Saturday, February 09, 2013
ShopFox M1017 12x39 lathe/mill combo
I bought a well-used ShopFox M1017 12x39 lathe/mill combo in the spring of 2012. I found a manual on the WoodStock International web site, but ordering parts was a painful experience. I had to find a dealer, and they had to accumulate $200 worth of orders before they could deal with the manufacturer. Additionally, Wooodstock only had a limited selection of parts. I noticed that the Grizzly 4003 12x36 lathe looks quite similar to my older lathe in all areas other than the headstock and change gears. I then ordered some parts from Grizzly (some fit, some needed modification) and spent months waiting for my ShopFox order (in all, it took 6 or 7 months). Let me caution others that there are no guarantees that Grizzly parts will work. Particularly, the headstock and change gear selection is different. My lathe has twist knobs, the new lathes have selector pins.
Now that I have enough parts to get started, I am working on my lathe
I like to tap on my drill press with a cut-off nail loosely held in the chuck. This helps me square up the part and the tap, reducing breakage. Of course, patience helps, and I like to "back-off" a quarter turn or more every time I do a half turn or when resistance increases.
|Broken hub from the carriage wheel|
I haven't mentioned the mill, but the ears that bolt the mill column to the lathe were broken off when someone tried to move it (not me). I am pretty sure that can be brazed. The mill is a bright spot in this effort, as the mill seems to run and move just fine - all I have to do is fix the carriage, mount the mill table, braze the column ears, and start using it.
I'm partly posting this so I can refer to it in my introductory post to Home Machinist, but others are welcome to chip in!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
My mother-in-law's Birthday Cake
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
First hummingbird of the season
My mother-in-law spotted a male ruby-breasted hummingbird on 4/21/2008. My wife bought a few replacement feeders that are easier to clean (glass). If you are shopping for a feeder, take it apart and see if you can sweep a rag across ALL of the interior surface. You might need a bottle brush for a few areas, but if you can't see the interior of the base, don't buy it.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Basic Rider Safety
As a follow up to the license issue, you must take the BRS course, go to a public safety examination officer and receive an official form removing the "A" restriction, then go to the "Tag Office" to get an updated license.
If you ride a cycle, I would recommend that you take either the Basic or Experienced rider course. Our Basic course was held over a two day weekend, provides a bike and does not assume any prior experience. The Experienced course presumes 6 months or more of riding experience, and riders provide their own bike. As a fringe benefit, it lowered my cycle insurance, and it might even lower my auto insurance because of the defensive driving component.
The MSF also offers a Dirt Bike School, but not in my immediate area.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
We have hummingbirds
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
For want of a brick
Because I didn't do my part to protect my bees, they died. I went out to check on them on Christmas Eve, and they were very dead. The wind had blown the outer cover off, and they couldn't take it. I still want to get a few hives going, and this won't stop me, but it saddens me to know that I could have done better.
Stay tuned in 2006 for further adventures!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wax Moth control with B401?
Update: B401 is available from a Canadian Supplier - BeeWorks. (Thanks Robo.)
Small Hive Beetles
Ground Cover (black plastic)
Seal alternate entrances to hive (cracks)
Combine weak hives (this is generally a good practice in today's environment)
If any fellow beekeepers have some good suggestions, post a comment!
As I learn more, I'll update this posting, or add a link to other entries on the subject.