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Offline Bernd

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Zero Set Indicator Holder
« on: April 10, 2010, 08:58:32 PM »
Iíve always liked the zero-set indicators sold in the tooling catalogs, but donít like the price. So I thought that I would try and build one. Here are the results. This wonít be a step by step construction write up. The pictures can tell so much more than typing all those words. So with that in mind if there are any questions on how I did something or why did I do it a certain way, donít hesitate to ask. Iíll try to explain fully. With almost each picture Iíll give a brief explanation as to what I am doing or going to do. So here we go.

This is what a zero-set indicator looks like.


The raw stock for the first parts.


On the Sherline turning the arbor.


The two pieces of ally plate have been machined to except the arbor.


The two holes for the two small bars are drilled and reamed.


Here they are assembled to the arbor for a trial fit.


A quick skim cut with the fly cutter on both side to clean them up a bit.


A thumb screw has been made to hold the bars in place.


A quick check on the Grizzly mini mill revealed a problem. I had made the arbor .500Ē dia. The drill chuck only opens to .375Ē. So I had to use the .500Ē collet


A quick check in the Bridgeport showed Ok. Larger drill chuck, thatís why.


The raw stock for the next portion, plus a paper template drawn in AutoSketch.


Line the piece up to drill the two holes for the support bars. Notice that there are two pieces of aluminum in the vise. Youíll get the idea in the next couple of pictures.


The two holes have been drilled and reamed.


Lining up to drill and tap for the clamp screw.


Temporary screw holding it all together.


Again a quick check in the machine to see how it looks.
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Setting up to drill the two holes that will holder the indicator holder.


The hole in between the other two holes is off itís location. This hole is for the adjustment screw so no big worry.


Fixed by using an end mill larger than the hole. Looks like a busing is in order here.



Hole has been fixed.


Bushings have been added for the two bars that will hold the indicator holder.


The center hole has been bushed and the adjustment screw made and inserted.


Things are starting to come together and look like the first picture. The indicator holder has been milled and is ready for some drilling.


Here the slot is being cut so the indicator can be clamped.


Next job is to make a dovetail groove in the block. The black part is part of the original holder that came with the indicator.


The main slot has been milled. Now to cut the dovetail. I had to make a cutter and will post that in another thread.
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The dovetail has been cut. All that is left to do is make the clamp nut and drill and tap the holder.


But first a quick test in the Grizzly mill. Note that Iíve turned the OD down to .375Ē so it will fit in the drill chuck.


And itís reversible too.


Yup, looks good to in the Bridgeport.


Hereís everything assembled, just missing the springs in the two bars between the indicator holder and the end support piece.


I found a spring thatíll work for now. Iíll need to make two springs later on.


As I said this wasnít meant to be a construction article. Also I came up with the sizes on the fly. If I had sat down and tried to come up with a drawing and dimensions Iíd still be sitting there and drawing.
The smaller bars that were press fit into the indicator holder part came from old disk drives. The bars supported the read head. The only problem using them was there diameter size. The sizes didnít match imperial or metric.
Ok, Iím ready for the questions now.

Bernd
« Last Edit: January 10, 2013, 12:52:02 PM by RobWilson »
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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 10:20:51 PM »
Bernd

I'm flubbergasted! You went from start to finish so quick I could hardly keep up reading. What a he?? of a good job you did of it as well. I don't think you will have too many question if they read what you have written and look at the pictures. Sometimes you just have to git-er-done and the heck with the engineering. Super job.  :ddb: :ddb: :ddb: :ddb: :ddb: :ddb: :ddb:


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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 02:22:58 AM »
Real nice job Bernd well shown.
 
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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 03:54:33 AM »
Very well done, and shown, Bernd!  :clap: :clap:

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010, 06:59:12 AM »
Hi Bernd

Great job  :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: looks like a very handy tool to have around the shop ,,,,must make one  :proj:  , thanks for showing , great photo build  :thumbup:


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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010, 09:34:52 AM »
Nice job, Bernd. I made one several years ago.
I started out like you did, drilling the holes for the rods in two separate pieces but they kept pushing apart and I could never get the holes "just right". I ended up drilling through solid blocks and slitting with a saw.

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 11:47:57 AM »
Thanks guys.

Don, I started the project on March 26. I thought I'd try doing a project, take pics and post when I was done. That way I could get the sequence right because I some times do things out of order.

Kevin, nice job on yours. They almost look identical.

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 04:32:08 PM »
This could be this weekends wee project  :dremel:   Bernd post is attached  :med:


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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013, 06:00:10 AM »
I don't see any pictures at all in the original post .

Only the one by Rob in a later reply.

What is going on here. :doh:

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013, 06:59:45 AM »
You are not the only one :Doh:

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013, 07:38:15 AM »
Very strange I can see the photos.


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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013, 07:46:10 AM »
This is what I see in Bernd's origional post:
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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2013, 08:34:33 AM »
I can't see 'em in the original post, either. Right clicking and then
- clicking on "Show Picture" has no effect
- clicking on "Properties", copying the URL and pasting it into my address bar gets me to a "Page not found" notice, with a banner saying "Kingstonemodeleng.com" and a set of links to different sorts of flooring below. Weird.

I can see Rob's version, though.

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2013, 09:01:07 AM »
Chuck,

I only get the lines of text. No 'boxes'  under each one as shown in your screen shot..

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2013, 09:27:32 AM »
The boxes representing missing pics appear in IE, they do not appear in Firefox.

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2013, 09:38:55 AM »
Chuck,

I only get the lines of text. No 'boxes'  under each one as shown in your screen shot..

Dave

Same here........

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2013, 11:42:56 AM »
I dont see them either except in Robs post , I am using IE ......  :scratch: .... god bless Rob I say  :thumbup:
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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2013, 02:26:45 PM »
That's better!  :D

Thanks Rob!  :thumbup:

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Re: Zero Set Indicator Holder
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2013, 06:41:05 PM »
Yes,  working ok now.

Thanks.

Dave.