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    Still have to add a disk brake (thats why the long bolt is sticking out) and I may add a spring loaded lever to pop the pin out. I'll probably need more combinations of holes but these will do fine for now. The plate is all setup to pop onto the rotary table without much setup to drill extra holes.
    Oh ya...Thrud...if you see this you will notice that, as promised I never welded a thing on this


    I nearly have a lot of hubs made that need different numbers of holes in them so this will be put to use this weekend.
    Russ

    [This message has been edited by torker (edited 03-23-2005).]
    I have tools I don't even know I own...

  • #2
    Russ, looks very good and I'm sure it will prove useful.

    Joe

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    • #3
      That looks great! Pardon my ignorance, but -- how does it work? It looks like it keeps the spindle from rotating -- but then how is cutting performed?

      Chad

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      • #4
        That is correct, the spindle does not turn; it just positions the work in the chuck so that some other operation can be carried out. For example, he could have a live tool such as a drill that would mount to the tool post and allow him to cross-drill in the turned part. He could also put a scribe / engraving tool in the toolpost holder and scribe some reference marks - sort of like making your own handwheel "dials". He may also want to use a live milling attachment and machine a keyway, flat, or splines. Just a few thoughts.

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        • #5
          That's good work. I recently finished a similar project, however, I used a piece of aluminum scrap as my index plate, bolted to the back of my three-jaw. I drilled two rows of holes along the side of the aluminum disk - one row of 24 holes and another of 100 holes. The 100 holes were for the purpose of making larger micrometer dials for my Atlas shaper (finished that project last week). One of these days I'll get a digital camera so I can show some pictures.

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          • #6
            Thanks guys. Yes that is what it's for. I have a small 1/2 hp drill that mounts in the toolpost. This'll be used for drilling bolt patterns etc. Quick and easy. The common bolt patterns are very easy to find because it doesn't have 4 million holes in it. So far I have 3,10 and 24 divisions. This covers most of what I do except for the weird BP that roots blowers use (one offset hole, five in a regular pattern).
            Russ
            I have tools I don't even know I own...

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            • #7
              For you guys who asked....heres a few pics of this at work....
              Here it is center drilling the bolt pattern

              Drilling the holes

              Well looky there Martha!!! A perfect bolt circle, quick and easy!

              This is a 6 1/2" dia outer hub for the airboat project I'm doing for a guy.
              This thing is sooo slick. I really don't want to sell the ol' SB...it's too darn handy!
              Russ
              I have tools I don't even know I own...

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              • #8
                Russ,

                I wouldn’t sell the 9â€‌ South Bend! Think about – all you’ll get is money for it and what’s that worth.

                By the way, the drill press in the picture looks like it would be handy. Does it fit on the ways? Hmm…I think I’ll make one! Would you mind taking a couple of pictures of it so we can see how it’s made?

                Thanks…

                Mike

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                • #9
                  Then don't sell it
                  Nice work!
                  Techno-Anarchist

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                  • #10
                    Mike...the press fits on the cross slide. It doubles as a tool post grinder. I made my mount swivel so I can use it to grind angles also. Have to use the quill for feed but it points up dead centers really fast.
                    This is Evans invention! Made from a $49 drill press. He posted a bunch of info how to build it some time ago. I'll see if i can find the post.
                    hoffman...I hear you also! Just wish I had more room is all. I've almost made up my mind not to sell the ol' girl now. This ol' thing is about the most accurate lathe I've ever run. Only thing is...I bet I can easily get $1800 for it. Ha...then I'd have to spend $1800 to buy a new 9X18 import for doing small stuff! Sheesh....life is cruel!
                    I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                    • #11
                      Mike...I couldn't find Evans post. Too bad...he had some good pics as he built it.
                      I just ran down and took a few



                      I'm sure Evan will see this and could repost (hint, hint)
                      Russ
                      BTW....this has a post in the bottom of it just like the compound. Pop out the compound, set this in and tighten up the setscrews.

                      [This message has been edited by torker (edited 04-19-2005).]
                      I have tools I don't even know I own...

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                      • #12
                        Looks like a Harbour Freight drill press exploded! Man, that's mighty clever... Friggin' genious...

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                        Techno-Anarchist

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                        • #13
                          Looks good to me,you need to paint it green thou
                          I just need one more tool,just one!

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                          • #14
                            Here is the thread with the converted drill press:
                            http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//Fo...ML/004762.html
                            Location: North Central Texas

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                            • #15
                              Hahaha...I agree! Green with a side of poggy! (I like that word...can ya tell?)
                              Hoffman...it's probably the same drill press. Canadian Tire (our HF) sells these for $49 CND on sale all the time.
                              Was a lot of fun...buy new drill press....cut new drill press in half with a hacksaw...throw away 50% of new drill press!
                              Guy at the dump looked at me real funny! Threw out the new box and a bunch of brand new drill press parts went flying beside him. Bet he's still talkin about the "bloody idiot" he saw at the dump!
                              Russ
                              I have tools I don't even know I own...

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