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Old 10-19-2011, 02:23 AM   #1
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Greetings all.

I started this Gingery Lathe about 9 years ago. Moving 3 times has put the project on hold for most of the last 7+ years. About a week ago the place were I had it and the furnace stored closed down and I had to bring it home. I am in the process of stripping it down and cleaning up the rust and some other mistakes I noticed. The pictures below are of it quickly put back together. Still have 5 or 6 more parts to make. Hoping to be able to make some more parts soon.





And here's a Pic of the furnace. I forgot how heavy this thing is. Just have to find it a spot in the garage.



I am almost ready to start making parts again, biggest problem is finding a place to get my 30lb propane tank re-certified. Anyone know of a place in the Burlington/Oakville area of Ontario?
My casting sand has been sifted and just needs to be hydrated. Will need to build a new flask for the head stock, but that easy. Can wait!

Hopefully I can keep on track this time. I will post more pictures as I go.

Be Safe & Happy Casting.

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Old 10-19-2011, 03:25 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to HMEM John. I've got the popcorn popping and sitting back ready to watch. Good luck with the build.

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:24 PM   #3
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Nice work there my gingerly never got off the ground I did build a furnace fired it up and never used it it is wrecked now. I since acquired several lathes. I still dream of metal casting.


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Burlington/Oakville area of Ontario?I am almost ready to start making parts again, biggest problem is finding a place to get my 30lb propane tank re-certified. Anyone know of a place in the
In my area east coast USA none want to talk about tank recerts I just get the same answer cheaper to buy new.I just use 20s and exchange them if the Hydro test date is close.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:57 PM   #4
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Thanks Tin

I have phoned a couple of places that advertise on there web site that they re-certify propane tanks, but so far no one has called back. I did find an old 20lb tank in the back of the garage last night and of course it was expired as well. Took it to the Home Depot and exchanged it today

I got a very dangerous package in the mail today, the wife tried to hide it but I think I came home earlier than she thought. The "Lee Valley complete tool catalog". Inside they have the Taig mini lathe for wood or metal for $268 ca and it's screaming my name. If I hadn't just spent a bunch on the Gingery Lathe getting pulleys and pillow bearings I would be running out to get one.

Hmmm Christmas is coming.....

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Old 10-25-2011, 03:46 AM   #5
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Tried to do some work on the lathe tonight.

Went down stairs and opened up the new pillow blocks I got last week. Grabbed the motor mount frame I built 9 years ago and...
It's off to the metal store tomorrow.



I was able to build the flask and get a couple of coats of varnish on the head stock.



Sorry this ones a bit dark. Damn crackberry camera.


After doing what i could with the lathe I turned to the CNC Machine.



After looking at the Y axis i think I will rebuild it. Now the foundry is mostly up and running I think it would be stronger to cast the Y axis truck from Aluminum.
Too many small wooden parts here.



If thing go my way I should be able to cast the head stock in the next day or so.

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Some good looking stuf you have going there John. I will be watching along.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:48 PM   #7
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Thanks Brock, with winter coming, I am not sure how much time will have out in the garage. Its not insulated.

Not much has happen in the last few days. Wife has been working the afternoon shift so I been playing "Trouble" with my 5 year son Zac. I did get to the store and buy the new angle iron I needed for the motor mount. At least I can rebuild this in the basement.

My neighbor came over this Saturday morning and asked if could help him move a cord of wood he just got delivered. No problem, got Zac dressed up (its only 5C here) and off we went.
After filling up the storage rack in the back the rest went into his garage. I noticed over in a corner an old car motor. I asked what he was doing with it. It's garbage he said. The block it cracked and a few other things were wrong but i think really hear anything after "it's garbage". The header and a bunch of other parts are Aluminum! Nice high quality (compared to ladders and lawn chairs) aluminum! Can I have it? I asked. Sure saves me taking to the dump. Great! we dragged it over to my garage, good thing the wife is working today, and I started stripping it down.



After a couple of hours between playing with Zac & lunch. I have it mostly ripped apart.



I still have to get all the valves, springs and what not out. Have to separate the pistons from the connecting rods. Then figure out to cut it all down small enough to fit into my crucible.
I am glad he was in the process of rebuilding this motor as there was no oil in it. This old Toyota motor will have a new life as parts of my lathe

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Looks like a good find that engine. Some good quality aluminum for your castings by the looks of things. Is the main block aluminum as well? I hope the weather holds for you so you get a bit more time in the shop before it gets too cold.

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great score John
after you take out the valves and springs, dont get too fussy about valve guides etc
Once you pour off the alli, you will find them in the bottom of the crucible
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Yeah Pete is right, melt the ali and pick the steel out. I melted some large (145mm Diameter) Cummins pistons and it turned out the ring land was steel so I got some nice looking steel rings which will make nice flywheels with not much work. On the backyard metal casting site Lionel shows how to break down big parts with a BBQ. If you have a good refractory lining and a drain hole in the bottom you can just chuck it in the furnace and catch it out the bottom, I have broken down car rims doing this. Keep us posted.
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