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 Post subject: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:14 pm 
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About a year ago me and my partner lost the lease on our shop building. I have finally gotten a small start on a new shop at my farm. It's not very big 12x30 with an 8x12 shed on the back for the air compressor and 2 huge tanks. Hopefully by the end of summer we will have expanded to about 40x30. Until then this will get my lathe,welder and other tools out of my barn and basement where I can use them without having to navigate all the other Shi... er uh I mean other important stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:19 pm 
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Nice start. I could fill that in no time. I'm a certified pack-rat.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:34 pm 
What kind of lathe do you have? My school is getting rid of 2 South Bend lathes, at the least. We have 6 now, but you can see where there were 2 more that were removed.


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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:02 pm 
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Yep, can't fit an airplane in there, but you can fit a few mine motors!

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:27 pm 
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Dave the lathe is an old Logan 10". This really is just the beginning, our old shop was 40x60 with a couple smaller sheds for storage and had one bay with rail. Expansion is limited only by my pocketbook so I'll be adding on as money allows. It is small but it will suffice for now.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:56 pm 
Now, 10" is the size of the chuck, right? I haven't had a chance to use our lathes yet, so I don't know that kind of thing. The only machines I have used are the hydraulic shears, foot shears, MIG welder, TIG welder, Vertical mill (Pretty good on that), plasma cutter, grinding wheel, and the band saw.
We don't have a lathe project yet, as the molds for the salt/pepper shakers get gas pockets trapped in them when we pour the aluminum. We've tried to help vent the pocket by poking holes with SMAW rods along the length of the part after the mold has been finished, but that doesn't work. Any tips?


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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:10 pm 
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A lathe is measured by the distance from the ways to the center of the headstock. In my case that measurement is 5" which means a piece of stock 10" in diameter can be turned. As for your casting project, there are many variables that can cause a bad pour. Everything from metal temp. to how fast you pour it and even humidity and ambient temperature all play a part in how the finished casting turns out. If it is consistently having an air bubble in the same area of the casting then y'all might have to put an extra vent hole in the mold there so it will vent as the mold fills.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:03 am 
That is exactly it. I'll try that Monday, thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:45 am 
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Every mold you make should have at least 2 holes, one to pour into and the other are vents. You should pour until metal comes out all the holes.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:51 pm 
Yep. I cut the sprue and riser. I think that the vents made with the GMAW sticks get plugged up by the metal.


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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:56 pm 
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Well I got my lathe set up today. I have owned it for several year but hadn't ever really cleaned it. I took it completely apart and gave it a good going over. I was surprised to find some paint underneath all the oil and grease.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:07 pm 
How old is it? It looks about as old as my grandfather's drillpress, which is about 60.


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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 9:46 pm 
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I have the serial number translation tucked away in the archives. I'll look for it tomorrow but you are definitely in the ballpark.

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 Post subject: Re: My new shop
PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:01 pm 
We call his drill "Old Reliable" because every part on the machine besides the belt is original! Not a bit of plastic on it. They don't make 'em like they used to.


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