Making things!


#21

Stickvise is also really handy for securing boards, especially for SMD work since it holds them flat. I have one mounted on a little XY table for my microscope:


#22

I checked Craigslist on a whim and, well, it needed a good home:


#23

That is a big lathe.


#24

[quote=“SWATrous, post:22, topic:688”]
I checked Craigslist on a whim and, well, it needed a good home:
[/quote]So nice, I wish I could like it twice. Fun facts, Adam Aavage has the exact same lathe. Thinking of adding a digital readout? Make sure you post your first chips!

[quote=“Apreche, post:23, topic:688, full:true”]
That is a big lathe.
[/quote]Brother, you ain’t seen nothing yet.


#25

Savage has almost the same exact lathe. I happened to come across his Tested video last night because I’m looking for 1440 vids and it was funny how close they are. So we both have 1440 but his has a slightly different headstock setup. His is Chinese of some sort and mine’s from Taiwan. Which, I’ll take a Taiwanese machine anyday.

And yeah I have a DRO on order, be here in a week, and I got a Variable Frequency Drive delivered today, so I’ve already dumped an extra what, 700 into it?

Either way, the guy selling it was basically giving it away at $1000 USD, so I’m still doing pretty good. He had ordered a 26x60 CNC turning center for his shop and needed this gone. So that’s starting to get to being a big lathe. But, down in the shipyard where I work, there there be dragons.


#26

Thanks YouTube.


#27

[quote=“SWATrous, post:25, topic:688”]
Savage has almost the same exact lathe. I happened to come across his Tested video last night because I’m looking for 1440 vids and it was funny how close they are. So we both have 1440 but his has a slightly different headstock setup. His is Chinese of some sort and mine’s from Taiwan. Which, I’ll take a Taiwanese machine anyday.
[/quote]Ah, going back and looking at his, you’re right, I missed those differences. But yeah, I’ll take a Taiwanese machine over a Chinese machine when it comes to lathes, no kidding.

[quote=“SWATrous, post:25, topic:688”]
And yeah I have a DRO on order, be here in a week, and I got a Variable Frequency Drive delivered today, so I’ve already dumped an extra what, 700 into it?
[/quote]And worth every penny. I mean, I can run on an all-analog machine, but even just a half-decent DRO just makes life immeasurably easier. Modern VFDs are great too, gives you much better flexibility - sometimes, you need less speed with the same torque to get a good final work. You can do it the dodgy workaround way with a (very durable) triac(and half the time, it’ll still fuck up) and some fiddling, but just buying one is worth the money.

[quote=“SWATrous, post:25, topic:688”]
Either way, the guy selling it was basically giving it away at $1000 USD, so I’m still doing pretty good. He had ordered a 26x60 CNC turning center for his shop and needed this gone. So that’s starting to get to being a big lathe. But, down in the shipyard where I work, there there be dragons.
[/quote]Oh fuck yeah, you’re coming out way ahead. Shit, you could even add coolant outflow and still be making out like a fuckin’ bandit.

And shipyard lathes can get mad huge. In fact, that World’s largest lathe video Scott posted, that’s a lathe used for machining container and cruise ship propshafts.

[quote=“Apreche, post:26, topic:688, full:true”]
Thanks YouTube.
[/quote]Seeing you discover the bizarre depths of machine shops and tools is a joy, I presume the same joy you get from introducing dopes like me to more advanced computing topics. “Oh shit, that’s cool!” “Oh buddy, we have not yet plumbed the depths of this depravity.”


#28

Big machinery is fucking mind-blowing. Like, humans fucking made that shit. With our brains and hands and raw innovation. Naked apes used fire to made absurd constructions.

Also, that’s a sexy lathe. Congrats!


#29

I couldn’t sleep, so I made a housing for a little 3W amp using a bamboo silverware tray, an Altoids tin, and a (clean) pair of boxers (also lots of hot glue).



#30

Looks super slick! Well done!


#31

Thanks man!
(Now I’ve met the character limit).


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#33

Now here’s a treat - I was at my mechanic’s the other day, and I remembered to get a photo of something. The lathe that I learned a lot of machining on. It wasn’t installed there at the time, but it’s where it ended up.

Bonus - I also grabbed a (blurry) photo of my old magmate 180 MIG welder while I was there. The big steel hanger bar/bottle stabilizer is my addition. I sold it on to my mechanic before I left for the UK, since it was a pain to store, and his welder was a clapped out old piece of shit. I bought it for dead cheap when I was working in a warehouse, because it had been returned Broken, because it started feeding, but then refused to feed completely. I took a look at it, and it turns out that the customer had used wire that was just a hair too big, so I told the sales staff that I wanted to buy it for parts, bought it at literally 20% of the price, and when I got it home, I just snipped the wire, ripped out the section of it that fed, and it worked perfectly after that.


#34

Some porn:


#35

Some CD40106’s I ordered are taking longer than expected, so I spent my evening making dice bags for my Sunday D&D group.


#36

Posting in the queer thread reminded me that I made this bitchin SKIRT a week ago.



#37

That, mio amico, is a BITCHIN’ skirt


#38

After playing around with the fonts on my CNC router I made a coat hook thing for my entryway. I should probably replace the center hook with one that doesn’t cover the stupid quote.

!


#39

I have a space themed party to go to in a couple months, so I figured it would be a good exscuse to build a retro-future raygun! A space helmet is next on the list, then maybe a jetpack.

Video of the blinky lights


#40

Things I use in my juggling show: