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by toddalin
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
Topic: 3 in 1 Machine Thoughts!
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: 3 in 1 Machine Thoughts!

I put table limit switches on my ShopMaster and these are attached to a "contactor" before the "machine switches" that will break the wall current in the event the table runs to an end. Because the table ruler scale was so far off, the first time I used the power feed, the table went beyond its limi...
by toddalin
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
Topic: new to metalworking!
Replies: 5
Views: 1918

Re: new to metalworking!

I don't know Smithy's charges, but perhaps you may prefer the ShopMaster offerings if they would work.
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by toddalin
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New here - Hello!
Replies: 33
Views: 11899

Re: New here - Hello!

Oh, she also built the L1011s and was working there when the first one went down.

She said that the ghosts came to the plant and promised there would be no that would to go down and the L1011s had a stellar safety record for a long time after that.
by toddalin
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New here - Hello!
Replies: 33
Views: 11899

Re: New here - Hello!

Some one PM'ed me and asked why skunkworks and if I had anything to do with Lockheed.... Sadly - it isn't as exciting as that. My freinds started calling my skunkworks because of A) I owned a stealth and B) I was always tinkering quietly away... sam My mother worked on the Stealth at Skunkworks in ...
by toddalin
Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Single vs double end end mills
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: Single vs double end end mills

So yesterday I needed an end mill and only the double ended bit was the right size. I looked at the bit and it said 9/16". So I pulled the 9/16" collet, and the bit slid in almost up to the "round" but would go no further. Then I realized, while the end mill was 9/16", its "round" was 5/8" even thou...
by toddalin
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Single vs double end end mills
Replies: 13
Views: 2879

Re: Single vs double end end mills

My take based on my ShopTask Tri-Power mill/drill/lathe. I bought a bunch of mill bits here and most were double-ended. When I try to put them in my collets (R8s), it seems that they don't even go in to the smooth shanks and the collet is just grabbing onto the bit portion. This can't be right. I th...
by toddalin
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which Configuration Would Be Less Prone to Flex???
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

Re: Which Configuration Would Be Less Prone to Flex???

In the mean time, I made an additional brace that should allow me to "pre-load" the alternator. I cut/drilled/dechromed/painted the broken bracket that I had removed to anchor the back of a tie rod to a header bolt and made a bracket to anchor the front to the J-bar. I can tighten this rod and it pu...
by toddalin
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which Configuration Would Be Less Prone to Flex???
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

Re: Which Configuration Would Be Less Prone to Flex???

An idler may be do-able using the bolt holes that would hold the P/S pump down by the crank. But that would be a project for another time.
by toddalin
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which Configuration Would Be Less Prone to Flex???
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

Which Configuration Would Be Less Prone to Flex???

I use a 1"-wide Gilmer belt on my Small Block Chevy to run the alternator and water pump. The belt puts a lot of stress on the mounts and will tweak the alternator forward and down as the engine revs. The standard alternator set-up uses a lower mount that lets it rock to adjust the belt tension and ...
by toddalin
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Would I Bevel a 6" Piece of 1/8" x 1" Bar Stock Across Its Length?
Replies: 19
Views: 3930

Re: How Would I Bevel a 6" Piece of 1/8" x 1" Bar Stock Across Its Length?

I made a jig of wood to hold the two pieces in alignment for drilling in the press and the holes came out perfect. I test mounted it and it is hardly visible. The angle is so gentle that I really don't need to worry about the alignment of the bolt heads/nuts. http://www.audioheritage.org/photopost/d...
by toddalin
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Would I Bevel a 6" Piece of 1/8" x 1" Bar Stock Across Its Length?
Replies: 19
Views: 3930

Re: How Would I Bevel a 6" Piece of 1/8" x 1" Bar Stock Across Its Length?

I don't think it is a matter of a defective bracket so much as compensating for a misalignment of the existing parts. The alternator seems to have a bit of an inward cant because the surface that it mounts to (the header's flange) has a bit of an inward cant rather than being parallel with the cente...
by toddalin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Would I Bevel a 6" Piece of 1/8" x 1" Bar Stock Across Its Length?
Replies: 19
Views: 3930

Re: How Would I Bevel a 6" Piece of 1/8" x 1" Bar Stock Across Its Length?

No, because the back edge is curved to match the bracket it goes under and if I predrilled it then milled it, I probably coudn't get this curved edge to align perfectly. Once the metal is thin, it is a simple matter to match the back edge with the sander. Next time I will secure both pieces to a woo...