New Lighting for the Bridgeport Milling Machine

 

 

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One of the things that bug most people as they get older is poor lighting in the shop. If you want any degree of accuracy when doing the work we do; you will need good light, and (in my case) some magnification. A few weeks ago I got what I considered a fair deal on medical magnifier with florescent lighting. It has a 5X diopter lens, and I really liked it from the start. I mounted it above my lathe, and it really helps when doing “close” work.

 

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Scotchbrite Wheel Adapter for my Grinder

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There are a number of parts that I make that just don’t get the kind of finish I’m looking for out of a belt grinder, and hand de-burring is way to time consuming for my taste. I had been looking at Scotchbrite wheels for a while, but couldn’t find any arbors that would mate the wheels to any of my grinders. My guess is that the adapters are only available from Scotchbrite, and I wasn’t going there (the wheels are pricey enough). my best alternative is to make one.

 

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Grizzly Model G4011 Sheet Metal Machine for the Shop (Slip Roll, Shear and Brake)

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I’ve been wanting a Metal Brake in the shop for a long time, and Rich Soby mentioned he had one for sale a while back so I bought it. I had a folding brake in mind, but this one looks to be a very useful machine. In fact, I might be better off with this type machine than what I had planned on originally.

 

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Optimizing Shop Space (or: A Corner Shelf From Scrap)

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There is a corner in my shop that is more or less dead space. For some reason its too small to fit any machines in, and all kind of Use-it-once-a-month stuff finds it’s way there. I don’t have enough room in my shop to waste any space, and this space was crying to get filled with something for quite a while. I can’t put a filing cabinet or any conventional kind of shelf in there; its just too small an area.

About a month ago, one of the contractors at work sold me a small pile of plate steel for what amounts to beer money. I have been sitting on about 600 LBS of 7/16″ fish plate in varying shapes. I had one 36″ round that looked like it would be a good candidate  for a corner shelf, if it was quartered.

 

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Fixing a Permanent Magnetic Chuck for the Surface Grinder

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I have been looking around for a cheap magnetic chuck, (or power supply for the one I’ve already got) so that I could put my surface grinder to use. I ran across this one at the CAMS Yard Sale really cheap, and bought it to play around with. Its a permanent magnet type, and I was told it was a little weak. There is an Allen bolt on the side which operates a cam that releases the magnet. The action of the cam was stiff, and the mag didn’t seem to release. I figured it couldn’t be all that hard to fix.

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