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alanganes
01-21-2009, 11:12 PM
One of my favorite things to see on boards like this is when folks post projects that they are working on or have completed. Simple or complex does not matter, I enjoy seeing them, always a source of inspiration. So I thought I would post a couple of small things I have recently completed.

Last year, I had one of my shotgun barrels fitted with interchangeable choke tubes. The primary reason was so that I could use a rifled choke tube in it for deer hunting. Where I live, deer season is shotgun only but rifled shotgun barrels and chokes are allowed. So I try it out, it shoots great. After deer season is over, I decide to try switching to an extra full turkey type choke to see how that shoots. I find that despite a dab of never-seize that I put on the rifled tube, it is just not coming loose. Yuck. For any not familiar with these, the tube has 2 notches in the end for loosening/tightening, like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/alanganes/HSM_Board/IMG_2629.jpg

The standard "tool" for this is to use a quarter to engage the slots. I try that and it won't budge. I grab the quarter with pliers, try again, and bend the quarter. So I do what any self respecting HSM-type would do, I set out to make a tool. Using a billet of the finest aircraft grade surgical stainless steel (= small cutoff of 1" round 303 from my box-o-stuff), this is what I ended up with:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/alanganes/HSM_Board/IMG_2631.jpg

This is how it fits in the choke:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/alanganes/HSM_Board/IMG_2637.jpg
Worked like a champ and everyone who I show it to, wants one.

And on a totally unrelated note, here is a shot of my "defibrillator coffee table", the only one of its type that I am aware of. Yes, that is a real (but old) defib, I only made the little brass feet that cap the bottom of the legs. The legs are made from textile loom spindles for a slight touch of "steampunk" look. The brass feet are threaded, and some 3/8-16 all-thread rod runs from them through the spindles into threaded holes that I put on the bottom of the machine. There is a glass top for it, not shown in the pic. I made this as a gift for my oldest daughter and her husband. She is a cardiac nurse, her husband is a graphic artist. The spindle legs were his idea. Textile was once THE industry around here, so there is a bit of local tie-in there. Artist types think like that, I guess. have a look:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/alanganes/HSM_Board/IMG_2622.jpg

PS - Before I panic anyone into warning me how dangerous such a machine is, I know. I work around HV stuff for a living. In fact this machine functioned when I got it, I emasculated it by removing the HV transformer and the 16 microfarad, 7.5KV(!) capacitor that was in it, and I chopped the cord off. I have to think that cap and transformer could be used to make something cool...

Frank Ford
01-21-2009, 11:20 PM
Well, I don't have any dealings with guns, but I like your tool. I made something similar for a lefty nut on my tiny Sanford surface grinder's spindle.

BUT, it does my heart good (in a metaphorical way, of course) to see that coffee table. Having once come "this close" to picking up an old Linotype as a lawn ornament, I appreciate the quiet good taste. . .

DENedbalek
01-21-2009, 11:28 PM
alanganes,

I enjoyed your project. I have an old analog oscilloscope that needs that kind of artist touch.

Here's my latest attempt at machining. It's a conversion of an old dewalt battery drill to a power feed for my minimill. It's been thrown together as a proof of concept so far, and it works. I am now planning and building a final version for use.

http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb63/DENedbalek/Mill%20Powerfeed/100_1393.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb63/DENedbalek/Mill%20Powerfeed/100_1398.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb63/DENedbalek/Mill%20Powerfeed/100_1406.jpg

Dwayne

v860rich
01-22-2009, 12:37 AM
Here's a pic of QC toolholder I made from a set of plans by Rudy Kouhoupt in the 2002 HSM magazine. His plans were for a 9" SB lathe that I scaled up to fit my 16" SB lathe. I've made a couple changes since I started to use this, most were minor. One thing I have done is replace the top hold down nut with a lever so as to make for one less wrench I have to have handy.
http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr296/v860rich/IM000122.jpg
THANX RICH

People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people.

Doc Nickel
01-22-2009, 01:42 AM
Last night I more or less finished wiring the Nichols horizontal, so now the VFD is mounted and enclosed, and wired to the original factory star/stop buttons. I added a speed pot to the top of the switch box, since being enclosed, the original is not easily accessible.

So I spent about ten minutes whipping up a nice milled knob to go on the shaft of the pot:

http://www.docsmachine.com/projects/knob/knob15.jpg

Doc.

keelan
01-22-2009, 01:52 AM
How about some good old fashioned hacksaw, drill and file work; A radial arm saw table clamp bracket:

http://www.beefchicken.com/clamp.jpg

The one on the bottom is mine. Rona didn't have the right size roll pin, but it does the trick.

Walter
01-22-2009, 04:06 AM
Nicely done projects everyone! I have to agree I enjoy the project posts more than anything.

winchman
01-22-2009, 07:17 AM
alanganes

That lathe in the background looks suspiciously like my Jet 1024. How do you like it? I notice you've had to replace the switch on yours, too.

Roger

Bob Farr
01-22-2009, 08:45 AM
Nice choke wrench Alan. Here's my adjustable height cutting tool holder for my Craftsman 12x42. Much easier than fussing with the old rocker lantern toolpost:

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/frankenglide/Toolholder1.jpg

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/frankenglide/Toolholder2.jpg

Circlip
01-22-2009, 11:50 AM
Well I'll take your "finest aircraft grade surgical stainless" and raise you to "Titanium Locking Knobs" on swtsmbo's counted cross-stitch frame.

Regards Ian :cool:

928gene928
01-22-2009, 01:40 PM
Just wanted to comment on how much I enjoyed seeing all the various interesting projects.

Peter N
01-22-2009, 01:49 PM
Nice work Guys.
I'm another one who enjoys seeing the projects and reading about them, no matter how big or small. They're always interesting.

Peter

bigbill04
01-22-2009, 05:19 PM
[QUOTE=Bob Farr] Here's my adjustable height cutting tool holder for my Craftsman 12x42. Much easier than fussing with the old rocker lantern toolpost:

I really like your idea for a toolpost. I have a six inch Atlas/Craftsman lathe and I too have problems using the rocker. I have taken to using the toolpost without the rocker and moving or grinding the bits in the toolholder to get the tool bit on center. I may just make one of your holders. I have already saved your two photos for reference.

Davidhcnc
01-22-2009, 05:26 PM
There is a caseback key for a watchmaker friend.


http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr206/Davidhcnc/Tool5.jpg


And some stamps

http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr206/Davidhcnc/flaxstamp2.jpg


http://i484.photobucket.com/albums/rr206/Davidhcnc/Duganstamps.jpg

Ken_Shea
01-22-2009, 06:16 PM
Very nice work guys, sure beats watching TV !

alanganes
01-22-2009, 07:30 PM
Having once come "this close" to picking up an old Linotype as a lawn ornament, I appreciate the quiet good taste. . .

Thanks, Frank, that is quite a compliment from a talented guy like you. I'm glad to see someone appreciates fine artwork when they see it...


;) :D

-Al

alanganes
01-22-2009, 09:00 PM
That lathe in the background looks suspiciously like my Jet 1024. How do you like it? I notice you've had to replace the switch on yours, too.
Roger

Good eye there, Roger. Yes it is a Jet 1024, from about 1981. I rather like it, it is really a quite solid and rigid machine for a smallish lathe. I bought a matching pair of them about 20 years ago. Both were broken, (abused by students, they originally lived at some job retraining program) had enough parts to make one good one, then used that to make parts for the second. When I stumbled on a deal on a really nice 10" Sheldon, I sold one of them, but could not quite bring myself to sell that one. So now, I have 2 lathes.

I did replace the drum switch, it was a crummy cheap thing. I replaced it with contactors for the reversing and power switching and just have control voltage in the little control box you see there. It still has the original motor, which is not so great. I want to do a 3PH and VFD at some point.

Bob Farr, that is an awesome upgrade for a rocker toolpost! That is one if those things that makes me say "Why didn't I think of that?!"

Thanks for posting all of these things, guys. Nice work all around.

-Al

gt2ride
01-22-2009, 10:08 PM
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w147/gt2ride/110RCside.jpg

Here is a JD garden tractor that I changed the front to a rowcrop style. It was a 110 garden tractor.

spkrman15
01-22-2009, 11:37 PM
Wow guys,

Really nice work! Keep it coming.

My dad would love the tractor. :)

Rob :)

barts
01-23-2009, 12:12 AM
http://smaalders.net/bart/bm2006/DSC_0056.thumb.jpg

A couple of good friends sitting in a vehicle I built for Burning Man... 6 hp, alternator, stereo, etc... this last year it also shot fire. Home page for this vehicle ("RoboShaw") is here (http://smaalders.net/bart/RoboShaw.html)

isaac338
01-23-2009, 01:07 AM
alanganes,

I enjoyed your project. I have an old analog oscilloscope that needs that kind of artist touch.

Here's my latest attempt at machining. It's a conversion of an old dewalt battery drill to a power feed for my minimill. It's been thrown together as a proof of concept so far, and it works. I am now planning and building a final version for use.
Dwayne

Can you post some close-up shots of your Z-axis scale mounting? I like!

Bob Farr
01-23-2009, 06:47 AM
*** Bob Farr, that is an awesome upgrade for a rocker toolpost! That is one if those things that makes me say "Why didn't I think of that?!" *** -Al

Thanks Al, but it wasn't my idea either. I'm very fortunate to be a member in a local metalworking club where the skilled tradesmen generously share their experience with rookies like me. That tool post design was suggested by another member. All I did was make some minor adjustments to suit the materials I had on hand.

I frequently pick up tips and tricks from the inventiveness of other projects, so I REALLY like threads like this. Keep it going!

DENedbalek
01-23-2009, 08:21 AM
isaac338
Can you post some close-up shots of your Z-axis scale mounting? I like!

Here's a couple of pics:
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb63/DENedbalek/Mill%20DRO%20Phase%202/100_1521.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb63/DENedbalek/Mill%20DRO%20Phase%202/100_1523.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb63/DENedbalek/Mill%20DRO%20Phase%202/100_1525.jpg

Dwayne

isaac338
01-23-2009, 11:54 AM
Here's a couple of pics:


Dwayne

Dwayne,

Thanks for that. I like how you've done it, very simple and effective. Mind if I borrow the idea?

Cheers,

Isaac

1george
01-31-2019, 08:52 AM
Nice choke wrench Alan. Here's my adjustable height cutting tool holder for my Craftsman 12x42. Much easier than fussing with the old rocker lantern toolpost:

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/frankenglide/Toolholder1.jpg

http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g272/frankenglide/Toolholder2.jpg

Hi Bob: I'd like to replicate your Lantern Tool Post, could you please send me a picture of the bottom screw shown in the base plate, attaching to the holder body?

Thanks

Jorge

Arcane
01-31-2019, 08:55 PM
Hi Bob: I'd like to replicate your Lantern Tool Post, could you please send me a picture of the bottom screw shown in the base plate, attaching to the holder body?

Thanks

Jorge

Welcome to HSM. I don't think you will receive a reply from Bob since his last post was on 01-31-2014, 04:34 PM.

Ian B
02-01-2019, 02:49 AM
My first recent project was a rack on wheels to hang strops, shackles, lifting chains etc; they had all been lying around cluttering the place up, now they're all in one place. I made it out of 2" steel box section. 4 casters on the bottom, the whole thing's almost 3m tall and there's a lifting ring right on top so I can pick the whole thing up.

The other project was a trolley for an oxygen bottle, a propane bottle, a 5Kg fire extinguisher and all my various torches, fluxes, brazing rods etc. Again, stuff was scattered everywhere, now it's all in one place.

Ian

Joel
02-01-2019, 03:23 AM
...a 5Kg fire extinguisher and all my various torches, fluxes, brazing rods etc...
I don't recall ever seeing a custom welding cart with a place for a fire extinguisher. Excellent idea - I hope you started a trend.

Ken_Shea
02-02-2019, 08:54 PM
I don't recall ever seeing a custom welding cart with a place for a fire extinguisher. Excellent idea - I hope you started a trend.

Ditto on that, what a great idea.