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Lathe Indexing Attachment
« on: January 11, 2010, 04:30:59 PM »
Hi All

Well i have started on a new project over the weekend ,more tooling  :dremel:, an indexing attachment for the Myford lathe. The indexing atachment was designed by J.A.Radford and i am working from his artical in Model Engineer 5 Jan 1968 (great year)  ::).
I thought i would get the worst job out the way first ,the Index plates ,all those holes . I started with some 10mm plate .



Then i turned up a mandrel ,to mount all four the plates to turn the O/D


Then each plate was mounted and the edges chamferd


The original design call's for a set of 4 plates  7 set of holes on each, just short of 1500 holes , FAR FAR TO MANY HOLES, so after some thought ,i decided to cut the number of plates to 2 with 9 sets of holes and only 525 holes , i wil not be able to index 73,119 173 and other daft numbers , i can live with that.
On the other end of the mandral i turned up an expanding  mandral to hold the plates for drilling.




The other side ,lots of deburing to do

Still some numbers to stamp on the plates


Cheers Rob



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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2010, 04:42:25 PM »
Great start Rob:- Looking forward to following this project, thanks for showing.

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2010, 04:46:35 PM »
I'm expecting that we are going to see another stunning bit of work here  :clap:
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2010, 08:55:58 PM »
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That's some nice work so far Rob! I will be watching this one.

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2010, 04:13:03 AM »
Good start Rob

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 06:43:29 AM »
That'a a good start made there Rob  :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2010, 08:54:22 AM »
Rob,

Very ingenious using a hex cut to make it easier to hold the plates while doing work on one side. Excellent set of how to photo's also. This looks like it's going to be another exciting work of art.

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2010, 12:17:23 PM »
CHEERS LADS , :mmr:

I had to use this method of work holding as you see in the photo's i had to drill and counter bore three holes for mounting the plates on the index attachment close to the bore ,and the plates are to large to hold on the O/D, also there would have been problems drilling all the holes and not hitting the chuck jaws .
 close up showing under cut
 
60 deg tapper i used a large centre

M8 counter sunk socket cap , head turned to 60 deg , the origanal 90 deg dose not work as good


And next my quick exspanding mandral,, chuck lump of what ever you have to hand ,as long as it has large O/D than the bore of the job.
turn to size ,and give it some under cut , the one in the photos is one i had lying about .drill and USE A TAPPER TAP ,DO NOT TAP ALL THE WAY, just about the depth show in the photo.The reson for this is so you have tapperd threads

next using a saw cut 2 slots , leave in chuck. cleen of rag from sawing

screw in your screw
 

just to show what happens as the screw is screwed in

This holder was used for another job,, but still handy for other jobs .



O/D and face tuned


Thanks Rob







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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2010, 12:36:25 PM »
All very neatly done Rob!  :thumbup:

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2010, 03:44:02 PM »
A neat tip their Rob
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Thanks for sharing

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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2010, 07:08:56 PM »
Looking good :wave:
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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2010, 08:47:14 PM »
Excellent project, and a very nice photo essay.

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2010, 05:44:34 AM »
Thanks for that Rob, great start on the plates, wow that is a lot of holes! Did you face the plates on the myford and turn them on something else? Was the somethign else a boxford? Can't quite make it out.

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2010, 12:41:42 PM »
Cheers Lads

Bob , thanks,, its best that i use lots of photos as i am no wordsmith   :(

Hi Nick , you were spot on , I did face and bore  the plates on the Myford, Then i turned up the mandral on the Boxford ,as i had an M16 nut to hand so i needed to screw cut an M16 thread .The Boxford is a metric lathe .


Thanks Rob

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2010, 11:19:02 PM »
I like those arbors. I'll have to remember that little trick:o) Thanks.
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« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2010, 03:46:12 AM »
Ah, makes perfect sense now! Good work.  :thumbup:
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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2010, 03:10:24 AM »
Nice setup with the arbors, Rob.  Thanks for sharing that.
Tell us, for those who have gone through the bumpity bump of cutting the corners off odd shapes to make round shapes,   what are the diameter of your plates, and how fast did you turn the lathe spindle?  This is one of my least favorite things, and am happy to hear how others do it.

Thanks for the photo essay.  Nice to be able to see what you're doing there!

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2010, 04:51:16 PM »
Thanks Dean

Yep i hate doing the bumpity bump turnning too , the plates are 6" diameter , i turned them at 1000 rpm with a heavy feed ,to ruff them to size,i was in a hurry  , chips flying every were ,LOL
I  wor a full face shield ,sweat shirt and still managed to get a few hot bits stuck to my neck  :(

Cheers Rob

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2010, 06:31:56 PM »
Great job mate. Bloody hell all that drilling looks tedious! Watching with interest...... btw, thanks for pointing this site out to me. Its fun...

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2010, 01:17:23 PM »
Hi Rob

pleased to see you made it here ,,  :nrocks:  and a great bunch of lads


Regards Rob

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« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2010, 06:28:41 PM »
Hi Rob

pleased to see you made it here ,,  :nrocks:  and a great bunch of lads


Regards Rob

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Artie?  :scratch: 

Ok, what's going on.  :lol:

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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2010, 04:09:49 PM »
Hi Bernd
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Re: Lathe Indexing Attachment
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2010, 08:17:36 PM »
Bernd

You have to pay close attention. You can't drink coffee  :coffee: and read the newspaper while reading MadModder email. You miss all some of the details then you end up with a bunch of these   :doh: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2010, 08:21:12 PM »
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« Reply #24 on: January 17, 2010, 09:07:19 PM »
Reply #19 says it all. I thought Rob was saying Hi to himself.  :bang:  :bang:  :bang:  :bang:

Ok, now I've done it. Gone way  :offtopic: for a Moderator. I'm supposed to set a good example.  :lol:

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