Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lou Somers Power Feed Update

Lou Somers sent in some pictures of his updated shop made Taig lathe power feed.
"I rejiggered everything for portability. when I get tired of standing I set it on a drywall bucket and sit down. Drive cable for leadscrew is stuck on a screw to keep it out of the way when not in use."

"Moved gearmotor topside. At left lower corner is a temporary drive link for my attempt at Keith Brooke's thread cutting rig. I used 3/8 x 24 tap as a leader. Didn't want to spend too much time on it till I was sure it would work. Will rework as time permits."

"After a couple of passes with the thread tool. Chuck is a 3" from Little Machine Shop. I have a 4" from LMS on my Atlas 618. Both are money well spent"

"Blurry action shot"

"Don't know how I missed my mark as much as I did. Rather than make another drive rod plate I drilled and tapped the drive rod for a 10 x 24 screw"

"Drilled a generously oversize hole in the drive rod plate for the screw to pass through. Tightened it til there was just the slightest play to allow rod to move latterally due to misalignment. Seems to work just fine."

"The chuck arbor is on a piece of 10x24 all thread."

"Made a taper to keep everything centered in the spindle nose. Although this set up looks like Beethoven's last movement and Keith would probably throttle me for the way I've chopped up his idea, it works perfectly."

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