Using the OtherMill

January 17th, 2015

Emergency Stop

I’ve been putting this little guy through its paces. Figured I’d go right to aluminum. So far so good.

Milling

All cleaned up

Turning on the Metal Lathe

January 15th, 2015

Finished Part with 1/4" Set Screw

Trying to get my chops back on the metal lathe. Simple turnings, facing, parting, drilling, and tapping.

Faced and Parted

Faced and Parted

Work way up with larger bits

Tap the hole

Walnut Turnings

January 15th, 2015

Turned Walnut

Some turned walnut enclosures for a friend. There is a lot going on inside of these.

Tool Handles

January 6th, 2015

Oak Handles for Ram Rod and Auger

Some quick tool handles made from scrap oak. One for a lathe ram rod and the other for an auger. Should come in handy.

Oak Handles for Ram Rod and Auger

Great for Robot Necks

January 5th, 2015

Slip Ring and Caster make a great robot neck

I’m thinking the combo of a slip ring and a caster swivel make for a great robot neck. More to come.

Big Cracked Lamp

January 5th, 2015

Big Crack Lamp

I recently finished this monster. Turned from a log that was originally about 20″ in diam. While it was drying out it cracked open one night (heart breaking at the time, but now I like it). The pop was so loud it woke me up.

Big Crack Lamp

Finished in Tung oil.

Big Crack Lamp

Robot Rabbits

January 5th, 2015

Robot Rabbits

Made every kid in the family a robot rabbit this Christmas. Each kid got their favorite color. Each one sized according to age.

Robot Rabbits

Robot Rabbits

Turned Beer Taps

December 29th, 2014

Beer Taps

I turned some beer taps for my brother-in-law. One of walnut for dark beer, one of oak for a lighter, and one in colorply (remember this wonderful stuff) for a seasonal brew.

Beer Taps

I used these great tap hardware sets from Rockler.

Donation Boxes

December 29th, 2014

Donation Boxes

A simple CNC’d plywood hinged box. Donation boxes for the Red Burns Scholarship Fund actually. I wanted to make them with what we have access to on the floor, so CNC and laser were my prime candidates. Also, I probably needed to make a couple of them, so it made sense for duplication down the road.

Donation Boxes

Donation Boxes

Aluminum Space Helmet?

December 4th, 2014

Retaining Ring and Set Screws

This part started out as a quick demo on how to drill into a pipe (found on the ITP Fab site), but has morphed into something more. I’m thinking robot head (of course) or some sort of space/diving helmet.

Retaining Ring and Set Screws

I started with an off-cut piece of aluminum speed rail tubing (this stuff is everywhere around ITP), drilled a 1.5″ diam hole with a hole saw and jig, turned it on a metal lathe, and then made a retaining ring. I’m particularly proud of the ring: 4 evenly spaced holes, tapped for 6-32 threads, and secured by set screws.

Before and After

These parts has no purpose other than getting my chops back and the pure joy of milling parts.

Drill Hole