17556Re: [multimachine] Re: any hobby machinist in the same area
- Aug 18, 2013NickDon't know if your lathe is capable of turning an aluminum casting at 3000 rpm (what I have seen recommended) but I strongly agree that the crossfeed should be turned sideways. I have the expensive Grizzly table and have found that it causes chatter if the toolpost is not in the center. I should change it for the photos but too heavy for me to handle it now. Prices for these have gone up so much that they should not be seriously considered.Pat
From: n9viw <n9viw@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 18, 2013 8:39 AM
Subject: [multimachine] Re: any hobby machinist in the same area
As luck would have it, I DO have an old hobby wood lathe, looks to be a sort of spindle lathe. Very small headstock, probably no more than 3.5-4" swing by maybe 20" long. I don't think it even has the tool rest, but I'm pretty sure there's a dead center in the tailstock. Cast iron, pretty lightweight, but might work for small parts.
I do have the Gingery series, but as most of my work is in steel, I'm thinking the MM is a better match. Already have my mind spinning with the concept of making a mill/drill by mounting a x/y table with a long x run on a degree table, so I can turn it 90* to the headstock and use it as a short-table lathe rather than having the lathe out one side and the mill out the other. Just ideas for now, but we'll see how it goes!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Pat Delany <rigmatch@...> wrote:
> Don't forget to learn a little simple aluminum casting. Make strange things fit together with castings that can be turned freehand on a good wood lathe.Â
> From: n9viw <n9viw@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2013 10:17 PM
> Subject: [multimachine] Re: any hobby machinist in the same area
> No, I was not being sarcastic! I am yet a newbie in the machine-making and machining world, but I have a great desire to learn. There were three groups in the Springfield, MO area (about an hour west of me) but it looks like of the three, the only one still active is SquidFoo. Their rates seem reasonable, but I would not get out there often enough to take full advantage of their facilities, as impressive as they sound. Also, I have no concept of 3d modeling or digital design.
> I think, at this point, I will have to be content to doink away at my own projects until I can create a small group of my own, people who might be a bit (or a lot) less technically or technologically minded, but who still like putting pieces together to make something. For my own purposes, I'm looking forward to bringing home a Peter Wright anvil I have on layaway at a local resale shop and refinishing that, then using it to start smithing hinges and pulls for a local cabinetmaker. I also want to make shop tools (but need the shop first), and also do a little 'Depression fab' and make a doodlebug tractor and some implements I'd like on our little homestead here. Like I said, low-tech but high fun!
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kobus Van der Walt <kvdwalt@> wrote:
> > Nick this is for a South African hackerspace..(i did not think anybody will
> > take me up on this...)
> > i am suggesting that you join a local one..
> > http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/Missouri but if you insist.. we will be
> > starting to utilise google hangouts..
> > Nick if you were sarcastic.. :)
> > i am a huge fan of virtual spaces- but there is nothing like making things
> > in the real world. A while back i told the Austin hackerspace of the
> > mulitmashine\contcrete lathe via mail. but i guess they dont read all their
> > mail either. Or i hape they knew about it already-but unlikely. Since Texas
> > is so small- Pat live just around the bend etc. :) For us driving 3 hours
> > is nothing. Met a Ausie while backpacking years ago- they drive for 6 hours
> > to a party - party and then drive back, on gravel roads, at night. Dont
> > want to bring to much geography into this..
> > You can build a thousand lathes in cyberspace - and none of them will be
> > able to make anything in the real world. But if you dont know about similar
> > minded people..
> > I met a older guy a couple of months ago, Hans- that make chocolates
> > figurines for cakes etc. Been doing that for +20 years- with 3D printing
> > principles. That mean that he has been doing this for longer than makerbot
> > or reprap been going. Mechanical engineer, his prevision job was building
> > armaments in the cold war era. Very useful knowledge. Loads of them around
> > in this area.
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