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Re-indicating after flipping the work piece. Notice the two custom made mini T-handles 180º apart?
These fine adjust the work piece for truing in.
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Boring out to the OD of the spindle. BTW, an Annular cutter won't have the depth for this operation so step drilling then boring is required.
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The spindle.
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The new spider test fit. You can see the inside shoulder left on the ID of the Spyder bottoming out on the spindle bringing the ID of the two sections together.
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Back to the rotary for some set screw holes and magnets. Yes the ring was temporary to get the Tach to work for test functions.
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Fits nicely.
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The end cover also clears.
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I thought I would make some thumb nuts for the new Spyder. A piece of brass was turned.
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Knurled.
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Then drilled and tapped.
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Remember the Joy switch added to the control panel? It's a forward / reverse toggle programmed to 6 Hz on the VFD.
This is used for power tapping and dialing in with indicators.

Here's a video of the thumb nuts being power tapped.
A profile was added prior to parting.
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One down three to go.
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different angle.
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Looks and fits good so on with three more. The nuts sit really nice on the counter bored surface.
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Rinse and repeat.
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All done.
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I went to share another video of how the carriage micrometer stop works. This is one of a few features that makes this lathe a "smart" lathe.
Imagine you'r boring a blind hole or threading internal threads to a shoulder. This operation is done all the time on manual machines but required you attention and consistent action. Now the lathe can do this operation after initial set up and stop, brake and have an incredible of repeatability.
Another video of the Speed Pot in action. Prior to the modification, you would have to change gears on the head stock to change speed with the machine stopped. Now it can be changed on the fly.
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The older 1440 lathe got a new control system that only requires 224Vac single phase input. The VFD will allow the 3 phase machine. The old lathe was place on the pallet the the 1640 came with. I plan on delivering it to my son in Origon. He'll get some basic tooling but will need to start investing if he's serious about lathe work.
Most everything was sourced one Ebay.
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Laying out the goods.
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Ready for drilling.
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Progressing nicely.
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Waiting for a couple more components to arrive.
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Air circulation is important for component longevity.
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4" hole saw made short work of the hole.
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Ready for cabinet wiring. The 1440 will have the exact same smart functions as the new 1640 only powered by single phase.
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A full parts list and schematics are put into a binder for him to understand and fix if need be later.
This is a plug and plat set up. I might need to run a 240Vac receptacle once set.
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A close up of the cabinet wiring.
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The machine was tested for all functions on the pallet so no surprises later.
 

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Paco 👍
As always the attention to details, with the excellent workmanship, make all of your projects turn out great.!

Hopefully your wife is starting to feel much better after her surgery, I think she must be, she ran you out of the house, and back to the shop. :)

Have you ever thought about adopting an older brother to donate some of your hand me downs, heck I might even drive out to Arizona and pick them up.:rolleyes:

Great job Paco
Till L8R Lil Brother
 
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Paco 👍
As always the attention to details, with the excellent workmanship, make all of your projects turn out great.!

Hopefully your wife is starting to feel much better after her surgery, I think she must be, she ran you out of the house, and back to the shop. :)

Have you ever thought about adopting an older brother to donate some of your hand me downs, heck I might even drive out to Arizona and pick them up.:rolleyes:

Great job Paco
Till L8R Lil Brother
Good morning brother!

Thanks for the positive encouragement.

My wife is getting better by the day but I still need to take care of the domestic duties since her MD forbids het from bending over for another 5 weeks. I have gotten some time in to the shop lately, but have to come in every 2 hours to check on things and care for the two furry kids.

Being an only son my self I could always use a brother:).
Have great day!
 

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I have gotten some time in to the shop lately, but have to come in every 2 hours to check on things and care for the two furry kids.
Word of advice. Pull the batteries out of all of your vehicles in case you are late for the every 2hr check up. My wife was layed up and I was a few minutes late feeding the horses. I had the leaf blower going and when I shut it down, I could hear the horn blaring on the truck. I threw down the leaf blower, ran to the house thinking something bad had happened. There the princess was sitting on the couch with the key fob in her hand, and she immediately told me I was late feeding the horses.

Great work, those thumb nuts are awesome.
 

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Word of advice. Pull the batteries out of all of your vehicles in case you are late for the every 2hr check up. My wife was layed up and I was a few minutes late feeding the horses. I had the leaf blower going and when I shut it down, I could hear the horn blaring on the truck. I threw down the leaf blower, ran to the house thinking something bad had happened. There the princess was sitting on the couch with the key fob in her hand, and she immediately told me I was late feeding the horses.

Great work, those thumb nuts are awesome.

Hello to All
Just something else to consider. Remember the day could come when the gals may be having to take care of us.
Remember dynamite comes in small packages.
Have a great day.! :)

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Just something else to consider. Remember the day could come when the gals may be having to take care of us.
Remember dynamite comes in small packages.
Have a great day.! :)

L8R
Decades ago.... My 5'3" wife, never being one to get the sayings quite right, told me not to mess with her because "Hey Buddy, you don't wanna mess with me because I'm like dynamite - I'm iffy." LOL
 

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Decades ago.... My 5'3" wife, never being one to get the sayings quite right, told me not to mess with her because "Hey Buddy, you don't wanna mess with me because I'm like dynamite - I'm iffy." LOL

Yip my 5' 1. Wife on a good day , she won't say to much, and is a great gal, but when pushed to far, buddy be careful, it's like a tornado riding on the tail of a hurricane. 😀😀

Everyone have a Wonderful Wednesday.!
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Three shoulder surgeries and right knee surgery and she was right there for me. It’s the least
I can do for my wife. You all keep them gals happy.
Happy wife happy life🥺
Yep them gals are some kind of special, to put up with us.
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Three shoulder surgeries and right knee surgery and she was right there for me. It’s the least
I can do for my wife. You all keep them gals happy.
Happy wife happy life🥺
Without a doubt (y)

My Lil Iffy means the world to me. Unfortunately, I let her know it ;-)
 

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Once the Lathe was in service, I had a metal fabrication job to knockout. The customer had a landscape architect design some metal features for his back yard. A couple of them were designed to conceal an A/C ground unit. The other features were tree planters for three existing trees. He also wanted me to incorporate some seating on said planters.
No drawings were provided only a rendering. Since the trees already existed, I had to design a field bolt together kit.
All steel material used was 1/4" thick. O ordered the 4' x 8' sheets sheared to the correct height and hand plasma cut them to dimension.
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The 1/4" x 1"x1" angle were drilled Ising the CNC mill to locate the spacing.
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The sides got matching holes.
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Some of the connection brackets.
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First box assembled.
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Some details of the brackets.
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Second box underway.
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A close up of the end weld.
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All three done. BTW, the mill in the back round is back. My friend sold his house and moved back to Ca. I picked the machine up and plan of delivering it to him. Another red eye trip to come.
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Next, design a seating bracket. The first bracket is laid out to mimic the setting boards. This piece will be used to set up the Iron worker punch station. Te rest of the pieces do not require layout or marks.
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With the punch station set up the iron worker makes short work of poking holes.
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No kidding, in a matter of a few minutes all the holes are done.
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Remember that tooling cart I built in a previous post? Its a back saver to say the least. The punch station is converted to a break station.
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The stroke limit switches make for a repeatable bend.
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Another quick and clean operation.
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The gang.
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So I decided to change up the rendering slightly. My take was to have a right, center and left planter. This way folks sitting on them would have a face to engage with. The "professional" had all three identical meaning the right and left planters most outside seats would face nobody.
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Some leveling.
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This would be the center planter.
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Some gussets added.
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I had ordered composite 2x4's from Bear Lumber Products. They will require no maintenance and come in several colors. The have the look and feel of a wood 2x4.

All ready for composite boards. All edges and corners have been broken or softened.
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The shipment arrives.
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Using carriage bolts and the correct sized drill to allow for expansion and contraction.
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The center.
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Ready for breakdown and delivery/install. The top edges of the boxes got a 5/16 rod welded on for further softening.
I could see a dog or kid getting cut on this edge.
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Installed.
Notice the panel I installed previously in the same week. I use a blend of copper sulfate, muriatic acid, and H20 for instant rust. Those panels also are removable. The two base flanges are welded to posts cemented into the ground.
Four bolts per flange hold the large panel allowing it to be removed to replace the A/C unit.
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The left tree planter getting buttoned up.
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Overall view.
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Looking to the south.
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Torquing down the last carriage bolts to call it done.
 

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Excellent work! (y)
 
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I want you to know I'm joking with you, when I say this. When someone around here is doing some nice work , some folks will say, " You keep practicing, you might get pretty good at that"

So Lil brother Paco
You keep on practicing, you may get pretty good at that.! 👍
Very nice.!
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Excellent work! (y)
Thank you very much.

Paco
I want you to know I'm joking with you, when I say this. When someone around here is doing some nice work , some folks will say, " You keep practicing, you might get pretty good at that"

So Lil brother Paco
You keep on practicing, you may get pretty good at that.! 👍
Very nice.!
Till L8R
You do know, when it comes to fabricating, I have and will always state I have been practicing for north of 40 years.:cool:
After any project, I usually fine a better way but then there's those few that I'm completely satisfied 100%. And I do mean a few. Take the tailstock DRO bracket for example, It was a challenging design without a drawing but with material I had on hand, I was able to visualize what I needed. The end results is it works well and looks fine but It could look better. I do not plan on a remake but learned what I could do differently. This is a pitfall for not investing time on a CAD design but I rather be in the shop than on a computer.
I appreciate your following along and participation and look forward to more from you.

Ever herd of the expression " If the measurement is any closer, we'd be off".
Have a great Friday brother!
 

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So my MIL passed around the time of the last project shared. Her wishes were to be cremated and buried in her family plot with her two late sons and husband. The plot has room for several caskets but she insisted on being in-between het two sons.
This meant there was no room for a full casket and that's why she chose cremation.

I wanted to build something that family members could place mementos inside with her remains. She also requested the cremains of her beloved dog be with her. I was limited in size but designed a vessel to seal off all the contents from the concrete tomb.

I used a section of schedule 40 8" pipe. The ends were grooved to create a mild internal lip.
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A close up of the groove. These grooves are used to couple sections of pipe for fire protection sprinkler systems using victolic couplers.
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The fit was good and the groove worked well as a lip. This will be the bottom.
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The lid end got a tapped hole to secure the lid once all items were placed by loved ones.
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A shot of the bottom.
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The lid got a custom made handle to allow us to lower the vessel into the deep hole prior to sealing with concrete.
The little hinge was turned by my son who made it home on bereavement leave.
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The lid opens wide allowing items under 8" to be placed.
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Lastly, the interior got a gloss brilliant white coat of enamel paint keeping it pure.
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The exterior got her favorite color of Navy Blue.
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My MIL resting between her two sons as per her wishes. I also set the headstone for the family.
A second pour created a pedestal under the base of the headstone once the initial pour cured some.
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I wasn't sure this should be shared, but the vessel was a shop creation that was built with prayer and dignity to my best ability. I miss my "mom", she always treated me with love and respect.
Peace.
 
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