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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2009, 03:56:10 PM »
Just couldn't resist polishing it up?
Creating scrap, one part at a time

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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2009, 04:09:42 PM »
Well...... What's life without a little sparkle?  :D




But as said it serves a purpose too... Should I make contact I 'should' just glide off..... ??  (don't intend to test it !!)



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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2009, 12:39:02 AM »
HA HA HA HA Thats great!

I was thinking it looked like some sort of Journey to the center of the earth drill machine.

Then it turned into some sort of Retro-rod bumper with polishing buffer action!

Its really quite a beautiful piece. All going back to Artist factor. Its a tool... but its pretty.

Form follows function. Its pretty cause it is a really nice tool.. and its pretty cause its all shiny.  :clap: And the shininess.. although its fun, and looks good...really helps. Bumping a part you have been polishing for 20 minutes onto a sharp edged, not very smooth rotating mass will leave a mark.
In this case.. it shouldnt do anything.

Great part!
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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2009, 02:38:42 AM »
Thanks Scott :)

Mmmmm..... A drilling machine to reach the earths core.....  :proj:      :smart:   :borg:


I'm glad your on board with my concept of non harmfull bumpage  :thumbup:



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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2009, 03:06:36 PM »
Hi Chaps

Now her's a confestion (is it an f or a v or neither, ho hell you know what I'm on about)  :scratch:

I've never used a polishing mop, not being into bling,

but now I know how to do it safely, no gloves, pig tail on a proper arbour, with threads guarded. 

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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2009, 03:00:32 AM »
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I've never used a polishing mop, not being into bling


We can solve that Stew..... Once you catch the bug you'll find it hard not to start shining up your loco!!!    :bugeye:   :thumbup:


I'm sure John could show you like he did me.... Only took about 20 min's to show me the working principle and the rest as they say is history   :headbang:


Oh and "style enhancement" please..... Not bling..... We have a reputation to uphold here!    :)      :lol:




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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2009, 06:11:50 AM »
Noooo its not enhancement!!

Its waxing the metal to prevent corrosion!!!  :med:
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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2009, 08:16:51 PM »
Very neat idea!
I use the same kind of idea...
Strips of heavy cloth with Brasso and run it up and down, only works for round objects!

Otherwise i have a dental hanpiece with adjustable speed and a collet to accept small mandrels.

Love the background music by Ed Alleyne Johnson, have not listened to Purple Violin Concerto for some time now!!

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« Reply #33 on: September 30, 2009, 07:15:58 PM »
Nice to see people still read the older posts  :)


As stated... My way not the way!

There are many different ways of getting fine results, I use a pencil die grinder for very small/fiddly bits  :dremel:


Ed does play mighty fine music.... Although haven't seen him in Chester for a while now? Oh well.... I do have 5 of his CD's to keep me going  :ddb:






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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2009, 09:30:11 AM »
I use my lathe to polish as well, I have been working on a MT3 arbour because I have hit the chuck.
It felt like a baseball bat to the knuckles, lucky though only a cut and bruise.
I use the lathe for a lot of things, a few weeks ago I wound a coil for an engine I was working on.
Back to the polishing though, nice job with the arbour.
I was using a mop on a bench grinder and the speed is way too fast, I lost more parts across the room than I finished.
Thats why I went to the lathe.
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« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2009, 08:15:43 AM »
Yup.... That's the danger part of it alright.

It was pointed out to me very early on that it had it's dangers, I had the arbour in mind but just had to wait to get it made.


Then I had the main bit donated to my cause by Bogs and had it made in about an hour!

The guard was definitely needed cause the threads looked menacing!



mmm.... First post for ages!  I'll have to remedy that! 





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« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2009, 02:35:49 PM »
mmm.... First post for ages!  I'll have to remedy that!    

Eyup stranger  :thumbup:

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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2009, 06:43:51 PM »
 :D

Alright chief  :thumbup:



Just started to get too cold for extra earners ehh!?  :dremel:




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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #38 on: November 21, 2009, 12:10:35 PM »
Very impressive making that pigtail, I would never be able to make that whit my skills.

I have a mains power drill that I have adapted to be stuck in a bench vice, and then bought the mops and pigtail, not as nice as yours tho :(

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« Reply #39 on: November 22, 2009, 06:07:48 PM »
Hi DJH.... Nice handle!  I'm RJH!  :wave:


Anywho!

This should be quite within your capabilities... I've just taken a butchers at all your posts and if you can make some of that gear then you can make this!

It might be a little big for your lathe mind! Depends on the mop size I suppose?

The arbour is purchased and is "soft" steel on the large end that I machined. (M2 taper arbours are quite a bit smaller.) So cuts pretty easily. Then if you can drill and tap a hole, then you can sort this out in no time  :dremel:


There is certainly no need to make one if you have something to do the job anyway.... Most people convert bench grinders. I just simply do not have the luxury of space!



Slightly  :offtopic:    But it's my thread so....


The lathe and mill manual work takes time... Even though I'd had college instruction (in '91! ) I still made huge amounts of swarf just making shapes, trying to cut domes, cones and all sorts of odd shapes by hand using the two handles simultaneously just to get the feel of the machines.

I don't think it matters who you are in this hobby.... (IMHO) We're all still teaching ourselves new things every time we make something. Be it stuffing a teddy bear to operating various machines  :smart:

That's what makes it fun  :thumbup:



Well I'm rambling.... Nothing new  ::)



I'll try to keep up with some of your other projects.... I like the look of the car   :borg:






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Re: Polishing technique.... well it works!
« Reply #40 on: November 23, 2009, 10:32:19 AM »
Yeh I may have a look and see if I have any blank arbours lying around, I think my problem is that I mostly work with aluminium & brass, have a done a little bit of mild steel but having a small lathe means it takes a long time.

Although I am saving up for a new lathe & mill, just trying to decide at the moment which ones to get (been looking at the New ones that RDG tools stock)

I think I may convert the current lathe over to CNC then as soon as I can figure out how to connect two shafts together while only having access to the center of one (needs a photo I guess).

I hate doing the polishing but I do polish everything I make, I jsut can't help it, although I never sand it enough.

Also been looking at making a vibratory polisher but just have too many things I want to make

The list so far:
RC car thingy
Convert lathe to CNC
Low temp Stirling engine
some form of IC engine (looking for plans)
Segway clone (just for the challenge, would never bee seen on one)
Unidirectional Eyeballs that follow you around the room (don't ask)
aswell as a number of electronic projects for my fathers model railway

Only doing the RC car as I have a fair bit of stuff lying around that I can use, The rest I am mostly waiting on funds, need some big diameter perspex tube for the stirling, need some motors for the segway, eyeballs on hold until I learn to drill an accurate hole through the top/middle of a tube and have it come out at the same location on the bottom.

Plus having to go to work reduces my workshop time :(

But I do seem to be in their a lot more since my wife decided she was gonna get a horse and go riding every day after work (If I had wanted to do that I would have no chance getting it past her)

DJH

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« Reply #41 on: November 23, 2009, 11:24:43 AM »
DJH,

Welcome to the club on having a tuit list. You will most probably find yours rather small (the tuit list) compared to a few others on here.

I don't know what part of the UK you are from, but if you are ever passing my way, I could easily chop a lump off the perspex tubing I have.

Now regarding this four legged gluepot (hoss) that is only used in the evening, maybe you should be looking for a way for it to earn it's keep during the time it is standing idle and unused. Treadmill maybe,  :proj: for generating power.  :lol:


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« Reply #42 on: November 23, 2009, 07:12:29 PM »
Oh yes.. the to do list.
As for the hay burner, treadmill attached to a generator sounds useful.
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« Reply #43 on: November 23, 2009, 09:09:26 PM »
He he, perhaps I could use it to run my lathe, should double my Spindle power to 1HP :)

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« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2009, 12:36:03 PM »
Steel isn't too bad to work.... I use a fair bit of stainless and that kind of destroyed a few quids worth of tooling until I got my head round it.

Destroyed 3 drill bits a couple of months ago.... So I'm certainly still learning!

What kind of tooling do you use?


Horses!!!! Arn't they for foreign cuisine? Don't know why the laydees love em so much?.... Kinda chewy! 


Project lists...... I've made about a dozen, part made much of what is on them and then made another list  :bang:  I think I need focus?!?!




Enjoy your swarf making  :thumbup:






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« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2009, 01:30:39 PM »
Thanks for the offer bogs, although Im afraid I live in South Wales.

Ralph I know what you mean regarding focus i start working on something and then think of something better to make :S

Mostly I want to have a go at IC engines tho.

Tooling wise, for the mill I have a mix of Carbide end mills, slot drills, ball end mills etc and for the lathe I have a mix of carbide tipped, brazed tct & HSS.

Tho have just ordered a load of HSS end mills to try out (they were cheap)

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« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2009, 03:14:25 PM »
Not to worry.

I found a place to get it from on ebay, but if you email me with your requirements, I will see what can be done.


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« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2009, 07:44:20 PM »
Well I don't actually have any plans, I was going to base it on the below engine:

http://www.stirlingengine.co.uk/ks90-blue-low-temperature-stirling-engine-1-p.asp


From which I guestimate it needs an ID of 70mm & a height of 17mm

Thanks

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« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2009, 07:57:42 PM »
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Tooling wise, for the mill I have a mix of Carbide end mills, slot drills, ball end mills etc and for the lathe I have a mix of carbide tipped, brazed tct & HSS.

Tho have just ordered a load of HSS end mills to try out (they were cheap)


With that collection you should have no trouble with steel..... Take it easy and it'll all come together  :thumbup:


Good luck with the Stirling..... I still haven't found the bottle to have a go!!!  :)





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« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2010, 06:42:27 PM »
Today I decided to make a lathe arbor for a polishing mop and start to learn the technique.  The arbor is pretty simple.  Started with a 6" piece of 2" diameter 6061 rod.  Turned one end down to 1" diameter for 1.5" length.  On the other end I drilled and tapped for a length of 1/2-13 threaded rod.  The mops that I have have 1/2" holes, so I put one over the rod, add a 2" diameter washer and a nut from my mill camp kit, and it's ready to go.  I am using this with a collet chuck (for safety), hence the 1" diameter for mounting in a 5C collet.  With the mop about 5" from the collet nose and the nose itself several inches long, I have a pretty good space for keeping the hands clear and also for maneuvering larger parts.

I tried it a bit on some aluminum using the black compound, but I knew I needed to come back in the house and review both the video and the Caswell web page.  I'll be blinging on the beam engine parts first.