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    The photo should be of the Gary Martin hand powered shaper castings. $365.00 and free shipping. Sofar the Cast Iron has been nice to work with. The drawings are mediocre, but that is part of the challenge. I don't smoke, drink or visit casino's, so I should be able to afford a dollar a day from my retirement check.

    This is my first machine/tool from castings instead of barstock and "billet". I will post progress pictures as I get deeeper into the project.


  • #2
    The castings look very nice.

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    • #3
      Looks like great fun! Always a serious amount of head scratching (for me anyway) on how to proceed with these pieces with nothing really flat or square. I like it...
      I'm here hoping to advancify my smartitude.

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      • #4
        What does it look like finished? Where is it sold, etc. Bob.

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        • #5
          Stepside,

          Make it "double duty" so it can make gears! A hand shaper will work well for that. Take your ideas from this...

          http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...56146854,d.aWM

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          Last edited by Mike Burdick; 11-10-2013, 09:57 PM.

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          • #6
            Be patient. We will get to see the finished product in a few months.
            Hopefully with all the steps in between.

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            • #7
              I was unfamiliar with this tool, so I found the website where the kit can be obtained, along with other tools such as the Quorn universal tool and cutter grinder, which I had considered getting many years ago when I bought my lathe and mill:

              http://www.martinmodel.com/MMPtools.html
              http://pauleschoen.com/pix/PM08_P76_P54.png
              Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
              USA Maryland 21030

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              • #8
                I talked with Gary Martin at the GEARS Show in Portland Oregon. He convinced me that it would be a "fun project". He was veryup-front about the drawings being no perfect. I requested a set of pictures of a finished unit which he sent the next day.

                PStechPaul has the correct website. http://www.martinmodel.com/MMPtools.html

                The castings that I have worked on are great material and not a ton of not needed material. I will post pictures as the build progresses .

                Gizmo2 has it right, it is great fun to figure out where the part lies within the cast piece.

                Pete

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                • #9
                  I worked for a year programming CNC machining centers to machine castings made to 50 year old paper prints. I gained a whole lot of respect for the guys that did those drawings, they really knew their casting design! You had to carefully study the prints and the castings as the sequence of operations was extremely important. The castings often had protrusions in places that got machined off. Those were for holding the part in a fixture for earlier operations. If you did the sequence wrong you could find yourself with no way to accurately locate the part.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stepside View Post
                    I don't smoke, drink or visit casino's,
                    i didn't think it was possible that there was someone else out there that is as boring as me.
                    The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

                    Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

                    Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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                    • #11
                      Mike Burdick

                      Interesting concept. Maybe combine the Index Fixture I built for my CNC mill. See the latest issue of Digital Machinist. "Building a Small IndexFixture for Your CNC Mill" . I shall use the PDF you suggested for an after dinner read while the better half watches "Dancing with the Stars" and I pretend to pay attention.

                      Pete

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                      • #12
                        I machined this die filer I got from Gary, the castings were really easy to work with and machine. This was my first attempt in machining castings so I was quite happy with the quality. The setups were not as bad as I first thought once I figured out the first step everything else worked out fine. I would love to make the shaper but I have really run out of room in the shop.

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                        • #13
                          Rolland

                          Nice piece of work. What is the finish? The shaper isn't too large, all the castings arrived in one $16.35 USP all you can get in it box. The castings must weigh around 60 pounds. Gary sent a CD with all the drawings as a .pdf. Kinko's will print them full size for you.

                          Pete

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                          • #14
                            A progress note. The photos will give you an idea as to my progress.


                            I have pictures of how I held the parts as well. This is just a quick update.
                            Pete

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                            • #15
                              Today I 'turned' the Head of the Ram using my Horizontal Mill and Dividing Head. I used this method because I did not want to tie up my Lathe or screw around balancing the part on the Lathe. It worked fine once I remembered that it was removing material by the radius not the diameter.



                              Pete

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