Bill's "ok I may as well make a thread cause I bought stuff" thread

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Post by ChrisS » 10 Oct 2017, 14:18

What an inviting space..... :)

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Post by rennkafer » 10 Oct 2017, 20:46

ChrisS wrote:What an inviting space..... :)
It is a bit messy at the moment.
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Post by rennkafer » 24 Nov 2018, 18:30

Well I may not have any progress on a chassis yet, but I have had some good progress on the shop.

I missed out on finishing the interior painting last summer, and nearly did this year too, but we've had warmer than usual temps so I managed to get it all finished including putting up more dividers on the shelves. With that done I put up the plastic backing behind where my lathe will go and got the lathe and surface grinder sitting in their final places. Moved some stuff around, got my bin rack in place, put a cabinet in place for my 3D printer, put a new cabinet in place next to my parts washer with a countertop to work on next to it. Also got my granite inspection slab put in its final home as well.

The sooner I get all this infrastructure stuff done and the rest of the tools out of my build space... the sooner I can start building.
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Post by freakynami » 24 Nov 2018, 21:50

That still looks like good progress, even if it's supporting progress ;)
I like the way you've integrated the parts washer into the bench!

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Post by rennkafer » 26 Dec 2018, 11:08

Since I have some time off over Christmas I've starting putting the Fauxport mill back together. I bought it as a "kit" disassembled on a couple pallets, it's very heartening to see it getting assembled finally. Once I get the oiling system worked out and the saddle in place it's off to the machine room with it for final assembly (won't fit down my aisles with the table in place). Then on to the shaper reassembly to get them both out of my build area.

The kit...
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How it looks now...
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Post by Midlana1 » 26 Dec 2018, 12:22

As much as I would love to rebuild a Bridgeport, it's an either-or. That is, I can keep the car, or rebuild a mill, but not both.

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Post by rennkafer » 27 Dec 2018, 10:01

Midlana1 wrote:As much as I would love to rebuild a Bridgeport, it's an either-or. That is, I can keep the car, or rebuild a mill, but not both.
I'm fortunate to have enough space to make both happen (though not at the same time... not THAT much space).
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Post by rennkafer » 15 Jan 2019, 16:23

Hmmm so it appears I'm going to have 2 mills now... engineer friend who works for a small firm that does some prototyping called and said "hey, we're getting rid of a Bridgeport clone in a private auction and no one here is interested, are you". Called him up and talked to he and the toolmaker who runs it daily... it's just old and they want a brand new one basically. Purchased it new in 1986, never a heavy production machine, converted to an AC servo drive a few years ago (spindle speed is controlled by motor speed now, not variable sheaves).

"Ok, I'm interested but I can't throw much at it"... "ok it'll just be a minor "rehoming" fee".

Next day, "hey someone else bid $100... did you want to bid, it ends in a few hours". "Ok, bid up to $200"

Later in the afternoon, "hey you won that mill"... "cool, how much"... "$101.00"... "Holy crap!"

I'll be picking it up as soon as their new one arrives in a couple weeks, I don't get the DRO/Vise/Collets in the pic... but I have the same vise and collets already.
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Post by rennkafer » 15 Jan 2019, 16:26

Oh, and the one being rebuilt is here now...
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Post by Midlana1 » 15 Jan 2019, 20:55

rennkafer wrote:... engineer friend who works for a small firm that does some prototyping called and said "hey, we're getting rid of a Bridgeport clone in a private auction and no one here is interested, are you"...
This is exactly not my situation, well, not until my mill arrives, and only then I'm sure practically free mills will start coming out of the woodwork. I always pay too much for stuff and sell it for not much. Having such luck is related to living in the right area of the country, and "who you know."

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