15-03-2018: Tips for high precision work by Precision Instruments
Precision Instruments, a maker of high precision air bearings posted a list of 50 tidbits for precision engineering/machining on their website:
Precision Instrumens - 50 Tidbits (External link)
26-02-2018: Home Shop Machinists Podcast, Schaublin compound rebuild
A bit late, but another episode of the HSM Podcast has been released:
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 15 – Snowed, Towed, and Tooled
Also I did a rebuild on a Schaublin 102 compound slide for a customer, the process is documented here: Rebuilding a Schaublin 102 compound slide
I have a two part video series on the process too:
Rebuilding a Schaublin 102 compound slide - Part 1
Rebuilding a Schaublin 102 compound slide - Part 2
17-01-2018: Home Shop Machinists Podcast, Resizing a bearing race
Another episode of the HSM-Podcast was released, this time it was a full house. Not only Justin and Max, but also Max brother Thayer and father Fred and myself where guest.
Very fun episode to record, with some minor technical difficulties. We talk gunsmithing, Cad, current projects, cnc lathes, hope that Max can get into his shop in 2018 and much more. And cartalk.
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 14 – Phillipsed
For a customer I had to resize the outer race of a ball bearing to match the diameter of a router bit (woodworking).
Ball bearing - Reducing the diameter of a stock ball bearing
03-12-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast
Also important to note, there was another episode of the HSM-Podcast released:
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 13 – Have You Checked Your Oil?
Interesting discussion about lubrication of machine tools and Justin bought another machine, a Canadian made lathe.
I want to add one or two points regarding lubrication/maintenance and will do a video on that topic in the future.
As for providing oil to Zerkfittings, I found that a push-style greasegun works generaly ok with heavy way oil, especially the one made by Mato:
Mato PO 150-2 (Sorry, did not find a link in english.)
For the smaller type of oil-point with the ball I prefer a good oilpump like the Reilang which has no problem of creating enough pressure to get the oil past the ball and into the oil grooves.
07-11-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast
A new episode of the Home Shop Machinists Podcast is out - I am a bit late to listen to it, but it was a great episode, sure fun to listen to.
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 12 – ABOM79!!!
The Quick Tips section got also an update, mostly toolgrinding related:
08-10-2017: Sine dresser
I had to build a sine dresser for an upcoming project, to grind some dovetails on the surface grinder.
03-10-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast, New surface plate
Episode 11 of the Home Shop Machinist Podcast just got released!
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 11 – Shop of the Future
I got a new surface plate:
Small tools and accessories - Surface plate
A nice 640x400mm plate, grade 0, better than 7/1000mm within flatness allowed, inspection report shows 3,5/1000mm max. deviation.
07-09-2017: Indicator stand, Home Shop Machinists Podcast
Robin Renzetti showed a very well designed indicator stand on Instagram - I decided to build a copy of that indicator stand:
Solid indicator stand
Speaking of Robin - He was guest at the Home Shop machinist Podcast. A two hour episode, well worth listening to, lots of small bits of knowledge from a veteran of the trade.
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 10 - Practitioner of the Mechanical Arts
If you are not listening to that episode, you are realy missing out.
16-08-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast
New episode of the Home Shop Machinist Podcast, with finishing as the main topic:
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 9 - We Are Finished!
06-08-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast
New episode of the Home Shop Machinist Podcast, with John Creasey as a guest:
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 8 - G’Day Mate
Some customer projects where added, a set of bearing blocks and I did some work to parts of a Schaublin 70 lathe.
Another machine was added to the shop, a small Hanninger table saw.
15-07-2017: Isel MiniFlat i-TM 40 Cnc Router
I had the opportunity to buy a new Cnc router that fits the work I do very well.
More here: Isel MiniFlat i-TM 40
04-07-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast, New project category, one year anniversary of this website
Justin and Max released a new episode of their podcast!
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 7 – Work Holding
I added a section for work that I did for friends or customers:
And something to celebrate - at least for me ;-) - This website is in this form online for over one year now. The feedback I got for this style of website was very good, you, my readers for the most part seem to like the simple, minimalistic style of this site and the quality of the content.
Thanks to all of you who read this website, sent me feedback (Sorry. I can not answer each individual email, but I read them all.) or linked my site from somewhere else.
Without you, the readers, this site would be useless.
14-06-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 6
I was for a second time guest to the Home Shop Machinist Podcast, joining Justin and Max, talking shop, scraping, beer, Makita and Bosch tools and books:
Home Shop Machinists Podcast – Episode 6 – All Scraped Up
12-06-2017: Scraping Videos
I did a first pair of scraping videos, showing the tools, the basic principle of scraping, how to read the blueing on the part and how to sharpen the scraper:
Basic Scraping: Flat Surfaces – Part 1
Basic Scraping: Flat Surfaces – Part 2
Thanks to Richard King for his class and his encouragement – If you want to learn hands on scraping a class with him is absolutely a good idea, he will teach you a proven technique that allowed him to make a living of rebuilding machines.
There is also a video on the Denmark scraping class I attended in April 2017 availible.
03-06-2017: Bandsaw motor, Bandsaw vertical modification
The motor on my bandsaw was changed against a german made industrial gearhead motor: New motor for the bandsaw
I also ditched the horizontal sawing capability of the bandsaw and made it a vertical-only-bandsaw: Vertical modification
08-05-2017: Cyclone seperator, Home Shop Machinists Podcast
Justin and Max just recorded a new episode of the Home Shop Machinists Podcast: Episode 5
A cyclone seperator was added to my festool vacuum cleaner to be a bit more economical on the dust bags. Festool CTL Mini and Cyclone seperator
27-03-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast, Tips and a new category:
New episode on the Home Shop Machinists Podcast is availible: Episode 4
This time Justin and Max have Dan Sherman as a guest.
The Tips section got an update too, concerning concave and conved radius tools for the lathe.
I added a category for the Small machines in my shop, like the tig welder or the air compressor.
13-03-2017: Digital readout for the lathe, G1L waycover
I added a digital readout to my lathe: DRO
My Deckel G1L engraving machine got a way cover for the knee.
27-02-2017: Rotary Broach and Chamfering machine builds
Readers of my website and the german webforum I frequent have shown their versions of the chamfer milling machine I build back in 2015 - I got permission to show their pictures on my website:
Chamfer milling machine - Versions
Using a set of plans from Heminway Kits I built a rotary broach that allows to machine internal profiles with sharp corners like a internal hex or square for a screw head.
The build is documented here: Rotary Broach
05-02-2017: Home Shop Machinist Podcast
Justin and Max just released a new episode of the Home Shop Machinst Podcast - A very entertaining episode about favourite non-machine-tool tools, pirate jokes and cars.
Home Shop Machinists Podcast Episode 3
Home Shop Machinists Podcast on iTunes
03-02-2017: Cylindrical grinding attachement & Shop tips
I built an attachement for the surface grinder that allows for very precise cylindrical grinding between centers: Cylindrical grinding attachement
And on the same topic, Robin Renzetti (Who inspired me to this device) just showed an very ingenious way to do centerless grinding with a rather simple setup.
An section for simple, short shop tips was also added, it is down in the ressources section.
I will try to add content to that section (and the small projects section) on a regular basis.
02-02-2017: Compound replacement for the lathe
I made a solid replacement block for the compound of my lathe to increase the rigidity of the machine and to aid me in small production runs.
More is explained here or on the site specific to the lathe.
18-01-2017: Small Updates
Updated the site for the shaper and the LIP515 manual is now for download
15-01-2017: Small projects and shop site
I added a site for small projects that are not worth a full projectsite.
Link is down in the projects section - Or here: Small projects
Also a general site for the shop, showing the layout was added. Link down in the shop equipment section - Or here: The shop
08-01-2017: Home Shop Machinists Podcast
I was guest in the only (so far) homeshop machinist podcast out there, hosted by Justin and Max.
We talked about random shop stuff, chinese machines and tooling, the machinist hobby in germany, the availibilty of machines to hobbyists and beer.
Link to the Podcast: Homeshop Machinists Podcast - Episode 2
Be sure to check out the first episode too!
23-11-2016: Tripan toolholders
Another old project of mine, a set of ten toolholders for my Tripan 111 toolpost: Tripan toolholders
22-11-2016: Toolmakers block
Back in 2013 I made a toolmakers block, which was my first real project where did some scraping. I uploaded the photos and some text to go with it here: Toolmakers block
21-11-2016: Milling machine powerfeed
I built the powerfeed back in August 2015 but I never did a full writeup about it, there was only a four-part video series on youtube showcasing the build.
The complete writeup can be found here: X-Axis powerfeed
07-11-2016: 5C indexer for 5C collets, teardown
02-11-2016: My toolmakers magnets got mentioned on Hackaday
Link to the Hackaday article
27-10-2016: Spray misters
I wrote a text about spray misters, about shopbuilt and commercially available systems. This topic seems to be quite controversal and also interesting for a lot of homeshop machinists, as many of our smaller machines are not realy setup for flood cooleant or we don't want to have the mess of flooding the whole workspace of a machine with cooleant.
25-10-2016: Lathe chuck backstop
I built a backstop to machine disk shaped workpieces in the three jaw chuck with a high degree of precision. My design was inspired by Robin Renzetti. See the projects section for the full writeup.
24-10-2016: Bandsaw added to the machine section
I decided to add the bandsaw even if it is only a very utilitarian machine that is mostly used to break down material for further processing. But it has proven to be one of the most used machines and a great value for the money.
11-10-2016: Toolmakers magnets
See the projects section for the full article.
10-10-2016: Swiveling angle head for the milling machine
I adapted the swiveling angle head to my milling machine - Full writeup in the projects section.
26-09-2016: My squareness comparator got mentioned on Hackaday
Link to the Hackaday article
16-09-2016: Squareness comparator
I finished the squareness comparator, the complete article is here
14-09-2016: Optimum MB4
I did some more work to the Optimum milling machine, I did some scraping to the gibs and added oil grooves and wipers.
12-09-2016: Box parallel/Setup cube
Inspired by Tom Lipton I built a fabricated setup cube, see the projects section.
31-08-2016: Update for the squareness comparator
25-07-2016: Universal micrometer
I built a clone of the Mitutoyo UniMike, see the projects section.
18-07-2016: Collecting ideas for a squareness squareness comparator
18-07-2016: More content has been moved to the new site, the page for the Gack HE20 shaper has been created and populated with content.
13-07-2016: Added a page for my links, book recomendations and other resources down in the Random thoughts and rants section
10-07-2016: Angle head for the mill
07-07-2016: Blog added
06-07-2016: Contend is transfered from my old websites
Focus is at the pages concerning the machines, because thats of interest for a lot of people. I receive a lot of emails concerning the modifications on the lathe and mill, as they are a quite popular size, especially the RF45-style milling machine
05-07-2016: Page goes semi-online for testing purposes
I decided to go away from my Wordpress powered website that I used before, it is to overloaded for something as simple as this website.