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Jim Stabe
07-30-2009, 10:12 AM
I have been hanging around here for a few months now and I really like this place because it is full of tool lovers. I am a fanatic also but I have built many of mine mostly for economic reasons but also because I want features or capabilities I can't find commercially.

So grab the digital camera and show off a little.

jam92102
07-30-2009, 10:37 AM
You first :) Just kidding. I don't have anything but love these types of threads. They always give me so many ideas!!!

lametec
07-30-2009, 10:53 AM
I only have pictures of two of my creations handy:

Valve spring compressor:
http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/other/3.5%20Valve%20spring%20compressor%20001%20(Small). jpg

Sand blasting cabinet:
http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/Blasting%20cabinet%20001%20(Small).jpg

http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/Blasting%20cabinet%20006%20(Small).jpg

bimmer1980
07-30-2009, 11:39 AM
Here is a tube notcher that my twin brother and I built. It is an abrasive belt notcher that will quickly and easily notch a tube at any angle.

lametec
07-30-2009, 01:26 PM
Is that for one size tubing only?

lilredex
07-30-2009, 01:54 PM
A sampling of a few simple helpers:

#4 - Extended 9/16" extra deep socket for things like gas tank "J" bolt nuts. 1/2" drive socket, length of 1/2" pipe topped off with a 1/2" coupling nut.

#5 - Puller for those steering box pitman arms. 7/8" threaded rod with a captured nut internally. Big, ugly, crude.............but it works.

#6 - Assortment of thread chasers for cleaning the crud out of threads (like those "J" bolts on gas tanks or your table saw adjustments) These nuts clean the threads rather than climb on top of the junk, as an unaltered nut does.

bimmer1980
07-30-2009, 02:25 PM
THe tubing notcher can do different sizes by swapping out the front shaft. We made a couple of different shaft sizes. It is a bit forgiving in that you can grind a couple of different tube diameters with the same shaft--of course, you will have joint that isn't as tight as it could be... but as long as you're not building an aircraft, it will work. it is especially less critical when MIG welding. for thin walled TIG, it is best to have a tighter joint... but it sure beats using a hand grinder or a hole saw!

1320stang
07-30-2009, 02:47 PM
Bimmer, modify it to is a mill bit instead of an abrasive like Mittler Bros. machine.

http://www.mittlerbros.com/images/Products/Notchers/Ultimate%20Notcher.jpg

bimmer1980
07-30-2009, 03:53 PM
yeah, we had looked at that style when we were building ours, but given the materials we had on hand, it made sense to build it that way. Also, keep in minde that the mill bit will turn way sloooower.... so the machine would have to be geared way down. Notice the gear box.... it also requires a collet holder--a lot tougher to find or build. It is a nice compact machine, but it probably costs a couple of grand. We built our machine for a couple of hundred buck--that was mainly for the bearings, belts and pulleys. we had nearly everything else on hand....

eborcim
07-30-2009, 04:18 PM
yeah, we had looked at that style when we were building ours, but given the materials we had on hand, it made sense to build it that way. Also, keep in minde that the mill bit will turn way sloooower.... so the machine would have to be geared way down. Notice the gear box.... it also requires a collet holder--a lot tougher to find or build. It is a nice compact machine, but it probably costs a couple of grand. We built our machine for a couple of hundred buck--that was mainly for the bearings, belts and pulleys. we had nearly everything else on hand....

I see another plus, you have a heavy duty sander to remove rough edges on metal :thumbup:

Jim Stabe
07-30-2009, 04:23 PM
I only have pictures of two of my creations handy:

Valve spring compressor:
http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/other/3.5%20Valve%20spring%20compressor%20001%20(Small). jpg

Sand blasting cabinet:
http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/Blasting%20cabinet%20001%20(Small).jpg

http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/Blasting%20cabinet%20006%20(Small).jpg
I like the valve spring compressor. Did something similar to get long reach vise grips from the cheap HF ones.
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jamesemery728
07-30-2009, 04:28 PM
#6 - Assortment of thread chasers for cleaning the crud out of threads (like those "J" bolts on gas tanks or your table saw adjustments) These nuts clean the threads rather than climb on top of the junk, as an unaltered nut does.[/QUOTE]

The photo kind of tells it all but can you explain how you made these and how they work. Thanks

lilredex
07-30-2009, 07:16 PM
#6 - Assortment of thread chasers for cleaning the crud out of threads (like those "J" bolts on gas tanks or your table saw adjustments) These nuts clean the threads rather than climb on top of the junk, as an unaltered nut does.

The photo kind of tells it all but can you explain how you made these and how they work. Thanks[/QUOTE]

OK, they are simply standard nuts that fit whatever you are working on. Hack saw cuts are made through about 1/3 of the way (that provides an outlet for the crud). Then oil up the stud/bolt and put on that modified nut, with the leading edge having the saw cuts. You could just use a thread chasing die if you have one and it fits, many times there is no room to swing a die. Next time you have a rusty old bolt you do not want twisted off, try it. Good example are the bolts holding up gas tanks, the nuts are cranked way up and leave a bunch of threads open to the elements.

krehmkej
07-30-2009, 08:14 PM
Bead breaker for motorcycle tires.

http://www.hverovhe.com/beadbreak.jpg

When needed, it just bolts to the top of my welding table.

jamesemery728
07-30-2009, 08:18 PM
Thank you for the explanation. Great idea, using something you already have with a little modification and no $$ spent. I like it.

jam92102
07-31-2009, 05:58 AM
Man! Awesome idea's everyone!!! Especially love that sand blasting cabinet. Thanks for giving me more things to add to my ever growning list of things to make/do!!! :)

lilredex
07-31-2009, 06:00 AM
Bead breaker for motorcycle tires.

http://www.hverovhe.com/beadbreak.jpg

When needed, it just bolts to the top of my welding table.


Good one........let's see that O/A cart behind it!

jkeyser14
07-31-2009, 08:44 AM
Bimmer, modify it to is a mill bit instead of an abrasive like Mittler Bros. machine.

http://www.mittlerbros.com/images/Products/Notchers/Ultimate%20Notcher.jpg

I'm not a fan of those notchers, on thin walled tubing the endmill always bends the tube and doesn't give crisp, tight-fitting cuts. We ran into this problem on .049" wall chromoly and smaller. We wound up making a tool holder for our lathe (similar to a boring bar holder) to hold the tubing at any angle. We put a hole saw in our lathe and power fed the tubes into the hole saw. Perfect cuts every time.

1320stang
07-31-2009, 09:14 AM
I see another plus, you have a heavy duty sander to remove rough edges on metal :thumbup:

Yeah, but if you're TIGing something then you have to worry about inclusions in the metal.

I'm not a fan of those notchers, on thin walled tubing the endmill always bends the tube and doesn't give crisp, tight-fitting cuts. We ran into this problem on .049" wall chromoly and smaller. We wound up making a tool holder for our lathe (similar to a boring bar holder) to hold the tubing at any angle. We put a hole saw in our lathe and power fed the tubes into the hole saw. Perfect cuts every time.

Depends on what you're building, that machine is designed around the thought of it being in a chassis shop. Jerry Bickle's shop has many of thos in it, .083" 'moly is the thinnest you can legally run in a drag car for a structural member and the fit is great. You should quantify your statement with what you do, A&P?

lametec
07-31-2009, 09:45 AM
I like the valve spring compressor. Did something similar to get long reach vise grips from the cheap HF ones.
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Same cheap grips I used. Bought a two pack and kept one intact. :) The compressor cost about about $15 to make. To buy one would have been at least $50.

Jim Stabe
07-31-2009, 09:53 AM
Good one........let's see that O/A cart behind it!
Not the cart you were referring to but here is the one I made. I wanted something that would store in a narrow area so I put the bottles in-line. The front and rear braces swing up and hold the bottles in place with turnbuckles. The rear brace also has the handle for moving the cart around. Quick to change bottles and holds them very securely.

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While I was taking the pictures of the bottle cart I ran across this and thought it might be interesting. It is a plate bender I made and it can bend up to 1/4" plate up to 90*. You lock the work down with the 2 bolts on top and then lift like a regular brake. It can bend 3/16" up to about 6" wide and 1/4" up to about 2" wide. You can do 1/4" wider but you have to heat it first. It is very handy for making brackets and the like

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jkeyser14
07-31-2009, 10:36 AM
You should quantify your statement with what you do, A&P?

This is for baja cars I used to build. We used the thin wall tubing in a lot of places to attach components to the chasis. For example, a piece of tubing coming off the cage to mount the steering wheel/shaft to.

Falcon67
07-31-2009, 12:02 PM
Mr. Stabe, I think you just solved my Oxy/Actyl tank problem. I haven't bought tanks because of space issues. *ding* why didn't I think of that. ;)

I make small tools as required. Things like spanner wrenches for rear end bearing install, spring compressor for auto trans work, press tools, seal drivers, etc.

Jim Stabe
07-31-2009, 12:26 PM
[QUOTE=Falcon67;546307]Mr. Stabe, I think you just solved my Oxy/Actyl tank problem. I haven't bought tanks because of space issues. *ding* why didn't I think of that. ;)QUOTE]
The bottle cart I had before was one I made in 1972 when I got my first O/A torch set. It had the bottles side by side and the wheels stuck out beyong that so I really took up a lot of room. It had a chain holding the bottles in place but I could never get it tight enough and they would flop around. It only took 35 years of hating that thing before I finally snapped and made a decent one.

I'll post some pictures of some of my other stuff when I get a little more time. I have an English wheel, helve hammer, power shrinker, ring roller, stand for my 4' finger brake, powered bead roller, belt grinder and a 12' jib crane

Jim

72chevy
07-31-2009, 12:31 PM
[QUOTE=Jim Stabe;546194]Not the cart you were referring to but here is the one I made. I wanted something that would store in a narrow area so I put the bottles in-line. The front and rear braces swing up and hold the bottles in place with turnbuckles. The rear brace also has the handle for moving the cart around. Quick to change bottles and holds them very securely.

/QUOTE]

I'm digg'n this idea too. :)

lilredex
07-31-2009, 01:10 PM
[QUOTE=Jim Stabe;546194]Not the cart you were referring to but here is the one I made. I wanted something that would store in a narrow area so I put the bottles in-line. The front and rear braces swing up and hold the bottles in place with turnbuckles. The rear brace also has the handle for moving the cart around. Quick to change bottles and holds them very securely.

While I was taking the pictures of the bottle cart I ran across this and thought it might be interesting. It is a plate bender I made and it can bend up to 1/4" plate up to 90*. You lock the work down with the 2 bolts on top and then lift like a regular brake. It can bend 3/16" up to about 6" wide and 1/4" up to about 2" wide. You can do 1/4" wider but you have to heat it first. It is very handy for making brackets and the like = QUOTE]


Yes, I like that narrow cart and your plate bender. I was looking at these, but yours is better (sturdier, and ready for bigger jobs) Note on the last one where he has an adjustment on the clamping jaw to compensate for various thicknesses.

http://www.millerwelds.com/interests/projects/ideagallery/project/1924165732/

http://www.millerwelds.com/resources/communities/mboard/showthread.php?t=14831

My version of the "narrow isle" O/A set up. but on a smaller scale.

Jim Stabe
07-31-2009, 02:07 PM
[QUOTE=Jim Stabe;546194]Not the cart you were referring to but here is the one I made. I wanted something that would store in a narrow area so I put the bottles in-line. The front and rear braces swing up and hold the bottles in place with turnbuckles. The rear brace also has the handle for moving the cart around. Quick to change bottles and holds them very securely.

While I was taking the pictures of the bottle cart I ran across this and thought it might be interesting. It is a plate bender I made and it can bend up to 1/4" plate up to 90*. You lock the work down with the 2 bolts on top and then lift like a regular brake. It can bend 3/16" up to about 6" wide and 1/4" up to about 2" wide. You can do 1/4" wider but you have to heat it first. It is very handy for making brackets and the like = QUOTE]


Yes, I like that narrow cart and your plate bender. I was looking at these, but yours is better (sturdier, and ready for bigger jobs) Note on the last one where he has an adjustment on the clamping jaw to compensate for various thicknesses.

http://www.millerwelds.com/interests/projects/ideagallery/project/1924165732/

http://www.millerwelds.com/resources/communities/mboard/showthread.php?t=14831

My version of the "narrow isle" O/A set up. but on a smaller scale.
I like your rack on the side, a version just may appear on mine...

Jim Stabe
08-02-2009, 09:00 PM
This is my first tool project ever that I didn't have any cash out of pocket to build - zero! Everything I had left over form something. It is a 1" belt sander that fits on the end of a pool pump motor. The previous owner of my house left the pump behind when he moved out, it was really cruddy and the pumpmade a lot of noise. When you remove the pump there is a nice 4 bolt corcle on the shaft end to bolt to. Once the pump was off the motor ran beautifully so I had a 1 hp 3450 rpm motor. The motor mounts in a piece of 4" channel and I can rotate it around to different angles. I have no idea what I bought the clamps for eons ago but they fit the motor perfectly. I milled 3/8" slots in some 1/2 x 1" for the attachments / adjusters. The frame is 3/4 x 1 1/2" x 1/8" tubing. When I slit the top another piece of the 1/2 x 1" was a perfect fit for the tensioner. The tensioner spring was something in my can of old springs that I finally found a use for - one out of about 60 I have accumulated isn't a bad hit rate. The wheels are old iron casters that I bored and installed oilite bushing stock in and crowned the surface on the lathe. Most of what I use this for is slack belt deburring and tool sharpening. I still need to put a short platen behind the belt for about 4" of the height for those times when I need it.

I just finished a 2" x 72" belt sander that is an absolute beast removing metal so I needed something that I could use for detail work breaking edges and such and this works perfectly for that. I run 60 grit ceramic belts on the beast and 150 - 220 grit AO on the little guy

This is the beast
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This is the little one

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A_Pmech
08-02-2009, 09:08 PM
Jim,

Great work! I love the simple design of your little one especially. Very clean and purposeful. The tensioner detail is excellent.

Jim Stabe
08-02-2009, 09:24 PM
Jim,

Great work! I love the simple design of your little one especially. Very clean and purposeful. The tensioner detail is excellent.
Thanks, this was a one day project that I needed to fill a void. I really was amazed how simple the thing ended up because it was a design as you go kind of project. I call the big one the beast should the little one be the beauty?

A_Pmech
08-02-2009, 09:33 PM
Thanks, this was a one day project that I needed to fill a void. I really was amazed how simple the thing ended up because it was a design as you go kind of project. I call the big one the beast should the little one be the beauty?

Yep! Know about those one-day filler projects. That's well-executed for a one-day project too.

LOL! I dunno... If you do, I wouldn't let them stay in the same room together. You might end up with a third. :lol_hitti

rsanter
08-02-2009, 09:41 PM
my sandblasting cabinet
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/rsanter/blastcabint.jpg

bob

Jim Stabe
08-02-2009, 11:02 PM
my sandblasting cabinet
http://www.picturehosting.com/images/rsanter/blastcabint.jpg

bob
Details - how'd you make it?

Jim Stabe
08-02-2009, 11:05 PM
Yep! Know about those one-day filler projects. That's well-executed for a one-day project too.

LOL! I dunno... If you do, I wouldn't let them stay in the same room together. You might end up with a third. :lol_hitti
Maybe I'm crazy for asking but what would a 3rd one do that these wouldn't?

rsanter
08-03-2009, 12:11 AM
the base is made from some 2x2 material I had on hand. the cabinet is made from 16ga material I had on hand that was given to me by a place I used to work.
the sand tank is an old freon tank that I was given and I turned in into a pressure pot tank. when the tank runs out of sand you have to reach in and remove the pipe plug and the sand in the cabinet drains back into the sand tank.
there is enough sand to blas smaller stuff in one shot, bigger items you will have to stop and replenish a couple of times.
the side doors (one on each end) are made from the same 16ga material, the hinges were free (given to me by a friend) and the latches were salvaged off something else and the casters were free (used, given to me by a friend).
the front 'glass' is actually lexan that had a few scratches and was given to me by a place I used to work and there is a piece of the same lexan on the top. on the top is a 4ft shop light like you get at the big box store for $9 that I happened to have sitting around. it is the best lit blast cabinet I have used.
the gloves are replacement blasting gloves like you can get at an industrial supply place and they are held on with hose clamps
there is a port in the back that you hook a shop vac to so you can pull some of the flying dust and stuff out of the cabinet
pressure feed is the way to go, I can blast a distrubutor in about 5 min

I think the cabinet as about 14 or 15 years old now and it has been 'stored' at several friends houses over the years

bob

A_Pmech
08-03-2009, 09:00 AM
Here's my little entry:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/tool2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/tool1.jpg

It's a steel rule cutting die, made specifically to cut out those little cardboard spacers shown in the photo. It's made from three pieces of scrap aluminum and sharpened .007" feeler gauge stock.

The spacers are used in my wood shaper for adjusting the height of stacked cutters. Why cardboard and not brass? I can make minor adjustments to fine-tune the stacking simply by torquing on the spindle nut. Once torqued, they're remarkably stable.

My favorite source of cardboard is high-quality manilla file folders and .015" card stock. I also make shims from standard printer paper, which is about .003" thick.

Jim Stabe
08-03-2009, 09:10 AM
Here's my little entry:

It's a steel rule cutting die, made specifically to cut out those little cardboard spacers shown in the photo. It's made from three pieces of scrap aluminum and sharpened .007" feeler gauge stock.

The spacers are used in my wood shaper for adjusting the height of stacked cutters. Why cardboard and not brass? I can make minor adjustments to fine-tune the stacking simply by torquing on the spindle nut. Once torqued, they're remarkably stable.

My favorite source of cardboard is high-quality manilla file folders and .015" card stock. I also make shims from standard printer paper, which is about .003" thick.
I've thought about making punching dies before but usually just sharpen the edge of a piece of tubing. These are slick! How do you make the circular slit for the .007" feeler gauge stock (and where do you buy feeler gauge stock)? Do you sharpen before or after you insert into the base? Details, details...

Jim

A_Pmech
08-03-2009, 09:48 AM
I've thought about making punching dies before but usually just sharpen the edge of a piece of tubing. These are slick! How do you make the circular slit for the .007" feeler gauge stock (and where do you buy feeler gauge stock)? Do you sharpen before or after you insert into the base? Details, details...

Jim

Jim,

The die is actually made in four pieces. There's a center circle, an outer ring, a 1/8" 4130 backer that fits inside the cavity in the die body, and the die body. The feeler stock is sharpened and pre-curved before installing into the die body. The die rings are made to provide a snug interference fit to each other and the feeler stock. They must be tapped into place with a wooden stick and a mallet. Standard light press fits apply.

There is a though hole in the back of the die body to permit tapping out the 4130 backer, thus removing the ring, center circle, and feeler stock when the die needs to be sharpened. With practice, you can make many hundreds of pieces with a plastic mallet before the die "folds over" when the feeler stock loses it's edge. Use end grain Maple for best results.

I find leaving about a .02" gap between the ends of each sharpened ring to provide a "hanging chad" helps remove the material from the punch. After punching, simply pull on the little tab to remove your part and the scrap.

The feeler stock I use is .007" thick, available in 25-foot rolls from victornet.com, MSC, etc.

:beer:

Jim Stabe
08-10-2009, 04:28 PM
My daughter's wedding was Saturday so I have some time for some pictures now. This is a ring roller that I made to form a gradual curve in some 1" tubing for the rolled edge of the cowl over the dash in my MG project. The stock car had a padded, leather covered piece that I couldn't use because I widened the car. The tube needed to have a smooth curve in two planes and I wasn't having any luck trying to bend it around large round objects.

The first project was the handwheel for the machine and I have since done other handwheels (the English wheel adjuster) for myself and friends. The 12" diameter E-wheel adjuster wheel only runs out 1/16"It does a good job on square tubing and flat steel stock as well. I made the tops of the gate frames with it out of 3/4" square tubing.
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W-Cummins
08-10-2009, 07:41 PM
How did you turn the nice groves in the dies?

On the rings do you cut the flat part out on the starting end and roll it closed??

BTW the stuff looks great!

William....

A_Pmech
08-10-2009, 08:10 PM
Jim,

Nice work!

It has nice proportions to it.

A ring roller is on my list of things to do. As is a a 6" plate roll. Just as soon as I get these two machines rebuilt, anyway.

e-tek
08-10-2009, 10:02 PM
Here's a hacksaw I made in Grade 9 MetalWork - 32 years go!!! It takes 10inch blades, as you can see the 12inch is too long!

The dolly is made from lead, melted inot a tin can for me by an old bodyman I worked with at my Dads shop. It's used for pick work. I've wrapped it in duct tape to make it even softer, owing to metal becoming thinner and softer over time.


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Jim Stabe
08-11-2009, 12:54 AM
How did you turn the nice groves in the dies?

On the rings do you cut the flat part out on the starting end and roll it closed??

BTW the stuff looks great!

William....

I used end mills of the appropriate diameter and held the die blank in the mill vise to rough out the shape. I would plunge cut then rotate a few degrees and make another plunge cut. After the groove was roughed out I installed the die in a fixture that spun it with a drill and finished the contour with the side of the mill cutter.
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I'll have to use a radius cutter on the lathe when I make dies for larger tubing.

To make a circle I do 2 arcs of the same radius and lay them on top of each other to form the circle then tack them together. Make 2 bandsaw cuts and weld the halves together. You can make a really round and planar ring that way

GzrGlide
08-16-2009, 10:55 PM
Made a "lift" for my bike so I could lever the front or the back tire up high enough, so I could take the wheels off.

http://inlinethumb25.webshots.com/45016/2786930940101986741S500x500Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb20.webshots.com/45075/2732375470101986741S500x500Q85.jpg


Also took a basic scissor jack and welded on a new base for stability as well as a solid bar that runs the length of the frame brace under the bike that I can use to raise the back of the bike.

http://inlinethumb15.webshots.com/8206/2133297640101986741S500x500Q85.jpg

http://inlinethumb15.webshots.com/45518/2715205370101986741S500x500Q85.jpg

kbs2244
08-17-2009, 11:33 AM
GzrGlide:
You do use your electric drill to spin the jack, don't you?

W-Cummins
08-17-2009, 11:42 AM
I used end mills of the appropriate diameter and held the die blank in the mill vise to rough out the shape. I would plunge cut then rotate a few degrees and make another plunge cut. After the groove was roughed out I installed the die in a fixture that spun it with a drill and finished the contour with the side of the mill cutter.
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That's dam clever! I like that one might be a little $$ for the larger cutters but way cheaper than the dies. Did you heat treat the dies or just run them as is?


I'll have to use a radius cutter on the lathe when I make dies for larger tubing.I have looked into them but they seem to be more suited to larger radius's


To make a circle I do 2 arcs of the same radius and lay them on top of each other to form the circle then tack them together. Make 2 bandsaw cuts and weld the halves together. You can make a really round and planar ring that wayThat sounds like a good way to make them I will have to try that!

Thanks for sharing the ideas!


William.....

GzrGlide
08-17-2009, 12:11 PM
GzrGlide:
You do use your electric drill to spin the jack, don't you?

Sadly...not yet. I have to weld a large nut onto the end of the "screw-shaft" and I'll use my impact gun. I just haven't gotten motivated enough to do that yet. For now, all I do is put a rod thru the hole, turn, remove & replace rod, turn etc etc.

But now that you've reminded me of that, guess I'll be doing that this week! :beer:

e-tek
08-17-2009, 12:19 PM
I like the nut and impact gun better than the drill - for the weight of the bike.

Jim Stabe
08-17-2009, 02:03 PM
That's dam clever! I like that one might be a little $$ for the larger cutters but way cheaper than the dies. Did you heat treat the dies or just run them as is?

I have looked into them but they seem to be more suited to larger radius's

That sounds like a good way to make them I will have to try that!

Thanks for sharing the ideas!


William.....
Probably not going to be making the larger dies now. This weekend I bought the HF tubing roller that has 1", 1 1/2" and 2" dies that I will either use in my machine or just use the HF machine as is. The regular price is $159 and it was on sale for $139 and with a 20% coupon it was only $112. The dies are made from castings and are really nice quality, the machine isn't bad either although the screw might be a little difficult to work when bending 2" - 1/8" wall tubing

GzrGlide
08-27-2009, 08:51 PM
I like the nut and impact gun better than the drill - for the weight of the bike.

Well I welded a bolt to the jack and man does that work slick with the impact gun. It'll be interesting to see how fast it pushes the bike up! :beer:

mgermca
09-02-2009, 09:25 PM
Great thread, great ideas, thanks guys!

I've been scratching my head about how to fix my cheapie knockoff Roper Whitney hand punch to my bench to make it easier to use. I know they make a proper stand for the RW but it's kinda pricey and I couldn't be sure it would mate with my Taiwan made US Industrial Tools sourced punch so I decided to make one.

So I drew something up in Acad, fiddled around with it and cut some bits of CRS on my little self converted CNC mini mill to get the results you see here.

I highly recommended getting one of these punches if you don't have one, they're about 20$ at HFreight and if you are not inclined to make a stand, there's a guy on ebay making them for 25$, just do a search for "Hand held Sheet Metal Punch Mounting Bracket". He sells the punch too, just check his other sales. Here are the links to HF and US Industrial. I bought mine from US Industrial about 10 years ago, paid too much, D'OH!

HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44060

US Industrial: https://www.ustool.com/store/cart.ph..._detail&p=1427

I think that if you fool around a bit with some end cuts out of your scarp bin you can come up with something that'll do the same thing.

In the end I ran a couple off for buds that I owed favors to. I am not selling them nor am I in any way affiliated with the ebay fellow.

Yes, there's lack of depth gauge with this setup. Still workin' on that part, that's half the fun of doing this stuff!

cheers!

Mark
Montreal

Steevo
09-02-2009, 09:41 PM
Bead breaker for motorcycle tires.

http://www.hverovhe.com/beadbreak.jpg

When needed, it just bolts to the top of my welding table.

I want to see more of that welding table. Did you build that?

senlow
09-02-2009, 09:59 PM
Great thread, great ideas, thanks guys!

I've been scratching my head about how to fix my cheapie knockoff Roper Whitney hand punch to my bench to make it easier to use. I know they make a proper stand for the RW but it's kinda pricey and I couldn't be sure it would mate with my Taiwan made US Industrial Tools sourced punch so I decided to make one.

So I drew something up in Acad, fiddled around with it and cut some bits of CRS on my little self converted CNC mini mill to get the results you see here.

I highly recommended getting one of these punches if you don't have one, they're about 20$ at HFreight and if you are not inclined to make a stand, there's a guy on ebay making them for 25$, just do a search for "Hand held Sheet Metal Punch Mounting Bracket". He sells the punch too, just check his other sales. Here are the links to HF and US Industrial. I bought mine from US Industrial about 10 years ago, paid too much, D'OH!

HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44060

US Industrial: https://www.ustool.com/store/cart.ph..._detail&p=1427

I think that if you fool around a bit with some end cuts out of your scarp bin you can come up with something that'll do the same thing.

In the end I ran a couple off for buds that I owed favors to. I am not selling them nor am I in any way affiliated with the ebay fellow.

Yes, there's lack of depth gauge with this setup. Still workin' on that part, that's half the fun of doing this stuff!

cheers!

Mark
Montreal

Well done. I like it.
And, welcome to the board.

Kevin54
09-03-2009, 05:14 AM
Great thread, great ideas, thanks guys!

I've been scratching my head about how to fix my cheapie knockoff Roper Whitney hand punch to my bench to make it easier to use. I know they make a proper stand for the RW but it's kinda pricey and I couldn't be sure it would mate with my Taiwan made US Industrial Tools sourced punch so I decided to make one.

So I drew something up in Acad, fiddled around with it and cut some bits of CRS on my little self converted CNC mini mill to get the results you see here.

I highly recommended getting one of these punches if you don't have one, they're about 20$ at HFreight and if you are not inclined to make a stand, there's a guy on ebay making them for 25$, just do a search for "Hand held Sheet Metal Punch Mounting Bracket". He sells the punch too, just check his other sales. Here are the links to HF and US Industrial. I bought mine from US Industrial about 10 years ago, paid too much, D'OH!

HF: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44060

US Industrial: https://www.ustool.com/store/cart.ph..._detail&p=1427

I think that if you fool around a bit with some end cuts out of your scarp bin you can come up with something that'll do the same thing.

In the end I ran a couple off for buds that I owed favors to. I am not selling them nor am I in any way affiliated with the ebay fellow.

Yes, there's lack of depth gauge with this setup. Still workin' on that part, that's half the fun of doing this stuff!

cheers!

Mark
Montreal

Nice job on the stands :thumbup: You can take it one step further and add that stand to a metal base that is as long as the centerline of the punch and as far back as the handle. That way you don't have to clamp it to a table and you can sit it anywhere. BTW....for anyone that DOESN'T have a Whitney Punch, I would recommend getting one. Real handy thing to have. I have one at work and use it weekly. :thumbup:

shmo
09-05-2009, 02:38 PM
Here's a weekend project. This guy built his own 3-axis CNC!!!!!

http://www.stanford.edu/~hydrobay/lookat/cnc.html

Jim Stabe
09-05-2009, 07:45 PM
Here's a weekend project. This guy built his own 3-axis CNC!!!!!

http://www.stanford.edu/~hydrobay/lookat/cnc.html
You get a lot longer weekends than I do!

smedly
09-08-2009, 11:26 PM
Likely done before, but here is my brake bleeder made from a cheap-o garden sprayer, pressure gauge and spare brake reservoir cap.

donbarr
09-12-2009, 08:10 AM
Jim,

I'm just looking at building a few shop tools as I'm rebuilding a number of old sports cars. Love your adjustable rotisserie. Also, the English Wheel -- any estimate on cost and where you got the parts?

Thanks,

Don

GzrGlide
09-12-2009, 10:01 AM
Likely done before, but here is my brake bleeder made from a cheap-o garden sprayer, pressure gauge and spare brake reservoir cap.

Dude!! Thats brilliant. :bowdown:

Any specific fab instructions or more pics! It's tough bleeding bakes when the only other person around is a 11 year old kid! :bounce:

Jim Stabe
09-12-2009, 10:22 AM
Jim,

I'm just looking at building a few shop tools as I'm rebuilding a number of old sports cars. Love your adjustable rotisserie. Also, the English Wheel -- any estimate on cost and where you got the parts?

Thanks,

Don
You can see a write up on the English wheel here http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12554 and on welding it up here http://weldingweb.com/showthread.php?t=26663. The adjuster is described in post # 40 here http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=12316&page=2

You can find some good info on rotisseries here http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11993 and here http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5041&highlight=rotisserie

pipehack
09-12-2009, 12:12 PM
Here's a hacksaw I made in Grade 9 MetalWork - 32 years go!!! It takes 10inch blades, as you can see the 12inch is too long!

The dolly is made from lead, melted inot a tin can for me by an old bodyman I worked with at my Dads shop. It's used for pick work. I've wrapped it in duct tape to make it even softer, owing to metal becoming thinner and softer over time.


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E-tec..... let me know if you need a 5lb. pig of lead. I use it on a daily basis.... We still do real plumbing in Chicago.

Lookin4'67Galaxieconv
09-12-2009, 12:26 PM
Homemade sandblaster made out of propane tank

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n345/comet_man_1965/Sandblaster_3.jpg

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n345/comet_man_1965/Sandblaster_1.jpg

Anvil made out of I-beam

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n345/comet_man_1965/Waterloo%20Boxes/I-beam_anvil.jpg

jmh21586
09-12-2009, 02:41 PM
Sand blasting cabinet:
http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/Blasting%20cabinet%20001%20(Small).jpg

http://www.tehpear.com/pictures/Blasting%20cabinet%20006%20(Small).jpg


Hey... why don't you paint the inside of that blasting cabinet. Would look a lot better.:wtf::headscrat:bounce:

scottg1952
09-12-2009, 09:06 PM
http://users.snowcrest.net/kitty/scott/anvil3.jpg
Homemade anvil from railroad track and caterpillar cutting lip steel?
http://users.snowcrest.net/kitty/sgrandstaff/images/house/speaker2.jpg
PA speaker cabinet, one of a pair. one 18" speaker and a large horn
different kind to tool?? hee eheheh
http://users.snowcrest.net/kitty/sgrandstaff/images/house/pipe8a.jpg
another kind of tool?? Padouk and vintage italian hard rubber stem
http://users.snowcrest.net/kitty/sgrandstaff/images/hometools/legdance2.jpg
calipers :bounce:
yours Scott

smedly
09-12-2009, 09:07 PM
Dude!! Thats brilliant. :bowdown:

Any specific fab instructions or more pics! It's tough bleeding bakes when the only other person around is a 11 year old kid! :bounce:

Thanks, not an original idea though. There is one made by Motiv I think? I saw that and figured I could make my own pretty easily. just drilled the hole and turned the gauge in. Plastic ends up being self tapping. I use a strap to make sure the cap doesn't pop off the reservoir. Basic vinyl hose and I think the elbow at the cap came from an old glass fuel filter assembly.

scottg1952
09-12-2009, 09:07 PM
Ok, how do you get pictures to open in the post?
S

pipehack
09-12-2009, 09:20 PM
Paint the inside of the cabinet????? Are you friggin serious???

Lookin4'67Galaxieconv
09-12-2009, 09:28 PM
Paint the inside of the cabinet????? Are you friggin serious???

Seeing as how that's used for sandblasting, I think it was a joke! :)

Though I'd spray the outside of it to make it look nicer.

e-tek
09-12-2009, 10:50 PM
Dude!! Thats brilliant. :bowdown:

Any specific fab instructions or more pics! It's tough bleeding bakes when the only other person around is a 11 year old kid! :bounce:

GZRGLide - Have you tried a "One man bleeder" outfit? It's a vacuum pump, tubing and a cup. It sucks out the fluid rather than pushing it out with the pedal/lever...

Hey... why don't you paint the inside of that blasting cabinet. Would look a lot better.:wtf::headscrat:bounce:

It WOULD look better!! Think how much easier it would be on the parts in there too!

Seeing as how that's used for sandblasting, I think it was a joke! :)
.

We hope - anyways!!:headscrat

OccupantRJ
09-13-2009, 09:04 AM
Paint the inside of the cabinet????? Are you friggin serious???

Actually, the inside of my blast cabinet at work is painted white, and it makes it much lighter in it. It has a worn spot on the far wall, but has held up well for 25 years of daily use.

jmh21586
09-13-2009, 12:42 PM
Paint the inside of the cabinet????? Are you friggin serious???



:lol_hitti Of course not. :wtf: :lol_hitti

It was a joke.

I'll let you know next time.:thumbup:

GzrGlide
09-15-2009, 09:48 PM
GZRGLide - Have you tried a "One man bleeder" outfit? It's a vacuum pump, tubing and a cup. It sucks out the fluid rather than pushing it out with the pedal/lever...


Yeah I bought one from PA last year. Worked ok, but took a very long time and made a bit of a mess. Maybe if I spent more money? :bounce:

bluesman2a
09-16-2009, 07:01 AM
Yeah I bought one from PA last year. Worked ok, but took a very long time and made a bit of a mess. Maybe if I spent more money? :bounce:

You don't have to spend a bunch of money...
I made one of these not long ago... It's a pressure based model.

Take a flat plate (I have also seen people use a spare brake MC cover and do this too) and thread it for an air fitting. The idea is you want something you can clamp onto your MC and get a seal on.

Turn your air pressure down to 5 PSI or less (you don't need much). Put plate and fixture on the MC and turn on the air.

Go under the vehicle and crack the bleeder. Voila! It's like a pressure assisted gravity bleed.

Be careful NOT to let your MC go dry.

lametec
09-16-2009, 07:57 AM
Though I'd spray the outside of it to make it look nicer.

It was part of the plan.. but I put it into use before I got around to it. I was also going to add a way of draining the sand out the bottom. I still might, but now I'm installing a new furnace.

Furnace? How's that relate to a sandblasting, you ask? :lol_hitti

You see, my current furnace is an oil burner. It has a 250 (or so) gallon fuel tank that sits in my basement. My new furnace is gas, so I won't be needing that fuel tank. The idea is to turn the fuel tank into a blast cabinet. The drum cabinet works well, but it's a little bit on the small side.

Something like this:

http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=35598

brownbagg
09-16-2009, 08:24 AM
I built this out of drill rod, its 2 ft by 3 feet. the small pipe is where I stick my wheels. in this picture its on its end. I use it to push car bodies around the shop. I can weld on it, paint, sandblast. I can put a piece of plywood on top and have a table, a counter, a saw house. I can throw it outside and forget about it, weather does not hurt it. I can put my wheels on, plywood on , and finish sheetrock ceilings with it. It make a good scaffold. I have used it to finish cabinet on, paint on, steamclean on.

murph64
09-16-2009, 07:47 PM
Anvil made out of I-beam

http://i336.photobucket.com/albums/n345/comet_man_1965/Waterloo%20Boxes/I-beam_anvil.jpg


How about one made from a section of track?

:thumbup:

And presto, chango, now it's a vise stand :bounce:

KBinCT
09-16-2009, 08:45 PM
Howdy All.

My 1st post. I built these tools for myself.

http://www.homesteaders.us/Rotisserie1/rotisserie1.jpg
A rotisserie for my 60 Chevy pickup

http://www.homesteaders.us/Rotisserie1/rotisserie2.jpg

http://www.homesteaders.us/Rotisserie1/rotisserie3.jpg
The truck pics are a couple years old.. All the rust is now gone but it's still on the rotisserie..

http://www.homesteaders.us/garage3
Abrasive cabinet. Used a kit from TP Tools..

Lookin4'67Galaxieconv
09-16-2009, 09:19 PM
Howdy All.

My 1st post. I built these tools for myself.


http://www.homesteaders.us/Rotisserie1/rotisserie3.jpg
The truck pics are a couple years old.. All the rust is now gone but it's still on the rotisserie..

http://www.homesteaders.us/garage3
Abrasive cabinet. Used a kit from TP Tools..

Those are great! Do you have a link to the kit for the sandblaster?

KBinCT
09-16-2009, 09:57 PM
Here ya go...

http://www.tptools.com/p/335,142_Build-Your-Own-Cabinet-Foot-Pedal-Operated-System.html

GzrGlide
09-16-2009, 11:32 PM
You don't have to spend a bunch of money...
I made one of these not long ago... It's a pressure based model.

Take a flat plate (I have also seen people use a spare brake MC cover and do this too) and thread it for an air fitting. The idea is you want something you can clamp onto your MC and get a seal on.

Turn your air pressure down to 5 PSI or less (you don't need much). Put plate and fixture on the MC and turn on the air.

Go under the vehicle and crack the bleeder. Voila! It's like a pressure assisted gravity bleed.

Be careful NOT to let your MC go dry.

Simple, elegant and easy!!!! Now to figure out a way to keep the MC filled. I wonder if since you already have the air tight seal if the change in pressure would be enough to create a small vacuum that would draw fresh fluid into the MC from a bottle off to the side? hmmmmmm, worth a try!

Thanks for the idea. :beer:

Doug19
09-17-2009, 12:01 AM
Here ya go...

http://www.tptools.com/p/335,142_Build-Your-Own-Cabinet-Foot-Pedal-Operated-System.html

How has it held up overtime being made out of plywood, and is it the 45" or 33"?

wantedabiggergarage
09-17-2009, 05:56 AM
I can't find the original thread, but it may have been when this was GarageJunkies. A few years later, the one man bleeder question brought back up the link in this thread:

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=17098&highlight=motive

There is a link on how to make one for future use.

KBinCT
09-17-2009, 03:24 PM
How has it held up overtime being made out of plywood, and is it the 45" or 33"?

It's 45" and not plywood. I built it from 11 gage sheet metal. It's heavy..

Lookin4'67Galaxieconv
09-17-2009, 04:18 PM
Here ya go...

http://www.tptools.com/p/335,142_Build-Your-Own-Cabinet-Foot-Pedal-Operated-System.html

Thank you! :beer:

matttys
09-18-2009, 10:12 AM
Work bench made out of square iron, a bowling ally top, locking casters and a little rattle can to finish it off. This thing must weigh 500 lbs easy with the huge vise, but it's simple to move around the garage with the casters.

http://matttys.smugmug.com/photos/299749845_7iDsz-M.jpg

Jim Stabe
09-18-2009, 12:44 PM
Work bench made out of square iron, a bowling ally top, locking casters and a little rattle can to finish it off. This thing must weigh 500 lbs easy with the huge vise, but it's simple to move around the garage with the casters.

http://matttys.smugmug.com/photos/299749845_7iDsz-M.jpg
I didn't know bowling alleys were that beefy. Where do you get that stuff anyway?

Mezzanine
09-18-2009, 02:17 PM
I didn't know bowling alleys were that beefy. Where do you get that stuff anyway?

Just guessing here... Bowling Alleys? :thumbup::bounce:

Jim Stabe
09-18-2009, 02:35 PM
Just guessing here... Bowling Alleys? :thumbup::bounce:
It's been a while but the last time I was at a bowling alley, the wood was pretty securely attached and I didn't see any large sections missing.

Mezzanine
09-18-2009, 03:50 PM
Sorry for the smart-assery. They have to replace the floors every couple of years. Sometimes it is posted on Craig's List for sale, sometimes a buyer wants most all of it. I have heard of alleys replacing one lane at a time.

Jim Stabe
09-18-2009, 04:40 PM
Sorry for the smart-assery. They have to replace the floors every couple of years. Sometimes it is posted on Craig's List for sale, sometimes a buyer wants most all of it. I have heard of alleys replacing one lane at a time.
Thanks, I never knew they had to replace the floor so often. I have given it out on occasion so I guess I have to take some once in a while :flamethro

Kevin54
09-19-2009, 04:58 AM
I didn't know bowling alleys were that beefy. Where do you get that stuff anyway?


You can't beat a bowling alley lane for a bench top. A buddy made a bar counter out of a 10' piece. It was all three of us could do to lift it and get in maneuvered into the basement of his house. I think he paid $100 for a 10 footer. And IIRC I think it was laminated rock maple 2x's. For some reason I'm thinking he told me that the section he got was the approach lane section but not sure. I know it was heavy though.

A_Pmech
09-19-2009, 10:13 AM
So where's the rest of the GS-500?

:)

Work bench made out of square iron, a bowling ally top, locking casters and a little rattle can to finish it off. This thing must weigh 500 lbs easy with the huge vise, but it's simple to move around the garage with the casters.

http://matttys.smugmug.com/photos/299749845_7iDsz-M.jpg

hfturbo2000
09-19-2009, 03:19 PM
heres a pinch bolt removal tool I made for my passat.
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu94/hfturbo2000/IMG_1219q.jpg
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu94/hfturbo2000/IMG_1217qq.jpg

And its used for removing this.
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu94/hfturbo2000/b.jpg

rodm1
09-20-2009, 01:18 PM
My grease gun holder and grease catcher.

murph64
09-20-2009, 01:31 PM
My grease gun holder and grease catcher.

[Guinness Commercial]

BRILLIANT


[/Guinness Commercial]

I think I'll be stealing that idea, if you don't mind :thumbup:



Andy

NUTTSGT
09-20-2009, 06:53 PM
Here's a link to the welding table I built.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43628

Here's the press my neighbor and I built.
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s156/nuttsgt/shoptools001.jpg

http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s156/nuttsgt/shoptools002.jpg

He had the steel left over from a couple of jobs, it's all channel iron or angle. I had to buy the springs and bottle jack. The plates came as pieces of steel from another buddy and cost a 12 pack. So I have $50 in it including paint.

Stinger
09-24-2009, 05:29 PM
Here is a hydraulic lift I built for my lawn mower when I was 14 or 15. Uses a ram from a Mercruiser inboard boat tilt/trim system and a pump from a Chrysler Outboard tilt/trim system. It was built so I could put a ball on it to haul boats around (my dad owned a boat shop). I could just back up to the boat, raise the lift, and drive off. It also has a 3 point attachment on it so I can use any 3 point drag behind items on it (I used a plow and a 4' blade).

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/P9111071.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/P9111070.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/P9111076.jpg

Here is a video of it going up/down:

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/th_P9111074.jpg (http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/?action=view&current=P9111074.flv)

biker
09-24-2009, 06:20 PM
Here is a hydraulic lift I built for my lawn mower when I was 14 or 15. Uses a ram from a Mercruiser inboard boat tilt/trim system and a pump from a Chrysler Outboard tilt/trim system. It was built so I could put a ball on it to haul boats around (my dad owned a boat shop). I could just back up to the boat, raise the lift, and drive off. It also has a 3 point attachment on it so I can use any 3 point drag behind items on it (I used a plow and a 4' blade).

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/P9111071.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/P9111070.jpg

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/P9111076.jpg

Here is a video of it going up/down:

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/th_P9111074.jpg (http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/?action=view&current=P9111074.flv)


More pictures pleace.

Fhunter1
09-26-2009, 03:03 PM
....is a plate bender I made and it can bend up to 1/4" plate up to 90*. You lock the work down with the 2 bolts on top and then lift like a regular brake. It can bend 3/16" up to about 6" wide and 1/4" up to about 2" wide. You can do 1/4" wider but you have to heat it first. It is very handy for making brackets and the like

36412[/QUOTE]

I love the plate bender. do you have any sketches or drawings so I can make a copy? Thx

Stinger
09-27-2009, 02:22 AM
More pictures please.

http://s114.photobucket.com/albums/n266/yellow_stinger/Mower/

mustangmccance
09-28-2009, 12:03 PM
[QUOTE=GzrGlide;588481]Simple, elegant and easy!!!! Now to figure out a way to keep the MC filled. I wonder if since you already have the air tight seal if the change in pressure would be enough to create a small vacuum that would draw fresh fluid into the MC from a bottle off to the side? hmmmmmm, worth a try!

I wonder if you had a container that had tubing coming out of the bottom to a shut off valve just above the mc cover then attach the air line to the container you could then pressurize the fluid in the container and it would keep the mc topped off. what do you think?

yhprum
09-28-2009, 03:54 PM
I made a vacuum bleeder with a jam jar. I put two barbed hose fittings on the lid. One hose goes to a hand held vaccuum pump. the other goes to the brake bleeder. You can put grease or teflon tape on the bleeder threads to seal it some. Put the hose on the bleeder, pump up a vacuum and loosen the bleeder until you don't see air bubbles in the hose. Works good enough to bleed brakes on a motorbike front end. Will suck the master cyclinder dry fast, so you need to be ready with the refill! You could use engine vacuum at idle if you dont have a pump.

Jim Stabe
10-01-2009, 08:19 PM
....is a plate bender I made and it can bend up to 1/4" plate up to 90*. You lock the work down with the 2 bolts on top and then lift like a regular brake. It can bend 3/16" up to about 6" wide and 1/4" up to about 2" wide. You can do 1/4" wider but you have to heat it first. It is very handy for making brackets and the like

36412

I love the plate bender. do you have any sketches or drawings so I can make a copy? Thx[/QUOTE]
Here are some more pictures

The base is 1" x 2" x 11" and the piece to grab in the vise is 1/2" x 2" x 6" welded on. The ends for the pivot are 1/2" x 1" wit 1/2-13 holes tapped. The center of the hole has to be in line with the mating edge of the base. Two holes are tapped into the top of the base for the clamp bolts.
40963 40964 40965


The top clamp is 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 11" with a 1/2 x 1 1/2" brace welded on and two elongated holes drilled for the clamp bolts. The elongated holes allow for different material thicknesses.
40966 40967
This is how it looks in the vise
40968

Continued -See next post

Jim Stabe
10-01-2009, 08:28 PM
Plate bender continued

The swing up portion is 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 11. The long handle is 3/4" x 1" x 27". The 1/2" hole is on center with the edge of the horizontal piece. The short handle is 3/4" x 3/4" x 12" so you can use two hands when bending (put a pipe on it).
40969 40970 40971 40972 40973

This is how it looks together. Use grade 8 bolts at least.
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Fhunter1
10-02-2009, 10:04 AM
Thanks a million for the great pictures and info. Now I just need to get busy and make one... :)

Jim Stabe
10-02-2009, 11:25 AM
This thing is so handy I'm surprised I didn't do it sooner. The main beam is an 11' piece of 2x4x1/8 rectangular tubing with 10' barn door tracks welded on and braced. The HF 1300 lb winch has tapped mounting holes that are the perfect width to match up with the tracks. I used trucks from McMaster that mount with a through bolt and just got metric bolts the right length and used jam nuts to keep them from coming out. The pivots are 1 1/2 x 3/8 wall tube with 3/4 grade 8 bolts. I had an existing 4x6 beam holding up a 4x12 ridge beam in my garage. I doubled it with another 4x6 at 90* to form a "T". Both sides are 4" channel and the through bolts are 1/2 threaded rod. The upper pivot point has a diagonal tension rod that ties it into the 4x12 ridge beam with a 3/4" turnbuckle to preload it.
40999 41000 41001

41002 41003

The tracks and wheels are rated to carry a 450 lb door so I should have 900 lbs capacity with 2. The 1,300 lb winch has a 650 lb single line capacity but I usually don't pick up more than 500 lbs with it, I'll get the cherry picker for anything heavier. I did pick up my welding table that weighs over 500 lbs and the end of the beam deflected less than 1/2 inch. I have also picked up a bench mill that weighs 750 lbs and put in the back of a pickup at the full extent of the travel. It's nice having it so handy so I won't be tempted to lift the marginally heavy stuff and risk hurting my back.

mustangmccance
10-08-2009, 06:21 PM
this is a stupid little tool, nothing as cool as the ones you guys have made but it is so handy and I have used it so much this week I thought I would share it. I have seen similar tools in body shops for holding masking paper but they are costly and take up space, and since I use this I use this so sporadically I wanted it to be out of the way. so I mounted it over the door to the kennel section of my shop. it is out of the way but easily accessible.

E.rodz
11-29-2009, 09:03 PM
check out some picts of my unfinished english wheel sound encloser for air compressor and bridge cran all made at home for the garage built just for building hotrods.
http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu160/erodz/garage%20remodel/018.jpg
http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu160/erodz/shop%20tools/008.jpg

blackice
11-29-2009, 09:34 PM
I don't really have anything too cool I have built for the shop yet. I rigged up a stand for the old bender, with die holders. I also made a stand for the grinder.

I am currently working on a new "offroad" welding cart for going out in the gravel driveway, and a "got Trikes" tubing bender, I will post pics when they are finished

schultz
11-30-2009, 07:51 AM
I've been working on a welding cart lately, Here's the thread about it: http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=48968

I built the mig holder yesterday and still have to throw together a box that will sit between the two to hold my gloves,Rod's eTc. This is a update pic and also a grinder stand i made last year.

wineslob
11-30-2009, 12:10 PM
I built a logsplitter a couple of months ago, I've already run about 2 cords through it.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k179/Apogeespeaker/DSCN0117.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k179/Apogeespeaker/DSCN0118.jpg

I don't have any finished pics of it, I started using it right away!
My best guess is it's about an 8 ton splitter. I plan on changing out the 3" cyl for a 4". I need the extra tonnage.

akdiesel
11-30-2009, 02:55 PM
I built a logsplitter a couple of months ago, I've already run about 2 cords through it.

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k179/Apogeespeaker/DSCN0117.jpg

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k179/Apogeespeaker/DSCN0118.jpg

I don't have any finished pics of it, I started using it right away!
My best guess is it's about an 8 ton splitter. I plan on changing out the 3" cyl for a 4". I need the extra tonnage.

I would like to see the final results. Is that a home made single acting cylinder?

JaysinSpaceman
01-16-2010, 05:05 PM
I thought that I would add a few of the tools and things I have built.

My welding table. I do fab work for a living and needed a good heavy table that was perfectly flat, 1/2" top with adjustable feet and weighs 1200+/- lbs and when I screw the feet up and it is rolling on the casters it moves super easy.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2466/3724690438_c048af71c5_b.jpg

Here's a roller stand that I made for supporting material while being cut in my horizontal bandsaw.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3548086962_ac7ba718a7_b.jpg

This tube notcher is a prototype although it works so well I may never get around to the next incarnation.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2570/4279415459_7d40dc81b2_o.jpg

Hydraulic press I built to operate my Northern Tools press brake and press bearings and whatnot.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4280159076_76c8e83612_o.jpg

And lastly, for this post, is the English Wheel. I built the frame from 4" x 6" tube and had the top wheel cast from 4340. Then I machined the casting for bearings and faced and surfaced it. The casting weighed 34 lbs. before machining. The lower wheels were machined by a friend that is a way better machinist then I.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2704/4280158800_c1d3943045_o.jpg

I am also working on an electric powered tube bender and a jib crane. When they are farther along I will post them up too. As I find pictures of other stuff I have built I'll ad them in. While I don't mind buying tools I would rather build them myself.

Jaysin

bronco78
01-16-2010, 08:51 PM
Few tools made I have pics on hand for.
http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/Marquez_Racing/tools/CIMG0776.jpg
Motorcycle crank install tool to set the crank in the case main bearings.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/Marquez_Racing/tools/CIMG0779.jpg
Crank bearing driver, another motorcycle tool.

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/Marquez_Racing/tools/attachment-2.jpg
Clutch hub holding tool

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/Marquez_Racing/tools/attachment-1.jpg
Off set wrench to hold flywheel

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh245/Marquez_Racing/tools/attachment.jpg
Case splitting tool

Greg9504
01-18-2010, 09:16 PM
Some great work shown so far. My fab skills are not that great... I must admit to having a hard time getting real accurate measurement markings. Things have gotten a bit better since I started using a carbide tipped scribe. Paint markers, even pencils I can't get that good to keep things all lined up and square.

Anyway here is my hydraulic stone splitter. Unfortunately not built in a shop yet... instead in my gravel driveway.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=51536&stc=1&d=1263870559

Here's a video with some slow motion
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Mr_fixit
01-18-2010, 09:38 PM
Does this count? Power angle for my quad plow using a linear actuator. Works like a charm..

akdiesel
01-19-2010, 12:02 AM
Some great work shown so far. My fab skills are not that great... I must admit to having a hard time getting real accurate measurement markings. Things have gotten a bit better since I started using a carbide tipped scribe. Paint markers, even pencils I can't get that good to keep things all lined up and square.

Anyway here is my hydraulic stone splitter. Unfortunately not built in a shop yet... instead in my gravel driveway.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=51536&stc=1&d=1263870559

Here's a video with some slow motion
<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/laz5YqByW8I&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/laz5YqByW8I&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

That is impressive. How much pressure do you think you are applying to shear them? Is there any type of starter cut to get to shear in the correct spot?

Bfoughty
01-19-2010, 07:35 AM
WOW.....that is impressive. I agree...how much force is being applied.

A29
01-19-2010, 08:49 AM
Here is a sheet metal brake. Set up for 36".

Greg9504
01-19-2010, 08:58 AM
WOW.....that is impressive. I agree...how much force is being applied.

Hi!
The hydraulic cylinders are 6" (from Princess Auto here in Canada). The relief valve is set at 2500 psi (currently running off the hydraulics of my dump truck). So that gives a total of 70 tons. The cylinders are rated for 3600 psi, so theoretically I could go as high as 100 tons. I have a little bit of movement in my guides I need to take care of before I think about increasing the pressure.

There is no starter scoring done, however there is a bottom blade. If you watch closely you'll see that as the upper blades come down, the table "falls" away so that the stone is resting on the bottom blade. A hydraulic cylinder (single acting) then raises the table as the main cylinders move up. Of course in the video I posted above, the last split I forgot to back off the valve and the table doesn't lower so the split is a bit more dramatic as the table springs back.

The blades are wood splitter blades (4 in total, 2 top, 2 bottom) I got from Northern Tool. They are holding up well, better than I initially thought. There is a picture of the lower blades in this video
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It's all wrapped up under a tarp for now though, waiting for spring...

mustangmccance
01-19-2010, 12:58 PM
Does this count? Power angle for my quad plow using a linear actuator. Works like a charm..

what size linear actuator is that and where did you get it. that would be nice.:thumbup:

Mr_fixit
01-19-2010, 08:00 PM
what size linear actuator is that and where did you get it. that would be nice.:thumbup:

Size? I don't know how they measure those things...? Length? width? I got it off one of those wheel chair ramp lift things from probably a full size van.

Tool.Nerd
01-19-2010, 08:24 PM
Probably a bit cliche, but my first garage project was welding up a "heavy duty" workbench in the corner out of some used pallet racking and reinforced 12-ga steel top (6 c-beams under each 36x48" segment). At first I thought it was too deep for practicality, but I've used it more than anything I have out there.

Brad Beam
01-28-2010, 05:42 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3548086962_ac7ba718a7_b.jpg[/img]

Jaysin


Would you care to share the .dxf or .pcm file for the roller stand? It would make my life so much easier:bowdown:
Thanks

JOHNMAN
01-28-2010, 08:39 PM
I thought that I would add a few of the tools and things I have built.


Hydraulic press I built to operate my Northern Tools press brake and press bearings and whatnot.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4280159076_76c8e83612_o.jpg



Jaysin



I like the press brake. Any close ups of that? I should build one of those for the press I have.

shmo
06-09-2010, 06:28 PM
Here is my latest project, an outdoor movie theater.

I fabbed up an aluminum framework that I bolted to a flat deck car trailer. The framework folds so I can transport it. When erected the screen is 15 feet high and 20 feet wide. I covered it with a used vinyl billboard material. I knew when I started the project that it was going to be fun, once completed. However, I had NO IDEA how much fun. I can't wait until I get the WIFI setup going for Live fights and sports games. Good times!

I set up all my electronics equipment, Hi def projector, amps, mixer, Blu Ray and DVD players, etc. into a rack mounted carrying case. Speakers, stands, wiring and what not go into canvas bags. I can be set up and watching movies in about 30-45 minutes with one person helping me.

All that is left is to dress up the trailer with some movie screen inspired "faux velour" skirting.

SHMO


http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs340.ash1/29146_390504492189_733562189_4533502_2837207_n.jpg



http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs340.ash1/29146_390503717189_733562189_4533495_2139497_n.jpg



http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs340.ash1/29146_390520382189_733562189_4533688_4478473_n.jpg



http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs538.snc3/30526_403224777189_733562189_4847156_6599101_n.jpg



http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs561.snc3/30641_393625902189_733562189_4597052_7558510_n.jpg

OccupantRJ
06-09-2010, 08:04 PM
I bet you are the most popular guy in the neighborhood!

mgermca
06-09-2010, 10:00 PM
Hey schmo, that may be a little OT but it's so verrrrry cool! Watching an F1 or Indycar race on it must be fun!
Thanks for sharing!

dlwilson
06-09-2010, 11:05 PM
Here's a hydraulic puller I made a few years ago to get an impeller out of a jet boat pump. It uses a Harbor Freight porta-puller set.
http://www.davewilson.cc/Boat/JetBoat10/DCP03311.jpg

It was one of the stubbornest jobs I've done, but it finally came off.
http://www.davewilson.cc/Boat/JetBoat10/DCP03315.jpg

More photos and full writeup here:
http://www.davewilson.cc/Boat/JetBoat10/

mixxmstrmike
06-09-2010, 11:59 PM
Here's a roller stand that I made for supporting material while being cut in my horizontal bandsaw.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3548086962_ac7ba718a7_b.jpg


This thing is a work of art. :thumbup:

-Mike

Heavy Metal Doctor
06-10-2010, 06:57 AM
Here's something quick I whipped up a couple weeks ago. I had to push a dent out of a piece of square tubing belonging to a big goose neck camper trialer stabilizer set up. New part was hundreds of dollars, so I told them I'd attempt to straighten it first. I had no expectations of this being a good or bad tool, but found out that it worked well enough that I put it in the tool box afterward, rather than the scrap barrel!
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04634.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04635.jpg

Here's a bog conveyor chain tool - bolt heads lock into links with the short tube across the axle shaft. Draw it up tight on the all-thread and then you can cut out a link and shorten up a worn chain.
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04643.jpg

The assortment of special wrenches for hydrualic fittings / water tank fittings
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04640.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04641.jpg

airbassador
06-10-2010, 02:09 PM
Neat idea. Do you happen to have any shots of the tubing you fixed?

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04634.jpg

lilredex
06-10-2010, 02:13 PM
Not my work........but might be of interest to some, if they were thinking about building something similar. Pictures are from local Kijiji ads.

They are a 14 1/2" disc sander and a 12" chop saw.




http://toronto.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-tools-equipment-Large-Disc-Sander-W0QQAdIdZ183172155

Heavy Metal Doctor
06-10-2010, 02:54 PM
Neat idea. Do you happen to have any shots of the tubing you fixed?
Unfortunately I was in too much of hurry to take pic's at the time.....the part was about 1 1/2" thin wall (1/16") square tube with a bunch of holes for a pin to go though near one end. It was chrome plated and I feared it would look bad if put any heat to to it. So I used a press to straighten the overall bend out of it, then pushed the out the low spot in the middle of where the bend had been with the homemade tool until the second piece, which telescoped through this one for storage, would fit easily (drop right through). Good enough for a quick no-cost repair!

Wayne64SS
06-16-2010, 10:41 AM
Here is my electric / hydraulic powered c-clamp i made out of some spare parts i had laying around. works great for bending plate steel around curves and odd shapes.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7gP8To3oCCU/S48fcyv1vHI/AAAAAAAACPk/6ar4SVTiGsI/s800/DSC02250.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7gP8To3oCCU/S48fdvI6QEI/AAAAAAAACPo/bvfveRVWo28/s800/DSC02251.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7gP8To3oCCU/S48febVXKzI/AAAAAAAACPs/1dZovIkasDU/s800/DSC02252.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_7gP8To3oCCU/S48ffIPKchI/AAAAAAAACPw/uWFLKgOFuIY/s800/DSC02253.JPG

In action:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_7gP8To3oCCU/S7-9vlHariI/AAAAAAAACko/XVcacW4z-7M/s800/DSC02435.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_7gP8To3oCCU/S7qT8obCqTI/AAAAAAAAChQ/jWPsisZW6iM/s800/DSC02412.JPG


Actually have to be careful with it, it has the power to crush the frame rails.


Next up I need to build a cart for my plasma cutter.

akdiesel
06-16-2010, 12:14 PM
That is clever.

kbs2244
06-16-2010, 01:12 PM
Man, I do like the idea.
My son just got a powered hydro unit.
This would be a great tool for it.

I would like to see kind of protection for those batt terminals.
That is a lot of amperage to have exposed when you are working around metal.
A piece of plywood or even an upside down plastic dish pan would work.

Wayne64SS
06-16-2010, 01:42 PM
lol i hear ya! I always throw a peice of cardboard over it when I'm welding just cause I don't want an explosion. I really need to put a quick disconnect on it like I used for the cars, but I've been lazy since I built it. Not to mention she only runs on 12v, the other battery is there for the added reserve capacity, so the likely hood of a hung noid is almost 0 (I realize this doesn't matter if my stupid ass drops a wrench on the 2 terminals).

hoopty388
06-16-2010, 05:29 PM
great ideas guys,
I've been toying with a blasting cab made out of an oil tank for a while any more pics for helping build mine?

737mechanic
06-16-2010, 06:47 PM
Flashlights are made from 6061 aluminum with a P7 emitter and 3 mode driver.

Hammer is 360 brass and 6061 and wieghts 5lbs 4 oz.

http://www.chaski.com/homemachinist/download/file.php?id=12561&sid=b29366b8171f425a5739406f62fde673&mode=view

http://www.chaski.com/homemachinist/download/file.php?id=12557&sid=b29366b8171f425a5739406f62fde673&mode=view

http://www.chaski.com/homemachinist/download/file.php?id=12657&sid=b29366b8171f425a5739406f62fde673&mode=view

http://www.chaski.com/homemachinist/download/file.php?id=12669&sid=b29366b8171f425a5739406f62fde673&mode=view

http://www.chaski.com/homemachinist/download/file.php?id=12667&sid=b29366b8171f425a5739406f62fde673&mode=view

http://www.chaski.com/homemachinist/download/file.php?id=12668&sid=b29366b8171f425a5739406f62fde673&mode=view

Indy_500
06-16-2010, 11:37 PM
i've built a lot of stupid tools in the past to do things. I used to duct tape things together like a pencil and a screwdriver if i needed an extra long screwdriver. Nothing i did is picture worthy though :shocking:

biker
06-18-2010, 11:26 AM
Here's a roller stand that I made for supporting material while being cut in my horizontal bandsaw.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3548086962_ac7ba718a7_b.jpg


JaysinSpaceman,

I would like some details as to how you raise and lower roll height. I sure do like that stand. How does the threaded rod move up and down.

Ditchdigger
06-18-2010, 11:22 PM
Some of my smaller pieces

Wheel dent remover made with the arm from a 3 jaw puller
http://usera.ImageCave.com/ditchdigger/wheelrepair/puller2.jpg
http://usera.ImageCave.com/ditchdigger/wheelrepair/pulling.jpg

A fender roller to clearance fenders for larger wheels and tires
http://usera.ImageCave.com/ditchdigger/stuff/roller2.jpg

And a valve spring compressor for watercooled VW's
http://usera.ImageCave.com/ditchdigger/stuff/tevwsvsc1.jpg

Krokodil
06-19-2010, 12:45 AM
Those are some nice tyre tools!

hoopty388
06-19-2010, 10:09 AM
I've wanted one of those fender tools for a while. may be out of my skill level but i might try it.

willymakeit
06-19-2010, 06:10 PM
Lots of good ideas here. Have it as one of my favorites.

webbs2jzgte
06-22-2010, 12:55 AM
where did you get the wheel for teh fender roller?

TRANS4M
06-22-2010, 09:37 AM
heres a pinch bolt removal tool I made for my passat.
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu94/hfturbo2000/IMG_1219q.jpg
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu94/hfturbo2000/IMG_1217qq.jpg

And its used for removing this.
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu94/hfturbo2000/b.jpg

I wish I had that when I worked on my Audi S4. Great job!

Burgerkong
06-22-2010, 10:34 AM
Here's a roller stand that I made for supporting material while being cut in my horizontal bandsaw.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3393/3548086962_ac7ba718a7_b.jpg


JaysinSpaceman,

I would like some details as to how you raise and lower roll height. I sure do like that stand. How does the threaded rod move up and down.

The handle you see underneath the roller operates like a bug nut, spin it to force the threaded rod portion to go up or down. The nut sits on a sleeve that is big enough to let the rod slide up and down.

trainer
06-22-2010, 01:05 PM
Pretty low-tech, but a scrap of oak and two minutes with a spokeshave and sandpaper and I have a new hammer handle.

Rockford514
06-22-2010, 01:29 PM
Nothing fancy,I needed to change the lug pattern on some tractor wheels.
My bud had built one similar,I somewhat copied

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/TECH/010.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/TECH/002-5.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/TECH/004-2.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/TECH/012-3.jpg

Rockford514
06-24-2010, 05:17 PM
Made a simple puller for a rockwell pinion yoke yesterday

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/Titans%20Junk/006-67.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/Titans%20Junk/007-58.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii212/Rockford514/Titans%20Junk/008-50.jpg

A_Pmech
09-20-2010, 03:03 PM
Here's a special 2-1/4" wrench I made over the weekend for tightening TG-100 collet chucks. They're available commercially, but making this from scrap only took me a couple hours. Tightening collet chucks doesn't require a lot of torque, thus it doesn't have to be as heavy or nearly as long as a "normal" 2-1/4" wrench:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/wrenchcutout.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/wrenchmilling.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/wrenchdone.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/horteniv/wrenchinuse.jpg

Krokodil
09-20-2010, 03:24 PM
Nice work there A Pmech!

Fatbrosracing
09-22-2010, 07:17 AM
Made this out of scrap steel and an old truck rim.

rickycobra
09-22-2010, 12:50 PM
You guys are all so awesome for making your own tools. I usually tape stuff together thats about it.

iamironman
09-22-2010, 01:34 PM
Here's one of my latest contraptions.
A 5' sheet metal brake, now with hydraulic power.
All the steel was drops from previous jobs. The hydraulics are from my Hossfeld bender. Took about 15 hours to build it.

78411
The brake. It bolts to my layout table.

78412
The hydraulics. Simply un-pin the cyl from my bender and pin it to the brake.

78413
The results. It'll bend 16 ga up to 5' wide, up to 95 degrees.

Jim Stabe
09-22-2010, 03:25 PM
Here's one of my latest contraptions.
A 5' sheet metal brake, now with hydraulic power.
All the steel was drops from previous jobs. The hydraulics are from my Hossfeld bender. Took about 15 hours to build it.

78411
The brake. It bolts to my layout table.

78412
The hydraulics. Simply un-pin the cyl from my bender and pin it to the brake.

78413
The results. It'll bend 16 ga up to 5' wide, up to 95 degrees.
That's a nice piece of work, especially in 15 hours. There are probably people here (myself included) who might like to duplicate. Could you provide some detail photos and explanation of the design / construction

dladcock
09-22-2010, 08:29 PM
I was thinking I didn't have anything to contribute, but after looking around the shop I've built more things than I remember. Here's a Hot Stand to run engines that I built maybe 20 years ago.

This engine belongs to a good friend in Ill. He picked it up this past June.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/th_HPIM4644.jpg (http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/?action=view&current=HPIM4644.mp4)

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/th_HPIM4661.jpg (http://s265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/?action=view&current=HPIM4661.mp4)

dladcock
09-22-2010, 08:52 PM
A body lift........

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/SCAN0006.jpg

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/HPIM0807-1.jpg

Top Dead Center finder.....

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii220/BIGIRON_01/HPIM2887.jpg

e-tek
09-22-2010, 11:15 PM
Rotisserie (after espousing the virtues of the "Incredible Tip-Over Wooden Jig" which I also love!)

Went from this:

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_aqOnCVYCxbQ/TCdWbc2XFtI/AAAAAAAACvk/2IvmlSITY7c/s640/IMG_2095.JPG

To this:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_aqOnCVYCxbQ/TFDXL8GVyKI/AAAAAAAADFk/qdoQh_YVbOQ/s640/IMG_2365.JPG

To this:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_aqOnCVYCxbQ/TGsxJzrS3gI/AAAAAAAADRU/ssz5Pwd6_k4/s640/IMG_2513.JPG

Brake caliper reversing tool (for the newer screw-back calipers)made on a Sunday when I couldn't buy one:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/Others%20Pics/005.jpg

Stand for my Brake:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/IMG_1446.jpg
Two items in this shot (neither are overly technical!) Under-lift Oil Collector and OA trolley made from a hand truck and bungee cords. (I can't believe they put chains on these things!):

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/Others%20Pics/Sept2709005.jpg

Dual-light tool tray - gets the light where you need it!

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/SHOP/img_1000.jpg

Small parts paint booth - filters overspray & fumes though HEPA filter duct fan on top:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/SHOP/img_0975.jpg

Air capture tube to activate lift locks without compressor (joint venture...):

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/SHOP/Crozon66Ford027.jpg

Engine Test Stand:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/318EngineTest/img_1824.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/318EngineTest/img_1819.jpg

Not a tool, but a process....shed moving apparatus. I had started a thread asking how to move this heavy wooden shed I bult across my yard (ithour tearing it up) and this was what ended up working best. as even able to make a 3-point turn:

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_aqOnCVYCxbQ/S-YpsVYun1I/AAAAAAAACHI/YARNnEqVmuw/s640/IMG_1743.JPG

AND, le piece de resistance.....automated spray-can paint shaker (I've since added quality connectors):

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/img_1856.jpg

http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/?action=view&current=mvi_1863.flv

kardude67
12-09-2011, 12:07 AM
Just finished this and fired up the guinea-pig motor.

ZipSnipe
12-09-2011, 03:43 AM
Here's a milling machine I built awhile back. Works great on hard woods and aluminum , steel I get a lot of chatter so the table needs to be rebuilt with anti backlash nuts a major under taking, I will get around to to it one of these days.

Greg that stone splitter you built is very impressive!!!

And that fold up viewing screen is the bomb!!!!

RonRock
12-09-2011, 11:34 AM
Here's something quick I whipped up a couple weeks ago. I had to push a dent out of a piece of square tubing belonging to a big goose neck camper trialer stabilizer set up. New part was hundreds of dollars, so I told them I'd attempt to straighten it first. I had no expectations of this being a good or bad tool, but found out that it worked well enough that I put it in the tool box afterward, rather than the scrap barrel!
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04634.jpg
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii225/doctordc/DSC04635.jpg

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Nice tool for removing dents in tubing. I will need to build one, I have a dent in my drywall lift. Causes the sliding extensions to be difficult to move.

Ed ke6bnl
12-09-2011, 12:23 PM
that is clever and I like the welded on extension so it would be smooth as possible repair.

dadsEH
12-10-2011, 01:55 AM
Likely done before, but here is my brake bleeder made from a cheap-o garden sprayer, pressure gauge and spare brake reservoir cap.

instead of the garden sprayer you could use a spare tire pumped up to 40 psi as your compressed air source.

camarotoolman
12-10-2011, 05:55 AM
The MG build is killer! I'd love to do my 69 Camaro like that, no skill or money!

PCO6
12-10-2011, 07:24 AM
Parts washer (large)
http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy66/PCO6/PartsWasher1.jpg

Parts washer (small)
http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy66/PCO6/PartsSoaker-5.jpg

Sand blast cabinet
http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy66/PCO6/Tools/Sandblaster2.jpg

Punch / chisel holder
http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy66/PCO6/PunchChiselHolder3.jpg

brianh
12-10-2011, 09:48 AM
I have made quite a few over the years but this one is my favorite.
Made in 2002 took me around a week from design to up and running.

It dadoes back slats for Adirondack chairs three routers are mounted in it, put ten slats in the hopper and it self feeds and stacks them.

The video is not the greatest quality but it shows how it works
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/1.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/3.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/8.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/10.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/th_automaticbackslatmachine.jpg (http://s98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/?action=view&current=automaticbackslatmachine.mp4)
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/th_automaticbackslatmachine2.jpg (http://s98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/?action=view&current=automaticbackslatmachine2.mp4)
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/th_automaticbackslatmachine3.jpg (http://s98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/?action=view&current=automaticbackslatmachine3.mp4)

truckin23
12-10-2011, 01:34 PM
ZipSnipe
Here's a milling machine I built awhile back. Works great on hard woods and aluminum , steel I get a lot of chatter so the table needs to be rebuilt with anti backlash nuts a major under taking, I will get around to to it one of these days.

Greg that stone splitter you built is very impressive!!!

And that fold up viewing screen is the bomb!!!!

<a href="http://s723.photobucket.com/albums/ww236/truckin4fishin/H%20F%20151%20Mig%20Cap%20Mod/?action=view&amp;current=6a3d4a93.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i723.photobucket.com/albums/ww236/truckin4fishin/H%20F%20151%20Mig%20Cap%20Mod/6a3d4a93.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>




that is an awesome mill perfect for the aluminum that I do on my boat would you mind sharing the parts required and how you did it thanks

is that a Craftsman Compound Milling Table that you used Table surface is 18-5/8W x 6L in. with 2-9/16 in. T-slots center to center is 2-9/16 inches.

AlchemyMetalworks
12-10-2011, 03:32 PM
I have made quite a few over the years but this one is my favorite.
Made in 2002 took me around a week from design to up and running.

It dadoes back slats for Adirondack chairs three routers are mounted in it, put ten slats in the hopper and it self feeds and stacks them.

The video is not the greatest quality but it shows how it works
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/3.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/8.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/The%20building%20of%20a%20machine/10.jpg


Brian, do you run this off a PLC, or a pneumatic controller?

brianh
12-10-2011, 04:02 PM
Brian, do you run this off a PLC, or a pneumatic controller?

AlchemyMetalworks, I used a Pneumatic controller like this one.
http://www1.mscdirect.com/cgi/NNSRIT2?PMAKA=80121759&PMPXNO=2127064&cm_re=ItemDetail-_-ResultListing-_-SearchResults

It was basicaly very simple once I figured out the details.

I loved that job, I designed the furniture and then built jigs and machinery for production.

truckin23
12-10-2011, 09:16 PM
ZipSnipe

I just missed out on this one posted on craigslist 2 days ago by a 1/2 hour this afternoon right after I saw your post and only 5 miles from me snooze and loose I do believe it's just like your table


Craftsman Compound Milling Table - $100 (san jose south)

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Craftsman Compound Milling Table - Only used a few times!


it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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w107
12-15-2011, 05:32 AM
This is a really great thread guys...

My latest tool:

making of...
http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/karoserist/rotisserie/IMG_6770.jpg
http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/karoserist/rotisserie/IMG_7013.jpg
http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/karoserist/rotisserie/IMG_7383.jpg
painted...
http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/karoserist/rotisserie/P10102242.jpg
in use (actually alternative use...:))
http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/karoserist/Manta%20400/48.jpg

Plan for the future: I have to buy wheels and hydraulics for rotisserie...

p.s.:Sorry for the watermark on my pics...

Flathead Johnny
12-15-2011, 10:43 AM
i did this yesterday

www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=652731

slickgt1
12-15-2011, 11:45 AM
You guys are great. Awesome tool builds. I really need to get the city to come out and upgrade my 100A service.

truckin23
12-15-2011, 01:19 PM
i did this yesterday

www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=652731

Hey Johnny
you might want to check that fan motor again I checked Broans specs on the 688 heres a link http://broan.com/ImageLibrary/broan/pdf/Specifications/99041072.pdf and could not find anything on non sparking motors so then I called Broan technical support and they do not recomend any of there fans for flamable or hazerdous fumes be very careful. Also flamable or hazerdous fans are very costly

kbs2244
12-15-2011, 03:33 PM
An over the stove exhaust hood will have a built in light and the fan motor out of the airstream.
They keep the motor out of the airstream because they are afraid of grease fires.
There will be a way for filter mounting also.

Flathead Johnny
12-15-2011, 08:05 PM
thanks again, i responded to you post on the other forum :beer:

Hey Johnny
you might want to check that fan motor again I checked Broans specs on the 688 heres a link http://broan.com/ImageLibrary/broan/pdf/Specifications/99041072.pdf and could not find anything on non sparking motors so then I called Broan technical support and they do not recomend any of there fans for flamable or hazerdous fumes be very careful. Also flamable or hazerdous fans are very costly

Flathead Johnny
12-15-2011, 08:06 PM
oh thats a good idea, i will look into that to see if it would work

An over the stove exhaust hood will have a built in light and the fan motor out of the airstream.
They keep the motor out of the airstream because they are afraid of grease fires.
There will be a way for filter mounting also.

truckin23
12-15-2011, 08:26 PM
just didn't want to see you burn your house down :FIREdevil good luck with your project

Ruiner
12-15-2011, 08:29 PM
Maybe I'm crazy for asking but what would a 3rd one do that these wouldn't?

The 3rd belt sander would be for running scotch brite belts, duh :P...

mikegt4
12-16-2011, 06:55 AM
Here is my auto rotisserie/engine stand/small boat rotisserie/general holder upper. I designed it with vertical and horizonal adjustability using bearings and acme thread so that changes in the center of gravity (such as when adding heads or flywheel to an engine) can be accounted for.

I decided to make this after a Ford 390 bent my cheapo HF type engine stand and then my diesel tractor engine finished it off.

J Persons
12-16-2011, 08:24 AM
Needed a torque wrench with a 250lb capacity but didn't want to spend the money for a wrench I would only use a couple of times. These used to be available commercially, but I couldn't find one so I made this. I compared it to a regular 250 lb torque wrench and it gave the same reading.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/jpersons/torquewrenchadaptor2.jpg

Here are the instructions for making the adapter.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v477/jpersons/torkex.jpg

Cars&Classic
12-16-2011, 10:23 AM
Made these two tools for installing and degreeing in a camshaft.

I bought the dial indicator, it fits in the top of the tool and then secures with a set screw.
The tool slides into the lifter bore, and the botom of the tool rides on the lobe of the cam.
the base lobe indicator slides inside to activate the dial indicator when the cam lobe comes up. the o-rings hold it inplace in the lifter bore.

Handy little tool, made it on my south bend lathe.

the other is a cam installer tool, screws into the front of the cam, to give you a place to hold onto the cam as it dissapears inside the motor.

Cars&Classic
12-16-2011, 10:26 AM
Cam tool

ptschram
12-16-2011, 10:56 AM
Made these two tools for installing and degreeing in a camshaft.

I bought the dial indicator, it fits in the top of the tool and then secures with a set screw.
The tool slides into the lifter bore, and the botom of the tool rides on the lobe of the cam.
the base lobe indicator slides inside to activate the dial indicator when the cam lobe comes up. the o-rings hold it inplace in the lifter bore.

Handy little tool, made it on my south bend lathe.

LOL-I was just thinking I should post up a tool I made to measure cam wear in the vehicle.

It's much nicer with a cheapie digital indicator that you can zero anywhere in its travel.

Lkdelta
12-16-2011, 07:03 PM
Made this out of scrap steel and an old truck rim.

Post #155.... the bench grinder....Nice job...
that's a lot nicer than mine....
Those bases don't move or vibrate at all
And no "spark worries" or "space losses" on the work bench
move the whole unit outside if there is going to be lots of grinding

henrysgarage
12-17-2011, 06:18 PM
Here are a few tools I have made over the years,
pinion depth tool
http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL1054/6190841/23293599/393253616.jpg
hyd press
http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL1054/6190841/23293599/393253617.jpg
3 jaw lathe chuck on a plate to machine flats/ slots on shafts
http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL1054/6190841/23293599/394071976.jpg
body rotisserie
http://pic100.picturetrail.com/VOL1054/6190841/23293599/399394686.jpg

blackice
12-18-2011, 10:44 AM
This is the welding cart I built a while ago. I wanted something more ridgid then those cheap ones you can buy, and I wanted larger wheels for when I have to go out in the gravel driveway or over an extention cord or air line. works great so far.

blackice
12-18-2011, 10:51 AM
Heres the bender I built. I started with plans from Gottrikes, then made a few changes along the way. Not including the bending dies, I have about $300 invested (about $800 including 2 sets of Pro Tool dies). Its already paid for itself. I was Luckey enough to have a friend who could lazer cut all the tabs and brackets. It saved me alot of time.

alan camby
12-18-2011, 11:59 AM
Here is the hydraulic press i built. I used a bottle jack upside down with a reservoir to flood it

alan camby
12-18-2011, 12:29 PM
Made a brake for the press above. In the last picture i bent a piece of 3/8 x 2" over 90 degrees.

c/o say
12-18-2011, 04:25 PM
Alan camby thanks for the tip on the resevoir on the hy jack that will help me out on my press and like the use of the casters.

JimVonBaden
12-18-2011, 05:36 PM
this is a stupid little tool, nothing as cool as the ones you guys have made but it is so handy and I have used it so much this week I thought I would share it. I have seen similar tools in body shops for holding masking paper but they are costly and take up space, and since I use this I use this so sporadically I wanted it to be out of the way. so I mounted it over the door to the kennel section of my shop. it is out of the way but easily accessible.

Very slick! I'm going to do that!:thumbup:

Jim :cool:

bad_idea
12-18-2011, 06:15 PM
Here is the hydraulic press i built. I used a bottle jack upside down with a reservoir to flood it

I don't understand what the reservoir is for. Could you explain this? I have used a press before but the cylinder was right side up. What is the benefit to it being upside down? What does the reservoir do? Thanks. Awesome looking work by the way.

morehead
12-18-2011, 06:32 PM
Never ceases to amaze me...... the talent on this site!!! ! Awesome thread:rocker::rocker::D

Amitygravel
12-18-2011, 06:35 PM
That press is definitely nice Alan !
Not sure I get the reservoir either. Is that something you have to do
to get a bottle jack to function upside down ?
Can't quite zoom in enough to see details.

Regnar
12-18-2011, 06:42 PM
I built my own CNC router. Its already payed for itself a few times over.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nD35cfAK9TM/Tu5_nu9kU1I/AAAAAAAAAAo/ZvkgSOE3E0c/s640/DSC02273.JPG



<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UulnIFliZ7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



Yes there is an APP to control it too.....

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WVj8JvKpqW0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

If you guys are interested my build thread is over on Mechmate.com My build number is #69

brianh
12-18-2011, 07:36 PM
I built my own CNC router. Its already payed for itself a few times over.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nD35cfAK9TM/Tu5_nu9kU1I/AAAAAAAAAAo/ZvkgSOE3E0c/s640/DSC02273.JPG



<iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UulnIFliZ7o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>



Yes there is an APP to control it too.....

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WVj8JvKpqW0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

If you guys are interested my build thread is over on Mechmate.com My build number is #69

Cool what are you using as a spindle and is it a gear rack drive?

I have a 2003 shopbot I am using with a 3 1/2 hp router upgraded the drivers for more speed and resolution since then.

Been using rams 3d since I have had it for most of the cam applications and a mix of solidworks and other programs for the design end.

Very nice build what do you primarily make?

rburke65
12-18-2011, 07:42 PM
Not the shapest knife here either..........am not getting the necessity of the reservoir?

Regnar
12-18-2011, 07:55 PM
Cool what are you using as a spindle and is it a gear rack drive?

Very nice build what do you primarily make?


Brian,

The spindle is a 3 1/2 horse Milwaukee Router. The thing is a beast.

Yep it gear rack driven. 20 degree angle.

I make anything that comes my way. Its a hobby that seems to make money. I make signs, cabinets, speaker boxes. Pretty much anything that is small order that most shops wont pick up.

c/o say
12-18-2011, 08:05 PM
Rburke the reservoir floods the jack so it will work inverted. Jacks are not made to work upside down but his will now.

brianh
12-18-2011, 08:08 PM
I have the Milwaukee and porter cable routers I prefer the Milwaukee quieter and better rpm control but it is out at the moment for new bearings and brushes.

I use mine for all kinds of stuff lots of signs and furniture work.

I found a really cool program for modeling human forms it is free and pretty advanced but easy to use it is designed for video gamers, I use conversion software to make an stl file to machine.
http://makehuman.blogspot.com/

An example here
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/Wood%20Carvings/DSCN2776-1.jpg
http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l249/brianharnett/Wood%20Carvings/DSCN2785.jpg

alan camby
12-18-2011, 10:02 PM
most bottle jacks will not work upside down. When you fill one of these you only fill it to the oil check plug. the jack pickup tube is located at the base of the jack. When turned upside down the jack will suck air instead of the fluid.

To make my jack work the jack has to be flooded all the time or a pickup tube needs to be installed that extends to the top, well it will be the bottom once flipped over:headscrat, in order to keep a steady supply of oil to the small cylinder (think sometimes called slave cylinder)

Try flipping a unmodified jack, probably won't work for very long.

Why did I use a bottle jack upside down. I am weird:) and it means less parts to fab and go wrong.

akdiesel
12-19-2011, 04:10 AM
most bottle jacks will not work upside down. When you fill one of these you only fill it to the oil check plug. the jack pickup tube is located at the base of the jack. When turned upside down the jack will suck air instead of the fluid.

To make my jack work the jack has to be flooded all the time or a pickup tube needs to be installed that extends to the top, well it will be the bottom once flipped over:headscrat, in order to keep a steady supply of oil to the small cylinder (think sometimes called slave cylinder)

Try flipping a unmodified jack, probably won't work for very long.

Why did I use a bottle jack upside down. I am weird:) and it means less parts to fab and go wrong.

I had to do the same thing only I made an oil reservoir that went on top of the jack with a hole I drilled on the bottom (top now) and tapped to hold the bottle.

Markgyver
12-19-2011, 03:06 PM
Here is the hydraulic press i built. I used a bottle jack upside down with a reservoir to flood it

Where did you get the reservoir?

alan camby
12-19-2011, 04:33 PM
it is a old SMC air cylinder. Industrial trash. I only have $5 dollors in this project, had to buy the springs.

alan camby
12-19-2011, 08:52 PM
I came up with this simple idea to tap perfectly vertical threads. It is just a heavy hex nut welded to a extra thick fender washer. Just hold the washer firm to the drilled hole and tap into the work piece.

alan camby
12-19-2011, 09:04 PM
My home made grinder using a kit from Polar bear forge. Motor is 1.5 hp 3phase with a inverter/VFD driving it.

alan camby
12-19-2011, 09:10 PM
Found another pic of the grinder

Walterchang
12-20-2011, 12:34 AM
Cheapy hot wire set up for cutting foam. Cost $0.00. I had all the pieces at work.

RonRock
12-20-2011, 07:51 AM
Good looking sander Alan. Why did you use the 3 phase motor? I'm guessing you had it on hand, but the inverter seems like it would offset the savings.

bullfrog123
12-20-2011, 11:15 AM
Thanks goes to PC06 for his post on page 9.
Used an old 4.5" grinder handle and a 3/8" bolt welded to it, then screw that into a ground lug.....

alan camby
12-20-2011, 06:25 PM
Good looking sander Alan. Why did you use the 3 phase motor? I'm guessing you had it on hand, but the inverter seems like it would offset the savings.

i found a deal on the Baldor 3 phase on ebay. The Inverters are not that expensive. I wanted variable speed and this seems to be the most popular setup. I did a lot of research to come up with my setup.

Plombob
12-21-2011, 10:43 PM
AND, le piece de resistance.....automated spray-can paint shaker (I've since added quality connectors):

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/img_1856.jpg

http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/e-tekpics/?action=view&current=mvi_1863.flv

Hey e-tek - Would you post a better pic of the transmission on that can shaker? I'm trying to build one from an old washing machine motor.

Thanks!

PCO6
12-22-2011, 10:08 AM
Thanks goes to PC06 for his post on page 9.
Used an old 4.5" grinder handle and a 3/8" bolt welded to it, then screw that into a ground lug.....Ha Ha - that's great bullfrog. :thumbup: That's pretty much what I did. I know I have a "store bought" somewhere but I couldn't find it. I figured it was easier to make a new one with stuff lying around in my garage than spend time looking for it!

Esteban76
03-12-2012, 01:36 AM
Hy. I'm looking for a work bench circular having a close below. Someone saw the pictures of this bench?
Thank you

Kevin54
03-12-2012, 06:46 AM
Hy. I'm looking for a work bench circular having a close below. Someone saw the pictures of this bench?
Thank you


:headscrat Not sure what you are saying. I take it you are looking for a round or circular shaped workbench?

Esteban76
03-12-2012, 11:00 PM
Sorry for my english...

I look one picture that there was a circular saw attachment below the bench. So, if you have cut some wood, you can use the bench with the saw blade leaning.

I have one picture, but i dont know how can i load it.

I hope that you were understand.

Thank you

fury9
03-12-2012, 11:31 PM
Here's a hacksaw I made in Grade 9 MetalWork - 32 years go!!! It takes 10inch blades, as you can see the 12inch is too long!

The dolly is made from lead, melted inot a tin can for me by an old bodyman I worked with at my Dads shop. It's used for pick work. I've wrapped it in duct tape to make it even softer, owing to metal becoming thinner and softer over time.


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you can cut the 12" hacksaw blade to length and drill a hole in it if 10" are hard to find. I do it with my metal sawzall blades all the time when that first inch gets too hot and worn out. I just grind off the bad part and try to make a 5 buk blade last just a little longer.

Mr.N
03-13-2012, 12:29 AM
Why did I use a bottle jack upside down. I am weird:) and it means less parts to fab and go wrong.
Nice solution!
Where did you get the reservoir?
Try this idea for a cheap aluminum catch can for under $15 solution : http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1001542

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f177/usmcdoc14/IMG_20110819_204218.jpg?t=1313812823

invision
03-13-2012, 07:29 AM
Hi guys!

Here's my wheel. I was looking around for awhile for an English Wheel and finding nothing decent under the $4k price tag I decided to design and built my own machine. It has a classic shape...2 C's fabricated from 1/2" plate with a 4"x1/2"tk spacer rolled around the perimeter, 32" throat, and upper adjuster.

http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/invisionprototypes/INVEW-1-2.jpg

http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/invisionprototypes/INVEW-2-2.jpg

http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/invisionprototypes/INVEW-5-22.jpg

http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/invisionprototypes/INVEW-7-22.jpg

http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/invisionprototypes/INVEW-6-22.jpg

I have yet to see it flex while rolling out sheet metal panels ranging from 16 to 22GA.

PCO6
03-13-2012, 10:22 AM
http://i397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/invisionprototypes/INVEW-1-2.jpgThat is beautifully done. :thumbup: I'm curious about your bead roller. Did you build (or modify) that too? It looks like a BIG one.

invision
03-13-2012, 11:39 AM
That is beautifully done. :thumbup: I'm curious about your bead roller. Did you build (or modify) that too? It looks like a BIG one.

Thanks very much PC.

In regards to the bead roller/tipping wheel. At times it's used as a bead roller, but we built that machine specifically to bend flanges and create offsets in sheet metal.

That particular setup uses a flat lower soft or hard wheel and a sharp upper wheel to bend lips along straights or curves in sheet metal. As you are rolling the piece through on each pass you use your hand(manual apron) to lift the material up to the desired lip angle. Think of it as a sheet metal brake that can work on curves.

http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g381/invisionprototypes2/R2/Body/INVR2-BodyFabrication162.jpg

http://i1099.photobucket.com/albums/g381/invisionprototypes2/R2/Body/INVR2-BodyFabrication2b.jpg

Ohh...and it's great for making one go cross-eyed while running material though it... @_@... If you ever get an opportunity to use one, you'll see what I mean.

PCO6
03-13-2012, 12:41 PM
^^^ Nicely done as well. :thumbup: I have an Eastwood bead roller that I want to reinforce and build a proper stand for. It's either that or scrap it, use some of the bits and build one from scratch. I also like the way you mounted your stretcher & shrinker... something else I need to do! (... too many projects for such little time ...)

Jim Stabe
03-13-2012, 01:00 PM
I like the drive mechanism on your upper wheel. I have a tipping wheel for my English wheel frame but I have to push or pull the material through so it takes several passes. I like your idea and I may try to come up with a way to drive the upper on mine. Thanks

invision
03-13-2012, 03:12 PM
Good to see you around Jim.

Glad I was able to help in some small way. I guess that's why we're all here. Great idea to utilize your E-wheel frame for your tipping machine as well. :D Nice set up.

Most of the time I don't use the drive system...though it helps with control on tipping flanges with small radii.

gt40mkii
03-13-2012, 04:08 PM
Wow -- I've got nothing on what some of you guys have.

I RARELY make tools. I generally have one I need or use what I have and make-do. When I do make one, it's because I can't use anything else, and I need it NOW.

Two come to mind. They were dead-simple to make, worked perfectly, were free, and I absolutely couldn't have done the job without it.

First, I had a plugged drain pipe for my downstairs A/C evaporator. I ran a snake through what I could, but my snake wouldn't go past the 90-degree bends in the 1" PVC piping, and there were a LOT. So I started cutting and blowing through the pipe to find the obstruction. Murphy was fully in effect -- the obstruction was in a second-floor wall, behind at least one and possibly more bends the snake couldn't handle. Damnit! I'm going to have to go into the wall!

The it came to me -- pressurized air! Pressure behind the blockage might blow it out. I knew that drain connects to a larger drain pipe or vent pipe SOMEWHERE. The only problem was I didn't have a way of hooking a compressed air source to the 1" PVC pipe. A few minutes on the lathe and a small piece of Delrin later and I had my adapter! I hooked up the hose and SLOWLY raised the pressure in the drain pipe, promising myself that if it didn't blow out by 50 PSI I'd stop -- I didn't want to damage the pipe.

The obstruction blew at 35# with a satisfying "pop1" and a splash. Splash? Turns out the drain joined the drain pipe for the vanity sink in the upstairs bathroom and the released pressure blew the water out of the sink's P-trap, all over the vanity. The Wife was pissed! the fact that I saved a ton of money by not having to hire a drywall contractor was lost on her.

The next project was installing new heads on the race engine, a 5.0L smallblock Ford . Any time I do anything that potentially affects the valvetrain geometry, I like to check it. Screwing up the valvetrain does nobody any good, especially at 7000 RPM. So I needed a way of changing the length of the pushrod to insure the rocker arm contacted the valve stem properly. engine shops have adjustable pushrods to do this. I didn't and I forgot to order one when I ordered the rocker arms!

So, I took an old pushrod and cut about an inch off it. then I cut another 1.2" or so off the long half of the rod and threw it away. To the remainder of the long end I welded a small steel nut. to the 1" long piece, I inserted a threaded rod -- engine push rods are hollow -- and epoxy'd it in place. I then added a jam nut to the threaded rod and then screwed the short end into the long end. (And because I could, I chucked the long end on the lathe and turned the whole thing smooth -- you'd never know the end of it was actually a nut welded on.)

It worked perfectly. I was able to adjust the pushrod to get a perfect contact pattern, and lock it in place so the length wouldn't change as I removed it from the engine!

(Turns out I needn't had bothered, The ideal length was exactly the same as the facory pushrod!)

Do -- two dead-simple tools that were quick and cheap to make, but saved me a LOT of hassle.

Jim Stabe
03-13-2012, 05:20 PM
Good to see you around Jim.

Glad I was able to help in some small way. I guess that's why we're all here. Great idea to utilize your E-wheel frame for your tipping machine as well. :D Nice set up.

Most of the time I don't use the drive system...though it helps with control on tipping flanges with small radii.

I was thinking the same thing that the drive would be good for small radii and drawing the piece through by hand would provide smoother lines on gradual curves. I will probably try to have some sort of drive that can be disconnected when not being used so I don't have to reverse turn the mechanism when working by hand. I did something similar when I powered my bead roller. I used a 12v HF winch motor that had a device that would disconnect the drive when you wanted to pull cable off the reel manually and then reconnect to drive with the motor. I put a steering wheel on for when the motor was disconnected. I run the winch motor from an emergency start pack and a foot pedal that allows fwd and rev. Pictures probably show it better than I can explain.

174499

174500

174501

174502

174503

174504

SMC
03-13-2012, 06:13 PM
I thought that I would add a few of the tools and things I have built.

This tube notcher is a prototype although it works so well I may never get around to the next incarnation.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2570/4279415459_7d40dc81b2_o.jpg



Jaysin

Jaysin any more details and pictures on the notcher would be appreciated.

Thanks

KCarGuy
03-13-2012, 07:10 PM
I built several Small tools that make my life a little easier at work.
The equipment I work on pumps 2 chemicals, One is a Liquid Plastic (easy way to put it), and is...a Great bonding or Locking Chemical.
Problem is...there is alot of moving parts, so It can be a Pain to open valves, replace filters, so on and so on.
Parts get stripped and broken off.
I welded a 6 point socket to a square Pipe (for a wrench) with a allen in the middle.
Graps the Filter cap from the outside and the inside...less chance of it getting rounded off.

KCarGuy
03-13-2012, 07:12 PM
Next was a Tool to help me remove bad or frozen Valves from Dispenser Manifolds.
Made it from bolts, and other scrap parts.

KCarGuy
03-13-2012, 07:14 PM
Next was a Screwdriver sized Tool to remove a replacable Solvent Tip.
I cut the original part in 2, then drilled and threaded each end using a long Shoulder Bolt that I cut down.

KCarGuy
03-13-2012, 07:19 PM
And last is a Non-Plastic Magnetic Driver.
The Original Handle Cracked, and I loved that Driver...Had it forever.
Strong Magnet, so the bits stayed in.
The Chemicals break down Plastics, so I go through a ton of Screwdrivers in the last 20 years.
Made this one today.
Drilled the Aluminum just undersized for the Shaft, Heated it up to expand and used my Vise to force it in. Took alot of effort.
Also drilled and tapped a hole in the side for a Set Screw.
Love this Screwdriver, should get many more years out of it.

nkachur
03-13-2012, 07:37 PM
I built several Small tools that make my life a little easier at work.
The equipment I work on pumps 2 chemicals, One is a Liquid Plastic (easy way to put it), and is...a Great bonding or Locking Chemical.
Problem is...there is alot of moving parts, so It can be a Pain to open valves, replace filters, so on and so on.
Parts get stripped and broken off.
I welded a 6 point socket to a square Pipe (for a wrench) with a allen in the middle.
Graps the Filter cap from the outside and the inside...less chance of it getting rounded off.

Those are wild caps. Very inventive way of dealing with them though

KCarGuy
03-13-2012, 09:23 PM
Thanks!
Customers are always trying to remove them with a wrench and rounding off the outside. Or using an Allen wrench and rounding out the inside.
Now, I can grab both the Inside and outside all with 1 Tool and put some real muscle to it.
I made another one for a Co-worker!

Owen
04-14-2012, 01:29 AM
Made a slip roller a long time ago, then needed a bead roller. Since I didn't have a lot of space, I decided to stack them. I could have made a transmission or something so that they both don't spin together, but was too lazy.

The bottom is kicked out like that to clear the concrete garage wall footing when it's parked. The knob on top is a rheostat for a DC motor controller, I need a better DC power source though.

Motor was from a surplus store on the net, for the foot control, I used an up-down momentary window switch from an old power window kit I had left over.

<a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v609/v8z/the%20g/?action=view&amp;current=DSC03330r.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/v8z/the%20g/DSC03330r.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

Stephenw
04-14-2012, 05:59 AM
Drill press tramming jig...

http://shopngarage.com/2012/03/drill-press-tramming-jig/
http://shopngarage.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/TrammingTable.jpg

NUTTSGT
04-14-2012, 09:09 AM
There's always so many great ideas in this thread.

Outlawmws
05-30-2012, 06:32 PM
I had to fire this up agian today, so decided to get it posted:

Anyone get tired of shaking a rattle can to get it liquid again instead of settled into a big glop on the bottom that will plug the tube/nozzle as soon as you try to go?

The gear reduciton takes it down to 500 RPM. fabbed it from stuff I had laying around the shop. I think the motor was $5 at a yard sale some years back...


http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=188777&stc=1&d=1338420737

NewLogik
05-30-2012, 07:57 PM
hehe, nice original rattle can shaking machine ! ;)

machine_punk
05-30-2012, 11:39 PM
That's a great spray can shaker. I remember when I worked at a paint store as a kid, customers would often come in and buy a dozen spray cans of the same color. To shake them, we loaded 6 cans in each side of the old double one-gallon shakers. It worked beautifully. So, we sent the customer home with a case of spray cans, ready to use.

M_P

FrostBite
05-30-2012, 11:40 PM
This is a 12" grinder I made using a Shop Smith platen from eBay, a 40 year old, 1.5HP grain bin fan motor, and some scrap I had around the shop. I still need a harrow disk to add to the bottom.

http://i461.photobucket.com/albums/qq337/FrostBite31539/Misc%20Shop%20Projects/IMG_20120422_231935.jpg

It still needs a shroud under the table to catch the swarf.

mgermca
06-18-2012, 10:50 PM
Lots of great ideas on this thread!

Once you get the cnc bug, it's very addictive and you've got it for life.

I picked up a late seventies Bridgeport cnc milling machine for 1000$ on Kijiji a couple of years ago. It had been listed as 'best offer'. Cleaned it up and built a new controller for it, now using MACH hobby software to run it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHPtkdALMrs

Once it was done, I decided to use it and the same stepper driver I had built to run a homebuilt 48" x 48" cnc plasma table. I have just gotten it up and I am now running/testing it. Some vid clips of the build...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk5L0prby6I&feature=channel&list=UL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUQg1QKdwzI&feature=channel&list=UL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peGzswFp7cw&feature=channel&list=UL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw42H-y6_iQ&feature=channel&list=UL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwRt-gzxcJo&feature=channel&list=UL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU7LXEmfKbU&feature=channel&list=UL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iReXxb1Nf7w&feature=channel&list=UL

EW57
06-19-2012, 07:35 PM
http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=188777&stc=1&d=1338420737

I've wanted to try something similar for cleaning out motorcycle gastanks that have had old/bad gas in them (slower RPM though, more sloshing rather than violently shaking).

Havent found a suitable/cheap gearhead motor yet though....

Outlawmws
06-19-2012, 08:17 PM
I've wanted to try something similar for cleaning out motorcycle gastanks that have had old/bad gas in them (slower RPM though, more sloshing rather than violently shaking).

Havent found a suitable/cheap gearhead motor yet though....

I've seen guys use an old dryer for that. Cut the heat, but BB's in the tank and "wrap" it in an old comforter so it doesn't get beat adn is sort of tight, and let'er roll!

Richard D
10-08-2012, 04:05 PM
check out some picts of my unfinished english wheel sound encloser for air compressor and bridge cran all made at home for the garage built just for building hotrods.
http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu160/erodz/garage%20remodel/018.jpg
http://i643.photobucket.com/albums/uu160/erodz/shop%20tools/008.jpg

Can you give some details on the steel used for the crane?

Tamper84
10-08-2012, 09:47 PM
I would like to know about the crane as well. And how tall is your ceiling?

Thanks,
Chris.

thruthefence
10-09-2012, 09:08 AM
I light of some of the work submitted here, I feel unworthy, but here are a few I've made through the years.

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/Hydraulicpress.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/hydpress2.jpg
My version of a hydraulic press. Ram is a Flap actuator from some unkown aircraft, and the pump is an emergency gear pump from another. Not alot of horse power, but for the small stuff I do, it works well.The reservoir was supposed to be "proof-of-concept", but it's been fine for years, just ugly.


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/Puller1.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/Puller2.jpg
Centrifugal cooling fan puller for a Robinson R44 helicopter. Made from scrapbindium & a big sprung C clamp.


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/flywheeltool2.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/flywheeltool1.jpg
Flywheel holding tool for R44. Used for doing differential compression tests.


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/rattlecan001-1.jpg
my version of the paint shaker theme


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/bulletconnectortool2.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/bulletconnectortool1.jpg
Lucas "bullet" connector tool, worn out set of channel locks, mild steel & brazing rod. A must have for old english cars.


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/towbar2.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/towbar1.jpg
Aluminum towbar for small aircraft


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/Towmotor1.jpg

http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/Towmotor2.jpg
Towmotor for the R44, made from a powered wheelchair. This was a team effort, not all my doing. Also works as a redneck Segway for roaming around the airport!


http://i1204.photobucket.com/albums/bb405/thruthefence/filterelementcutter3.jpg
Oil filter element cutter. I've posted it before, but it works so well, I couldn't resist.