View Full Version : Satisfaction in the simplest tasks.

07-12-2007, 12:27 AM
Tonight I bushed the handwheel bore on a 12" Craftsman refurb project I have going.

I'd ordered some oil impregnated bronze from McMaster Carr and turned it down to .750 and opened the bore up to .500, then parted it off.

There was a post here yesterday or the day before about machining this stuff, and I was curious if it would still oil or if the pores would close. I was pleased to see it weeping oil 15 minutes after I'd parted it off, so no worries there.

I'm pretty new to this stuff, and as the title says, I still find satisfaction in small tasks. It turned out perfect, I have about .003 between the shaft and the bore and the bushing was a nice tight fit into the opened up bore on the apron. Not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.

Mike W
07-12-2007, 12:57 AM
Simple projects are nice. My Clausing carriage wheel had a worn bore. I had to bore it out and make a new bushing. Later on I discovered the shaft for the carriage pinion rack was bent. I finally cut off the shaft and joined the remaining part with the pinion to a new length of shaft. Never mind...........that wasn't one of my simple enjoyable projects.

07-12-2007, 11:13 AM
I agree wholeheartedly, the simple stuff is good.
Just turning OD phos-bronze part t'other day.
Doing my usual, digi-calipers zeroed at finish dia, 0.002" finish cut, dialled in the cut on the cross slide and ran it, fine feed. Non-critical part.
Checked with calipers, spot on 0.00
don't believe my eyes, get out the mic.
Yup, zachary!
the small things are sweet :)

07-12-2007, 04:28 PM
I made a little fly cutter from plans found on rake60's model engine forum.