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J Tiers
11-02-2013, 10:54 PM
Went to an interesting sale.

There was a fairly normal Atlas 9", but a very interesting round ram shaper, which I assume was shop made.... but I had no camera with me and the phone camera isn't useful. Someone had bought that stuff, and was hauling it out. I think the shaper was hand cranked, but am not sure.

However, while poking around, I saw this box

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/jstanley/tooling/BandSTmS1_zps0f1e7097.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jstanley/media/tooling/BandSTmS1_zps0f1e7097.jpg.html)

Surprisingly, there was one inside, and even more surprisingly, it appeared to be in good shape, so I bought it for the princely sum of 5 bucks.

A bit of checking appears to show it is indeed good, at least as good as I can determine, since it agrees with a cylinder square (shop made somewhere, also tag sale find), and a scraped square I made in the shop here, as well as a commercial square which has a cal sheet indicating good to 0.0001".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/jstanley/tooling/BandSTmS2_zps7ac81ff7.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jstanley/media/tooling/BandSTmS2_zps7ac81ff7.jpg.html)

With it's friends on the smaller chinese tombstone*.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/0803/jstanley/tooling/BandSTmS3_zps9c295413.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jstanley/media/tooling/BandSTmS3_zps9c295413.jpg.html)

Now, if I could just come up with a 36" (or 24", I'm not greedy) straightedge that doesn't need too much work........ That would indeed be nice. The way it's going, it might happen.....

*
Since the two "tombstones" blue up well against each other, and a part scraped to one blues on the other, I assume they are actually better than just tombstones.

darryl
11-02-2013, 11:45 PM
You might say they are dead true-

atomarc
11-03-2013, 12:09 AM
Those are all beautiful items and appear dead true...there are so many, what will you do with them all?

Stuart

BigBoy1
11-03-2013, 05:11 AM
Some people have all the luck. The stuff I find at yard sales are household items which should have been thrown away years ago! I guess it is function of the area in which you live. In an industrial area you will find useful machine tool items while in an agricultural area, in which I live, machining items are not found.

J Tiers
11-03-2013, 11:08 AM
Those are all beautiful items and appear dead true...there are so many, what will you do with them all?

Stuart

At present, they get used as references scraping-in an Atlas shaper. The scraped angle is what I used to begin with, but in other places a different type of angle reference might be better.

After that gets done, then it's a tossup whether I work on lathe #3 or the vertical mill project. I'm leaning towards the mill, as I think it will be more immediately useful. I only have a horizontal mill now, and it can lead to errors when using it in place of the vertical, because you look at the parts from the back.

The Brown and Sharpe piece is a LOT lighter than the cylinder square, which is basically a solid lump. so it is handier.

The angle references are really made for use on the surface plate for a right angle. but of course any place where there are non-abrasive flat surfaces (very flat) that need to be at a right angle to one another, it is usable as a reference and comparison tool.


Some people have all the luck. The stuff I find at yard sales are household items which should have been thrown away years ago! I guess it is function of the area in which you live. In an industrial area you will find useful machine tool items while in an agricultural area, in which I live, machining items are not found.

True, but I find a lot less farm and garden stuff than you will. What I find are more cutesy "suburban" type gardening stuff.

lakeside53
11-03-2013, 11:11 AM
very nice...