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Tooling up

Post by Tank » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:04 pm

So, I have had a busy few weeks.
Every time I have gone to fix something I have needed a "Special Seal". Or a seal that is no longer made. Or a seal that costs two Euro's with a minimum order of thirty euro's AND shipping.
I finally threw in the towel and set out to create a semi dedicated seal making machine. The little Taig is perfect for this but I have had to make - what turned out to be - some very intricate and detailed modifications. Although this lathe comes with what are serviceable levers on the handwheels they are just solid brass pressed in. I have remade these in Bronze and modified some 4mm Machine Screws so the feel and sensitivity is really good now. It needed the improvements because the only way I can successfully machine Urathene is with blades. I also finished fitting the Digital scales which are proving invaluable.

So I have had to make some special tooling to hold the blades. I had a chat with Laurie Amatruda about this and we came to the conclusion that you quite simply have to make your own tooling and it is a learning curve. I figure I am right on the edge of that curve :D

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Re: Tooling up

Post by micken » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:11 pm

Looking good there Graham.

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Re: Tooling up

Post by Tank » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:42 am

I know you were interested in the machine when you saw it Mick. As a starting point it is an excellent machine and as you know, made in the USA though I have to say my other Chinese made lathe is really quite accurate. But as I say, it is a starting point and there are many improvements, tweaks and accessories you can make for it. Bit more close up detail on the handwheels:

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The Digital readout, simple though it is has been a massive improvement and the handwheels add real sensitivity. The next thing to do is make an indexing wheel and add it to the rear of the Headstock.
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Re: Tooling up

Post by micken » Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:05 pm

All this information is coming just at the right time. I'm planning for a phased retirement over the next few years and hopefully addressing the issue of not having a workshop at the moment. Keep on feeding me :dance:

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