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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.
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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…

Storehouse of DIY Welding Table and Cart Ideas

Nov 8, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

If you’re a pro, you’ve probably got lots of room in your shop for welding, assuming it’s important to your business.  But for the DIY guy, he’s trying to cram as much useful stuff as possible into what is probably a crowded garage shop.  Welding can be a dirty smell somewhat nasty business.  You don’t…

Who Else Wants to Be a Superhero?

Oct 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

It’s Halloween this week, so what better time to write about this crazy hobby known as “Cosplay?”
Wikipedia says, “Cosplay is short for costume play, and is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.”  …

Installing a Tool Turret on the Tormach Lathe: Part 1

Oct 20, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Products  //  1 Comment

I’ve been using my Tormach Lathe a bit more lately and got tired of tripping over the crated tool turret, so I decided it was time to get it installed on the machine.  In Part 1, we’re just rigging it into the position.  The turret is substantial and you wouldn’t want to do this without…

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