More updates to the website. I've created a section to share some
of my favorite hobbies. This is a start with images showing various
items I've created over the years. Feel free to email me with any
Hello everyone. Well I've had these plans out there since 2005
now. I guess it's about time I added some feedback from
customers. I have just created a section that highlights completed
projects. Hopefully this will encourage some of you to tackle a self
built shop tool. Once you read my instructions, you will see that
it's all just one part at a time. Before you know it, you're done!
Due to several ongoing interests I've had to postpone the Wood Lathe
project indefinitely. Sorry to those that have been asking about
it. I never thought it would take so long to free up the time to
finish it off. Combine the lack of time with computer melt downs and
here I am.
Well it's 2009 and things are picking up a bit. The Grinder plans
have been more popular than ever. I've recently had some time off to
take a breather and did a bunch of work on the wood lathe project.
It really does take time to work out all the little issues that make a
great machine. Here I'm not just interested in performance but ease
of construction with minimal equipment and durability. I try to
strike a good balance.
Everything in life is a trade off and mechanical design is no
different. So I'm sure as soon as I'm finished I'll find some detail
I want to change. I won't say when the lathe will be for sale but it
will be soon. Ya....I know. We've heard this before.
Hello everyone. I nice fellow emailed me the other day with a
great idea that some of you might find useful. The image he sent
below shows what could be done.
With some careful thought, a guy could
make it so this grinder rotates and locks 90 degrees. This would
permit you to do some spindle sanding and or edge sanding. The rest
would have to be changed and if I were to do this I would make darn sure
that the pivot was very rigid. Otherwise, all the wonderful
stiffness in this body would be lost and you'd find vibration creeping in.
idea and the sketch below is courtesy of Mr. Bob Coffey.
As some of you may have noticed, there hasn't
been much activity here for a while. Unfortunately, we've been too
busy completing other projects to dedicate much time to this web site.
To all you happy customers that have enjoyed the grinder plans, please
send us comments about how your build went. Any problems? Do
you have photographs you could send to us. We would be grateful in
To all those who asked about the lathe project, I say please be
patient. Life has a way of pushing you off course at times.
We're aiming for some time in January/February 2006. Keep up the
emails as it is encouraging. I read every one of them and try to
We're working on some interesting freebies
In the interest of showing you the quality built into all our products,
we have selected a number of great little projects we will be giving away
to anyone interested. The first one will be a rotary latch.
According to Guy Lautard, (www.lautard.com), it originally appeared in
Model Engineer in Nov,1928. Lautard's version can be seen in his
book titled The Machinists Bedside Reader.
I made several changes to address a few issues I had
with it. One, was there was no real way to secure the latch.
If you let the box bounce around in the back of your pickup, the latch
tended to wiggle itself loose. I've added an extra locking knob that
prevents the cam from turning when tightened.
Another small problem was the narrow slot for the lid pin. Before
you could close the lid, you had to spin the cam to find this small entry
slot, otherwise, the lid pin would slam against the outer rim of the
cam. I found this aggravating.
My solution? Remove the half of the cam that never gets used
anyway. This provided a large opening for the pin to pass
through. As an additional bonus, the cam is now heavier on one
side. This tends to drop it out of harms way naturally.
"I love it when a plan comes together".
I have two more freebies on the go. One is a tough tailstock
supported die holder and the other is a simple tailstock center finder.
So......what else are we working on? Other than completing the
projects we've already got up on the site, I'm looking into finishing up a
design I started years ago. It's a Brinell hardness tester. I
don't know how many times I've heard guys say they'd love to be able to
test their hardened parts after heat treat. I built a tester many
years ago that was accurate enough for my purposes at the time, but I
would like to refine it a bit to make it more reliable and accurate.
We would like some feedback from you. If this is something you
would be interested in purchasing, send us an email. The more
interest we see, the sooner it will get designed.