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Offline madcow

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2009, 01:02:25 PM »
I'm getting some good ideas for setup from your pics!
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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2009, 01:27:04 PM »
Madcow:  Klingon empire?  Really?

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2009, 01:46:27 PM »
Madcow:  Klingon empire?  Really?

*sings "Which one of these things is not like tha' others?"*

It's a throwback to my teenage years... 2 decades ago - I was a trekkie. Maybe I should sell it.

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2009, 01:55:38 PM »
Heck no!  Do your thing.

I was only joshin'.
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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2009, 04:24:45 PM »
Madcow you win for the cleanest and tidiest of the shops.   :o   It's so nice I can't imagine you have ever done any work in it.  :D  Of course we all know otherwise.  ;)

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2009, 05:54:31 PM »
 :o :o


wow thanks brothers in arms for posting here!!I'm honored to be a little pea in a giant empire for sure!! ;D ;)

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2009, 06:12:00 PM »
Very inspiring...great idea Ben.... :D...
   
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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2009, 06:18:59 PM »
 ;)

Thanks brother!!I'm loving this. :D

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2009, 08:16:34 PM »
Lovin' your "Darth Ursus", DT.  I also admire your helping the neighborhood kids out --doesn't surprise me. :)

Speaking of Grizzlies, I'm curious to try the G4015Z combo this spring when I get a little more room. It's a little smaller than your model, IIRC. How do you like the Grizzly? Runout?

For really small parts, I was contemplating getting a mini-mill (Sherline 10") and maybe Sherline's 3.5x8 lathe, and mounting those beside my larger mill/lathe combo I currently have (ShopFox). I can outfit the larger setup for hilts, and the smaller setup for details like chambers, pommels, claws, prototyping, etc.


Add me to the list of people with AceRocket Machine Envy.


The Grizzly Lathes are surprisingly accurate right out of the box.  Sure they need a LOT of cleanup when they arrive, and are some heavy beasts, but mine only had .0012" of taper out of the box that was quickly remedied.

All of the gibs needed MAJOR adjustment when it arrived, on both the lathe and mill. Took me six hours just to clean al the red goo.

I have a base for the Mill (Basically just a G8689 mini mill) that I bought from littlemachineshop.com I had it set up, but moved the mill back on to the lathe while I was moving things around in the work area.  I will ebentually separate the Lathe and mill again when I have more time.  That's a big drawback with this setup, and the Seig version (Same thing), in the fact that the mill head REALLY gets in your way sometimes.  I also picked up a steady rest for the lathe (recommended to me by Arm on Fire)

Really with a little adjustment and complete cleaning, the grizzly lathes are capable of turning a basic saber, right out of the box if you have the correct tooling. The only real pain about them is that you have to manually change the gearing for threading and feed rates.  I really wish i could have gotten a geared and clutched precision gunsmit'hs lathe, but Working one a budget, that wasn't possible.  :-[

I did get a belt drive kit for the mill head to replace some of the plastic gears in the mill.  It muns much more smoothly, and is about 30% quieter.  I have a friend of mine making an all metal gear drive.

The only thing I don't like about the G0516 is the fact that the spindle bore is very narrow, and will not allow 1" blade stock to pass through the spindle head and through the chuck you you can true blades easily. But that's why I use the steady rest, and buy 40" blade tubes. (The extra left over gets made into LED housing units) ;)
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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #24 on: March 02, 2009, 09:32:29 PM »
Acerocket gives everyone machine envy ;)

Feel free to envy my payments too. :'( 

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #25 on: March 02, 2009, 09:46:47 PM »
You could try my set up.
The poor man's appt. lathe


 ;) :D
Yes, this is my actual appt. And I use that set up to hone/bore out some parts


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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2009, 01:02:31 AM »
With Rei and Asuka looking on? ;)
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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2009, 07:43:04 AM »
You could try my set up.
The poor man's appt. lathe


 ;) :D
Yes, this is my actual appt. And I use that set up to hone/bore out some parts

Jango, that's almost redneck. :D ;) I like it, reminds me of my family. We did things like this all the time at my dad's shop. 8) 8)

Acerocket, i can't imagine what some of that stuff costs. Man I'm jealous of all of you. I'd love to have access to that machinery. Sadly, I'm limited to my proud little Dremel. :D


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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2009, 12:46:25 PM »
Acerocket gives everyone machine envy ;)

Feel free to envy my payments too. :'( 

With the quality of the hilt you made me IMO you should be able to make those payments as fast as you can pump out hilts.   ;)

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Re: The Sabersmith's Round Table.
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2009, 09:38:33 AM »
With the quality of the hilt you made me IMO you should be able to make those payments as fast as you can pump out hilts.   ;)

Sure, I just need to make 1500 of the Obi TPM pommels or 150 of the Obi TPM sabers.  No problems there. :P