Monthly Archives: March 2012
Machined Spacers and Washers
Had a few sets of plastic spacers and heavy steel washers to cut this week. Not all that tough as far as precision machining goes. The plastic is 2 1/2″ Acetyl, tougher than polyethylene and cheaper than Nylon. The steel … Continue reading
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Graphite, A mess in the machine shop.
Finished up some graphite test bars yesterday. It machines quite easy but it sure makes a mess of the machine.(and the operator) I had to build a fixture to cut the 9″ radius. It worked OK for these, but I … Continue reading
The Bronze Ring
I’ve had a few orders for these precision machined rings. They are an enjoyable but challenging part to make. The material is a copper-nickel and it’s quite “sticky” and produces a lot of heat when machined. The chips in the … Continue reading
Welding needed for the John Deere H spindles
Here is a part I repaired for a fellow a while back. The tractor had continued to be used after the wheel bearings had failed and the front spindles were severely damaged. The repair involved welding the damaged areas to … Continue reading
Not just for metal.
I’ve been gluing up some oak 4 x 4’s and since I can’t turn them in my wood lathe I thought the metal lathe will work fine. Not exactly precision machining but hey, a fellow needs to have some variety. … Continue reading