Shaper Attachment for the USMT Horizontal Mill

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(Another Craigslist score)………..

 

About a year ago I got an Email from my friend Steve (the guy who sold me the United States Machine Tool Milling Machine) that a shaper head was posted on C-list that would fit the mill. I snatched it and (as usual) it sat around for a year or so, until I got around to adapting it to my mill. Its funny how nothing ever REALLY fits without some modification. Well, I finally got around to working on it a few weeks ago (got tired of tripping over it is more like it).

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Jet Belt Grinder Modification

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I’m a habitual Craigslist troller, and when I found this Jet “bench grinder” for $100 I snatched it up. It was a 3450 RPM 1 HP deal, with a 4X48″ belt sander on one side, and a 8″ grinding wheel on the other. I had a 2X48″ Kalamazoo (partial) belt grinder that I wanted to adapt to the wheel side, so that I could have multiple grit capabilities on the same machine. Belt grinders are about as handy as it gets for fabrication, and this seemed to a good way to go.

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Back From Vacation in The Rockies

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I had the good fortune to spend two weeks in the Rockies with my wife and two adult children recently. My son lives right outside Denver, and he hosted a number interesting excursions for us, from a trek through the Rockies at 12,000 feet to a dinner at the Casa Bonita (of Southpark fame). Many thanks to him for the great time we had; two weeks to clear the head and regroup.

 

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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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