Showing posts with label metalworking machines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label metalworking machines. Show all posts

Thursday, February 21, 2019

# 3 The Metal Shaper

If you downloaded the previous post, then you know that was the operating manual. In this post is the construction manual.

I don't need to tell you I am a fan of D. Gingery's plans. Book #3 in his "Workshop From Scrap" series is an excellent plan for building your own hobby size metal shaper. If I live long enough, lol, this is the one I would like to build, I succumbed to the cheap imports for a lathe and mill but Dave's mill is still also a desirable build, one day.

As mentioned I have all the paper copies of his books and many poorly scanned copies, downloaded over the years. I dug up my downloaded copy of #3 The Metal Shaper, cleaned it up and repackaged it in a pdf. As before I can't improve on the resolution, but it is a nice clean copy. The front and back covers were to blotchy to clean up so I left them out. If you want the covers for printing I scanned the covers of my original (1981) copy, expand them to max. below to save them.

To download "#3 The Metal Shaper" go to my Books - Free Downloads page #82 - 7 MB - pdf.

The Shaping Machine

So I wasn't going to get to this series of posts till this weekend, but I finished the files early so here goes.

The metal shaper has gone the way of the Dinosaur, just as tough, but they don't make them anymore. They excelled at producing limited size accurate surfaces and cutting things like keyways and gears. They operate with a single point tool, modern machine tools can do the same jobs faster. As an industrial production tool it has become obsolete. Its to bad, as a hobby shop tool for model building and other small shop activities it still fills an important space with inexpensive tooling.

As mentioned they don't make them any more, The industrial sized used ones are all ending up in scrap yards, I have seen at least two big 36" strokers, gathering rust waiting to be recycled, and the small hobby shop sized used ones have turned into pure gold, expensive, even when in need of alot of work to get them going again.

Like a true DIY'er the option is to make your own. Check out the next post for that. In this post I am offering up "The Shaping Machine" by Ian Bradley. It was published by Map Technical Publications in 1973. Many years ago, after a good long search, I found a download copy, but of course, it was a terrible scan. I spent my free time the last couple of days cleaning it up and repackaging it in a 12 MB pdf. I couldn't improve on the resolution, which shows up in the photographs, but very clean otherwise.

This is an excellent little manual on the hobby shop size metal shaper. It covers the development of the machine as well as the hand and power operated models, once very common. It goes deeper into the construction, operation, and tooling of the machine than many I have seen.

To download "The Shaping Machine" go to my Books - Free Downloads page # 81 - 12 MB - pdf.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Build Your Own Metalworking Lathe From Scrap

So now that you have a furnace, what are you going to do with it? If you are an aspiring machining hobbyist, Dave Gingery's lathe is a very good start. If all you want is a small lathe, the cheap hobby imports might be a better go, but if you want to learn the full gamut of how to produce a accurate piece of shop machinery, building Dave's lathe will fill in much of the learning curve for the novice machinist.

Dave's Shop From Scrap series has been around for almost 40 years now and it still garners interest. I have a full set of all his books in paper, I also have many in my files that I have downloaded over the years. The problem is most are poor quality scans, and I would not repost them without redoing them to a more presentable state. Browsing some of my files recently I found a second copy of "# 2 The Metal Lathe" that was in reasonable shape. A little out of alignment and the picture res. is poor, but very clean and usable. If you haven't found a copy yet, this is one of the cleaner copies around.

To download "Build Your Own Metalworking Lathe From Scrap" go to my Books - Free Downloads  page, # 80 - 1.2 MB - pdf.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

"How To Make A Sheet Metal Shear # 4"

Took some work but here is Intermediate Technology Publications # 4 in the Workshop Equipment series. As mentioned before these are poor quality scans and require clean-up and straightening out. They did not have covers, so the covers are my creation. The publication and copyright page is missing, I did not make one up for this title.

This title covers a sheet metal shear, it is tough enough to sever smaller bars and rounds. There are many plans for similar machines around the web, some for sale, some free. I uploaded a similar plan for one, in a previous post.

To download "How To Make A Sheet Metal Shear # 4" go to my Books - Free Downloads page, # 75 - 2 MB - pdf.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

"WOOD's" 1986 Multi-Machine

In WOOD's 1986, issue # 9 magazine, a very useful grinding and sanding machine was featured. At 8 speeds it allowed for slow enough speeds to do wet grinding, for putting very sharp edges on your cutting tools, without overheating. It also included a 8" sanding disk and the ability to run sanding drums and pneumatic spindle sanders. I built a similar sander without the speed changes and featuring two 8" sanding discs. I have taken it apart since I purchases my three 12" sanders, but I still have the shaft and bearings. Still waiting for me to find a new use for it, lol.

This would be a very convenient machine for a small shop, with it's ability to handle a variety of operations, weather your a woodworker, metalworker or other small shop hobbyist.

So the "Workshop Equipment" series plan that I posted a couple of posts ago, seems to have garnered lots of interest. In the next few weeks look for me to post the other two paper copies, I have. I will consider repackaging the other 6 poorly scanned downloads, that I have. I can't do anything about the first 2 or 3 missing pages, but they don't effect the actual build instructions.