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Old 09-17-2018, 03:03 PM
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Default Some interesting metal working tools

I like the mag clamps, carbide hole cutters, and welding table (except price at 2400$).

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I found some cheap knockoffs for the welding table, but Craigslist is full of homemade ones.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:21 PM
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I like the beveler, but think I’ll just keep using a carbide router bit or tip the mill head.

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Routers work great for opening up alum rims. Did something like this on my 4x4 wheels (Chevy to Tacoma).


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Skip to the last minute to see the final product.

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Old 09-18-2018, 02:42 PM
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Actually a great idea for material, old bearings. Some of the jigs could be improved (a lot).

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Iíve wanted dimple dies for a while, but buying them is pricey.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:06 PM
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Might be the best one yet.
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This is what a use as well, beside a set of proper dies. Bearings, sockets , ball bearings, anything in fact. When not rich you need to be creative, and is quite fun !
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I have the time now to make some stuff, but it pays to dig around for ideas.

I’m looking at tubing benders too. Some of the dies are as much as the bender. So, been looking at vids of guys machining their own.
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Old 09-30-2018, 03:20 PM
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Ordered this off amazon for $60.

ďDIY Ball Turning Attachment for Lathes / Radius Turn Ball up to 38 mm...Ē

Should work for making dies. I was looking at making one from scratch, but went this route. Now to score some thick material.
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:16 PM
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Nice, but I’ll try using the mill first.

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For an extra $100 I’ll get the 32 w/o hydraulic. Won’t try making big dies, but homemade 1/2” dies for blower belt guards won’t be too dangerous.


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If you watch the model 3 vid, you’ll probably agree.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:18 PM
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Kind of neat. Could add an XY table and computer control. Been thinking of getting a plasma cutter.
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Ordered this off amazon for $60.

ďDIY Ball Turning Attachment for Lathes / Radius Turn Ball up to 38 mm...Ē

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It took 5 weeks for delivery, but other than having to run a tap into the threaded handle hole, it looks like a good deal. It even came with a carbide insert. And, has a smooth ball bearing movement.

Now to STOP doing home improvements and get back on the cars.
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I got a box of end mills really cheap when buying a rotary table. Sprayed them with wd40 and they sat a few years. Started going through them this summer and some are dull, but it was a bargain in retrospect.
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I like the drill and sanders. With a coupon you can usually get an HF angle grinder for $10.
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Too lazy to start a new thread, but thought these were cool.

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Never seen anyone drape a vice/table on a mill. Sure would make cleanup easier.
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Never seen anyone drape a vice/table on a mill. Sure would make cleanup easier.
Until it wraps up in the spindle and drags your hand in!

Funny, I saw that and thought it would keep things clean too and then said I’d never do that. Plus, I always use oil, so that material would be a mess. I just vacuum now and then.

But, when I was a kid, I’ve seen guys blow off being told to cut their long hair. We had big rotating “cat heads” at head height. Some people like living dangerously.

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Iím not a machinist, so this wasnít obvious to me. Pretty slick setup.

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I did the same thing on a smaller scale. Had to make a tight 180 degree bend in 1/2 inch stainless. I couldn't find a mandrel that small. I had the mandrel bend to keep it from collapsing and/or cracking. Took a while but I finally got it done.
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The dies are so pricey, Iím looking for ideas to build my own when I pick up a bender. I already bought a tool to cut circular grooves on the lathe, but this mill method is way more flexible. It was not obvious to me.
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I remember a discussion about splines, this might be a way to make your own axles etc. I didnít really study it or look at any axles, but has potential.

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He makes a small table top bandsaw out of a handheld. Blades are pretty reasonable. I bought one recently.


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I need to set up something like that. Bought a horizontal band saw years ago and have never used it because its a pain to retrieve from where its stored and setup. Plus I usually tilt the saw up vertical and cut stuff. That's always a challenge. Never have used it to cut off bar stock.
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That stand is pretty straight forward. I bought the hf knock-off bandsaw and some blades to cut 4” alum tube. After I thought I should have spent more and got a better bandsaw, but this idea might be perfect. I always hated breaking bandsaw blades and having to butt weld them and aneal. These you probably just throw them away.

His idea for setting angle is perfect for me. I wish I hadn’t thrown out that old table saw the last time I moved!
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A very basic design.

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The table looks like a scroll saw table. Or, maybe you can buy that?
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This guy shows some detail. Pretty clean. Iíd want the guide notch so I could cut angles.
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A very basic design.

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I was going to build one, then I found SWAG off road that made one very reasonably priced. I bought it because I needed to use the saw with a table much sooner then opening up a new project and making one to my liking.
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I'm thinking about getting one of those. I have a horizontal cutoff saw for cutting sheet steel by tilting the blade up 90 degrees. It is stored under a bench and I have not used it for years because I'm too lazy.
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I like the swag design. Pretty simple, I need a guide slot.

The HF unit is pretty solid, with a coupon it was pretty cheap. All I need is to cut thin alum tube.
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Another reasonable option.

Didnít realize there were so many.
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I like the swag design. Pretty simple, I need a guide slot.

The HF unit is pretty solid, with a coupon it was pretty cheap. All I need is to cut thin alum tube.
Perfect for that. I've been using cut off wheels, jig saw, sawzall, and hacksaw for a long time. I'm working out of a storage unit so I had to pass up on many good used deals for a proper bandsaw. My buddy had one of these saws so I started researching, that's where I found swag. USA made and for that price, I couldn't pass it up. Got some good blades and the things a champ at what it does.
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Thanks, I ordered the version 3. I found a couple of the angle guides, so Iíll be good to go. Free shipping for our state!

Hereís one more vid. For 120$ I just isnít worth making myself.

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