Misc. Machining

 

This is just a few odds jobs I’ve worked on over the past few months. Not really worthy of much explanation, but since I took pictures…

 

I bought these clamps at machine shop that was closing. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but they are incredibly stout. The probably weigh 10 lbs each. Sadly I discovered the broken bolt hidden within the nut after cleaning off all the gunk. I machined a new one out of some tough steel.

It looks a little too “new” for this clamp…

 

It’s nice to be able to make just about anything in your shop. I needed some very specifically sized dowel points for a wood project, so rather than trying to hunt down and buy something that probably doesn’t exist…

One of my last projects on my South Bend 16-24 was to make an MT2 end mill holder that would accept a 1″ arbor. Below is the blank before machining the taper. I lost the finished taper picture, but it came out perfectly with really good engagement.

cutting the taper…

 

Some machine feet I created to level and reduce vibration on my lathe.

 

And sadly, I said goodbye to the South Bend lathe before I could install them. We were preparing to move and I decided it was time for it to go. I’ll be upgrading (downgrading most likely) to a smaller but more modern machine in the near future. The gentelmen that bought the 2-ton lathe managed to load it without a forklift or crane. It took nearly four hours…

Precariously? sitting almost at trailer height…yikes!