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  1. RonGinger

    BF20/G0704 Spindle Belt Drive Advice/Info Request

    Thank you for the spindle info. That setup to turn the bushing is brilliant.
  2. RonGinger

    BF20/G0704 Spindle Belt Drive Advice/Info Request

    I have the G0704 version. There is only a very small place to connect the new pulleys to. How did you make the connection to add the thicker pulleys? thanks,
  3. RonGinger

    CNC controller

    I am using Mach4 for my own machines- a Jet Knee Mill and a couple routers and a lathe, and for several others I have built. I ran 3 classes for 12 guys each at the old CNC workshop that built mills and 1 class of lathes, all using Mach4. I am currently working on a 6ft x 10ft router for a...
  4. RonGinger

    reamed hole vs. drill rod size

    Drill rod is not really round. Set up a piece to lap its od, blue the part with magic marker and take a light lap pass. You will see some linear bands along the rod. The way it finish ground causes these lobes. So you cannot expect it to be really round, like for a valve stem. Give the stem...
  5. RonGinger

    Fusion 360 for a beginner

    Maybe some guys are having trouble on the difference between CAD and solid modeling. With fusion you dont want to draw LINES, you want to draw solid objects, like cubes and cylinders. You then manipulate the objects by doing things like extruding, cutting. It is very much like you do things in...
  6. RonGinger

    Software in the cloud

    DXF files are not really as 'industry standard' as you would sometimes like. They are close, but things like text often fail. They are also just 2D, so some of the great things about Fusion360 modeling is lost. in a dxf.
  7. RonGinger

    Software in the cloud

    I have the same fear about Fusion360, but the software is so good I just suck it up and use it. I bought Alibre several years ago, but it got bought out and screwed up by the new owner. I stopped paying for support for that, but they have been re-organized and are back and even encouraging...
  8. RonGinger

    In surch of plans for steam launch engine

    Many small launches have been built using one of Ray HasBroucks engine designs, #1, #5, #8 and #10. All of his designs have now been published in one book available from Village Press. I built a 16ft boat using #5.
  9. RonGinger

    Attempt at a coolant mister

    Clearly you have way to much flow. A proper mister will take several second to collect a few drops of liquid in your hand. Most of the cooling froms from the air blast, the coolant just adds a tiny bit of lubricant.
  10. RonGinger

    Cabin Fever 2020

    Its getting close to time for the next Cabin Fever Expo. Jan 17-19. Can you believe its almost 2020? I have been working on a model boat that I hope will be ready in time. I talked to Jared Schoenly about the boat pond. They are still trying to decide if its is worth the effort to install...
  11. RonGinger

    Bouch's workshop - 1.5 x 3.5 horizontal steam engine

    I am very sorry to report that Mike "Bouch" Boucher lost his fight with leukemia last week. This was a 6 year ordeal for Mike. Mike was involved in the early days of the New England Model Engineering Society where he took care of all the paper work so we were legally organized. He continued to...
  12. RonGinger

    One of my farther's cartoons B Terry Aspin "CHUCK"

    I particularly like his title "The Muddle Engineer"
  13. RonGinger

    A Visit to Ford's First ("1893 Kitchen Sink Engine")

    You must be a tech writer- your documentation is amazing. I also browsed through some of your other projects, all amazingly documented. Thanks for sharing all this.
  14. RonGinger

    Looking for Bob Shores Little Hurcules and Silver Eagle plans

    What is this about a new owner? Are Bobs plans and kits going to be available again? Did I miss an announcement?
  15. RonGinger

    Motorized milling machine head

    I have the Grizzly G0704 mill. I added a step motor to the Z by placing a timing pulley under the hand crank and mounted the motor behind the coloum. I can still turn the crank if I want but the motor works fine. I added a couple gas struts, one on each side of the mill and I may now have so...
  16. RonGinger

    Suggestions to remove broken drill, and repair some small holes?

    I have seen annular cutters sold for removing broken wood screws. They are simply a roll pin of the right size with a couple LEFT hand teeth ground into the end. The idea is that by left hand turning you may catch the screw and back it out, but in any case will be cutting a circle around the...
  17. RonGinger

    Hello from Maine

    where in Maine? There are a few other Maine modelers, maybe we can get together. I am in Boothbay.
  18. RonGinger

    American Precison Museum in Vermont -anyone been ?

    I have been there many times for the model engineering show. Except years that they fool with the date, like last year moving to August, and a few years back they changed to Columbus Day weekend, when all the hotel rates double for the leaf peepers. Its a nice museum with a number of important...
  19. RonGinger

    USB Control Board for MACH3

    Go to Mach4. There are several good USB connected motion devices, and some connected by ethernet. When I did the lathe build class we used a PoKey57CNC board by There are also some good ones from Mach3 can work with the ethernet smoothstepper, but why start a project with...
  20. RonGinger

    some basic direction regarding boiler making

    In the US there are no boiler inspectors for models. In some places there are state inspectors, and they might have legal responsibility for all boilers, but they simply dont have time to bother with model size stuff. For model boilers there are hundreds of sizes, shapes and uses. You will...