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#26 scooooter7

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:11 AM

Foot controls would be awesome.

I like the belt when put in a vertical position with the table at 90 degrees, best of both worlds.

The band saw is a little too much machine for me at the moment.
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 12:15 AM

Yup, I agree Rick. A Delta 14" bandsaw and a Sears scroll saw help for a lot of things... Do you have the one with the gear box, for wood and metal?
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:51 AM

That disc sander looks about perfect for this stuff, Rick, and if it's smooth and torquey... all the better. A square could be run from the outside of the table (perpendicular to the disc face) also as another fence and would be great for "easing up to the cut line" for squaring stuff (especially for those who don't have a cutoff saw like me). Got me thinking here... increased precision and decreased wear and tear on my fingertips. :)
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:54 AM

Sanding off fingerprints is a requirement for anyone in Jersey. Thus, manual sanding is a necessity to comply with this. :D

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:00 AM

:) Joe... I'm a carpenter. What's left of my fingertips has long since been either scarred-over or burnt smooth. Hmmm... might open up some job possibilities!
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Posted 07 March 2008 - 01:28 PM

Rick,

You've got me thinking that my single speed band saw may be for wood... that's-a-nogood. I bought it used with the belt-disc sander combo that I'm getting rid of. I think I'll look into a new band saw, too. I see the Delta BS100 Shopmaster Benchtop band saw all over the place when I Google benchtop band saws. Delta said they discontinued it in 2006 so I don't know if I should get one of those.

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But I'll keep looking...

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:26 PM

Rick, some of the best bandsaw bands in the US are made by Blackstone Industries in Bethel, CT. They're the same people who made your Foredom tool. :)

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:00 PM

The new Harbor Freight bandsaws are knock offs of the Delta/Rockwell except no gear box to make them go both ways. You can jackshaft one and make it into metal cutting, mine has a 20 to 1 gearbox that you flip a lever and its direct drive for wood.

You could also try a treadmill motor and variable speed it. I have seen lots of discarded treadmills go cheap with all the electronics to set them up.

Compare a Harbor Freight ($289) price to a Rockwell ($1300) price, it's well worth some tinkering to make it run 110-120 feet per minute for metal.

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 10:07 PM

Well, it isn't the greatest system... but for the moment, I like it!

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Posted 07 March 2008 - 11:58 PM

The new Harbor Freight bandsaws are knock offs of the Delta/Rockwell except no gear box to make them go both ways. You can jackshaft one and make it into metal cutting, mine has a 20 to 1 gearbox that you flip a lever and its direct drive for wood.

You could also try a treadmill motor and variable speed it. I have seen lost of discarded treadmills go cheap with all the electronics to set them up.

Compare a Harbor Frieght($289) price to a Rockwell($1300) price, its well worth some tinkering to make it run 110-120 feet per minute for metal.

I use Sterret blades and make them to length with silver solder, haven't broken one in 20 years. Can show you how to make the fixture and what to get............premade blades are legal theivery.

How about this sander

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Posted 12 March 2008 - 09:43 PM

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"This is a torch!"

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Sorry for my Crocodile Dundee impression :rolleyes: . Just kidding :) . This torch is not for chassis soldering but for a special slot car project I hope to start soon. I'll be getting a Mini torch too ;) . I'm sure someone has a mega torch I'll be seeing soon :D .

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:41 AM

How about this sander

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Yep, that's the one I bought. It works great too. Just put the belt completely vertical and then take the table off the disc and put it on the belt and there you go.

I'm still looking for a band saw for not too much money. What are the requirements to make it cut the brass we use??
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 09:40 AM

Yep, that's the one I bought. It works great too. Just put the belt completely vertical and then take the table off the disc and put it on the belt and there you go.

I'm still looking for a band saw for not too much money. What are the requirements to make it cut the brass we use??



a metal cutting blade ,,,,,,,,,mine has a 15 tpi,, works too good,,,,cuts too fast,the blade is great the wheels turn too fast,PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE !! gotta cut slowly,,,,,,,
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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:05 PM

I replaced the combo belt-disc sander with a small disc sander from Micro Mark. It is SMALL and can be stored in a drawer or on a shelf and set on the work bench when I need it:

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I also got the Foredom variable speed foot control. It's almost as big as the sander :shok: . Here is the sander next to a 1/24 slot car for a size comparison:

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It works great to put the Philippe angle and radius on pans:

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It runs nice and SMOOTH and I can vari the speed to "REALLY SLOW" for great control.

Me Likie :D .

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Posted 13 March 2008 - 08:12 PM

Very nice, and I like the idea of the variable foot control.

Would that work for a cheapo band saw too?? MMMM...

Maybe I should just get me a scroll saw with a pretty good size table so I can add my own fence. Might be the way to go.
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Posted 24 May 2008 - 07:38 PM

Well this thread is back from a 2 month pause. In March my employer informed me and 3500 others that there would be a reduction in force of 535 people. Last Thursday the axe fell but I survived. The co-worker I shared an office with did not. But I'm back and in the spending mode and while I research what type of lathe to buy I just had to buy something :unsure: ! So stand back and behold what $30 can get you :shok: :

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That's right folks your Sears stock will be going up for sure since I bought this baby :blink: . Note that I purchased a well known top brand, "Euro-Pro" :blink: :laugh2: . At least I won't be stinking up the kitchen baking wrinkle paint or curing epoxy in our oven ;) . Here she is unpackaged and ready to go. Jake and Elwood are looking on approvingly:

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And now to bake that wrinkle painted C-can.....wait a minute. There's a sticker in 53 different languages that says you should fire it up on high heat for 15 minutes as it may smoke a little at first. OK, high heat and........GOOD GRIEF! I'll say it's smoking......open the garage doors......start up a fan..........is this thing full of fish oil or what :shok: . I hope the fire department doesn't show up :blink: .

After the smoke cleared I put in a freshly painted C-can. I used Krylon wrinkle black and put it in the oven at 175 degrees and cranked the timer to 1 hour:

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Now we wait for the Euro-Pro timer to go ding :)

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 09:11 PM

Love it :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
I did that with an exhaust manifold in the kitchen, man it stunk... :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:

Happy you did not get laid off, been there done that. :shok: :shok: :shok:

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 10:46 AM

I have an update on this Foredom grinder package:

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The hand piece included is nice in that it uses a small drill chuck that will grab on to any size gizzmo up to 5/32" diameter. But, the sucker is too FAT :shok: :unsure: so I bought this No. 28 Handpiece, "A slender, comfortable design with tapered grip and pre-lubricated ball bearings that do not require lubrication. Comes with 3/32" and 1/8" collets, and pin and chuck wrench for changing collets and accessories":

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MUCHO BETTER :)

I also spent all my "Bush Bucks" and then some on something that will use these little beauties:

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Where's that darn FedEx truck? :unsure: :D

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:21 PM

I also got the Foredom variable speed foot control. It's almost as big as the sander :shok: . Here is the sander next to a 1/24 slot car for a size comparison:

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Heck, Tell us more about the car...

Don't forget good eye protection...

And just ask Mike Steube what the valve grinder is for...
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 04:32 PM

I am totally out tooled... I need to get tooled up.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 05:05 PM

Hey Tony, it's definitely "Tool Time" here at Captain Rick's... more power! Arr Arr Arr :) .

Hi Bob,

The Dynamic Lola pictured was built from this Chris Chan article in a 1968 Model Car and Track magazine:

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:45 PM

I bought this small Sherline lathe with my "Bush Bucks" a while back. It's another "slot car sized" tool that fit's in my little 10' X 14' den. It's very light weight and I mounted it to a piece of white shelving from our home center. It sits in a chip pan (cookie sheet!) on 4 rubber isolator feet (the 1/24 scale GP car is for a size reference):

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It runs very smoothly with a variable speed motor:

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The hand wheels are able to be "zero'd":

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I bought another brand of quick change tool post and tool holders that is OK but not great. I might have to cough of the extra $ for the Sherline stuff:

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The collets are really nice. I need to get the full set. Here I'm facing off one of our Aguirre front wheels. They came in quite rough from our vendor:

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I could do a nice light "fuzz" cut to clean up the wheel. Here are the chips:

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The recut wheel is on the right:

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Micro-Mark's Summer Sale is on :) . The disc sander and band saw should be here soon :D .

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:16 PM

Some really cool tools, Rick. Love that red slot car, too. If you retire and later decide to come out of retirement you could become a dentist with that Foredom tool set. ;)
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 04:30 PM

Hi Tom,

That Foredom grinder with the small hand piece is really nice :wub: . It makes my old Dremel seem so... last century :D .

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:28 PM

Hey, we ARE from the last century! :laugh2:





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