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Hello, Currently, I am making my knives using a 4x36" belt sander. Although it works for many applications, I want something more. I can't really make the convex or concave bevels I want by using it, so I've set out to try and fabricate my own 2x72" belt grinder. The first step I am taking in the fabrication process is making aluminum wheels for the belt to run on. I cast the aluminum into old green bean cans. After taking apart the cans and getting the aluminum block out, the next step is to machine the aluminum into a perfect cylinder, make sure the sides are flat and can hold the beari
So my early Rivett 8" precision is now set up and running. I was having a problem where the nuts holding the changegears in place would tighten or loosen when running and throw things out of alignment, which I solved by double nutting the gears on the banjo so they wouldn't tighten or loosen up in use. I've got another minor problem in that there's no real tension against the backgear engage / disengage, so when I turn it on it will just pop out of gear. There's a pair of setscrews under the back gear that I assumed are to give more tension, but they're tightened down to a shoulder and dont pr
Hi guys, I know there is not much metal work here but this has been taking up a lot of my time over the last few months and I wanted to show it off anyway, I figured some of you may be interested... my Sister spins and knits, and recently a family that has a herd of sheep for wool (as opposed to eating ) has moved in near her home. so last year in a moment of weakness I promised to make her a spinning wheel! since I didn't know the first thing about spinning, this started several months of online research and visits to local museums. the result (after about 250 hours of work) is:
So, I now have a metal lathe to do some serious work on... Now I just need to get some stock and start making chips =) That and I need to start thinking of projects I can use the lathe for. I've never reallly thought about turning parts for blades and fittings before but i'm sure there's a ton of things that I can use it for, or new tools to help make blades better that I can make now that I've got a lathe =) 1890 Prentice brother's lathe with a big 4 jaw chuck. No Y axis auto feed or screw cutting, but a very capable machine. So what sort of projects do the rest of you use your la