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Offline Mcgyver

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True confessions of a toolaholic
« on: October 24, 2017, 08:26:46 PM »
Mcgyver shop tour

So hereís the result of 25 years of being a toolaholic.  Iíve two shops, a two car garage and the basement.  The basement started when the eldest son seemed pretty firmly entrenched with a career in Calgary.   On hearing he got a permanent position with a big law firm, I acted.  With strike force shock and awe I moved tools into his vacated basement bedroom before anyone knew what happened.  The key to domestic shop sprawl is this:  remember, itís easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.

Iíve put a bunch in the furnace room as well, hey, what else are you going to do with it? 

Last year I re-plumbed and wired for the laundry room to move from the basement to the 2nd floor when I redid the kitchen (all by yours truly)Ö.it creates new basement ground to conquer.  There is already a lathe in storage there, and when the better half hasnít been looking, Iíve opened the windows and mig welded (true confessions, I counting on a near zero chance of her reading this)

 Iím almost embarrassed (and pleased) and how much stuff Iíve accumulated.  The truth is I donít have a dollar into it.  Patience and buying and selling has been how Iíve afforded it. 

This is just the basement; the big stuff is all in the garage and to follow


Furnace room, bead blaster, oven, vacuum caster, hardware store drill press (just to save running to the garage), vulcanizer and scroll saw.  No shown is lots of storage and a large Hermes motorized engraver




Entering the main shop, thereís this alley with three alleyway offshoots to the right



At the end of the lane is a bench and some storage.  On the rack is a Unimat 3 with homemade drive, a Schaublin I havenít decided what to do with, a jewelerís steamer, polisher and misc. stuff.

I like microscopes so thereís a few.  This is a favorite; itís a Nikon Labphot EPI style which means the light comes through the objective vs from the bottom of a biological scope.  Itís designed for looking at opaque items Ė perfect for the shop.  Itís also trinocular so I can put a camera on it.



In the other direction is electronics.  I'm closer to electronics beginner than wiz, but if I'm to mess about with it, its more fun with all the gear.  Iíve got this nice Meiji stereo zoom scope that swings to where keyboard would normally be.  This is the sliver removal station.  Tongue in check, yes, but there is no better way to get at a sliver





I also like the old wood tool boxes so have picked up a few up over the years



This is a  nice little Schaublin 70.  I was making 7 BA countersink screws with it last week.  Took some time getting the tooling set, but when it is, what a blast.  Under bench drive is two stage and of my design.  Next to it is a Hardinge bench mill that did the slotting (seen a few photos above)



Another side alley Ė a lot of watch stuff.    A good part of the ďlibraryĒ is under bench is full on both sides



Hereís a ultrasonic cleaner, L&R watch cleaner, magnetic polisher and wild stereo zoom.  Its not as fancy as the other zoom scope, but its right opposite the watch bench so is very handy. 



Hereís one you donít see everyday, at least at home - its a microtome.   Itís for cutting specimens into extremely thin slices for slide preparation.   For $25 including the B&L stereo zoom, I couldnít say no!



Hereís the watch bench.  The watchmakers tool collection is very complete, a lot the larger items like staking tools, jeweling tools and presses etc on the shelf over the watch cleaning stuff.



Electronic parts.  These shelves on casters are great, small parts bins are both sides, and they spin around easily for access



On the other side of the cleaners are some nice pieces Ė at Mitutoyo tool makers microscope and a servo drill press.  The microscope has large barrels graduated in tenths and the eyepiece has a graticule making it easy to measure accurately, really handy for watch parts



Next to the Schuablin, Iíve got this project Ė a Holbrook B8 Iím reconditioning.  Bed is scraped, about to start on the headstock and tail stock.  Iíve decided to hard chrome and grind the quill to fit a freshly honed tailstock boreÖ.but there is a slight delay as I have to make stand for the hone before that can done.  It is a truly remarkable lathe, I canít wait to get it running!





Hereís a another beast of a scope, a research grade Nikon Apophote trinocular with all the bells and whistles.  I needed a bunch of  work, most of which is done.  I still have to finish the variable power supply for the 10A 10V lampÖ.(no home guy imo should be running mercury vapor lamps, too dangerous and too expensive so I replaced it) but its a thing of beauty (imo)



The last little sectionÖ.BCA, Pultra, watchmakers lathes balances and Levin radius lathe (on the floor)



The BCA is seeing lots of work.   A new DC motor and the spindle has been replaced with this T slot block that a new ER spindle will bolt to  Iíve already milled oil slots in the ways and added zerk fittings. 



I use the Pultra a lot, itís an amazing lathe and Iím fortunate enough to have a fairly complete set of accessories.  Next to the Pultra is a multifix motor.  When I want to use a watchmakers lathe, I just park it in front of the multifix.  There's a stereo zoom over top, but I confess it sees little use -



On the top shelf are two watchmakers lathes, a Rivett and Boley Leinen.  Both have complete sets of collets, bezel checks, slide rests etc, and I also have the Hardinge pivot polisher which is set up on the nearer of them.  Oh, there is a Hermes diamond point engraver as well.



Last but not least is a Rivett 608.  This is from late 19th century, actually stamped #1.   I guess technically itís a Faneuil Watch company lathe (before the name change).  Its as I bought it and subsequent got the B8.  They are so similar in size and function I donít really need it, but its such thing of beauty I havenít  got around to selling it.



Thatís the basementÖ.the bigger stuff is in the garage....to be continued when I get to photographing it :)

« Last Edit: October 24, 2017, 09:43:39 PM by Mcgyver »

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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2017, 08:46:45 PM »
Amazing! I look forward to seeing some of your output! :cheers:
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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2017, 08:53:18 PM »
Wow!  That's a lot of tools packed in there!  And an amazing number of microscopes for sure!
Nice collection you have. Can't wait to meet the rest of your tools  :popcorn:
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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2017, 09:14:33 PM »
Wow!

I think we should all just meet at your house, brainstorm a project or twelve, and build them!

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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 09:29:11 PM »
thanks guys.  Output has been more tools tooling and machine tool reconditioning than model engines....I'm cognizant that the hobby has largely been building the shop.  I just get captivated by building the capability and capacity and a lot of these old machines have a great deal of appeal to me.  I've also done a lot of articles for home shop machinist which takes a lot of time.  Here's a link to where I drop photos of stuff I've made  https://imgur.com/a/LNfpI

Wow!

I think we should all just meet at your house, brainstorm a project or twelve, and build them!

lol, thats the problem.  Every day I spend in the shop I create 12 more days of work.

you're not that far and my business is in Welland (awful bloody commute for me).  Do get in touch if you are up this way.


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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2017, 09:33:49 PM »
Not to speed up your demise at all McGyver, but if the saying that he who dies with the most toys wins, I think you are headed for the GRAND PRIZE!!   :lolb:

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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2017, 10:04:43 PM »
Hang on a bit.............He hasn't shown us the rest of his stash yet.

I always thought I had an excessive tool collection, (I know this to be true because my wife keeps telling me) now having seen that little selection mine is just normal

I have to say you "have it bad" don't you !!
You have a similar taste in tooling to myself by the looks of it, I also have a fully tooled up Pultra 1770 and agree it is a super lathe to use, mine has all the capstan gear as well as being on the makers Mardrive cabinet stand. I also have a little Boley watch lathe for the smaller jobs. I am guessing you also have an Atlas 7" shaping machine like mine too.
I am now eagerly awaiting for the next installment of photo's, and I am hoping you don't have a Mikron 112 gear hobbing machine, at least I might have one tool that you don't have  ;D

Phil
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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2017, 10:29:44 PM »

I am hoping you don't have a Mikron 112 gear hobbing machine, at least I might have one tool that you don't have  ;D

Phil

you got me there!  Guess I'll have to add it to the list.  I'd also like an F1 and a small myford cylindrical grinder, but would have to leave TO....I cannot fit another thing in here.   I did have a 7B, photo of it below, just before I sold it.  The two of us would just barely fit in the two car garage so sadly something had to go. 



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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2017, 02:30:47 AM »
Saweeeeet!
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Damned ijjit!

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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2017, 03:53:14 AM »
Phil,
I'm sure there must be an AA program for tool-O-haulics. Run to it don't walk. :ROFL: :lolb:
Art

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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2017, 08:19:35 AM »
 :naughty: Many desirable goodies

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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2017, 10:35:12 AM »
Good grief, that's one hell of a collection.  :o

The only area where I could compete is that I do have a Myford cylindrical grinder.

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Re: True confessions of a toolaholic
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2017, 11:36:40 AM »
Phil,
I'm sure there must be an AA program for tool-O-haulics. Run to it don't walk. :ROFL: :lolb:
Art

Yes, and when you have an address, feel free to publish it here!....

Dave

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Damned ijjit!