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    Quote Originally Posted by CarbideBob View Post
    Do not make 1-2-3 blocks or you own precision vise. That a waste of effort with no reward since you can buy them for little.
    A set of tapping block for both English and metric are really easy and sort of a must have in the box.
    Other is what do you like?
    This may be coffee tables or car parts or who knows? People like to build steam engines, that never turned my crank.
    As a machinist you can build anything so it to the outside world what whould be neat to say I built that.
    RC stuff, gliders and kites, MC bikes, show cars, bicycles, skateboards, nano tech medical systems.
    What does turn you on?
    Most people have something they think really cool and will invest the lost time to doing it.

    My grandfather made awesome coffee tables out of paint left on the Buick floor so you never know.
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    Bob, I really like you as an "internet persona" here... but sometimes you come out of left field.
    I agree, in theory, you can buy a vise, 123 blocks, angles etc cheaper these days, but damn that almost seems like a rite of passage for a machinist!

    I made - 123 blocks (9, just because I guess, with different hole patterns), V blocks, including 1 with a cutout for headed punches, vise (never finished ) angle plates, a "toolmakers block" (different steps, v grooves, tapped holes etc), parallels (odd sizes from leftover stock), custom v block @ 30deg with custom clamp also designed to work with my angle plates with custom block allowing me to do 5-45deg in 5 deg increments... (used to grind alot of shear on punches for stamping)

    edit: I also made some 12" long parallels (I beam shaped) that I ground (and re-ground!) to get them less than .0002" flatness- that was a job! (:

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    Cast your own precision straightedge then grind and scrape to fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    Cast your own precision straightedge then grind and scrape to fit.
    Bill D
    Um no.. unless you see yourself getting into a rebuilding career path. Sorry Bill, but IMO, this is not practical (especially casting it) on the same level as 123 blocks, vises, parallels, etc. You can make those out of literally anything, even soft mats depending on purpose. I once made a machinist vise out of alum for our cmm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    Cast your own precision straightedge then grind and scrape to fit.
    Bill D
    Cheating unless you first do an MD degree and then build the melt-furnace as well. Been done. "right here, on PM", even. Dr. Foster.

    New meat, new meat, new meat....


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    I looked up the name Mach2 posted. The clamps he made for the boring mill look great.
    A little larger than I need but I may make a smaller version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1974 View Post
    I once made a machinist vise out of alum for our cmm...
    What'd I say? Machinist has no problems to solve, he'll create some!

    What Is Alum and How Is It Used?


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    :-) The quote
    < but there is no such animal as an "unimaginative Machinist".

    If they have no problems to be solved, they will create problems.>
    About broke me up . :-)
    So true. :-)
    ...lewie...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewie View Post
    :-) The quote
    < but there is no such animal as an "unimaginative Machinist".

    If they have no problems to be solved, they will create problems.>
    About broke me up . :-)
    So true. :-)
    ...lewie...
    Thank yer parents, grandparents.. on back.

    Heard the SAME thing from both sides, as to why my clan have ALWAYS been hard-headed men of a certain competence at wotever it was they did, married to the damndest and sassiest of wimmin' as could put up with each other even part-time.

    No other way to get smart kids that picked theyselves up after the world knocks 'em flat, and keeps on truckin' regardless 'til they get the hang of doin' a bit of kicking back.

    Machinist don't make mistakes. Only progressively more expensive and clever tests for planning better work, next go..


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    Quote Originally Posted by winger View Post
    I looked up the name Mach2 posted. The clamps he made for the boring mill look great.
    A little larger than I need but I may make a smaller version.
    YouTube

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    The clamps ar another of my favorites. What you should be looking for in his videos ar the methods like drawing on the stock with chalk. The designs also follow the shape of his tooling.

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    @9finger nice muffler baffle, for the chainsaw of course, right?

    I've never known a machinist who always finished every personal project, we somehow supersede our own designs before even finishing the first, or find a more urgent needed tool. But I've witnessed some great inventions! Imagination at work! ( wait I've heard that before)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvnlymachining View Post
    @9finger nice muffler baffle, for the chainsaw of course, right?

    I've never known a machinist who always finished every personal project, we somehow supersede our own designs before even finishing the first, or find a more urgent needed tool. But I've witnessed some great inventions! Imagination at work! ( wait I've heard that before)
    Why thank you kind sir, the compliment is much appreciated. That's a pretty plain jain one....I've got pics in other threads of far more elaborate ones. They are a pain when they start out as solid 8-1-1 Titanium. I've actually got an SOT, so I keep my chainsaw muffler as purchased and use these on other things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9finger View Post
    Why thank you kind sir, the compliment is much appreciated. That's a pretty plain jain one....I've got pics in other threads of far more elaborate ones. They are a pain when they start out as solid 8-1-1 Titanium. I've actually got an SOT, so I keep my chainsaw muffler as purchased and use these on other things.
    You've got an old drunk guy you just keep around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plastikdreams View Post
    You've got an old drunk guy you just keep around?
    All of them for the most part.

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    Clocks are an easy fallback project, and make great gifts. Some folks collect clocks, everyone has a space to hang one on a wall. Clock motors are cheap on Ebay and elsewhere. You can make replicas of items like car parts, those 45 RPM adapters shown above, toys or other products made by other firms and embed a clock in it. That should activate you imagination a bit, make a clock that looks like a big wristwatch perhaps. Or a big cellphone. maybe a belt buckle or bracelet. If you have a 3D printer in the makerspace you can mill pockets and embed printed numbers and names and such if that looks better than engraving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9finger View Post
    All of them for the most part.
    Aye. A person is dealt his family through no choice of 'is own.

    Friends, on the other hand, one gets to pick!


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    I recently made a small tap handle, #4-0.25, spring loaded. Did everything on a HLV and Bridgeport, also made some small swivel "cannon" keychains from stainless. In this trade the possibilities are endless.

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    I recently made a Rotary broach, a spring winder handle, various puller for the cars I work on and a number of tools and tooling that will enable me to make more tools....��

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    Here's about 90 pages of Shop Made Tools.

    Shop Made Tools

    You should be able to find something there. If not, make a nut cracker.


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