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    Quote Originally Posted by snapatap View Post
    If you have a i phone CNC mate has a really good PCD calc. Not sure if it is available for android.

    It should be, there are a zillion more android phones then apple ones.

    I use Machinist Calculator Pro. It is a paid app, but very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldneweng View Post
    Not having the pictures the right way up makes it very difficult for me to comprehend and it does not take very much to fix the problem. If you can't be bothered then that is your problem. I am not going to make it mine. I just skip past any photos like that. It seems a typical attitude of people on the net is that they don't care about what they post.

    The camera I usually use for forum pictures cost me $64.00 and is quite old now. I guess this is a tiny fraction of what your phone cost.

    Dean
    Turn your screen on it's side and stop complaining. These are problems of a first world country. I'll see if I can put more effort into my photos next time. Yes, my phone cost more than your camera, but it also makes phone calls...

    Simon
    Girl, I don't wanna know about your mild-mannered alter ego or anything like that." I mean, you tell me you're, uh, super-mega-ultra-lightning babe? That's all right with me. I'm good. I'm good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonl View Post
    Turn your screen on it's side and stop complaining. These are problems of a first world country. I'll see if I can put more effort into my photos next time. Yes, my phone cost more than your camera, but it also makes phone calls...

    Simon

    I cannot turn my screen. It is fixed.

    Your phone won't make phone calls here, and it does not seem to be much good at taking pictures either.

    I would appreciate your efforts. I am still waiting for the splitter build.

    Dean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldneweng View Post
    I cannot turn my screen. It is fixed.

    Your phone won't make phone calls here, and it does not seem to be much good at taking pictures either.

    I would appreciate your efforts. I am still waiting for the splitter build.

    Dean
    I must admit I'm yet to work out which orientation to take them. I assume I need to always use portrait. Nothing wrong with the phone. It takes more than a good camera to make a good photographer!

    The splitter is still waiting patiently. The last thing I did on that (the rear ram pin assembly) I stuffed up and need to re-do. I hate having to do things twice! To add further pressure to the splitter build, my wife has since had the luxurious experience of using a splitter and now her interest in that particular project has gone to zero to lots!

    Edit: So, while it's always fun to play with a new toy and start stripping and cleaning it, I really need to show (some) restraint and have a more "measured" approach to this.

    Simon
    Girl, I don't wanna know about your mild-mannered alter ego or anything like that." I mean, you tell me you're, uh, super-mega-ultra-lightning babe? That's all right with me. I'm good. I'm good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonl View Post
    I must admit I'm yet to work out which orientation to take them. I assume I need to always use portrait. Nothing wrong with the phone. It takes more than a good camera to make a good photographer!

    The splitter is still waiting patiently. The last thing I did on that (the rear ram pin assembly) I stuffed up and need to re-do. I hate having to do things twice! To add further pressure to the splitter build, my wife has since had the luxurious experience of using a splitter and now her interest in that particular project has gone to zero to lots!

    Simon
    I would presume that portrait is the right orientation. This is where phones are not good cameras. They show you the picture in the correct orientation, but save it in the orientation it was taken. You don't know which way up it is later on. My understanding anyway. Fancy features that are only half done.

    20170616_170351.jpg

    I saved your first picture after opening in another tab to get full size. When I opened it in a graphics viewer it was still side on. I rotated it, saved it again and uploaded it. It should be the right way up now. This tells me that the photo was taken with the camera rotated to the left. Try uploading a picture taken in portrait mode.

    The other issue with camera phones is that they have a weird ratio of horizontal to vertical which encourages people to keep rotating them to get a better composition.

    Did you go out and leave your wife with no wood for the fire? That was a good plan on your part, or not.

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    Thanks Dean.

    WRT the wood splitter, the story goes something like this;


    We went collecting firewood on my sisters property a few months back. The Bros. in law and myself felled and cut while the sis and my wife split on the log splitter my sister has. My wife was so impressed with the whole hydraulic log splitter experience that her attention soon turned to the one I am making and how much longer before it's finished!

    Most of my projects in the shed have no real time contraints or time pressures but now it seems that the wife is taking a keen interest in seeing this project come to fruition. Still, at least she is showing some interest and will no doubt appreciate the design features I will/have built into it once it's done.

    On a side note, I started stripping back the loose bondo on the base and colunm and have treated these areas with rust converter, prior to priming. I can see I have creasted alot of work for myself. I hope it's worth it. Thanks Joe for getting in my head! I have looked at some you tube videos of people in the US restoring bridgeports. I understand they are a sentimental machine to restore since they are an america icon, boy some of the work that goes into the body work alone is amazing!

    I have also seen a few youtube videos of scraping these machines. I could be wrong but I get the impression that some of these people only scrape the flats and conveniently ignor the dovetails...

    Simon
    Girl, I don't wanna know about your mild-mannered alter ego or anything like that." I mean, you tell me you're, uh, super-mega-ultra-lightning babe? That's all right with me. I'm good. I'm good.

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    I hope you have been following my current splitter thread. You are sure to get some good ideas from that.

    I have been wanting to see scraping of dovetails. I have no intention of doing it myself any time soon (or ever) as I don't have the time or equipment, but I am just interested.

    Dean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldneweng View Post
    I hope you have been following my current splitter thread. You are sure to get some good ideas from that.
    I didn't know about that. Where on the forum is your log splitter. I would be interested in following it!

    Simon
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    Quote Originally Posted by simonl View Post
    I didn't know about that. Where on the forum is your log splitter. I would be interested in following it!

    Simon
    I am sure you will find it useful. Maybe not the way you are thinking tho.

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    Actually, I saw that staright after you posted it as it came up on my phone. Bloody hell, no wonder my projects take so long..... I'm just overly fussy with the build!

    On another note, I have partially re-assembled the saddle onto the knee, just to see how it fits and feels. As I suspected, the dovetails are worn in the middle so producing tightness at each end and loose in the middle. The Gibb is also out of adjustment. I suspected this might be the case when I was dis-assembling it.

    Looks like I may be in the market for a suitable straight edge to enable me to scrape it in. Needless to say, I have suspended all paint/asthetic work on this and purely concentrating on the cleaning and an appraisal of how bad it is in other areas... I may get away with just the Y and perhaps the X. The knee and colunm actually look pretty good but since the colunm will utimately be used as a datum for the Y and X I will need to look at that closer anyway.

    Simon
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    Amoung other tasks, I did a small amount on the mill today and happy with what I achieved. The variable speed pulley assembly needed two new glacier bushes replaced, one on the motor side and one on the spindle side. Only did the one on the motor today (spindle side will be done maybe next week) this required disassembly of the spring assembly. No where near as difficult as I had read about on various websites. There are 2 M5 threaded holes that allow you to compress the spring using a standard M5 bolt. Then it's just a matter of removing the circlip. The half pulley cone is removed, old bush pressed out and the new one put in. The other half of the pulley cone is static and was still a nice tight fit on the motor shaft so I left it alone.

    Next thing was to look at the X axis leadscrew. The LHS 3 ball crank handle was damaged and the protruding shaft of the leadscrew was bent. The bend in the shaft was after the bearing mount and so did not create an issue of functionality, it stll looked awful and in any case, if I manage to breathe new life into the universal dividing head that came with the mill, it would need to run reasonably concentric if it's to run gears for sprial or helical milling for gears etc.

    The protruding shaft narrows considerably after the bearing mount (goes from 22mm to 16mm) and so beding back to straight was trial and error in a vice and then chucking on the lathe and measuring the TIR, marking the high spot and then back to the vice etc. I got it to 0.1mm TIR and figured it was good enough. Another issue solved.

    I'll still need a replacement ball handle for the LHS. The original one has a bush and a knurled grub screw, I assume it's so you can "disengage" the handle when using the power feed. The Y axis has a more standard 3 ball handle that mounts on a keyway. I remember Michael G made a 3 ball handle so I did a search and got some good tips.

    Next up will be to replace the glacier bush on the driven pulley half. It has 2 slots each side to allow for the plastic keyways. The glacier bushes I bought are just stock standard generic glacier bushes with no slots, bought on ebay for $8 each (as opposed to $US 400 for a kit including the bearings and bushes from Lagun). Slotting should not take long at all. After that I will bore out the static pulley half that has been flogged out from turning on the shaft, make and fit a bronze bush, turn down the shaft to size and re-fit. That will be the variable speed drive ready for assembly.

    A bit light on with pics which does nothing for people reading this. I will endevour to post some over the weekend. Sometimes I get so enthusiastic with progress that I forget to take pics!

    Simon
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    Had some time to do a bit more cleaning and assembly today.

    Cleaned the ram and turret and reattached to the colonm.





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    Some pics showing the ram and knuckle (for want of a better term)

    And the turret attachment part. Nothing too exciting or technical but i enjoyed disassembly just to appreciate the way they are made.

    Mental note. When a nut, ring or screw is difficult to remove, always check for a locking grub screw!

    Simon

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    Hi all.

    Yesterday i totally stripped the head including all the internal gears, clutch and quill feed system leaving a bare casting. Boy talk about an intricate piece of engineering! It tooj me a number of hours to work out the correct sequence of diassembly but i got there in the end. I really appreciate the effort thats gone into the design, casting and machining of these.

    Disassembly only revealed one damaged part. This being where a pin engages the auto downfeed of the quill. I should be able to repair this. All the feed gears and overload clutch look good as does the spindle and quill although i cant seem to remove the draw bar yet.

    Im yet to clean the parts and reassemble. Photos to come

    Simon

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    Head stripped and completely cleaned. Had to employ a combination of turps, tooth brush, wire brush and then a jet wash. Jet washing is a great way to clean these parts but i find they rust very quickly afterwards if not completely dried. So after a jet wash i dragged it in the house and sat it next to the wood heater in the living room. My wife, sitting on the couch, didnt even blink an eye. Shes so used to me! God love her.

    Few pics of the head.


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