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Old 02-15-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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hello!

I was asking myself of there is anybody who making machines for hobby?
Because the most people have metalworking machines on this forum,
Is there a hobby in making machines? or scale machines?
I saw on google example homemade engraving machines and homemade motorized hacksaw machines, so i was thinking,
maybe is there people who make machines like milling machines or mini lathes for fun?

greetings!



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Old 02-15-2010, 06:38 PM   #2
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I have never attempted build a machine tool, but there are several
old reprints of plans out there.

This is my favorite link for those some of plans: Vintage Projects.

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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I have only made one of the Stuart line of shop machines but I really want a full mini shop.
The photo shows the size of the Stuart steam hammer next to a Minitool press.
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Old 02-15-2010, 07:05 PM   #4
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I've never attempted to build my own. There are the Gingery series of machines. Google will give loads of hits.

I am planning to build a power hacksaw once I get moved.

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Old 02-15-2010, 07:26 PM   #5
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I have never built a "machine" tool but I have built tools. One of the most useful was a tapping stand and I have a set of Geo.Thomas (ME) sheet metal rolls under construction. Some years ago I started a rotary table from castings made by an old fellow around here, but I found a nice commercial table before I got very far. Things I'd like to make in the future are a compound slide toolpost for a Boley WW lathe and an improved (over the one I have) ball turning ficture.

As for making a hobby of building model machine tools, there are a number of people who have or are doing this, with spectacular results. For starters (and finishers) look at the "Craftsmanship Museum" web site for more information.

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Have a look: http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/jordan.htm http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/Jordan06.JPG

Stunning work!

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Well, there was the jaw-dropping half-size Hardinge toolroom lathe somebody built that got auctioned off at Cabin Fever this year. It was a steal at $16,000. I've got a really bad picture of it....

And PM Research sells a series of kits of 1:12 scale machine tools, shown in the other pictures as part of the PM Research table display at Cabin Fever.

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Old 02-15-2010, 09:15 PM   #8
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Bill Huxhold's 1:5 Hardinge brought $16,000??

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I have made a few benchtop machines to do specific jobs.

When I was making model boats, I made a miniature vertical bench router and a miniature bench saw (2" diameter blade), mainly for cutting thin veneer strips. They both now reside in a friends shop, where he uses them in the making of dolls houses and their tiny furniture. They used mainly PVC sheet for the main bodywork, and ran on 12 volt DC motors.

I have everything coming together now to make my own water dipped diamond lapping plate for sharpening almost any tooling, but especially lathe tooling. This will use a slow running mains motor (250RPM) taken from a peristaltic pump.

I tend to use anything I have knocking around the shop for making tools like this, and the main body will be made from the glut of 12mm thick acrylic sheet I have, with a metal facing in any wear areas.


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