Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Shereline Lathe - Offset Bit holder

To machine these over size wood discs WITHOUT setting up the riser blocks I went ahead and made a quickie bit holder.

Obviously not stiff enough for metals but for this Bass wood it is very functional.

I used a piece of scrap that had been waiting around for years until the correct part came out of it.

Now I can get well over 3 inch dia without doing anything other than bolt on the new bit holder
Would have been better to reach over to include the far hold down on the cross-slide but the scrap piece ran out.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

DIY Acrylic (see thru) Metric Scale

This Acrylic Metric Scale was made back in 1984 when I was full time (56hrs) at Mercury Metal-craft in Warren Mi.

The Kozlowski's owned and operated this shop and it was fundamental to forming my life and skills sets that I now appreciate and rely on daily.

The shop was divided into two half's; the sheet-metal model making side and the metal removal side.

Hired by my High school friend James Kozlowski I was primarily working in the inspection room. The inspection room was a small but well maintained part of the complete puzzle that made up all of the services offered.

My main mentor in the inspection room was  fellow by the name of Robert Demchak Great guy; funny, talented, (Barber Shop Tenor) he too was instrumental in my understanding of Tolerancing and its effects on costs. 

Often on the sheet-metal side we in the inspections room had to verify both the wood pattern and the parts made and checked on it. Often to check the pattern we would have to take measurements from the "brownline" provided by the customer usually Ford, American Motors, and GM. I was told that Chrysler was avoided because "they didn't pay there bills" some things never change.

The see thru scale was something we made for ourselves in the inspection department and I especially like the one that I came up with.

A 3/4" piece of acrylic machined, hand scribed, and professionally lettered, I still use it (maybe once a year) to this day. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

STANLEY No. 2 Plane Restored

This little gem came from an abused home, bought it for a $1.50 but had to invest in an ebay handle for $17 to make it complete
Never heard nor seen one my discerning eye knew there was something different and snagged it at an estate sale.
It had has lots of issues the worst being a cracked sidewall but it is still completely functional.
I think the beauty of the No2 is the front handle; many planes at this size are one handed tools and so don't have the control.

It has some of the craziest screw sizes; it uses several 12-20 screws

It rounds out the set of large vintage planes in my cabinet.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sherline Lathe 1/4 inch Carbide Insert bit Alternative

Those little triangle carbide inserts are OK although there are some "not worth buying" ones out there so be careful ordering the cheapest.

I was trying to get to a carbide bit for my wood turning project when I came across these diamond shaped inserts and went ahead and made a holder to use with the standard tool post

One is 3/8 square and the other is 1/4 x 1/2

good so far

I think the goal is to use more conventional bits that are easier to find locally

Saturday, January 7, 2017

FoodSaver Adheasive & Epoxi Storage

Yes I have become a storage freak

I found the FoodSaver vacuum pump and decided that its real value was in the shop not the kitchen!

Very simply, the bags are good for a few uses, sometimes only one

I have never determined the exact cause of the reuse failures but I suspect it is dirt in the seal?

The boxes are beautiful and completely reusable.

I feel that after opening these expensive materials it is worth the effort and piece of mind to vacuum seal them

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Shereline CNC Lathe - Awl Haft turning

There are lots of details here and not a lot of them were outlined anywhere that I could find. Turning wood on a CNC lathe took a lot of experimenting. The main problem was the bit; there were no guidelines for what I was doing and so after many attempts with a metal cutting bit I realized that the size and shape of the bit was going to have to be my own design and hand ground by me.

This haft is designed especially for the shoe makers hand stitching the Goodyear welt.

I determined that the bit needed a lot of back rake and end relief angle so I hand ground this piece of HSS to this shape. 0.100" wide with 0.050" rad, this is rubust and easy to put into the cutter path software.

After many attempts I determined that the secret to getting the brass end perfectly centered in the wood handle was to put it in 1st!
With the brass pressed in it doesn't matter how off center the wood is because the turning process will align the two pieces.
The brass end fits onto the live center.
The finish pass

The awl is inserted carefully

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vintage Senco Air Stapler

At an old house on Lake St Clair I found this 50's Senco air stapler and 30,000 staples for about $2.

I could not test it but I figured it is so simple I would give it a try.

It looks like the beginnings of the pneumatic revolution was rather simple.

Found lots of patent drawings to help get it back together after an almost complete tear down.

The thing works really well but does not have a pressure adjuster on it so you have to have an air regulator on the line.