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Offline tel

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Die filer
« on: June 09, 2013, 09:22:22 AM »
A little while back I mentioned, in another thread, that I was in the process of building a die filer - something that I have wanted for quite some time now.

This is my version of the AME filer, modified to accommodate materials at hand, pretty good progress is being made, despite workshop time being tight.

Some progress shots to date - no descriptions, as it is all pretty straightforward, but I will be happy to answer any questions.

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Die filer
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 09:36:14 AM »
Are they oilite bushes there Tel? I know you gave the issue number(s) recently, any chance of a recall? Looking good.

Hugh.

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 09:38:59 AM »
Do you get the files? Machine files (as we call them), are getting more and more a rare item. The only manufacturer I know of in Germany quit making them years ago. You just can buy from his remaining stock.


I visited that file maker a few years ago, and I was close to buy one of his machines. He just makes custom "files" (grippers for printing presses) and gave up making shop files. During the tour through his shop, he showed me different makers of files. If you see them side by side, you immediately realize what crap comes from India.
Only file maker left in Europe that makes perfect quality is Vallorbe (Vallrobe?) in Switzerland.




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Re: Die filer
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 09:48:43 AM »
No Hugh, just plain bronze bushes. I'm hoping they will be ok - the crankshaft is hollow, with a grease nipple at the rear end, and one of the journals will lube the big bush.

The AME issue is Sept/Oct 2010, but don't despair if you don't have it. Let me know.

Nick, decent files of any sort are getting hard to come by. At this stage I am planning on using modified hand files - there are a couple of places doing machine files, but they are very, very proud of 'em. 'New' Old stock via ebay is one good source of files, but you have to be patient.
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Re: Die filer
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2013, 01:50:19 PM »
Looking good Tel!   That's coming nicely!

I need to learn how to weld!..... :embarassed:

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2013, 02:08:01 PM »
Tel
Don't know about the shipping cost but both Victornet and Oliver have files in stock at fairly reasonable prices.
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Stan

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2013, 02:39:46 PM »
Looking good Tel, you have been busy. Like Stan said,  I also got my files from Victornet.

Don

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 05:33:06 PM »
Tel, your die filer's looking great!  You'll have it done in no time at this rate :)
How are you going to power it?  Is it going to hook up to your lathe? Or will it have its own motor?

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 11:24:42 PM »
Thanks folks! The plan is for it to have its own motor (stand alone unit) but I suspect it might get tried out on the lathe before I get that far!
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Re: Die filer
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2013, 12:41:55 AM »
Im following along tel...just happy to know these can be made without castings!

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2013, 04:21:38 AM »
Nice work Tel. I have it (plans) for the same one and will make a start once I get the bits & pieces together. I will have to stick weld it as the mig is out of gas and BOC and the other guys are getting ridiculous with the rental prices and I don't like the so called gasless wire. <required lifespan has been extended to 235 years to complete it all> :lolb:
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Re: Die filer
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2013, 06:22:50 AM »
I stick welded the main parts together, did the cover plates and tidy up with o/a.

You're right about BOC tho - almost $400 this year for the rental of two small bottles  >:( Looks like this might be my last year with it, which will hurt almost as much as the $400.  :(
« Last Edit: June 10, 2013, 06:27:10 AM by tel »
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Re: Die filer
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2013, 04:29:30 AM »
A little more progress - the connecting rod finished and the file-carrying arms bored, drilled & tapped ready for final shaping.

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2013, 06:18:46 AM »
Nice! I'm starting to think that a die filer would be useful, for those cases where you need to make sharp-cornered holes in things.

Simon

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Re: Die filer
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013, 04:52:21 PM »
Very nice Tel. Is the top going to be fixed or tiltable?
Alan
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