Sunday, November 27, 2022

Drain Bamage

Have you ever had your drain bamage add a soundtrack to something you are watching?   
Have you ever heard it so loud it drowns out every thing else that's on the real vid?
My headspace was in a strange place today.  



How cool is that?!?

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Feast your eyes on the exploded diagram of the Logan cross slide (LA-747) and the pivoting part of the compound slide (LA-746).  Of particular interest to our proceedings today is the pin (LA-744).  There are two, one each side.


While I have some time today, I'm gonna get some idea of what the pins need to look like.  I gotta make two to replace the two I murdered trying to remove them.

 The plug on the bottom of the pivoting part has a complementary angle for the plug to push against, effectively locking it into place.  Logan calls part LA-746 the swivel.

Part 19 - bottom view

Angles on the ends, length and diameter of the old pins.


60° ends


Length is 28/32" = 7/8" = 0.875"

Caution!  PARALLAX ERROR!!!!


Diameter is 0.252" in a 5/16 - 18 tapped hole.  Tap drill size is F or 0.257" leaving 0.005" clearance.

Uh... no, I won't make it that big again

After these are made, there will be a bit of fitting to make sure they work right.  Then assembly to see what else I need to make to finish up the taper attachment.  Hooooboy, this is getting exciting.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Ye Olde Drill Press

I started working on the small workshop drill press back in June.  Needed it for some specialized work.

One of the things I found was the return spring was yuk.  I bought some new ones off Amazon.  I mean really.  It took me too long to figure that out.  Instead of a 1/2 inch think truck spring that was on there previously, I ordered some skinny ones that fit it perfectly and work fine.

Return Spring

After that was done, I went to work on the stupid little pointy pins that hold the top slide (compound) on the cross slide.  First one wasn't too much work.  Second one though....  1/8 inch drill skated off to the side.  I put a tap in the hole.  Gripped it with the chuck, and gingerly tightened the clamps down to the angle plate.  


That lined it up enough... the letter D drill didn't scrape out the threads.  I  drilled it down a ways.  Then, I went again with the 1/8 inch.  


The easy out would pull loose every time I worked it.  I finally got the bugger out enough to let me get to it with a small tweak-type screwdriver from the bottom side, where the tapered plug lives.


FINALLY got it worked back enough to remove the compound.  I had to push the pin through to the inside to remove it.  It was just a couple thousandth's smaller than the threads in the hole.  Sakes, what a mess.  But it's done.

Now, make some new ones.... clean, oil and assemble.  Should have a taper attachment running on the Logan shortly.  I'm thinking about using the other compound for a milling attachment.  Maybe.

Like this:

That's the preliminary plan, anyway.

Thanksgiving Update

I gotta go to bed, I'm bushed....

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Pickles Again

Niece needed a ride home from scruel and there is a small, new veggie stand on the way home.  I stopped and nosed around.  I found some small cucumbers.... Persian Mini.  Never heard of them before.  I was getting a few when the owner came over and we started talking.  I wound up with a 20# flat.  (About 9 Kilos for those that use SI units.)  I brought them home, rinsed off half of them and put them to soak in a brine.  

I picked up a couple gallon fermenting jars from Vally Verld late last year.  This was their first "voyage".  They have plastic lids with a water lock on the top.  Very cool.  As the ferment happens, the gas expelled bubbles up the trap but no air comes back through.  Keeps the system running like it should.  Anaerobic.


Our happy friend that causes the ferment lives on the cukes.  It's lacto-something (acid, bacillus, Jim Backus??).  And it makes a nice, scummy white slurm over time. That means we are on the right path to amazing flavor.  Light is NOT their friend, so I wrapped the jars in butcher paper sleeves.

Slurmmy goodness


The smell makes my mouth water....  It's time to give them a try.  They say to wait 5 days, but I waited 2 weeks.  I like to give them time to get.... stout.

I'm no hippy dippy weather man, but I do like the taste of these.  I'm not a back to nature type.  I do this for the taste.  Dad told me when he was a kid, pickles tasted totally different than the vinegar ones we all know.  These are like what he got when he was a kid.  Brother, they are really tasty.     

Thursday, November 17, 2022


Back in the old days, when I was learning to shoot in service rifle competition, I found out a very interesting factoid.  The human eye can line up circles concentrically with very good precision.  Very VERY good precision.  I was shooting a stone stock M1 Garand from the DCM (Department of Civilian Marksmanship).  She was service grade, and worked as advertised.  But she wasn't too good in my hands at hitting what I wanted to hit.  

I found out about that circle magic, and I thought, "walp, the bullseye is round, the peep sight is round.... I wonder if they make a round front sight?"  Enter the Alley Globe Front Sight.  I saved up some coin for that, and it made a big difference in my ability to hit "with two or five rounds...... load!!"

I don't remember what I paid for it.  $25.00 maybe?  

Layout on the Pantograph Parts

I don't have a lot of experience laying out on castings.  That being said, and the aforementioned "trick" of lining up circles, I thought using a drawing guide would be the way to layout the hole locations for the pivot points and adjustment locations on the pantograph.  Didn't work as I thought it would.  Reason??  The outside of the casting boss is not very visible through the drawing guide.  I double checked with the Lufkin radius gauges, to be sure I knew the diameter of the boss, but I'm not happy with the result.  Some of the other holes are referenced from the location of that hole, so it has to be accurate.  That's why I'm going to the trouble to center them on the boss.  Makes it look good, and work better.

What to do?  Did I hear 'use a washer!' from the back somewhere?  Yeah, I'm gonna use a washer.

The parts are in fine fettle and have been primed with bbq paint.  Good to a thousand degrees.  It's what I had at hand.  I haven't settled on a color for the finished project.  It'll probably be Ford Tractor Gray.  I can get that at Tractor Supply.  I may just settle on primer gray.  Not a worry at this point.

The original document (Model Engineer 2 Oct 1970) showed a sewing machine motor as the spindle drive.  I thought that would work okay, but then I saw this on a website.  It was a complete unit, even has the collets.  So, I'm going to see if it this will work.  This here's the link¹.

 Glenn Makes a Request

Over at the Thundermug, Glen asked me to mention what I got the other day.  Back in the dark ages, I did some archery in college.  I didn't excel at it.  But it was fun and I surprised myself at what I could do with a bow.  I found out I have left eye dominate and I'm right handed.... very right handed.  So I had to learn to shoot with my left hand.  It was crazy difficult.  I can't pick my own nose left handed.  But I learned to shoot arrows as a southpaw and it worked pretty well.  I need an excuse to get some outdoor exercise, and I figured why not give this a try.  I bought my own birthday present. 

I went cheap, but well recommended.

Chinese import, but had good reviews

carbon fiber and had excellent reviews

saw it on sale and it started this whole fiasco

68" left hand, takedown model, 35# pull, 31 inch arrows.  I figure I can get longer limbs if needed and also ramp up the power if I can learn to handle what I've got.  I need to find a curtain to hang behind the bag target.


Trails Plowed Under

It is really weird when a family fractures....

¹  Added link to spindle motor 11-18 @ 1308 CST.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Project: Business Card Holder

45 Minutes from conception to completion.  That Sheldon lathe is a beast.  No chatter, even using a cutoff tool.  Material is A36 structural steel, one inch bolt and two, one inch nuts.  Faced one side flat on each nut, then tightened them together.  Slot was cut .075" per pass, 1400 rpm, 0.5" carbide cutter.  Wow.



A friend gave me some long rods that were used to hold big pump jack parts on pallets.  Fun, quick project.  Now, I get to go put it out at the hardware store.

Rest for the Weary

I finally got the tee nut for the Sheldon done.  Every bleeding time I tried to go out and work, something else came up that was on fire and needed done yesterday.  I seriously need to figure out how to offload some stress.  I probably won't be making any friends when I do...


I met a farm family late last year, and bought a project from them.  I haven't done anything but move it.  But it's patient, and so am I.  They had a junk pile out there.  I've been back a couple times and brought back some really good stock to work with.  One piece was a two foot piece of 2 1/4 square tool bar.  Old two row plows that a Ford 8N could pull were usually made of one or two pieces of that size bar.  It was cut down with a torch, making that end pretty dang hard.  I chopped it off in the horizontal bandsaw.  I cut another wafer just a little bit longer than I needed.

It spent a little time in the mill, I carved out the profile I needed.  The thread on the hold down bolt is 16mm x 1.5.   I don't have much mm stuff in the shop.  Seeing as how I need a 14.5 mm drill and a tap for the hole, I was pretty much shot.  Spartan had a spare tap, so we met up and swapped lies and laughed and scratched for a while.  I hate to go home when we get to visit, there is so much to cover...


I like to use the old methods to layout.  I can't explain why, but they feel right.  So little feels right now, I can't pass up a chance to take pleasure in even simple things.  Layout blue with a big Sharpie marker, then mark the center with a hermaphrodite divider.  This isn't a rocket part, so it will be close enough.


I got in the shop yesterday and blew a 9/16 hole in the nut.  It was undersized but big enough.  I used some cutting slop I made with lard, mineral oil and paraffin.  (American paraffin, a stiff wax, not British paraffin, which is coal oil or kerosene)  That tap almost fell through the hole.  Very sharp tap, but I can't help but wonder if that old lard oil mix didn't have something to do with it, too.  And the thread finish is top drawer.

Old red farm paint


There are youtubers that comment on Imperial inch measurement as bananas.  I read up on how the metric system was developed.  The Fwench started it, and it was some odd length of metal bar they used for a standard meter.  Every time the committee meets, the length changes.  I figure a MM is the width of a male maggot.  10 male maggots side by side and you have a centipedometer or CM... metric maggots...

I picked up some insert tooling, too.  This Sheldon is a hoss, they will harness it's might.  The old BXA tool post is about 8 years old, and I had a few tool holders for it.  I found a place that had a 5 pack for 70 bills, and I bought that twice over several months.  So now I have about 15 holders for the quick change tool post.  15 bucks each is awfully inexpensive, especially nowadays.

No more excuses

Life is still a mess, but I guess that is normal.  I complain mightily at times, then read about real problems like Glenn's parents, divemedic's daughter and grandson, Cedarq's innards, or BCE's at risk grandgirl and I'm shamed for being such a light weight.

Thankfully, I can go to the Heavenly Father and lift up the real issues and my piddly ones, too. 

Cheer up!  Things are bound to get worse.  And we were born for this time.  That means we belong to this time to make the difference in it, that God put us here to make.  I lose sight of that, but there it is.

 Good night ladies.