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by KellyJones
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Shop Safety?
Replies: 30
Views: 2660

Shop Safety?

Scared my self today. I've been working on a model steam engine lately and it requires a lot of little brass parts for rod ends and so forth. After drilling on the milling machine I had to do some light milling on another brass part. I left the drill chuck mounted (out of laziness I guess) and set u...
by KellyJones
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Making parts from aluminum plate
Replies: 14
Views: 1693

Re: Making parts from aluminum plate

I like the idea of using the rotary table, but I would have milled the two parts separately. Unless you bolt them together as others have suggested you run the risk of one of them moving and spoiling the part. I have made similar parts by drilling an undersized hole in the center and clamping with a...
by KellyJones
Tue May 06, 2014 10:21 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: LeBlond 24" X 60" lathe FREE
Replies: 6
Views: 1382

Re: LeBlond 24" X 60" lathe FREE

Man, I wish!
by KellyJones
Thu May 01, 2014 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Safety
Replies: 36
Views: 3018

Re: Shop Safety

Kelly, this is a great topic. I use a few methods mentioned here that, IMHO, make it safe. 1. Handle required 2. Loose clothing and rings prohibited at all times 3. ****very important***** keep the end of the file out of path of the jaws**** (if you don’t grasp this concept, keep asking and thinkin...
by KellyJones
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Safety
Replies: 36
Views: 3018

Shop Safety

I had a sobering moment this evening. I was using a file to touch up the finish on a part. I was being far too casual and looked down and it struck me just how dangerous it was to file next to the chuck. If the file had wandered only a degree or two to the left, the chuck jaw would have hit the end ...
by KellyJones
Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electric motor problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1997

Re: Electric motor problem

Success! Got the lathe running again. Small soldering job to install the new capacitor. Opened the motor to inslect the starter switch and windings. No evidence of buring, arcing or other bad stuff. Thanks for the comments.
by KellyJones
Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electric motor problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1997

Re: Electric motor problem

Ok, got the motor off the lathe. Thought I could plan out the job while waiting for the replacement capacitor. Definitely fried. Found a couple of loose screws in the electrical box on the motor, but no signs of overheating. Looks like the capacitor was soldered after the wires were pulled though th...
by KellyJones
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Electric motor problem
Replies: 19
Views: 1997

Re: Electric motor problem

Electric motor problems must be contagious. Mine on the lathe started making a "sizzling" sound this morning and the shop started stinking. Had my son momentarily start the lathe while I watched the motor. Sure enough, the magic smoke was escaping from one of the two capacitors. Took the cover off (...
by KellyJones
Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Trying to side mill
Replies: 8
Views: 1827

Re: Trying to side mill

Harold: could you post a picture of the modifications you made to the vise and how you use it? Sounds useful, but I'm not sure I have an accurate picture in my head. Thanks
by KellyJones
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Molasses and Rust
Replies: 31
Views: 4427

Re: Molasses and Rust

I have used the cola method of de-rusting tools before. It is slow, but it works for the same reason molasses works. The acids in the liquid eat the oxidized rust preferentially, leaving the base metal. If left long enough, it will eat the base metal too. Don't know if it will work on non-ferrous ma...
by KellyJones
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1784

Re: Advice needed

Wow! Lots of good comments. Yes, it is mystery metal from the scrap bin, some sort of steel. The lathe is fairly new and shouldn't have any significant wear, but the comment about the tool being a little high might make sense. I thought I had set it dead on center, but it still might be high. I will...
by KellyJones
Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1784

Re: Advice needed

Glenn - The next higher available RPM is 600 RPM. The chips come off very hot (blue). I turned down the RPM to reduce the heat.