View Full Version : My machine shop

01-07-2005, 06:17 PM
So far I've amassed:
Rockwell 10 x 24 lathe - tooled and running
Gorton 9 X 34 turret mill - not tooled
Logan 8 shaper - not running
And I'm looking at a 5 X 21 horizonal mill
Someday I should have a decent shop...

Hoffman in Warner Robins Ga

01-07-2005, 07:13 PM
Dont forget a bandsaw.

01-07-2005, 07:16 PM
Personally, unless you plan on working on large items, A portaband saw will get you by, add to that a tabletop drill and a assortment of bits, a set of calipers, worklights, toolboxes, hammers and basic tools and you should accomplish about anything.


3 Phase Lightbulb
01-07-2005, 07:21 PM
My main shop items:

-Bridgeport 2HP 3-phase 2J Variable speed head. 42" table. Kurt Vise, X/Y/Z DRO, tooling.
-Clausing 6913 14"x48" Lathe 3HP 3-phase, Tapper, 5C collets, Steady rest, 2 3-jaw chucks, 1 4-jaw. Quick change toolpost, X/Y DRO, tooling.
-6HP Rotary motor-generator 3-Phase converter.
-1HP 1PH 4x6 Horz/Vert Bandsaw.
-16 Ton pipe bender.
-14" Chop Saw.
-230v 230 AMP arc welder.

Items comming soon:

-Millermatic 210 w/Spool gun
-Plasma cutter (Model & Size un-decided)
-Surface Grinder.


01-07-2005, 08:21 PM
Oh yea, I have an import H/V band saw a drill press, butt-load of air tools, big compressor, bench grinder, belt sander and the usual auto stuff like floor jacks, engine stand, engine hoist etc.
MIG welder, stick welder, OA rig...
Average skills. I'm not real clever although I wish I were...
Bunch of hammers http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif
It'll probably take most of this year to get all my machine tools tooled up and operational.
You know, I started looking for machine tools because I needed some suspension parts made. Probably a few hundred $$ if I'd farmed it out. So I figured I'd buy a mill drill and 9x20 lathe to make them with.
It's sort of taken on a life of it's own now...

01-07-2005, 08:41 PM
I also gots a bag of hammers.

01-07-2005, 09:40 PM
You know, I started looking for machine tools because I needed some suspension parts made. Probably a few hundred $$ if I'd farmed it out. So I figured I'd buy a mill drill and 9x20 lathe to make them with.
It's sort of taken on a life of it's own now...

Me too , I used to get upset , my tools at work , not having keys to get in and use my own tools after hours or on weekends. I had the need to make my own parts and tools , and would get pissed off at the state of things in the "community" machine shop at work .

This led to me being strongly driven to outfit my home workshop so it is better tooled and equipped than where I'm employed.
Before that began , my home workshop was better equipped than your average residential garage , there was an engine hoist , floor jacks , tool boxes , work benches , compressor , drill press etc. The machinery started to arrive just over three years ago , a valve refacer , seat grinder , then a three in one machine , a bead blast cabinet , parts washer , a pressure sand blast pot , a welding machine , an arbor press , a 20 ton hydraulic press , a pressure washer and so on . The 3 in 1 was here for about 2 years , last summer it was sold and replaced with a 12 x 36 import lathe and an import knee mill . Sorta taken on a life of it's own too , now I'm looking at a Sunnen hone , a Tig welder, a plasma cutter..................... and so on ......... I'm not seeing an end to this any time soon !?!?


01-07-2005, 11:13 PM
Jeff...what are you thinking??? You still have a floor!!! Your only part way there!!!

Michael Moore
01-07-2005, 11:15 PM
"You know, I started looking for machine tools because I needed some suspension parts made"

Have you ever noticed how race fabrication shops aren't open the night before a race?

In the early 1980s I bought a 10x24 Select (same as a Jet, since I found the cross-slides interchanged when I snapped it in half with an overextended forged cutoff tool in the stock rocker toolpost) and then a 9x42 Samson (Bridgeport clone) mill. Then I bought gas welding equipment and a flux bottle, and built a frame jig.

Since then I've added a JD**2 #3 tubing bender, a Miller Gold Star TIG welder, sanders, grinders, band saws, and a HandyLift (I'm a motorcycle racer).

This past summer/fall I sold my mill and lathe to a friend (his first machine tools) and replaced them with a Mori Seiki MS850G lathe and a Tree 325 Journeyman CNC mill. The latter is in the process of being outfitted with a Centroid control instead of the DynaPath Delta 20. A 4th axis, digitizing, etc.

Of course, the new machines meant I needed more three-phase than the small static convertor I used on the manual mill, so I've now got a DC-10 Phase Perfect and once PG&E comes out (they canceled today's appointment due to the storm) I'll finally have 200A into the house.

All this to make a few parts . . .

Photos will have to wait until I get the garage shaped up. The electrical work and making space for much bigger machines has left it in even more of a mess than usual.


01-07-2005, 11:51 PM
"Jeff...what are you thinking??? You still have a floor!!! Your only part way there!!!"

A larger building would help ! , I used to be able to park inside , Ha ! , not any more .



This Jeep , was restored here last year , the paint was done elswhere , the prep and body work was done right where it sits in the picture , the body came off the frame , suspension redone , frame sanblasted and painted. None of it done inside , no room !


01-08-2005, 01:18 AM
Fl-o-o-o-ooor...whaz that? Never heard that term before - is it a new kind of tool or what? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif

What does it look like? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//confused.gif

John and I need to know... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

Forrest Addy
01-08-2005, 02:02 AM
My shop

5 tons of functioning machine tools hand tools etc

25 tons of round tuits

kap pullen
01-08-2005, 08:43 AM
Not familair with a tuit!
Please help.

01-08-2005, 10:29 AM
You lot think you have problems look at the mess I'm in !!!
This is the design for a new hitch for may boat trailer.....
it's an anti chatter mechanism
my boats called Epsilon ...so the device is called ACME
I've So much stuff on the go its ridiculous

this is as far as i got with it

then there is the boat trailer I'm building for it .
heres the raw steel

box section cross-member notched for drainage-and venting ......because its all going to be galvanised

box-section in place

front end of trailer brought to a point for hitch

completed trailer chassis

and thats not counting restoring a bridgeport....painting my smart and brown lathe...restoring a triumph stag........and now this bloody waste oil heater.......im going to have to decide which one of these jobs to finish completely. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
all the best..mark

[This message has been edited by aboard_epsilon (edited 01-08-2005).]

3 Phase Lightbulb
01-08-2005, 11:07 AM
When it comes to a mess and "floor space", I WIN: http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif



01-08-2005, 11:15 AM
no you dont
this guy takes first prize ..look below


i take first prize for a messed up head http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif
all the best...mark

Forrest Addy
01-08-2005, 11:21 AM
Here's my shop after an extensive clean-up

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Michael Moore
01-08-2005, 11:28 AM
3ph, that's a photo of MY garage, except you left out a few bikes.


Swamp Donkey
01-08-2005, 08:44 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by kap pullen:
Not familair with a tuit!
Please help.

A 'round tuit is the things you need to get around to (to do them).

It's near kin to the "honey do", which, contrary to Webster's Dictionary is not a type of melon, but a man's worst nightmare when his wife comes up with a list of them, none of which include the things that he think ought to be done.

01-08-2005, 08:49 PM
JeffH do you live in Canada?

Ive been to busy bee lately to check out that 12 x 36, and ive seen a knee mill like the one in your shop, i cant help thinking that its the BB model, is it?

Also very nice shops ya guys gots!

01-08-2005, 09:39 PM
Elninio............. am I a Canuck ?? , yes . The mill and lathe were both purchased as a package on the same day.



This was what I used to have , it's an ok little lathe , not much of a mill , I new that before I bought it , brought it home anyways. I enjoyed having the 3 in 1 around , did some cool stuff with it , many naysayers would have thought couldn't be pulled off. I kinda miss it now that it is gone.


01-08-2005, 09:43 PM
JeffH, do you find the spindle to table distance on your new 6x26 mill a limitation?

01-08-2005, 10:00 PM

You might have this mill confused with the Grizzly 3103 , it looks the same . It is bigger than that one , the table is 8" x 30" , and the distance between the spindle and the table has not been an issue yet , it does have more room than the 3103 , which is a bench model ?, not sure why they call it that , this mill is a floor model , came with a coolant system and an X axis power feed . One issue I have , is the lowest speed is not low enough , I will solve that later , a couple of the fasteners are a little cheesy , that is easily fixed too. For what it is , at the price , I'm happy with it , I gave up trying to find a decent used knee mill in my area , bought that one based on price , features and a warranty .