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  1. Grab a lump of ally.. Bung it in the lathe and face the end off. A bit of a trim down the side. More metal removed, the black pen stuff was to help me get the right shape.. Or near enough.. Almost there now.. Parted off. Then finished off... HHmmmm.. Shiny To fit the knob thingy I had to drill yet another hole.. Tap a thread in it. Ta Daaa... Almost.. Not sure about the thread showing.. A bit of ally tube soon had the looks sorted.. And finally fit the finished tool holder to the lathe.. I hope you all have enjoyed this little build, it was quite fun to make Of course..... This build comes with a video
  2. So, having created an odd shaped lump of metal with a hole through it, a few more holes were needed... Marking the holes out.. Drilled.. The with the aid of one of these.. I was able to fill the holes with bolts Me likey even more Next on the hit list was to make a handle so the holder could be clamped down tight.. Having a nut to fit the big bolt was handy, but a nut alone wasn't enough.. So in the lathe went a random "useful" bit of steel which was turned down and bored out.. To fit the nut most of the way in but still give plenty of gap to weld the nut on. A bit of weldy sparkly action.. Back in the lathe to turn the welds down. Chop the end off.. The cut a taper on the cut off end.
  3. Thanks Richard, it's good to be posting again, it's been far too long... Nigel mentioned yesterday that it's been a bit quiet on here, something about that strange place that's Farcebook! I should of built this tool holder a long time ago, it's such a handy thing So where was I? Oh yes.. about here. With both top and bottom bit's drilled and countersunk.... It was time to cut some threads in the middle section.. Top bolted down.. As was the base.. Before the bolts were welded in, I countersunk the holes a bit wider so I could get a good weld all around the bolt heads. A quick check to see how the cutting tools looked... Quite happy with that. A nice sturdy bolt was cut down and welded to a small square of steel, it will come in handy for clamping the holder to the carriage. In this pic you can also see the "block" has had the bolts welded up and turned flush on the lathe. The bolt with the big square head fit's like so.. The original "1 tool" tool holder won't be in use for much longer.. A quick test fit, me likey The big question was........... Had I got my measurements right and did the tip of a cutting tool end up in the right place???? Yep, that will do nicely
  4. Now for a errr... Interesting challenge.. How to cut a smallish square from that big slab! The best and quietest way I could think of was a bit "iffy", but it worked.. That looks very close!! But it clears, just.. Lot's of cutting and turning later, all three parts are the right size. A quick look at my plans... Or should that be rough scribble? And it was time to fix all three parts together... A single bolt kept it all in check.. So I could mark out and start drilling holes to put some bolts through. Here's the top drilled out.. And the base... A bit of countersinking was needed.. So the bolt heads would sit flush. More to follow later including a rather well edited if rather long video... Tune back for more later..
  5. Hi all, sorry for the lack of posts from me in...ooooo... quite a while! Life changed a great deal when Covid appeared and my Wife started working from home.... Spare time is something that is very very hard to come by! That's not to say I have not been busy in my little Workshack, it's finding Workshack time and the time to post anything anywhere that's been the problem.... Sooooo.. With my new Workshack finally (well, almost as they are never finished) and the lathe re-power done (I will update the Re-power thread), it was time to make something that my Southbend lathe has needed in a long time.. Yep a new tool holder that can hold more than one cutting tool at a time The said lathe in question.. To make the TH I needed three different size lumps of steel.. Here's the base part being cut to size. The middle part will be cut from this odd lump of steel that was coated in clear rubber, then bolted to a Volvo bulkhead! No idea what it did in the Volvo! The third and top bit will have to be cut from this rather big slab! While the middle part was being cut roughly to size.. It was filmed on an old phone that was rubber banded to a tripod! My faithful video camera had snuffed it you see.. The middle part being turned to size.. As my hands are not working that well these days the Power Crossfeed thingy I build has come in very handy and saved lots of hand ache.. The middle part done.. And plonked on the base.
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    Winter Project

    Bill and Ben are looking good mate, that's a cool wheel colour Not sure I could cope with doing all the prep on 2 hoods though!
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    Corona project

    A V8!!! Nah, stick a CX engine in it An interesting build mate, sometimes the best builds start off with no real plan, they evolve into something unique that's realy cool Remember what I used to say... "Throw it all in a big pile and work it out from there"
  8. Thanks Norm, it's getting there now... I have been busy sorting the "shed" side of things at the mo, a few more hours will have it sorted then I can start doing the "final sort" of the workshack. Thanks Alan, I'm looking forward to starting a proper (made out of metal) build or two... I have plenty of ideas but a few of then have to be built in a certain order, so I can er... build the next one.. No update this time, but have the latest shack video instead
  9. Shelving time... This fold up shelf fits nicely between the bench and lathe bench. Not quite enough space to get a second one on top! A bit of marking out and cutting later.. They both now fit and soon got filled up a bit..... I still need to work out quite where evrything is going! The last bit of inside cladding fixed in place.. Lathe tool draws naturally next to the lathe. And the lathe finally on it's bench. It might not be quite level yet however Paint cupboard now up on the wall... No more making coffee on it More shelves ready to be fixed to the wall once it's painted... Which happened today.. And to finish off this update have a comically shaped bench leg And that is this build thread up to date agin at last other than...
  10. A bit more before dinner.. With the Workshack finally water tight and no more "catch container" to catch all the drips gone I could finally get around to sorting the inside.. Starting with filling the gap between shack and shed. Panelled in using the boards that were fixed to the roof to try (he says laughing) stop the water coming in. Opps!! This board was cut using the measurement that you can just see on the darker battening... Unfortunatly that measurement was from the floof to the bottom of the battening! Oh well, easily covered with a "trim strip" Once the white paint had been splashed about the lathe bench could go in it's final home, which suddenly gave lots of space in the shack. The 2nd half of the bench going up after narrowing.. Top on. And some corner blocks added to strengthen the legs.
  11. "Should have fitted some battens over the felt Ian." Hi Norm, the problem was a mixture of two things.. 1. The roof was done in a rush as at the time it was the only dry day for a few weeks! 2. Me being a cheapskate!! Part of the felt was reused from one of the sheds, the rest of the felt was from donated rolls which had both sat around for quite a few years and were both quite thin... More on the roof later.. Hi all, long time no update.. I hope you all keeping well and more importantly keeping safe and indoors... At the end of my last update I had a window with no view... I now have a window with not much of a view, but it does left a lot of light and heat (should it be sunny) in the workshack. Lyla seems to like the workshack and came in to check the fitment. Some more panelling and painting done around the window. With half the bench up (forgot to take any pics of that) the frame for the other half of the becnh was propped in place to have a look... Need to be a bit narrower me thinks. A new desk top was cut, trial fitted the promptly walked over by a wet footed Lyla! That's better, firmly fixed in place and raised by a few inches so I could get my chair under.. And then quickly buried under the lathe and other non desky sort of stuff to make space elsewhere! Oh... And the workshack now has a new heavy duty felted roof thats firmly tacked and glued down with no chance of any nasty wind getting under it and ripping the felt back off..
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    John Deere 70

    Having seen this machine yesterday I can confirm that it does look as good as it looks Nice work mate
  13. Thanks mate, it will look better once it's finished.. but i do like the mish mash of different bit's of cladding inside Thanks Paul.. It did survive the wind and rain last month... as for the Sunday just gone......... Nah... The coffee's help warm our hands thus making them work better As always progress has been slow, but it's getting there and I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel... Or should that be "light through the window" that's getting fitted tomorrow The wall in the last photo in my last update has been finished.... The curve in the wall adds character. The next wall on the "To be clad" hit list was the big wall in the shed section... I think the random not matching planks look great.. The dark planks were my old garden gate! Yep, I like to recycle.. Another one of thos milestone has been reached... You know your getting somewhere when the white paint goes on I also painted as much of the "shed end" as I could with all the bit's piled up against the wall. The next day even more stuff got piled up on the pile as I had to clear a lot of space for.... More cladding... Having finally run out of wood to recyle as cladding I got 5 8x4 sheets of OSB to finish the cladding and put the wall up between the shed and workshop.... Well, that was the plan..... Until the strong winds removed a large part of my felt roof!! So two (and a bit) of the sheets have been used as tempoary rather large roof tiles until I can get some heavy duty felt..... And then hope there will be a nice wind and rain free day! In other workshack news the bench has been taken down, the corner cleared of bit's and a frame has been built to fit the window in the back wall... Here it is wedged in the frame to check for fit.. Ok, the view isn't great, but it will be a lot better when the wood has been removed so you can actually see out Ok, even when the wood is removed the view is only of a couple of garage roofs.... But the light and heat that it will create in the shack will make it more than worth it And that is the build up to date, but for those of you who need a video fix... here it is.... Enjoy..
  14. Ian

    John Deere 70

    That's a nice find mate, glad you found a project at last
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