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Old 10-06-2016, 12:33 AM   #1
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I was back in the machine shop at my workplace and in the scrap bin I found eight ball screw slides. The longest has about a 23" stroke.

I asked my boss, and he let me take them.

After some investigation, they've been sitting on a shelf for years and they just decided to scrap them.

I don't know what I'm going to do with them, but SCORE!!!!!

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Old 10-06-2016, 03:22 AM   #2
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In the time honored tradition of the Home Shop Machinist board, let me be the first to award you with the "You Suck" honor!

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Old 10-06-2016, 03:54 PM   #3
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Geez, you suck so bad, the world barometric pressure just plunged downward.

(Congrats on a huge stroke of luck!)
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Definitely jealous!! Looks like you are half way to a nice CNC router there..

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I don't know what I'm going to do with them,
Looking at that photo of your shop, you're going to have trouble finding a spot to store at least 3 of those. I have the perfect spot to store them: under my ol' all-thread rod equipped router!
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Thanks for ribbing....

I think I'll probably make a CNC router. I'm not a woodworker, but my brother and brother in law are. I'll probably give it to one of them when done. It'll be a nice winter/spring project.

Going this route will ease my wife's mind for a while. I was going to get a 3D printer and get set up for an aluminum lost wax foundry. (But I have no experience with casting).

That will use up probably four slides (2 Y-axis, 1 X-axis, 1 Z-axis).

As for the remainder, I see a CNC or Ardunio controlled bubble machine for the 2017 Maker Faire season.

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Following are some pics of the progress I've made using these slides to build a CNC router.

If there's interest, I can continue posting. If not, I can stop. It's no big deal to me.

Anyway, except for the 4" aluminum channel and wood I purchased for the Y-axis slide mounting, I'm building this thing with materials I have laying around and without any plans. It's just kind of falling together as I go. (I'm amazed at the quantity of aluminium barstock I've accumulated. Some of this stuff I didn't even know I had).

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Following are some pics of the progress I've made using these slides to build a CNC router.

If there's interest, I can continue posting. If not, I can stop. It's no big deal to me.
Heck yes there's interest! Keep it coming. I need to see lots of CNC construction at the moment to keep me motivated. I'm itching to move forward with the upgrades to my router but my neighbor/buddy & his company have other plans. They give me little machining jobs now & then but this latest batch is taking up all my nights & weekends. Oh well, gotta make hay while the sun shines. I can use the extra income to buy more toys!
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You will want to keep it!! Routers are not for wood alone. If built rigid enough and fitted with a cheapo 2.2kW water cooled spidle it will happily munch it's way through aluminium.
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The past few days have been productive.

First I drilled/tapped the blocks which will mount the X-axis rail.
The to see my progress, I C-clamped the X-axis in place.

Later I'll transfer punch the mounting holes in the slide to the blocks. Then I'll drill/tap the blocks to mount the rail permanently.


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