Mountain Bike Skid Plate

One of the guys I ride with recently bought a new bike from Solstice, which is a very small one-man operation.  One of the unique features of the bike is its inverted 4-bar suspension in the rear of the bike.  One downside is that a big piece of the suspension linkage hangs down below the ...

QCTP

Last night I decided to get my Quick Change Toolpost installed on the lathe.  A Quick Change Toolpost (QCTP) allows one to quickly swap cutting tools on a lathe, and perhaps more importantly, allows repeatable height adjustment of each tool with a thumbscrew.  With the four-way turret toolpost that came with the lathe, each tool bit ...

Lathe Hoisting

With the lathe arriving at the house last week, I needed to formulate a plan to get it up onto the bench.  I borrowed a 1 ton chain hoist from one of the guys I mountain bike with, so all that was left to do was work out the precise details of where to hang ...

Lathe! 2

Back in May I ordered a Grizzly G0602 metalworking lathe, expecting it to arrive within a week or so.  Unfortunately they were out of stock, but about 2 months after I placed the order, it arrived at the UPS Freight terminal near Manchester airport in NH.  The arrival was a bit of a surprise, as ...

Another Mill Upgrade (with a Plot Twist) 3

Some time last year, I found this link and went as far as getting in touch with Harbor Freight to try to order the telescopic metal way cover from the Sieg KX3 CNC machine. I dropped the project once I learned it would take months and cost a lot. Last week I noticed that LMS was ...

New Mill Upgrade Delivery

I lucked into picking up an extended table for my milling machine.  Sieg made a large table version of the SX3 mill but only sold it outside of the USA.   Little Machine Shop happened into getting just five of the tables as “replacement parts,” which turned out to be the last five they will ...

Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 4 3

I made the other locking mechanism for the other piece of luggage this weekend and I made a little video showing some of the CNC process, as well as a clip showing the cases and locks in action.

Pelican Case Motorcycle Luggage Project – Part 3 1

With the new riding season upon us, I decided it was time to try to finish up my Pelican case motorcycle luggage project that I started last summer.  When I left off, the cases could be easily mounted and removed from the Givi racks on the bike, but there was no locking at all, leaving ...

Anti-Projects

Leftovers from several CNC projects.

Spring Loaded Engraving Tool

Ran across this cool custom engraving tool holder that should solve the problem of inconsistent material heights when engraving.  Once I get a lathe maybe I’ll think about making one.  The rest of the blog is pretty cool if you’re in to over-the-top flight simulator cockpits!