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    I have a nice old boring head that was made with a taper shank, too big for anything I have. I turned it to ¾" oversize to fit a standard mill tool holder. Now I want to grind the shank. We have a faceplate at work for our Harig spin fixture, but I will need some special straps to hold the odd shaped work piece.
    The boring head is being made to make things. I am making the straps to make the boring head to make things. How many more layers can I go?

  • #2
    If my experience is any indication..."a lot."
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    • #3
      story of my workshop life. it all started 15 years ago when i needed a .......can't even remember now, but its a vicious spiral
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      • #4
        Yep, that's the way it is! But...I'll usually have one final layer...that's to completely start over because I missed one step along the way and there's no way I can hold the darned thing to complete it!

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        • #5
          The story of most of my projects, as sung by Harry Belafonte:

          There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
          There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, a hole.
          Then fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          Then fix it, dear Henry, dear Henry, then Fix it.
          With what shall I fix it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
          With what shall I fix it, dear Liza, with what?
          With some straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          With some straw, dear Henry, dear Henry, some straw.
          The straw is too long, dear Liza, dear Liza,
          The straw is too long, dear Liza, too long,
          Then cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          Then cut it, dear Henry, dear Henry, then cut it.
          With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
          With what shall I cut it, dear Liza, with what?
          With an axe, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          With an axe, dear Henry, dear Henry, with an axe.
          The axe is too dull, dear Liza, dear Liza,
          The axe is too dull, dear Liza, too dull.
          Then sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          Then sharpen it, dear Henry, dear Henry, sharpen it.
          With what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
          With what shall I sharpen it, dear Liza, with what?
          With a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          With a stone, dear Henry, dear Henry, with a stone.
          The stone is too dry, dear Liza, dear Liza,
          The stone is too dry, dear Liza, too dry.
          Then wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          Then wet it, dear Henry, dear Henry, then wet it.
          With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
          With what shall I wet it, dear Liza, with what?
          With water, dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          With water, dear Henry, dear Henry, with water.
          In what shall I get it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
          In what shall I get it, dear Liza, in what?
          In a bucket dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry,
          In a bucket dear Henry, dear Henry, in a bucket.
          There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza,
          There's a hole in my bucket, dear Liza, a hole.

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          • #6
            there's a muddy area behind my house that i want to put in drainage tiles so i can drive back there.

            to get to it i need to cut up a tree that fell down.

            to get to the tree i needed to find a vehicle that would make it through the mud.

            i decided to build a vehicle.

            i got the frame built but needed to build wheels for oversize tires to fit the old lawn tractor transaxle i'm using that takes special wheels.

            the oversize tires won't fit on the lawn tractor wheels because of the tires heavy wire bead.

            i devised a two-piece wheel that solves the tire problem.

            the wheel won't fit on the lathe because it extends back over the chuck and the standard chuck key won't fit to tighten the chuck.

            i have to make a flat chuck key that will fit under the wheel.

            that is where the project currently is. i started it two years ago.


            andy b.
            The danger is not that computers will come to think like men - but that men will come to think like computers. - some guy on another forum not dedicated to machining

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            • #7
              Last weekend:


              Needed to make a part for FSAE

              To make part for FSAE, I need to use a collet in the lathe.

              Find out that the collet draw tube is so worn that it no longer grabs the threads, so I decide to make a new draw tube

              To make a new draw tube, I need to cut threads

              To cut threads I need a thread dial, only the thread dial on this machine is so worn that it no longer works.

              Decide to make new gear for thread dial

              To make new gear I need an Acme tap to act as a hob

              No acme taps on hand so I decide to make a hob

              To make a hob I need to cut Acme threads

              To cut Acme threads I need to grind a tool and match it to the leadscrew because we don't have the gauge for acme tools on hand

              And of course the whole "making a hob" was complicated by the fact that I didn't have a threading dial. I had to leave the half-nuts engaged the whole time.

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