Machine shop projects

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Anyone who looked at that would never send in any work :crackup:

Actually I've thought about that but really don't know how to capture any images in a way that conveys the information.
Invite SuicideGirls for a photo shoot and have them pose looking like they're using the equipment while wearing knee-high platform boots for extra, um, leverage. As a bonus you might even get paid for their use of your facilities.
 

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Invite SuicideGirls for a photo shoot and have them pose looking like they're using the equipment while wearing knee-high platform boots for extra, um, leverage. As a bonus you might even get paid for their use of your facilities.
If you'll take care of this I'll be eternally grateful. Let me check my wife's calendar to see when she'll next be out of town :)

Until then, here's the street view:

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Machine shop area behind the small overhead door, welding & fabrication room behind the larger door. Commute from the house ... about 50m :)

Size is 30' x 70' (9m x 21m) with 9' (2.75m) sidewalls. Central heat & air conditioning, full bath room, small kitchen.
 
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Anyone who looked at that would never send in any work :crackup:

Trust me guys, Barry is being very modest. I live close by (fortunately) and get to visit his shop often. It is very organized and very well laid out. The only problem is, half the time I visit the shop I end up buying something. :grin2:
 

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That jaw is huge, and it tells me your hand looks mighty tasty.
LOL :)

Most everything they turn is 4140HT, about Rockwell C 28-32. Their average part is about 6' (2m) long but it isn't unusual to work on parts twice that length. Threading is done close to the front chuck & that imposes a tremendous load on the rear chuck if most of the part is left sticking out. A bearing failed last year on one of the machines ... $5000 USD for the bearing & another $5000 for installation.
 

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I love the smell of hot compressors in the morning. It reminds me of victory :nana:

Started this job early yesterday morning because a refrigerated air dryer was down & the factory uses lots of air. Determined that the problem was a bad cooling fan & ordered the new fan for A.M. delivery today. Outside temps are running around 90°F at noon but compressor room temp is 25° higher because of the heat of compression & waste heat.

Had a small battle fitting the new motor in place. Even though it was listed as "direct replacement" it took an hour longer than planned, most of that bent over doubled while sweat poured down my face. Image below shows a 10hp rotary screw at far left, refrigerated dryer in the middle tan cabinet, a pair of 500 gallon air storage tanks stacked on the right & the corner of a 25hp rotary screw is just visible.

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I hate when I have to work on something bent-over. My head is the first thing to start sweating, and it's not shy about it. Sweat in my eyes sucks.

Consider bringing a large square fan to at least keep the air moving while you work on projects like that. They cost $10 apiece, so it's not a tragedy if it gets broken.
 

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Hey Barry - thanks for the 6P 18650 bored flashlight . Also good talking with you. I'll be sending you some other SureFires for boring. Anyway, here's my hobby (addictions) list: astronomy, eyepieces, cameras, camera lenses, tripods, telescope mountings, cacti, bicycles, machining and metal work, high performance cars, hardwood boxes, tools and my most recent, flashlights and batteries.

joe_donahue
 

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... thanks for the 6P 18650 bored flashlight . Also good talking with you. I'll be sending you some other SureFires for boring ...

Thank you for your kind words Joe. From what you told me you're off to a great start on a high end collection. Watch out - CPF is habit forming & you can never have enough really nice lights :devil:
 

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One of my customers saw the small gantry crane I'd built some time ago & asked me to build one for him. He wanted:

90" (2.3m) to the top of the I-beam

60" (1.5m) between the side supports

1000# (454 kg) lift capacity

Haven't attached the four swivel caster wheels yet but it's finished other than that. (Ladder in photo is 5' (1.5m) tall for scale)

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