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Basement shop: jim rozen

Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:19 pm
by jim rozen
I had promised to put a link to these, so here goes - some of these
are a bit out of date but pretty much accurate.

A view of my basement in peekskill, down the external staircase which
is about five steps. There's a 10L southbend in the background and
a hardinge ESM59 in the foreground:


A very ugly hardinge UM which up until yesterday was the only milling
machine I had in the shop, and a walker turner drill press which has
since been retrofitted with a VFD for variable speed:


A photo showing the three machines together, the echophone
commercial radio in the background is now a hallicrafters SX-26
super defiant however:


Oops, not my shop. Me and my mates at work, me on the right,
and my late boss on the left, just to give some idea of what goes on


Another lathe I've really been enjoying lately, an old pratt and
whitney 7" bench lathe. After the success with the drill press VFD,
I put one on this machine as well:


Mostly I use the machine tools to make parts for, err, other machine
tools. But sometimes motorcycle parts as well:


Somehow the guy in the photo above had his hair bleached out, so
don't pay any attention to that odd effect.

Anyway that's what goes on at 520 highland ave, the latest project
is a venerable pratt and whitney horizontal milling machine just
purchased from steve. Photos of that as the work occurs!


Posted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:39 pm
by dly31
Nice equipment and photos, Jim. I recognize the work photo as a shielded room as we had them where I worked in the calibration labs at White Sands and Anniston Army Depot. I also have a background as a motorcycle mechanic in the 1950's. Still have some old electronic testing equipment and a few old junk cycles. Recently sold a BMW R60-5.

Don Young

Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:51 am
by SteveM

Love the overhead drive on the P&W!

I have to figure out how to drive the flat-belt Brainard I showed you when you were here. I think the motor and transmission I have would be too big to hang from the floor joists and would probably vibrate the house.


Posted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:20 pm
by Jose Rivera
Jim, you not only have excellent machinery, but that looks to me like a dream shop.


I like those copper air lines and that telephone !!
Does it still work?

Thanks for sharing ! 8) 8) :lol: :lol:

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:23 am
by jim rozen
Thanks -yes, the phone is a western electric space saver. Very handy
right there. But honestly it's the newest phone in that house.

The shop is pretty good right now, but it's hot in the summer, and
humid. In one photo you can see a wash-up sink in the background,
I run a de-humidifier all summer long and gallons of water go down
that sink.

The shop is cold in the wintertime, no heat to speak of since I insulated
the hot water heat loops down there. So I often wear a hat and coat
while working, in the cold months.

We did get about 6 inches of water in there, during hurricane Floyd a
few years ago. I have portable pump standing by for occasions like that!

The overhead in the shop is pretty low, the walker turner drill press has
its head pretty much stuffed up in between the floor joists above. A
birdgeport would never fit down there!


Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:41 pm
by Jose Rivera
I have a kerosene bullet type heater in my garage.
No vent, except the four vents just above the floor, two on each side.

I run it only for a few minutes because it heats up the garage ten degrees in about six minutes.

I am burning diesel in it, at $15.00+ the gallon of kerosene I could afford to run it with that fuel.

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:52 pm
by Marty_Escarcega
Very nice Jim. Thanks for sharing your photos with us! I really appreciate "visiting" other people's shops this way. I should try and take pictures of my current "shop" and post them. Perhaps fairly soon, as soon as I finish up a golf cart project.


Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:29 pm
by AllThumbz
Nice shop Jim, been working to finish my basement for months now, and finally am almost up to the shop, doing some wiring. Other than the lathe and Burke mill, which need to be 220V, the table saw, bandsaw, and router are regular 110V tools. I am installing a separate 15A circuit for those and lighting (14/2 wire size). Since I use one machine at a time, I am hoping that will be sufficient.



Best, Nelson

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:02 am
by matthew_g
Really nice shop you have got there..
I have just one question, Being from Australia and not having basements, How do you manage to get machinery down the stairs and through a standard doorway without droping the machine down or breaking something?

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:52 am
by AllThumbz
matthew_g wrote:Really nice shop you have got there..
I have just one question, Being from Australia and not having basements, How do you manage to get machinery down the stairs and through a standard doorway without droping the machine down or breaking something?
A lot of planning and rigging to get it down ok. I have some photos on my group of the lathe move if anyone is interested.


Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:01 am
by matthew_g
I went to the group but I must register to see the pic's..I will do this over the next day or so..I am very interested.

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:24 pm
by jim rozen
In my case the answer was, mostly breaking the machines down into
smaller bite-size bits, before sliding them down the 5 stone steps that
lead to the driveway outside.

Going in, always easier than going out!