Take this video for example.
Starts at 08:03 if goofed up the link.
I didn't even know those existed until this video. So, of course, I have to go cruising through the boot sales on Ebay, aka the tool thief warehouse. And sure enough, there is one for sale. And it looks decent. And I watched it till it ended, because, it was pricey. Not as pricey as a cylinder square, but still, more than I wanted to spend. And it got relisted at a lower price. And he takes offers.... So I watched it again. I mean, if I NEED a square I know where one is for the borrowing.... "But what if I need it at 0500 on a Sunday morning to help out an old lady with her Nash Metropolitan? So she can make Sunday School on time?" Wow, now that is compelling. What to do? Wait and watch. Then, justify it, then avoid it, then.... for the love of pete, just buy it. Buy once, cry once. So, here it is....
I present the Unknown Square.
About 8 inches square on a side.
Has a non-conductive handle so hand heat doesn't influence your measurement. That's a pro option right there.
Has 3 beveled sides and one flat edge.
I have a mentor that loaned me his cylinder square to tram in the mill's spindle. I know why Mr. Pete would take a beating over tramming in a mill. It was a long process.
The nod angle between the spindle and the pivot point on a Bridgeport type mill is longer than on an Index mill. That means the movement you are looking at is a tangent on a long radius, so the movement is not as easy to grok.
grok; 3rd person present: groks; past tense: grokked; past participle: grokked; gerund or present participle: grokking
understand (something) intuitively or by empathy.
At least it wasn't for me. Lots of adjustments, and readjustments and frustration. But very little ataraxy was evident. a-ataraxy? Or just taraxy?
- a state of serene calmness.
Keith Appleton said once that every part of a model steam engine should be treated as a model in and of itself. Every Part... So I've taken that into my shop as well. Every project I'm doing for myself should be done to the best of my ability with a view to becoming better and better at what I do. Every part of the process from setup to final assembly is part of my education. So, do your best. Gun for 100%. Or even 110%.
I'm no precision machinist, but every effort should be to the best of my ability when I'm doing it for myself. If it's a paying job, I put in the work required to meet the tolerance given. Know your tolerances.
I also subscribe to the notion that a little pro bono work is good for the soul. That kind of work usually finds me, instead of the other way round.
So, now I can adjust the head of my mill if I so desire, and have a tool that just may be capable of putting it back straight. I'll need to ask for a thorough inspection. I'll know more if my mentor agrees to check it out for me.
Thanks for stopping by the shop.