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by Dave_C
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?
Replies: 84
Views: 7378

Re: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?

Steve, You are a wise man my friend and I kind of got the same take away as you. If you want to learn something about how to "hang and Axe" (most of you have no idea what that means) then watch this video. You don't have to watch long to figure out the "old man" knows what he is doing https://youtu....
by Dave_C
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?
Replies: 84
Views: 7378

Re: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?

I watched the video all the way through! Obviously the man never had to cut firewood to keep warm in the winter or he would know how to fix a loose ax handle. His $280.00 ax has a loose handle, put another wedge in it and go back to work. It's wood, it swells in wet weather and shrinks in dry weathe...
by Dave_C
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?
Replies: 84
Views: 7378

Re: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?

There is a reason those old axes are going for $80.00 and new ones are cheap! The old ones were drop forged steel and would hold an edge while most of the junk we have today is just cast metal of one sort or the other. Just like our other tools, you get what you pay for. Cheap is rarely quality and ...
by Dave_C
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?
Replies: 84
Views: 7378

Re: Best Type of Axe for Busting Rotten Stump?

The difference between a splitting ax and a chopping ax has to do with the width and taper of the "bit" and the grind on the edge of the bit. And yes, there are single bit and double bit axes of both varieties. The chopping ax has a narrower profile so it can be driven deeper into the wood as you ch...
by Dave_C
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: How to drill and ream a large-ish hole with drill press.
Replies: 16
Views: 2223

Re: How to drill and ream a large-ish hole with drill press.

Matt, If you are going to use a chucking reamer it has to be started straight and on center with the hole you just drilled or it will be off center and off axis. I would not attempt to do this by hand or with a hand drill. With the part on the drill press, after spotting the hole and drilling the ho...
by Dave_C
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Chess Pieces
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: Chess Pieces

Nice! Very, very nice! Harold, thanks for the kind words! My wife was looking at the set and she ask me "Do you realize all the skills that you had to acquire before you could make that set?" And then we started going over how it all came to be, realizing that most of the know how was obtained from...
by Dave_C
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Chess Pieces
Replies: 8
Views: 2848

Re: Chess Pieces

I don't have a CNC mill so making the knights in 3D is not something I have the tools to do Well I solved that problem and completed the G0678 CNC conversion with a Centroid/Acorn controlled mill with Clearpath servos! So I took a shot at making the knights. After 32 revisions of the drawings, tryi...
by Dave_C
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Buy, Sell, Trade, Wanted, Free!
Topic: ESS and CM126 Break Out Board
Replies: 0
Views: 1004

ESS and CM126 Break Out Board

I just finished converting my Mach 3 CNC lathe to an Centroid Acorn CNC controller and I have the Ethernet Smooth Stepper which is mounted on the front of a CM126 Break Out Board. Both are in perfect condition and are stored in a static proof shipping bag! I paid almost $500.00 for this combo but si...
by Dave_C
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?
Replies: 13
Views: 1791

Re: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?

Shild, There are some standards that you can draw from. It would also be a good practice to find a speed and feed calculator on the web and run some examples. Some of these will let you enter depth of cut as well as chip load and then give you the HP required for the cut. Some of these are more deta...
by Dave_C
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Why not to Buy Cheap Jet CNC Mill?
Replies: 13
Views: 2441

Re: Why not to Buy Cheap Jet CNC Mill?

In the end it really depends on what the op wants to do. Well said! Not knowing what Steve wants to make, do, create, spend and what not, we can only share what we have done with our machines. And nope, I don't have room for a VMC. (Wish I did, but then I don't really need one nor could I use one t...
by Dave_C
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Why not to Buy Cheap Jet CNC Mill?
Replies: 13
Views: 2441

Re: Why not to Buy Cheap Jet CNC Mill?

I said earlier I do own one? And a real VMC Well if you own a VMC then that explains why everything else would be less than acceptable to you. Most of us of the "HOME MACHINIST" variety machinist either don't have the room, power supply or funds to own such a machine. But back to Steve's issue of w...
by Dave_C
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Home Shop CNC
Topic: Why not to Buy Cheap Jet CNC Mill?
Replies: 13
Views: 2441

Re: Why not to Buy Cheap Jet CNC Mill?

While they are very versatile manual machines and I think a well equipped shop should have one they just aren’t good for cnc. Really, says they guy who probably does not own one! :roll: 0522181311 (2).jpg They have their draw backs but "IF" you know how to approach them they can produce very good r...