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by gangel99
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Help with a table feed
Replies: 8
Views: 1499

Re: Help with a table feed

Fixed!!! :D Alphageek was correct - I did not need to take off the handle. After taking out the four cap screws holding the bottom assembly the secret was wiggling the handle back and forth a bit and then it came apart. The power issue turned out to be a connector had come loose and just needed to b...
by gangel99
Tue Aug 10, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Help with a table feed
Replies: 8
Views: 1499

Re: Help with a table feed

It's always hard to be clear in these posts! First, instead of 'Forward - Reverse' lever I should have said 'Right-Left' lever. To identify each item in the picture moving from Left to Right are: Top Left little button is the circuit breaker. Bottom Left toggle switch is power. The Lever and the spe...
by gangel99
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Help with a table feed
Replies: 8
Views: 1499

Help with a table feed

All of a sudden the X-Axis power feed on my mill-drill stopped. No power light, circuit breaker was not popped, and it was not under any load. The possibilities seem straightforward: the switch, the circuit breaker, a fuse, or a worn wiring / swarf issue. The problem is I am wary of breaking somethi...
by gangel99
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ball turner tool grinding
Replies: 4
Views: 1814

Re: Ball turner tool grinding

The turning axis is vertical. If the rod is a problem I could make the hole into a square for a piece of HSS. Either way I need to better understand how the cutter should be shaped. Also I am interested in understanding the differences between horizontal and vertical turning axes. Something to do wi...
by gangel99
Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ball turner tool grinding
Replies: 4
Views: 1814

Ball turner tool grinding

I made a ball turner and am using a piece of 1/4" round hardened drill rod for the cutting tool. I first tried grinding it similar to a lathe tool but soon realized that only works well for one angle - when the tool is perpendicular to the piece. As I rotate the tool then the planes and angles are i...
by gangel99
Sat Jul 03, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastening a lever rod to a bar
Replies: 4
Views: 1565

Re: Fastening a lever rod to a bar

Glen - it was not a typo, rather my ignorance. In this case the length of engagement would be the thickness of the bar, 1/2" I assume the press fit works by some combination of compressing the rod being inserted and expanding the bar it is being forced into. Well, I learn mostly by doing so I will g...
by gangel99
Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fastening a lever rod to a bar
Replies: 4
Views: 1565

Fastening a lever rod to a bar

I am doing a project where I need to fasten a 1/2" piece of bar to a 1/2" thick piece of bar - the other bar dimensions are 1" by 4". The rod will act as a lever, needs to be rigid, take vibration, but not a lot of force. My question is how to fasten the two. One thought is simply to weld them toget...
by gangel99
Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Benchmaster Milling Machine
Replies: 12
Views: 4908

Re: benchmaster milling machines

I second Pacrat. I had a Benchmaster for about 5 years - very nice small mill but too small for my needs. It uses a MT2 taper and I, like many others, used a bolt for the drawbar. As Pacrat said, take out the drawbar and tap (or bang) out the stuck collet or endmill holder using a piece of steel rod...
by gangel99
Tue Jun 22, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Converting a bandsaw from wood to metal?
Replies: 25
Views: 14474

Re: Converting a bandsaw from wood to metal?

I think you might run into trouble with the blades. Take this with a grain of salt because I have a large metal bandsaw and have looked into using it for wood -- the opposite of your situation. Apart from much lower speeds metal bandsaw blades run on steel wheels that are flat whereas wood blades ru...
by gangel99
Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To saw or not to saw, What saw should I get
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Re: To saw or not to saw, What saw should I get

I have become a believer in bigger is better - at least for saws. Used a chop saw for 3 years; upgraded to a 4 x 6 HF band saw for another 4 years and never used my chop saw again; upgraded to a used 7 x 12 Jet about 6 months ago and discovered it was what I should have bought in the first place. Th...
by gangel99
Thu May 27, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WD40 for coolant??
Replies: 24
Views: 5013

Re: WD40 for coolant??

The advice I took from other groups that cut metal a lot (welder / fabricators) is to use a synthetic or semi-synthetic water soluble oil. This eliminates the odor problem that arises from non-synthetic oils (hmm, would they be natural oils? I suppose so ...) I have a gallon from Enco, it is mixed 2...
by gangel99
Mon May 17, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it possible to 'bore' a disc?
Replies: 7
Views: 1241

Is it possible to 'bore' a disc?

I recently made a boring head which got me thinking about the possibilities of its use. Is it possible do use a boring head on the outside of the piece, rather than the inside? That is to make a disc from the outside in rather than bore a hole from the inside out. I know this is a job first for a la...