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Offline gary hart

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2013, 03:03:21 AM »
Jewelers saw blade work good in a die filer with over arm.   

 

 

Handy attachment that clamps to upper blade clamp has magnets in it that hold a spray paint can for shaking the can.

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 04:16:56 AM »
Bravo Gary! The spray can shaker is brilliant
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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2013, 04:36:53 PM »
Well, I saw that machine and walked right by, thinking I can always go back and look at it. Wrong!
Now I need one.
Is it Martin that sells a casting kit? Whatever happened to Metal Lathe Accessories? Are they still around?
Who has the best filer kit?
What about a mini belt sander for smoothing edges?
What do I do here, guys?
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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2013, 05:23:21 PM »

Well, I saw that machine and walked right by, thinking I can always go back and look at it. Wrong!
Now I need one.
Is it Martin that sells a casting kit? Whatever happened to Metal Lathe Accessories? Are they still around?
Who has the best filer kit?
What about a mini belt sander for smoothing edges?
What do I do here, guys?
Mosey

Yes they are Mosey!   Nice unit too!

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2013, 05:28:31 PM »
I would kill for a die filer.  I don't have room in my shop for one but I could always move the wife's car out to the street if I found one.

In the meantime, I make do with two less-than-perfect alternatives.

I fitted my Dremel contraption with a table so it could be used as a miniature, stationary drum sander...






A major limitation is the fact that, for filing interior to an opening, the sanding drum has to fit into the opening.  Even the smallest drum is larger than a slim file.


My other foray was to build a miniature die filer.  This model clamps into the workbench vise and uses a Scotch yoke drive powered by an electric drill.  I don't have any proper downstroke-cutting files so I use diamond files.  Again, it works, sort of, but will never be a match for a real die filer.








I'm told (i.e., no evidence) that some high-end die filers used a D-drive similar to the film advance drive in older movie projectors to pull the file back from the work on the upstroke.  Supposedly this reduced wear on the files.
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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2013, 05:35:32 PM »
Marv,

At home I have a picture of a die filer that was mounted to, and driven by the lathe.    It had a MT2 shank mount to the TS, and was driven by scotch yoke by the headstock with a tilting table.    Slick unit for those with little room.

I'll post a picture of it this evening....You could knock one of these out in no time Marv.

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2013, 06:16:49 PM »
I agree with Dave, you could knock one of these miniature die filers (a la Marv) out in short order.  Very clever, and useful.  I would say that 80% of the die filer work I do could be done on one of these.  I have seen a couple of MLA die filers finished up and they make a very nice looking machine and from what I hear they do a first rate job.

As for files, those are becoming hard to find and of course more expensive.  I wonder though, if there are enough die filers in use (ie, demand) if one of the file mfgs might not agree do a run of files?  Something along these lines happened with Atlas.  Some years ago, after Atlas was absorbed by Clausing, Atlas/Craftsman parts of all types virtually disappeared but then some bright lad at Clausing realized there was a profit to be made in Atlas parts, so now there are parts available.
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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2013, 02:07:41 AM »
Here's the pictures Marv





Mounts in the TS and is driven by the HS.....and can hang on the wall.

Actually Marv....I bet you could modify the one you have to do the same!

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2013, 03:11:39 AM »
Or you could build Harold Hall's filing machine. This machine is driven by the lathe or a motor. http://www.homews.co.uk/page498.html check it out all plans are free.

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2013, 11:45:32 AM »
Interesting link Don...it is quite a robust design from the looks of it too!!

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2013, 12:54:10 PM »
Here's the pictures Marv





Mounts in the TS and is driven by the HS.....and can hang on the wall.

Actually Marv....I bet you could modify the one you have to do the same!

Dave

How does the lathe connect to drive it?
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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2013, 01:35:10 PM »
A straight shank goes in the chuck and connected to theat is a crank disk.  The crank pin with a block goes into the block shown....turn the chuck and you have reciprocating motion.

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2013, 02:07:43 PM »
Those are some lovely castings. Where do they come from?

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Re: It followed me home from Cabin Fever
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2013, 02:10:18 PM »
No idea....it was an ebay item....which I should have bid on!..... :wallbang:
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