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  1. Toolman

    Keeping up with Lenmann

    So Lenmann over in the classic boat section, has been creating some pretty bad ass stuff. I really liked his dropforged, parting line, closet hook, transom blocks. So in keeping up with Lenmann, I had to come up with something different for a transom block. I called these blocks “D”blocks. In...
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    Material racks don’t make money

    About 15 years ago I built a really Bitchin material rack for our shop. Before that, we would store material vertically in the corners of our shop. One corner for aluminum, one corner for steel, etc. Now that the shop floor space is becoming scarce, it’s time to take a second look at that...
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    Early Christmas present

    I’ve been looking for one of these for a while now. Bought this one from a friend of mine. No tool changer, no enclosure, and no flood coolant. It has very low mileage. But it uses all my standard tooling and uses the same postprocessor as all my other machines. So basically it’s just a plug and...
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    Sand Core Mold

    This mold will form a sand core that creates a passage thru a sand casting during the pour. When the casting cools down, they knock the sand loose and pour it out the hole.
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    Some inspection work

    Using the 6030 as a CMM on a check fixture for a sand casting for a helicopter motor part. The fixture has been falsely accused of scrapping castings. After my inspection I have found there’s nothing wrong with the fixture and that there’s something wrong with the operator.
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    Steering link for Rock Crawler

    Shortening a steering link for a rock crawler. First I machine the pin to go inside the tube, then I drilled holes for plug welds, then I chamfered the edges the form the v-groove, and then tig welded it with multiple passes. The sanded spot in the middle of the tube is so that I could get a...
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    Time to give the old girl some lovin’

    This is the first machine my wife and I purchased back in 1997. It’s 1993 6030 Fadal and we paid 100 K for it and paid it off in five years and it wasn’t easy. This is the machine that I do the V- drive parts on, and large tooling projects. The backlash settings in the Y axis are getting to be...
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    ABS Rim Mod

    So my local motorcycle dealership took in a ninja 650 with front wheel damage. They ordered a new front wheel for the bike but it came in without the ABS hole pattern for the pick up ring. I machined a locating pin for the bearing ID. Then I used a gauge pin to clock the wheel to the three...
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    Bypass Tubes

    Some bypass tubes for these brass valves which apparently leak like a shooting range beer can and drip even after rebuilding. I think the boat is a “Kachina” or something like that.
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    12 Inch Atlas Lathe

    So I scored another lathe. This one is a mid 60s Atlas 12 inch lathe under the Sears Craftsman logo. It wasn’t running when I got it because it had about a dozen things wrong with it. A loose setscrew on the motor pulley, a shot power cord, some broken off bolts, some missing handles, and a...
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    Shars Vises

    I love my Shars vises. Easy to use and easy to maintain. I can tear one of these down to bare frame in 5 minutes. We own 7 of these in 4 inch and 6 inch versions. I just threw away 2 Kurt 2 station vises that were the worst investment ever.
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    Soft Jaw Halo

    When cutting soft jaws to hold apart on the OD it’s fairly easy by clamping in a spacer or a socket inside the jaws and do the cutting. When clamping on the ID of a part creates more of a problem getting the soft jaws cut precisely making up for the slop in the chuck when it’s expanding to grip...
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    10 inch Atlas Lathe

    So a friend calls me and says he is at an estate sale and there is a really old lathe bolted to a giant bench inside the garage for sale. He sent me a picture of it, and I told him to buy it and bring it straight to me. It’s 1940s vintage. It’s filthy dirty and I will be posting pics of my...
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    V-Drive Rigging

    Helping a customer machine a bunch of custom v- drive components for his set up. For example, the four link rail mounts were originally designed as a typical right angle block. We got crazy and stretched the block and leaned it towards the V-Drive giving it a modern swoopy look.
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    Hard at work

    This is how the wife runs our machines.
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    Just Goofin' with PLA

    This prop was a 30 hr print.
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    Turning Some Brass Nozzles on my Mini CNC Lathe

    This machine probably makes the most money (profit) of any of the machines in my shop. No coolant, small footprint, very little maintenance, and runs on 110v. It will hold + or - .00005 all day. Getting it up to temp is the trick. Once it's warmed up, it's on baby! I have a tolerance of + or -...
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    Radial Trailer Tires

    This is a 18' v-6 I/O run about. GVW tag on trailer shows 3k lbs. I've always run nylon bias ply tires on it. My local Goodyear guru talks me into radial trailer tires. These are Goodyear Marathon P215 75R-14's load range C. I have 50 psi in them. I'm disturbed by the massive bulge at the...
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    Heavy Metal

    This is 1040 high carbon wear plate. They are guide rails for a steel rolling mill. First I square up the hardened flame cut sides as far down as I can go without hitting vise jaws. Then fly cut top surface with 4" face mill which did not work so well. Started picking up a chatter and had to...
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    Need a good Bimini builder in Havasu

    Need a Stainless Bimini top fabbed in Havasu. Thx