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Amateur Clockmaking Manual Machining Style

May 4, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Manual, Techniques  //  12 Comments

Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…
The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be…

Auto Loading a Milling Vise

Apr 24, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Saw this one on the latest installment of the Tormach blog.  It’s an auto-loading setup for a milling vise built by machinist Joe Gerad:

Auto-Loading a Milling Vise…
We’ve featured vise auto-loaders before, but this one is so cheap and cheerful, I just had to run it here.  There’s a pneumatic gripper mounted on the…

9 Completely Frivolous Things You Could Make on Your Expensive CNC Machine

Apr 19, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  4 Comments

We sent men to the Moon with it and much more, but CNC can also be such a decadent luxury.  No matter what you make with CNC, it takes on that certain look of mechanical perfection.  Nature is filled with organic curves, so when we see CNC’d objects, they’re particularly profound in their man-made contrast.…

Dave Decaussin Makes a Floating Tap Holder

Apr 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Dave Decaussin is one of the heroes of our CNC industry.  He was one of the original founders at Fadal, which they sold some years ago.  He’s been quite active since on various projects and has a great YouTube channel with a number of videos of projects he’s been working on.
He’s built several different…

Shopmade Air-Powered 5C Collet Chuck for a Haas TL1

Mar 30, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  No Comments

This is quite a neat project built by Geof over at CNCZone:

Air-Powered 5C Collet Chuck assembled…

Installed on the Haas TL-1…
Some design notes:
Geof discovered the optimal draw force on the 5C system is about 1200lbs. This is accomplished via 10 springs that act to return the piston to the “locked” position when…

Build a Drag Knife for Your CNC Router or Mill

Mar 5, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  9 Comments

Drag Knifes are really handy for cutting soft materials like vinyl, cardboard, mat board, foam, wood veneer, leather, and many others.  With flat sheets, you might use one to create some custom packaging for some product, for example, or at least to prototype the packaging. Commercial drag knifes are readily made, but can be a…

Take Our Fixturing and Workholding Survey

Dec 31, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  4 Comments

Have you ever wondered what the most common methods others are using to attach vises and other workholding to their machine tables are?  This survey is designed to find that out.
Take the Survey Now
We’ll publish the results when we get enough participation.
I put this together because I’ve started looking into a Fixture…

A Little Bit of CNC Goes A Long Way

Dec 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

Many of us are vexed by the question our non-machinist friends love to ask, “What do you make with all those fancy tools?”  All too often the answer is, “More tools.”  That always leads to the perplexed friend wrinkling their brow, shaking their heads, and moving on, not understanding what the obsession is.
Sometimes we…

CNC’ing a Triple Expansion Marine Steam Engine

Dec 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  2 Comments

If you’re like me you’ve always admired those gorgeous little working models of complex steam engines.  Companies like Stuart offer castings for these lovely beasts so that mere mortals have a shot at owning one.  These models are quite expensive to buy new and are also expensive assembled in the aftermarket.  Who wouldn’t want one…

3D Printing for RC Plane Modelers and Drone Builders

Dec 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  6 Comments

I was an avid model builder in my youth, and carried it forward into adulthood when I was much younger by building RC (Radio Controlled) Planes.  My biggest problem was that the planes took a long time to build relative to the length of time I could fly one before crashing it.  I think I…

The Secret of Quick CNC Christmas Ornaments from Clip Art

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

A great deal of CNC involves precisely dimensioned drawings and 3D models from CAD software.  But sometimes you want to create something where precision isn’t the point.  Sometimes you want to make something more artistic and crafty.  When that happens, my problem is usually that I’m better at modifying art I find than at creating…

Use Soft Jaws for a 5C Collet Chuck

Nov 30, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  4 Comments

This is a great idea I first saw Geof publish over on CNCZone a long time ago.  I got thinking about it again as I was taking my 5C closer on and off my Tormach lathe.

Softjaws with the right ID profile make a fine 5C collet closer…
I’m already set up with a nice…

Not Filtering Your Coolant? Find Out How to Do It Cheaply and Easily

Nov 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Do you have a filter inline that cleans fine particles from your coolant?  If you don’t, you really ought to for a variety of reasons:
–  Better surface finish and tool life.  Blasting old chips from the coolant sump directly into the cut will cause the chips the scratch up your work and recutting will…

8 Holiday Season Projects to Make Your Home Shop More Productive

Nov 17, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Manual, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Each Holiday Season we get a bit of time away from work.  We’ll spend much of it with our families, but with any luck, we’ll be able to steal away for a few hours now and then to our workshops.  I see the Holiday Season as an ideal time to take on a  project that…

Mix One CNC Lathe And a Brilliant Product Idea. Result: Kickstarter Success

Nov 15, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Cool, Manufacturing, Products  //  5 Comments

Came across this neat project on Kickstarter in an email from the iBox 3D Printer people (who 3D printed one of these little tops):

Manufacturing the Foreverspin Top on a CNC Lathe

Optional Forever Base…
The best ideas are often the simplest.  They’re easily grasped and can resonate with a large audience.  By CNC’ing a…

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