Old machine tools are cool

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bake, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. dagwood

    dagwood Banned

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    thats a whole nother set. replace repair job shop vs design and production development. did the whole product/ production development thing and can't count the patents that don't have my name on them.:bluduh fuck that...

    bring me a problem. yeah sure. but don't steal. big corp america is good at that.
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  2. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Another manual machinist here (mostly). I work in the physics dept of UNM making prototype research fixtures, optics holders and other scientific apparatus. Small scale, non-production work. Lucky for me, the highest number of something I've ever had to make was 50. :lol3


    I started at that shop and got on the job training. While working there I finished my BA at UNM and then several years later went to community college and went to school for a very busy year of straight classes to attain my certificate in machine tool technology. Graduated with a 4.0 :evil

    In the commnity college, they gave everyone a solid foundation in manual work which was review for me but I also learned how to program (both straight g-code as well as mastercam) and run the big CNC machines but our shop doesn't have any. Just the same they're good skills to have these days.

    I say I'm mostly manual because last year we retrofitted one of our Bridgeport series 1 machines with an Acurite 3-axis set up that I use fairly often now. It has given us some capability we didn't have before which has brought us some new lab work and we are busy as heck right now! I'm thankful for that, and thankful and blessed to be in a good job I enjoy. The pay is crap but its enough. I'm not miserable and that's what counts.

    Hope any of you guys out there looking for work can find something. I truly beleive there will come a day when all the skilled laborers in this country will have to rise up and save this place.
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  3. dagwood

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    "cycle start" gad. i'm so glad i never sprained my poker finger.:lol3
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  4. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Here's a pic of my late '40's Craftsman/Atlas:

    It helps keep my antique junk running.:lol3

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  5. Bake

    Bake adventurer

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    I like the looks of that one.
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  6. Bake

    Bake adventurer

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    Sounds like an excellent gig. Good on ya for going for the education AND the hands on work. I have a very good friend, my age, that has 4 degrees, Math, Geology, General, and a Master's from CalTech in instrument design/programming. He's taught a little, doesn't like it. And right now he's unemployed, laid off from an advertising company IT dept. Go figure.
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  7. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    pics of the old girl I mentioned earlier

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  8. Chobro

    Chobro spinning the wheel

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    Myford 7

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  9. Cumminsman76

    Cumminsman76 befuddled

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    I wish it was that way here.
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  10. MZcountryboy

    MZcountryboy Long timer

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    here's a shot of my 6" craftsman - came with the table, and the uber-hot snap-on cast aluminum worklight, on custom magnetic base w/anti-turning-bits sticking tape wrap. I got all the tool holders in the original boxes, parts diagram book, and instruction manual. Boxes of cutting tools, etc...... The "old man" special setup. My father in law paid $190 at an auction.

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    Without a doubt one of that handiest things to have for under 2 c-notes.

    :deal
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  11. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    An old friend of mine has that same gig at A&M, before that he was at
    Texas Tech, interesting work sometimes.
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  12. Hodag

    Hodag native

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    I love machining bronze, our senior year cap stone(r) project was to make cannons including casting the barrels out of bronze. I modified the print and turned most of the straights as tapers (on a manual)
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  13. dagwood

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    I fucking hate alum/bronze. true bronze. rare. is ok. but still a PITA. just cause it turns nice doesn't make it fun. we call it turnin stripper dust.:bluduh
    and get a few bronze slivers good and deep....see how long. months...before you get them out. fuck that noise. give me H13, A3, 4140, etc anyday over that shit.
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  14. Hodag

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    we also had to grind all our own cutters from square tool stock
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  15. Chobro

    Chobro spinning the wheel

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    15' LeBlond lathe, old skool tool..I had to take .030 off this pipe to make it round it also needed to fit inside another pipe.

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    Had to make an end plate for the live center..

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    Rolled the 10 x 36 tube onto the machine, stuck a 2x4 in between the ways to prevent it from rolling off the back side.

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    Blurry photo gives the illusion of speed...:lol3

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  16. dagwood

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    yeah. this should be fun...
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    :lol3
    today...and actually all week. last one. thank fuckin god.
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    this was a Bad idea...do'h!

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    and this is the rods that go inthe cylinders in the first pics.
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    I'm prett beat wrastlin them fuckers round for a week. mostly my ass hurts from camping out on it for seven days...:lol3
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  17. dagwood

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    :lol3

    school?
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  18. Chobro

    Chobro spinning the wheel

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    Holy shit!:eek1
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  19. Mr. Cob

    Mr. Cob Howling "Mad", Adventurer

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    Howdy All,

    In another life time decades ago, I used to be a journeyman Machinist of the old school, always hated working with lathes but consider myself a pretty damned good man with a mill. I still keep my hand in the trade working with this little old Jet bench mill, the mill was made in the early 70's and for its size if you don't push it hard it will do some decent work. Here I have it setup to mill the clearance for a V-Belt on the front cover of an experimental Ural engine.
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    I would like to have a small lathe just for some of the projects that I work on in the garage, something with a 4-6 inch swing and around 24 inches between centers would be perfect. If anyone in the Nor-Wet has such a critter at a reasonable price please contact me. :deal
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  20. Bake

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    Former job used silicone-bronze for tooling pins, with sizes ranging from .625 to 4.0, mostly for weld jigs; tube assemblies. I didn't care much for cutting it either, it just didn't seem like it was happy no matter what speed you ran it. On our WW2 lathe, cutting more than .015 made such a hideous squeal the boss would complain:lol3
    Any of the chrome moly's-4140, 4150, 4130, machine so fine. I think 4130 is God's own steel. Beautiful stuff to work with.
    I did alot of A2..lots...because it heat treats up and grinds so nice after HT. Almost all of our pierce blank and form dies used it.

    No surface grinders out there? The big ones usually come in from ship yards and oil field stuff. The little ones are nice. You can put on a really nice flat surface with them, nearly polished surface. Best machine going to milk a job:lol3
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