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Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 04 August 2020, 23:08
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Well life has thrown more changes.... Sold one...

Well life has thrown more changes.... Sold one lathe and have two more new ones in the shop so everything is getting changed around.... Bought a 20" Axelson lathe with a 10 foot bed so that has...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 16 June 2020, 21:08
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
I'm considering switching to linear rails as a...

I'm considering switching to linear rails as a upgrade... Anyone have a source ?
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 31 May 2020, 22:22
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Thanks Bill... Next time I'm headed that way I...

Thanks Bill... Next time I'm headed that way I let you know... :)
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 17 May 2020, 08:31
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Well I certainly agree that keeping it simple...

Well I certainly agree that keeping it simple would be best :)

This is probably going to be a 50% wood and 50% metal table so whatever I make needs to be easy to change over.

Reading through...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 16 May 2020, 23:05
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
I was thinking that the water table pan would be...

I was thinking that the water table pan would be welded to the cross bearers and provide the rigidity that the spoilboards do. I could use a 3" wide 1/2" flat bar to fasten the cross bearers to the...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 16 May 2020, 19:33
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Well..... I've hit another snag :( I've...

Well..... I've hit another snag :(

I've decided to make this a dual purpose machine with router and plasma capabilities... :D

SO ... I'm thinking through the changes I will need to make in the...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 23 April 2020, 19:10
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Well it's more than official now :) I have...

Well it's more than official now :)

I have received the retrofit parts for the control box, Acorn board, expansion, wireless control pendant and a 21" touch screen monitor... I have rebuilt a...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 14 April 2020, 18:10
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
I have a little experience with my boss 5 losing...

I have a little experience with my boss 5 losing steps and that was with the motors Bridgeport put on the machine... :( I have always had a nagging thought in the back of my mind... " I wonder if it...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Mon 13 April 2020, 22:30
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Back on Track!

After 10 years ( Have I won the longest build title yet???? ) Things are starting to happen!

I have decided to abandon the control system I built ten years ago and purchased an Acorn system :) ...
Forum: Troubleshooting Sun 05 April 2020, 14:58
Replies: 12
Views: 3,544
Posted By swatkins
Subpanels are by code NOT to have ground rods!

Subpanels are by code NOT to have ground rods!
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Thu 02 April 2020, 21:24
Replies: 4
Views: 2,134
Posted By swatkins
Welcome! I've taken 10 years to buy a piece...

Welcome! I've taken 10 years to buy a piece here and there :)
Forum: 10. Base Table Fri 28 February 2020, 20:47
Replies: 6
Views: 4,407
Posted By swatkins
Don't grind it... It will only release more...

Don't grind it... It will only release more stresses... Welding it is the best answer and then just light grinding to touch it up.
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 08 February 2020, 23:51
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
That was a fiasco! I think he learned his...

That was a fiasco! I think he learned his lesson...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 08 February 2020, 23:07
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
How do you load your table?

I've been cleaning out a space for the MM and have come up with another way of putting the table in the available space.... Side Ways to the doors!

I was planing on putting in a set of double...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Mon 03 February 2020, 21:09
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
I think I will try it out with a 6' door and just...

I think I will try it out with a 6' door and just install the gantry inside the room..

I have machine skates and everything to move the table it's just hard to control that much mass that is...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 02 February 2020, 22:48
Replies: 68
Views: 39,839
Posted By swatkins
These ? ...

These ? https://www.anaheimautomation.com/products/linearcomponents/linear-guides-item.php?sID=557&serID=40&pt=i&tID=1162&cID=543&dsID=569
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 02 February 2020, 19:39
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
It looks like 71 inches on a regular door is too...

It looks like 71 inches on a regular door is too small... I could put it on it's side be that would be a chore turning it onto it's feet with only two people.

Still working on the layout of the...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Wed 29 January 2020, 15:36
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Thanks,, I was thinking that the x motors are...

Thanks,, I was thinking that the x motors are going to hang over a fair bit also.. I guess I could dismount them for the move...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 28 January 2020, 23:10
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
How much space do you give your Mech Mate?

I finally have time and the desire to finish up this build. I'm cleaning out my shop and making a bunch of changes to find a space the MM can fit into.

IF you want to get an idea of my shop I am...
Forum: General - MM Build Fri 10 January 2020, 22:01
Replies: 6
Views: 2,193
Posted By swatkins
More spammers ...

More spammers

http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showthread.php?p=77738#post77738

http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showthread.php?p=77736&postcount=6
Forum: Rails & Rollers Sun 05 January 2020, 10:34
Replies: 2
Views: 1,889
Posted By swatkins
For a 4 x 8 machine your x rails will be about...

For a 4 x 8 machine your x rails will be about 123 inches long.

0.01 is less than it seems when written the more common way 0.010. Your machine will have at least a 10 thousandth of an inch...
Forum: 10. Base Table Fri 03 January 2020, 15:50
Replies: 4
Views: 1,550
Posted By swatkins
You can do 3d things :) You just have to...

You can do 3d things :)

You just have to make a few changes and don't try to carve out the Eiffel Tower :D

If you want to carve out Eiffel Towers you need to adjust the travel speed because...
Forum: 10. Base Table Fri 03 January 2020, 13:58
Replies: 4
Views: 1,550
Posted By swatkins
Height is a factor and unless you increase the Z...

Height is a factor and unless you increase the Z range 10" is too tall. I've seen it stated that the MM was designed mainly as "sheet goods" router and 6" rail height is about optimal. Mine are...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Fri 03 January 2020, 00:48
Replies: 136
Views: 83,053
Posted By swatkins
Hi Guys... It's now January of 2020... I...

Hi Guys...

It's now January of 2020... I started in January of 2010... By my math that makes 10 years since I started and I think I am officially entitled to the longest build award!

I have...
Forum: General - MM Build Thu 02 January 2020, 22:00
Replies: 6
Views: 2,193
Posted By swatkins
I sent you an offer about upgrading the site via...

I sent you an offer about upgrading the site via PM....

I hope the site is not "dead" :( Without it how would I defend my "longest build ever" title ! :D
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