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Old Fri 01 July 2011, 21:09
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Smile Cut its first sign! #86 - Valley Grande AL USA

Hi everyone, I'm from Valley Grande Alabama. I've been following the post in this forum and have a set of plans from Mike. I had today off so went to town and purchase some of my material to get started. I need to get in touch with Mike to see if he has any laser kits available. I'm posting this first picture as a test. It's a new work bench I built this past week. Went ahead and painted it Mechmate blue If it posts alright I'll post some construction photos.
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Old Fri 01 July 2011, 21:16
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Yes - I will have 15 sets soon.

Welcome and enjoy yout build !!
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Old Fri 01 July 2011, 21:31
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Laser kits

Hi Mike, let me me know when you have them in. Can you tell me what size the adjustable feet are so I can go ahead and dill and tap the legs. THANKS
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Old Fri 01 July 2011, 21:48
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Pics of July 1st start

The first pics are of a stand I build out of scrap. I put adjustable legs on these stands so that I could build the Mechmate upside down in a good flat plane. Hope to get more work work done tomorrow
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Old Sat 02 July 2011, 01:41
aussie_mick
Just call me: Mick
 
Nowra
Australia
Gary

Nice going. Keep those pics coming.

Mick
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Old Sat 02 July 2011, 05:26
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
1/2-13 - Great PICS keepem comming !!
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Old Sat 02 July 2011, 21:09
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Saturday work

Got some more work in today, would be nice to have an air conditioned shop.
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Old Sat 02 July 2011, 22:07
javeria
Just call me: Irfan #33
 
Bangalore
India
Hi Gary - thats fast and Cool!
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 00:13
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Thumbs up! At this rate, you will have it build in record time
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 03:53
234ahmed
Just call me: Ahmed #81
 
Damietta
Egypt
Great progress. Keep up the good work.
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 05:06
Surfcnc
Just call me: Ross #74
 
Queensland
Australia
I see your super organised with the level building platform, lifting gear and a clean shop.
All signs that that your mechmate will be a quality build - well done.

Regards
Ross
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 07:14
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Man don't you know it on the AC Shop !! It's freakin hot and the humidity is what kills !! High 80's (oops meant humidity !!!) yesterday and today. I was tryin to work in my shop and gave up because of it. I am going out early today to see if I can be like a frog in water and just heat up with the day !!
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 07:58
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
80's? That is comfortable... Never-ever had day temperature lower than 85F in my part of the world...
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 08:20
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Broken thermometer

Hey Mike, you need to shake that thermometer and see if its stuck. It was over 95 here. Maybe you're up in the mountains above B'ham where it's cooler
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 09:07
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Note I meant humidity !!! Guess I need more coffee !!! The temp was 95 !!! Sweat just puddles up and stays everywhere !!! I am sitting here now thinkning of ways NOT to get to work !!! Yes I do still love Alabama, but Montana is soundin good about now !!
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 09:12
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
That sucks

Take shower, that will surely get rid of the body heat for a while... I usually take a shower every 1~2 hour in that sort of heat...
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Old Sun 03 July 2011, 21:51
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
I have one more day before I have to go back to work. Need to make some money for the electronics. I will have to do a lot more reading in the forum on that. I have a small cnc router I built years ago with a cutting area of 1 ft X 2 ft and I used Hobby CNC for my electonics. This is going to be a new ball game. Here are some pics of the build.
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Old Mon 04 July 2011, 12:24
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Here is the last day of the 4th of July build. I'm ready to set my table down and turn it over. I will start on my rails next. Haven't found the angle iron deminsions on the plans for the X & Y rails (maybe I'm just blind from all of the welding). Been searching the forum and I believe its going to be 2-1/2" X 2-1/2". Is this correct? Thanks to everyone in the MM fourm for all of the info and help.
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Old Mon 04 July 2011, 12:29
JamesJ
Just call me: Jim #104 (retired)
 
Kansas
United States of America
The rails need to be 2.5 x 1.5 angle iron if you are going to grind your own rails. Dimensions are on plate M1 10 110 of the plans.

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Old Mon 04 July 2011, 13:41
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Quote:
Originally Posted by JamesJ View Post
The rails need to be 2.5 x 1.5 angle iron if you are going to grind your own rails. Dimensions are on plate M1 10 110 of the plans.
Thanks Jim, I just didn't look hard enough. I see on the plans where the maximum height of the angle iron sould be no more than 2". Is the cut off (waste) to be used as a retaining strip to go into the "Y" tubing for the rail bolts? I don't know what size angle iron my suppler stocks. Do you recommend looking for 2.5 X 1.5 to be close to the final grind size and not having to cut any off?
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Old Mon 04 July 2011, 13:44
bradm
Just call me: Brad #10
 
Somerville(MA)
United States of America
See the rails section of the forum. IIRC, you're trying to get to 1.1" x 2.5", and you want to start from 2.5 x 1.5 or 2.5 x 2.0 (not 2.5 x 2.5, or you'll have troubles with the skate). And, yes, the cutoffs are useful as clamping plates (particularly if you use 2.5 x 2.0).
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Old Mon 04 July 2011, 16:15
timberlinemd
Just call me: Steve #66
 
Arizona
United States of America
To clarify Brads caution about the skate. The grinder disk does not have a big enough diameter to cut through the angle, because the profile of the skate will hit a tall angle leg. 2" or less on one leg will not cause problems.
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Old Tue 05 July 2011, 20:55
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Thanks Jim, Brad and Steve for the info on the angle iron. My supplier closes before I get off work in the evening. Will try to leave early before Friday and hopefull get the angle iron if he carries the correct size.
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Old Wed 06 July 2011, 22:09
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
I have a friend in the towing business and he came over yesterday evening with a wrecker. He backed up to one end of the MM and I used my hoist on the other end and we turned it over with ease. Didn't have to throw a beer party so I can drink it all myself
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Old Thu 07 July 2011, 02:25
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
WOWO~~~ You made it look so easy!!!
Brilliant work!
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Old Thu 07 July 2011, 12:39
hennie
Just call me: Hennie #23
 
Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Gary are you going to use that prop against the wall for cooling in your shop.
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Old Thu 07 July 2011, 13:02
Kobus_Joubert
Just call me: Kobus #6
 
Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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No man he does not own a broom and will use it as a dust extractor
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Old Thu 07 July 2011, 20:04
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Hi Ken I really enjoyed this past weekend. Everything really fell into place. I was really suprised I was able to get so much done. I'm hoping the skate will arrive from Mike tomorrow so I can work on the rails this weekend.

Good idea on the prop, just need to find a large stepper and use a 4th axis. Air conditioning and dust extraction. Anyone want to write the G-code
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Old Sat 09 July 2011, 19:41
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
I took off work a little early Friday to get the angle for my X & Y rails. The supplier only had 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" so I went ahead and brought it. This morning I made a jig to cut it down to 1.125". Worked really well, took 10 discs and made a heck of a mess. Tommorow I Hope to align and mount the X rails then grind the V onto them.
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Old Sat 09 July 2011, 19:44
Rusty Nuts
Just call me: Gary #86
 
Valley Grande, AL
United States of America
Santa came early in July (Mike I know that was you) and brought me some goodies.
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