Author Topic: Finding things to do.  (Read 4182 times)

bogstandard

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Finding things to do.
« on: March 30, 2009, 12:42:50 PM »
I am having to search around for jobs to do now, before I start another major topic. Plus I am waiting for a couple of jobs to be delivered, so I can't start anything large for myself until they are cleared away.

So thinking about what to do, I noticed my lily white hands were starting to get a bit rough.

'I know why', I thought, it's those rough old knurled handles on the lathe. This is a picture of the culprits. Plus also I was using a couple of allen keys as well, and they weren't helping to keep my hands nice and soft.




So out with the ali bar, and an hour or so turning, I had nice gripper handles made for the allen keys.




And those rough old handles got the same treatment.



All I need to do now is get some moisturiser mixed in with the cutting fluid, and my hands can be shown in public again.


Cool hand Bogs

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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 12:47:34 PM »
I had to smile  :D
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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 12:49:28 PM »
That's a good one John. I am gonna have to do that as well.

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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2009, 03:03:46 PM »
Love the allen key handles John  :thumbup:

Are they an interference fit or held with Loctite or some other adhesive?

Jerry

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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2009, 03:05:12 PM »
PS tinkering at its finest!  :ddb:  :ddb:

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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2009, 04:24:17 PM »
love your posts :D
great job mate :thumbup: :headbang:

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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2009, 04:39:41 PM »
Jerry,

No glue was harmed during the making of these handles.

Measured across the pointy bits of the allen key, subtracted 0.1mm (0.004"), drilled hole in end that size to a depth of about 25mm (1"). Wacked on with a lead hammer, with the allen key down in the vice jaws and resting on the bottom of the casting.

On the larger one, used for locking up the saddle, it has totally transformed the way it works. No more hurting fingers, and being extended, allows much easier use. The smaller one is used to tighten up the grub screw on the newly installed cross slide lock.

The main lathe handles feel much more positive and comfortable.

I will have to go tinkering elsewhere to see if anything else requires a 'softening' touch.

Bogs

BTW, if you notice the half nut selector dial, that has a few markings on it. That will be my next post about making something. Ralph has already seen the basic bones as it was partially done last week, and I hope to finish it off tomorrow.
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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2009, 02:54:41 AM »
Ah, right, thank you. Think I'll have a go at that.  I have sets of those metric and AF allen keys with plastic t-bar handles but they're not very accurate and the handles always feel a bit strained under pressure (though I've yet to break one).

Intrigued to see what your next post involving the half nuts is about  :D

Jerry

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Re: Finding things to do.
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2009, 12:49:48 PM »
Nice one!  :clap:

Or four........  :thumbup:

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