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Look what I made at work today...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Avery4jc, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. Avery4jc

    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    It may not seem like much but for now this is the kind of stuff I get to do at the shop...it's a pin for a bucket that needed to be made (two of them actually) and I finally got two of them made....perfectly...literally ;)

    It started out as a 2 5/8" piece of rusty steel...

    I faced both ends to ensure that they were perfectly parallel to each other and I drilled the ends so that I didn't have to use the steady rest and I could just use the center...

    Then I chucked one end and put the steady rest on the other end and wen't to town...
    The two smaller sides are 1" 437 thousands in diameter which is what caused the problems...I'm not comfortable with the lathes "quarks" yet which include the one doesn't like to repeat very well...and the other one likes to cut about 1/2 a thousands per inch so it tapers if you aren't careful...
    But I got it done...then the center is just dropped down to 2" on the button...

    Next I got to use some "freehand" skills and make a radius (the last person who made the pins didn't radius it on either end and that's where they snapped) so that was fun and quite a challenge...but they turned out pretty good...

    Finally I chucked it back in the lathe and used a file to round the sharp edges and used more freehanding with my tool bit to round off the outer edges...

    Then it was on to the mill for the holes....

    I chucked it in the vise and swapped out chucks to fit the bit I had to use...then I ran the mill down and wen't in and touched the pin on the side...then I pulled it up and used just used the digital readout to go over 1/2 the width of the bit and 1/2 the width of the pin at that point (1" 437 thousands) then I drilled away perfectly centered in the pin...

    Then I just kept it there and measured the distance between the holes on the old pin and used the mill to run over that distance and drilled the hole in the other end...

    Finally I finished up with a bit (forgot the name) that looks like a tap but we use it to round out the edges of the holes (you can see it in the pictures) and cleans up the edges....


    So TA DA! I know it doesn't sound like much but for those of you that have done machine work you'll know that it isn't a bad start for me...sure beats sweeping the shop!

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    -Avery
     
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    Now that is cool . Making stuff yourself always is .
     
  3. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Now if it just had a rounded end a a place for batteries. :haha:
    Some nice work there.
     
  4. Avery4jc

    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    thanks...now that I look at it there really isn't much to show but those of you that do machine work will know...the first one took me about 2.5 hours from start to finish...the second one took about 1.5 hours...not too bad...

    -Avery
     
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    What's it for and does it fit?:D:D
     
  6. Avery4jc

    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    We don't always know what the parts are for...being a machine shop we don't always need to know...we just make whatever they ask for.
    BUT...I think it's a pin that holds a bucket onto the arm on a small tractor. It looks like another one we made and thats what they said it was for.

    Will it fit? I don't know because they haven't picked it up...it's within 1/2 a thousands and on stuff like this you can be upwards of 5 thousands off and it'll still fit being that there are no bearing areas (in which case 5 thousands would mean it's time to start over)....but assuming the bushings in the bucket aren't worn out it'll fit perfectly...better than the one they brought in...it was worn badly.

    -Avery
     
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    You need to learn to start typing the thousandths in decimals:D

    Looks good though:cool1:
     
  8. Avery4jc

    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    1.437"....:)

    I just type the way I talk...it makes it easier to read sometimes.
    But yeah in person I wouldn't do that...

    Thanks for the compliments...I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

    -Avery
     
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    the flowers behind it make a nice display, does it cost more when you use them? :D
    looks good. my dad is going to give me one of his lathes soon. I need to go pick it up. very handy to have.
     
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    Looks like you are learning to make something out of nothing.;) Keep at it.
     
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    Could you post up some more pics?

    Lets see how long it takes before this thread starts going downhill with a bunch of worthless pads. :haha:
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Notice that he put this one in the Garage.
     
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    Nice job. It's always nice to be able to make stuff yourself.

    Wouldn't that be "something out of anything"? :wink1:
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Right, anything. Now where is that flipoff smilie?:D
     
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    congratulations.

    you are still the shop noob though.:D now go get your broom.
     
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    I made a kid out of just a little something! :p:
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    Oh yea dude in case I forgot, Good job looks like a professional job.
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    ^ Thats a pad.
     
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    Avery4jc 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    lol, thanks guys....

    -Avery
     
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    nice job avery. I took a machining class for a year and learned lots, would definatly like to do more of it
     

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