Saturday, December 13, 2014

Monty Remon’s Latest Projects

I have been quiet just lately, but this week I decided to address a major moan of mine - the short comings in the design of the drilling tailstock, I have previously mentioned the reduction of ram side loads on the air gap due to linkage geometry, (easily accomplished by increasing the hole spacing on the lever by 1/16"). However the problem of side loads on the 1/8" clamping air gap remained so I rotated the arm assy., through 90degs., to the vertical position, I recycled a piece of 1"x1/2" ally from an old project, milled a slot and drilled a hole to accept the Taig links from the top location. This assy., is bolted onto the back of the tailstock under the overhang, as per the pictures. Now the loads are on the top and bottom of the clamping surfaces. I can still hang my hat on the lever and there is a smaller bench footprint. The only disadvantage I have found so far is that in this configuration the assy., can not be rotated on the bed but if a bracket and linkage assy., is mounted on top using the T slots then this is possible but then the lever action is reversed!  Oh well, you can't have it always - yet! remon146 remon147 remon148 remon149 remon150 I could not let things go, having mentioned the possibilities of a T slot mounting for the drilling lever assy., so I spent a day at the bench to work it out, the pictures show progress.
I elected to fabricate a T bracket with two swinging links and a new lever assy.. remon151 remon152

Here is the arrangement with the overhang at the rearremon153
Here reversed. remon154
Two more pictures to add to the last batch.
I decided to modify the handle by having two sets of holes, to cater for either set up. A  new pin and the holes reamed out, everything is really sweet, it feels much better than the standard side mounted system. remon155 remon156
Modifications to the threading setup. The modifications involve simplifying the construction and beefing it up a little.
The machined rod guides that clamp to the headstock have been replaced by two 1 1/2" washers with a flat filled on each to clear the spindle and a clamping bolt. The rods have been changed to 5/16" diam. remon157

So the main components are still three threaded rods, three bits of sq., ally from the scrap box, the through the spindle attachment for the thread samples and the delrin cartridge to accept the same. remon161

The washer seats the rods on the corner of the bed /headstock junction.
The rods centralise the washer over the  void. remon158

Compact and stiff. remon159

Here it is installed- I Photoshopped the lathe out. remon160

I have just spent a disgusting amount of money on a new mill ( Seig X3???) and thought it advisable to check on the web for tips. Well that got me worried so I set mine up the best I could an noticed  I had 80 division of slack (2mm) in  my fine feed knob!!! Well there was end play and axial play, I shimmed most of the axial play out but the the flexi coupling rattled as it was made in the wrong shack, check the alignment in the pics.,it must have been drilled with a hammer! remon164

To make matters worse the worm gear shaft presessed instead of rotating, only by leaving the bearing block loose could I get free rotation of the input dial! I could see that the only solution would be a new shaft and universal joints. So- I had a cup of tea then attacked a piece of delrin rod with the Taig, the result is shown in the pictures. remon163

A pair of slots at 90 degs., at each end and 45 degs., between them,  as long as the shaft drillings are short of the slots, it works a treat. There is sure to be another sucker out there with the same problem, I hope this helps. remon165

If I am so clever how come it took me 24 hours to realise that the flexi milling shaft mod., I have sent you will also get round one of my pet hates of the power drive, the spring connection. I have just measured an axial movement of 0.125" on my lathe. remon168

Here is a picture of my original solution to this problem - a bit of work, now residing in my scrap box. remon166

So all I did this time was turn a piece of delrin down to 16mm od and a length of 2.2", a 1/4" diam., 1/2" hole at the input end. The other end finished up at 6.9mm diam., by 5/8" deep to accept the spring end of the power drive.  Drill and tap for lock screws. Two pairs of opposed slots were found to give enough flexibility and with no measured end float apart from 0.001" on the gearbox output shaft. remon167

A while ago I saw a video on YouTube of manufacturing "smooth twist" barrels and as usual I fortified myself with a cup of tea and pondered. I came up with a simple jig that could swap between different twist rates and also progressive twist. The initial results showed promise as can be seen from the over cooked sample in the picture. remon170

Working with thin tubing showed I needed a travelling rest and a method of mounting the same, so a long overdue attachment was born, using my new mill. I built up a bridge T slot and mounted it on the carriage, with clearance for a hex key to make adjustments. I used two 4mm screws with the heads turned down to 5mm to slip in the T slot for fixing.  remon171remon172

design for a rest came to mind but I did a quick mod., job to the Taig fixed rest and bolted it to the rear face of my T slot (I shimmed it 0.010" over the bed for location). remon173remon174

Picture is not work in progress but just a set up

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Karl Harnish’s Wrench Handle

Using the same technique as I did with the tailstock handle (and actually the same piece of dowel) I made a new handle for my spindle wrench. I wasn't really trying to get more leverage, just make it more comfortable to use, especially when I am cutting threads (tap or die) and turning the spindle by hand.

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Ken Filar’s CNC Mill Setup.

I thought I would pass on a couple of preliminary photos.  Since these photos, we've upgraded the coolant capacity from 1 gallons to 5 gallons by sitting the pump in a kitty litter box.  Notice that we added a miniature version of a plastic strip walk-in freezer type door on the left side of the machine.  It is to handle the remainder of the X-travel and accommodate larger pieces for which we're only milling the end, etc.  Not sure how messy one of the larger cutting operations is going to get, but our original machining (that didn't protrude through the "curtain") didn't get anything  outside the enclosure.

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Ken Miller’s Mill Motor Conversion

“At long last the mill motor conversion is complete. I milled the adjustment slot manually using my rotary table, it came out perfectly. It did require a longer belt, and I needed to bump the motor mount column up just a hair to get the belt to align properly. I have all the original pulley ratios and speed control at the touch of a knob. Being able to slow the cutter down really made a difference on a couple of test cuts in some 6061 aluminum.
The motor controller head unit has an option to wire a remote unit, so I'll be doing that next. It will attach somewhere on the mill column and bring out just the speed adjustment and a Run/Stop switch.. I haven't worked out all the details on the housing and mount as yet.”

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mike Wooten’s Lathe And Custom Motor Mount

Mike Wooten sent these pictures of his lathe and custom motor mount.mwoot01 mwoot02

Ken Klamm’s Taig Tailstock Apdapted To His Unimat Lathe

Ken Klamm adapted a Taig tailstock to his old Unimat lathe.

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Karl Harnish's New Handle For His Taig Tailstock

“My Taig is on a large board that just sits on my workbench and it has occasionally moved if I put too much pressure on the original handle, so I thought I would try for a handle that will allow a push and a pull at the same time to see if that would help. (I guess I could learn how to sharpen my drill bits, or at least buy new ones.)
I started with an eighth by half mild steel and duplicated the holes from the original steel, then cut the new piece to length, leaving about 2.5 to 3 inches beyond each hole.
I put a piece of 1 inch wooden dowel rod in the milling attachment/vice, and using an eighth inch Dremel burr in the collet, I cut a blind slot about 3/4 inch deep, as long as the cross slide travel would allow. My idea was to try to get the center of the steel in about the center of the wood. Once the slots were cut, I cut off the dowel at one edge of the slot and cut the other end leaving a 6 and a half inch piece and a 5 and a half piece. A little time on the sanding wheel eased the edges Again, using the milling attachment and vice, I drilled and counter sank the holes in the wood, more or less an inch apart, slightly beyond the slot to allow for the 8-32 x 1/2 socket flat head screws to bottom out in my counter sunk holes. Then I fit the steel into the slot, and tapped it tight to the bottom and end of the slot and marked where I needed to drill the holes in the steel. The steel was then drilled and tapped for 8-32 machine screws. I didn't see much sense in the bolt and nut to hold the original handle in place, and the cotter pin was a nuisance, so I turned the "belaying" pins to hold the handle in place. I made the one that goes through the 2 straps a bit thicker to accommodate the larger holes in bracket. (It bothered me to have the original handle flopping around if I disconnected the cotter pin and left the bolt attached. With the 2 pins, it's a cinch to completely remove the handle when I am using a dead center on the tailstock.
I bit of stain and 3 coats of rub on poly on the wood and done.”

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