I didn't want these little gems to get buried too quickly.
smiller6912 01-07-2008 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by torker
No biggie...just mount a laser (cheap magnetic one from harware store) on the head that shoots cross the room. Mount a piece of paper with a crisp line on it and mount it on the far wall where the laser hits. Turn laser on before raising/lowering head to make sure it's on the line. Raise/lower...push back or forward to line it up, tighten clamp and yer done.
I 2nd this idea. I have a Smithy, and I purchased a $15 pistol laser sight on eBay that came with a nice ring mount and a remote switch. I mounted it to the head, trammed it in, went (30ft) across the room and set up a few scales (vertical lines) on the wall and, tada, it takes all of about 10 seconds to set it up at any vertical height to easily within .001.
Quick, easy, cheep, and accurate.
smiller6912 01-09-2008 12:55 AM
Originally Posted by miker
smiller,torker could you post some pics of the laser tramming setup for the visualisationaly impaired? ME!!!
I hope to need something like that soon.
I don't have any pix, unfortunately I'm in the market for a new camera right now as mine has given up the ghost. However, this- http://cgi.ebay.com/LASER-SIGHT-SCOP...em190188070593 -is like the laser I got and I simply pitched the botem half of the lower mounting ring and used the existing holes to screw it to the sheet metal pully cover. There is no need to be real precise locating it as you will create the scale across the room to match wherever it is pointing. Mount it as far away from the column as possible and aim it at the farthest wall, this will give you the best accuracy (longer sight radius). It's pretty neat, if I need to come back to an exact location, I just walk across the room and stick a carpet tack on the red dot and then when I need that location again I can just line up the laser on the tack and I'm ready to rock and roll. You'll be suprised at how utterly simple and amazingly accurate this is.
I had imagined a big yellow Laser Level whizzing around in the Mill chuck or something.
Thanks for the ebay link and the explanation. I think that even I can figure it out now.
Maybe one for the next Tips and Tricks book.