Imagine you have a lathe and milling machine……
….. or rather a few rather large and magnificent lathes and milling machines.
I’ve been offered tenancy of a fully equipped engineering blacksmiths workshop. Its been in action, in the same family, for a century and half and is getting ready to wind up. I’ve been offered it at a peppercorn as a sort of custodian/caretaker as the owner doesn’t want to disperse all the kit. The offer comes serendipitously just as what little metal working kit I’ve got (TCT saw and mig welder) got knicked.
Thing is…. I’m not an engineer or a blacksmith – I just cut and stick bits of angle iron together now and again. Theres room for me to move my woodworking machinery in though, so thats fine. But apart from milling / lathing metal, what other materials could I put the machinery to use on without buggering them up. Will I upset them if I machine hardwoods or MDF? Plastics? I use a bit of polyester resin/glass fibre too, could they be machined. Could I machine plaster or jesmonite?
<starts sketching notions for custom frames>
<throws away frame sketch and starts doodling home-made CNC machine>Posted 4 years agomcmoonterMember
I you’ll have space for these two then.
Space and tools are just open to possibilities, think BIG.
Posted 4 years ago
If I had a lather and a a milling machine, one of my projects would be a Browning AN-M2 MG, a Browning .50 AN-M2 MG, and an Hispano HS.404 20mm canon model (all armaments fitted to the Supermarine Spitfire during its life), all in the same scale (whether that be 1/1, down to perhaps 1/10th).
I think lathes and milling machine are right there along with:Posted 4 years ago
Oxyacetylene torches etc. that every mam garage should have.mcmoonterMember
Coffeeking, there’s one in the sale tomorrow!
Posted 4 years ago
i would make weapons and tools ready for the coming zombie apocalypse
I’m usually making the zombies – now I can make tooled up zombies for the double apocalypse.
Learn to make swords, like in the old days.
The original 150 year old forge is still there and ready to work.
Think this is looking like a weapons grade man cave opportunity 🙂 Going down there on thurs with a tape measure to make sure theres room for my dimension saw has room to operate. If it does I think I’ll take the plunge.
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sign yourself up for Sweeney Kincaids mailing list too.Posted 4 years agoNobeerinthefridgeSubscriber
Maccruiskeen, you’re in sorn aren’t you? I’ve a mate who lives in mauchline who’d be up for showing you the ropes, if you let him use your machines. He’s a right handy bugger, one of these lucky ones who can turn his hand to anything, but his big thing is dragsters. He’s got a couple of jetcars that he races about once or twice a year. Very impressive bits of kit, does all the body manufacture as well.Posted 4 years agofootflapsSubscriber
Was very tempted by this on Ebay last week:
Haven’t got space for it mind, but it’s accurate to 0.00008″ (0.002 mm)!!Posted 4 years agospchantlerMember
these are made by a mate of mine, he uses a milling machine for some of the wood working operations, and no, you don’t have to use special bits. if it will cut steel it will definitly cut wood, you just have to use higher speeds though. up close, these instruments are the finest workmanship i’ve seen.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
We used to use the metalworking lathe for wood at school. And it was with the supervision of the ex-engineer teacher, not just us mucking about. It didn’t cut the wood as such, it just nicked tiny bits off as it went round. Wasn’t the best finish, but it sanded up easily enough.
I can’t imagine a bit made for steel would be damaged by wood.
There was something simple I really needed to be turned up in metal, but I forgot what it was now. I’ll let you know when I remember 🙂Posted 4 years agoirelanstMember
Endmills will work on wood but you might need a custom grind to get them to cut efficiently. Router bits will work OK, the limiting factor is usually spindle speed (it will be much higher on a real router) and if you don’t feed fast enough you get scorching.
The main problem is that the wood dust will stick to everything and gum it all up, it gets in the ways, expands and seizes the bed up. If you really want to machine wood, use a dedicated machine which has been degreased and use lots of extraction (especially if using MDF / hardwood). The N+1 style answer would be to use the mill to make a CNC router though!Posted 4 years ago
bless them they look like they havnt had much tlc in a few years. the smaller harrison and the dean smith and grace are proper things. the universal mill looks like a bit of a beast.
if you do start using them remember that the most dangerous machine tools are the pillar drill, and the lathe. this is simply because they are the most common.
be careful. have funPosted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Wow! Teh awesomz! You even get free eggs :D. There’s a guy I bought a hand-forged bushcraft blade from, he was interested in getting into smithing, and found an old guy in Machynlleth with a forge. Went to have a look around, the owner gave him a quick tour, he said, yeah, I’m interested, agreed on the price, and the old boy put on his jacket, said right, I’m off, and vanished! Left him to pretty much work out how to use everything himself. Here’s his site:Posted 4 years ago
His blades are beautiful, quite rough hand-forged, but the cutting edge is mirror polished, and literally razor-sharp, probably the sharpest knife blade I’ve ever handled. Lovely things, just got to make the handle.
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