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#2587 - 12/11/10 07:33 AM What did you build lately?
Ibby Offline
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Posts: 15
Loc: Waaay Northern NY *****
I like to steal ideas wherever I can, and get a lot of inspiration from other's projects here.

I just built a new meat grinder from a worm gear gearmotor and a #22 Hobart meat grinder head. Took a bit of machining and quite a bit of custom fabrication, but it works well. We just butchered our steer and ground over 200lbs of hamburg in less than 1/2 hour.
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#2589 - 12/11/10 11:07 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Ibby]
tom Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
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Loc: kodiak alaska *****
no pictures of this project.
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#2590 - 12/11/10 01:26 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: tom]
SteveC (NS) Offline
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Loc: Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
I'm susre Irv was too busy to take pics. Sorta like the butcher who backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his orders.
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#2591 - 12/11/10 02:11 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: SteveC (NS)]
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Had an uncle who fell into a lens grinding machine and made a spectacle of himself... (shaboom)
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#2592 - 12/11/10 10:01 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Doc]
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Loc: Merrickville, Ontario
Built a few tools tonight to be able to extract and install the new front wheel bearing in the Maxima. The mandrels from my metal bender proved great for bushings, spacers and "butters up againsters" (whatever the official term is :-).

And a **BIG** thanks to Steve, I used two of the bearing shells as spacers to pull the bearing out into. So I was **VERY** happy about that bit of inventory transfer.


Now time to sleep.

cheers,
Andrew

Tried to add some pics.


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MaximaBearingPuller.jpg

Description: Pulling out the bearing

MaximaBearingPuller2.jpg

Description: Another view. Steve will recognize some of the components

MaximaBearingInstaller.jpg

Description: Installing the new bearing. Does drilling a hole in the chunk of bar count as making a tool?? :-)




Edited by Andrew (12/11/10 10:21 PM)
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#2599 - 12/12/10 09:17 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Andrew]
GLyford Offline
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Loc: central MA
Chewing a point on a stick counts as making a tool, as long as you use it to poke in the dirt and don't just look at it.

Using another tool (drill) to make a tool counts. Making a tool that has only those features it needs to accomplish the task at hand, without unnecessary features and using the most economical process to get there is the epitome of engineering...
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#2600 - 12/12/10 11:14 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: GLyford]
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made a top clamp for the forklift chassis on my mini articulated loader..makes it easy to do brush cleanup and gettin' ahold of things.I had the 3rd valve circuit designed into the machine from the get-go so i HAD to make something to use it.The cylinder is a $50 special from Surplus Center,but it's in retract to close the clamp so down force is not as good as it could be..just another tradeoff,but it does work pretty good.I think I'll just make the fork chassis permanent on the loader and make the bucket clip on the fork chassis so I can use the topclamp on the bucket too.
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#2604 - 12/12/10 01:49 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: bunkclimber]
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Coolness, Bunker.
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#2605 - 12/12/10 05:29 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Doc]
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looks great, now you can move the firewood logs around..
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#2607 - 12/12/10 11:38 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: mdlawnguy]
tom Offline
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looking at the picture it hit me that most of us have small fleet of equipment to maintain.
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#2614 - 12/13/10 11:57 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: tom]
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I haven't built much lately, but I have about a day left on a magnetic tracer for my plasma....
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#2615 - 12/14/10 06:37 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: camdigger]
Lu47Dan Offline
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Yesterday I built a rack to hold my grease guns. Before the guns were hanging off of nails. The old way took up too much room and was pain in the butt to hang them up after use. I used six rings cut from 3" BI pipe and apiece of 1/8" plate I picked up somewhere over the years. The plate is 2-1/2" wide by 29" long, enough room for six rings. I laid out the strip of plate with several different spacings and always ended up with two of the rings being too close together. I fiddled with the spacing for too long and settled on the last one. I then laid out the mounting hole locations and drilled them.
I tacked the edges of the ring to the edge of the strip. and the project was finished.
The next thing will be a rack to hold my conduit benders, that is scheduled for later today.


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Description: Grease Gun Rack 1

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Description: Grease Gun Rack 2


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#2617 - 12/14/10 06:52 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Lu47Dan]
Andrew Offline
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Loc: Merrickville, Ontario
I *like* that. Need to make me one. Think I only need 3 or 4 holes though!

cheers, Andrew
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#2620 - 12/14/10 07:00 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Andrew]
Lu47Dan Offline
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Andrew it was a quick and dirty project, the old system took up about 4' of wall space, this rack only uses 29" I need to straighten the cords out and wrap them up to be able to hang the grease gun rack under the cord rack. This will free up more space for the conduit bender rack.
Dan.
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#2638 - 12/16/10 02:05 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Lu47Dan]
ktmtragic Offline
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Posts: 235
Loc: Sydney Australia
I only have one question. Why do you guys continue to use steel conduit which is conductive and hard to work with instead of simple PVC? I am assuming the conduit benders are for electrical. (Don't get me started on imperial measurements smile )
Cheers ktmtragic
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#2640 - 12/16/10 04:06 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: ktmtragic]
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Loc: N.E,Indiana EIEIO
I built a handy dandy little black box that made my CHECK ENGINE light stay off.....
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#2641 - 12/16/10 08:36 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: ktmtragic]
Lu47Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: ktmtragic
I only have one question. Why do you guys continue to use steel conduit which is conductive and hard to work with instead of simple PVC? I am assuming the conduit benders are for electrical. (Don't get me started on imperial measurements smile )
Cheers ktmtragic

KTM, PVC conduit has its uses, underground is one, but inside the shop is not a place I like to use it.
The very reason to use steel conduit inside the shop to run circuits is that it is conductive, I still run a grounding wire when pulling wire, I do not know for 100% that the fitting style I am using are an acceptable substitute for a ground path.
I have a bunch of conduit that was removed from several jobs I have been on over the years and I now have a set of benders up to 1-1/4" EMT. I can make all my bends instead of buying them. Prices for the fittings are a bit higher for steel over plastic but I am saving the money from having the used conduit here. I do buy EMT conduit at times when I need it but I do not buy a lot of it. I also had when I started using conduit, quite a bit of THHN wire in several sizes.
Plus the steel spans farther then the PVC does.
There is a learning curve when using steel conduit, I have bought several books on electrical over the years, and have learned how to make the bends. Once you have the knowledge, making the bends is not all that tough. I still make mistakes on bends but I do not do it everyday.
I dislike the glue for the PVC also. In a lot of my work the glue is used also, I would rather not come home from working with it all day and have to use it here also.
As to Imperial measurements, I dislike metric. Enough said about that. eek
If I did not have all the inventory I probably would not use conduit but since I do there is not any reason to have it laying around going to seed and collecting dust.
My total investment in benders, about $37 U.S. I had to buy the 1/2" EMT only bender as there were not any of them in the ones being thrown out on the job I got them from.
Have a nice day.
Dan.
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#2643 - 12/16/10 09:04 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Lu47Dan]
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Well said, Dan. I was working up my response when you answered quite nicely. Only point I might add is the issue of fire safety. Metal conduit protects buildings from electrical fire danger, PVC does not... but you of course knew that.
Doc
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#2644 - 12/16/10 04:11 PM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: Doc]
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Loc: N.E,Indiana EIEIO
I like the price of PVC.
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#2648 - 12/17/10 01:35 AM Re: What did you build lately? [Re: bobodu]
FabberMcGee Offline
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Registered: 03/14/10
Posts: 182
Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Dan, nice job on the grease gun hangers. Much more elegant than my bucket full of grease guns. I was going to ask how you plan to protect your wall from all the grease, but I noticed your guns are nicely wiped down. When I get done greasing something, there is usually as much grease on the outside of the gun as there is on me and that is substantial. By that time my rag is so saturated that applying it to the gun would add grease not remove it.
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