots of organising to do, a couple of pain in the ass paying jobs to get out the way , electrical stuff toup grade lights to put in , set up all the foundry stufff........I dont need to work

12-30-2006, 01:22 PM
Finally got the Bridgeport boss 5 converted over to Mach3, Campbell breakout, Larken Cobra drives and rewound homemade 70V DC power supply.
This is the first placement of electronics, I have since moved things around in the old PC case and installed a fan for each driver.
This has revitalized the old mill. It’s quite amazing how 30lbs of new technology replaces 500lbs of old and is much easier to use.
Have a happy new-year all.

john hobdeclipe
12-30-2006, 08:30 PM
Abridged version of the edited short list:

Build 10 X 30 storage loft in shop.

Re-arrange shop.

Dissasemble, clean, and rebuild Rockwell ToolMaker grinder.

Re-arrange shop.

Partition off an area for grinding.

Re-arrange shop.

Build storage racks for lumber & other materials.

Re-arrange shop.

Install dust collection system.

Re-arrange shop.

Make something that I can sell to bring in some cash for the next item.

Re-arrange shop.

Acquire and install an affordable (:D) CNC router suitable for cutting wood, wood products, plastics and nonferrous metals.

Re-arrange shop.

Put new roof on barn.

Re-arrange shop.

Build new garden tool shed.

Re-arrange shop.

Convert generator to propane.

Re-arrange shop.

Note that this is just my own little list, and that the boss hasn't given me hers yet. I've been hearing rumors about replacing air conditioners, installing a stained glass window in the dining room, fixing the driveway gate, bricking a walkway or two, planting some trees, etc., etc., etc.

charlie coghill
12-30-2006, 09:36 PM
Thistle that would be a nice project and a lot of fun when it was afloat.

12-30-2006, 10:05 PM
playin in the garage..gettin ready for snow...found a factory plow for my quadractor ( www.quadractor.com ) added a snow cab to my 1967 allis b12, kubota..am fixin to add a blower to the rear..and the crawler in the garage..just got all new tranny seals..will install tranny tomorrow..then wire starting/generator system..then battery box..seat..then done..until i weld up a backhoe for it.

12-30-2006, 10:28 PM
Whaddyall mean, clean up, rearrange, clean up, rearrange- That's what I've been up to. I now have a hobby desk set up with an overhead light bar which is populated with those fluorescent screw-ins. This will be a test to see how well I can get along with only those lights on. Already I see a need to put a shroud around the bulbs so they don't shine directly into my eyes when I stand or look up. 4 shrouds will be easy to make from thin sheet al. That's my tonite project.

I've been working on setting up this desk/workbench which I'll use to work (play) on my model cars. I used to enjoy messing around with slot cars, and I'd like to ressurect that hobby. Of course it'll be a modern version of it- no more slots anyway. I have an attic space which I plan on converting into a track layout, and I have some ideas for the track which I'd like to try.

Been scrapping a lot of electronics this week- keeping good parts and tossing the bulk of it. Just got rid of 5 printers today. One had a very interesting laser optical system in it, where the laser beam reflects off a rotating six sided mirror, goes through a few corrective plastic lenses, off front surface mirrors, etc. Some of these printers have a steel rod which is coated with some kind of grit, presumable for good grip on paper. I wonder whiat this grit is- maybe carbide particles- gonna experiment with this.

Got some clear casting resin- gonna play with that in the next few days.

Happy new year!

12-31-2006, 10:27 AM
I do the odd bit of leatherwork, mostly stuff for the bikes like saddlebags, toolbags etc., so the latest projects are some decent tools for the job. Strap Cutter, I made the traditional blade from hardened gauge plate but it works better with surgical scalpel blades. There are some pics. of the construction here. Circle Cutter
All from the scrap box apart from the handle plates on the strap cutter which are Cocobolo left over from a woodturning job.

Fantastic work. Nice job.

12-31-2006, 12:55 PM
I just finished this set of 1922 Studebaker hubcaps for a fellow. I had to start with the only one he had and it was banged up so I had to bondo it up and restore the hexes using a rotary table on the mill. These were originally stamped hubcaps but I reproduced them as a casting by first building up the inside and outside with bondo and then machining draft angles on the sides so it could be drawn out of the sand. After casting it was just lathe work to complete them.

Before I started work on building up the cap I first make up a dummy hub that fits the original hubcap's threads. This hub is later used to check fit when cutting the threads. After that it's chucked in the lathe and the hubcaps are threaded on for a finish straight cut to remove any jaw marks followed by polishing. These colors were powder coated and have a better finish then it appears in my picture. Bob

12-31-2006, 03:12 PM
Thistle that would be a nice project and a lot of fun when it was afloat.

Mosquito from lake Windermere- havent seen it myself, but its got me casting around looking for info on a engines and boilers.
think it has a 6x9.25x7 compound think its about 200 hp .

Alistair Hosie
12-31-2006, 03:25 PM
Charlie thats a big cigar case what a smoke that will be :DAlistair

12-31-2006, 03:36 PM
Bob that's some fine recreation work you did there. As for me I'm still chipping away at the shaper only have two more parts to clean paint and then it's time to re assembly. Really pleased with the out come so far. :)

12-31-2006, 03:53 PM
Well I am working on a set of casting that will look like this 3X5X4 steam engine.

when i saw the second shot i thought it was your boiler :D, and thought man you must be building the titanic

Charlie, you've seen the Elliot Bay engine? beautiful job imo. http://www.steamlaunch.com/engines/elliott.html

can you tell us more about the castings and engine? is the one in the pic a fabrication? is it yours? I'm with thistle, nothing quite as nice as a steam launch

charlie coghill
12-31-2006, 07:52 PM
Mcgyver yes the engine is mine, I built the engine from a set of castings that a man by the name of Burlighe was casting and selling.

As luck would have it I found another set of casting that were partly machined. I thought that it would be fun to put the second engine togeather also.

The casting are no longer available as the old fellow is retired and may have passed away now. When I met him acouple of years ago he was in his 80's

The first link is to the web page for the steamboat and the second is to photobucket.


Alistair, if only I smoked that would be great.

12-31-2006, 09:15 PM
Well my latest project is re building a small tool an cutter grinder I got of E-Bay. Got the Y axis re machined and scraped in and working on the table It was warped so set up on mill and took shim cut to get warp out. Now working on rack and fit of table to x axis .hope to finish tomorrow . still have some electrical work to do with phase conveter and wireing . then to make some tooling . and get rid of my Qourn. And rearange shop to have place to put it. Then learn how to use new camera and put pictures on this site of things I build
And heck I aint retired yet like Evan.

12-31-2006, 10:13 PM
Well, lets see. Too many projects to list really.

There is the Boyar Shultz 6x12 surface grinder that is in pieces and needs a base built for it.

Then there are the continuing efforts to get my shop organized. Which mostly means thinking about ways to get things stored in minimal space while still allowing access to all but the most obscure things, then building various whatzits to aid implement the plans.

And then there is the dual power steering pump mod to my rock crawler; that incidentally also needs yet another front axle short side shaft replacement. <sigh>

And a new tube bumper for my K5 moderate duty rock crawler and "expedition rig".

And we won't even talk about the house related projects (that I truly hate).


01-01-2007, 01:27 AM
hmmm ... well

building a bridge for physics class

building a gyroscope

finishing up some details on a new forge i made (hehe the tuie iron is a piece of pipe with holes drilled down its length, what i didn't count on was the harmonic resononce produced as high volume of air is moved through it. It squeals at an incredibly painful volume and pitch at full bast...)

Making an air compressor pump via an overly-complicated transformation of a small engine

fiberglass-ing, "bondo"-ing, sanding, priming, painting my truck

basically nothing but piddly things; mostly i'm having fun trying out all of my christmas goodies

01-01-2007, 02:24 AM
1. Repair the mill...
2. Repair the lathe...
3. Reassemble the wood bandsaw...
4. Finish "upgrades" to the table saw...
5. Clean up, and reassemble a "new to me" flung dung drill press...
6. Finish the benches/stands for the mill and lathe...
7. Electrical upgrades to the shop...
8. Repair SWMBO auto (once again)...
9. Prop up the shack, before it fall downs...
10. Organize, organize, organize...

In the first two hours of 2007, I have got as much done as all of last year:rolleyes:

01-04-2007, 02:17 AM
Lets see, along with trying to finish insulating the shop/garage roof while working a round the cast iron toys, I need to fix the K&T, find room for the fork lift, again... make room to finish the woodworking projects that SWMBO decreed must be done by the 15th, finish re-gluing helmet pads back into batting helmets, order the last of this years Little League supplies, run down state Delaware to my mother's for a problem that needs attention, attend Little league signups, be at try outs, umpires clinic, coaches clinic, several more SWMBO jobs, and least we not forget, work as it pays the bills. Then if I am lucky, I will get to work on improving my slug gun for next deer season. Maybe if I stop sleeping I can get something done completely instead of only progress a little at a time.

Your Old Dog
01-04-2007, 05:27 AM

Charlie, judging from where you hang your dart board you must be much better at darts then I LOL :D

01-04-2007, 07:40 AM
[QUOTE=Your Old Dog]Charlie, judging from where you hang your dart board you must be much better at darts then I LOL :D[/QUOTE}

I almost sprayed my coffee across the computer after reading that.:eek: YOD, this place wouldn't be nearly as lively with out your interesting comments.

charlie coghill
01-04-2007, 08:24 AM
At the time it was a good place to hange the dart board. Now every thing has encroched on it, not so good now. The kids have all left the nest so it does not get used much any more.

Yes, I agree YOD does come up with some good uns.:D

01-04-2007, 08:32 AM
This project will be on the street this spring. Just waiting on some plating an powder coating.


01-04-2007, 09:16 AM
I just finished these door pulls- they were for a show of "artist made building parts" so they arent for any specific door, but I have a lot of doors around the farm, so I doubt I will have a problem figuring out how to use em.

1" and 1 1/4" stainless round, mostly worked in the mill with the rotary table, then hot twisted to get em to pop, and then a bit of additional forging and machining.
Each one is about 18" or so long, 5" or so out from the door.


01-04-2007, 09:18 AM
It never ceases to amaze me at the diversity of the projects undertaken in the home shops around this country. This thread is makes that evident.

As for me, I have said that I will have to live to be 100 years old to complete the projects I have already started and there are many more I plan to start any time now.

I decided after publishing my first book about shops and shop work that it would be a terrible waste of all I learned in that process if I don't do another one. So that is what I am working on now. The hidden fact is that in order to write plans and take photographs of a shop project I have to build the machine/accessory/whatchacallit or doodad the plans describe.

I may have to live to be 110 years old!!

john hobdeclipe
01-04-2007, 12:51 PM
I may have to live to be 110 years old!!

At 110 years, you would just be getting started.

The previous owner of my lathe bought it new in '75, and was using it up until about 6 months before he died, in 2005, at age 99.

Alistair Hosie
01-04-2007, 04:22 PM
Charlie coghill just noticed your shop nice workmanship well done Alistair

01-04-2007, 05:55 PM
I thought that after finishing grad school that my time would free up to play in the shop... BZZZZZZ!!! Wrong!!!

Kids (4 and 2) requiring more my of my time, been more active in Ham Radio Contests, have a DeLorean sitting in the shop for the winter (tiny unheated garage) so not much room for the flying chips, and have been working on home improvement projects... flooring, trim, etc. So I haven't been active lately.

Project Status:

1/8 Scale Shay Locomotive - Shelved at the moment. Only got as far as building a good portion of one of the trucks (pic on website). I have all the castings. Hope it doesn't rust away by the time I get around to working on it again. Will probably have the boiler made for me when I get to that point.

Ball-Turner for lathe - on hold for the winter (kinda ironic, eh? winter should be the most active time...)

Heat Sink for 1.5kW Solid State Amplifier - on standby awaiting the "GO!". Project for a fellow ham.

That's about it.

01-04-2007, 09:48 PM
Topct, that looks like the oldest Honda I've ever seen ... except for the OHC motor? This is from a guy that cut his teeth and scraped his knees on a 63 pushrod 90 BTW. What is it?

That Honda single is the most widely produced IC engine in history. VW's air cooled flat 4 is 2nd. Henry Ford made a whole buncha Model T's to get 3rd.


01-05-2007, 08:39 AM
pntrbl, it's a 75 Trail 90. Got run over by a farmers tractor that crushed the back half of it. But it had paper so i brought it home.

Homade fake tank. Under the bike you can see a CT70 tank, that goes inside of it. There are footboards and it will have a foot clutch.

Got the idea from an old magazine article about a company that was making a rolling chassis that you could put a HD sportster engine into. The bike looked like it came out of the late twentys or so. Then I saw a picture of a bike Arlen Ness built that used the same theme. So I thought I'd give it a try.

I have two more titled wrecks and about ten engines to play with. The next one is going to be a Servicar version. It will be painted to match this one.

Even though Honda has ended production the design still lives. The Chinese are making them by the millions. The numbers will never be touched.

01-05-2007, 09:12 PM
Gene, Honda's still makin' that same laydown single. CRF50 for one. IIRC there was write up in Cycle when the 50 millionth of some model (Cub 50?) they still sell in SE Asia went down the line. In Vietnam they carry a family of 5 and get 185 mpg doing it!

Nice job on that bike BTW. That tank and the fender mounts are what put the fool on me. Other than the OHC motor I thought it was right out of the fifties.