High pressure (0.06" wall) copper plumbing pipe. Exactly 1" inside diameter. Lighter weight pipe has a larger inside diameter.
Galvanized steel chainlink fence top-rail tubing. .999" outside diameter after polishing and buffing.
1/2" nominal size light duty copper pipe. Inside diameter is 0.55" with a 0.035" wall.
The nuts from a large brass plumbing coupler. (The type with a bit of copper pipe between the nuts.)
A small piece of 6061-T6 1/2" thick aluminum plate.
Two 3/4" long 1/8" diameter pop-rivets.
A 1" long piece of 60601-T6 aluminum 1" round bar. (Can't bee seen, it's the part of the pommel that's pressed into the hilt to hold it in place.)
25 feet of 16ga bare copper wire.
Two pieces of a 1.33" outside diameter PVC plumbing coupler.
One 8-32 brass thumbscrew, 3/8" thread length.
A chunk of edge connector from an ISA slot PC soundcard.
Super glue and clear paint in a spray can. Dupli-Color "Metalcast" silver basecoat was used on the inside of the emitter guard.
Harbor Freight #42976
7x12 Metal Lathe with a #43581
4-jaw chuck from Harbor Freight.
An older Grizzly Industrial
7x10 metal lathe with its stock 3-jaw chuck. Really old, serial #346. I had to do a ton of work on it to repair damage from previous owners and to correct the numerous flaws the early Chinese import lathes had. By comparison, my Homier lathe was practically perfect when it arrived on my doorstep.
A quickchange toolpost like this one
but purchased from Homier. (They don't seem to stock it now.)
A 4x6 metal cutting bandsaw similar to this one
, but several years older, made in Taiwan or Japan instead of China.
multi-tool with cutoff wheel and grindstone.
A Harbor Freight #47257
6" Digital Caliper.
A buffer made from one of those old "butt shaker" machines that had the strap that went around your backside or belly. Remove the eccentric cams off the ends and replace with threaded stub arbors to mount buffing wheels. The reduction belt drive slows down the speed to perfect for metal polishing and buffing.
An ordinary hacksaw plus various drill bits, endmills, an 8-32 thread tap and handle, lathe toolbits, flat and round files, various grits of sandpaper,
time, sweat, and fortunately- no blood.
The emitter and guard are held on by the brass thumbscrew and the pommel could be removed fairly easily. It's now fitted with a homemade D-Ring. Actually, an Ogredude's shop-made D-ring. We did that right before going to see the movie, so I should include a Shopsmith Mark V in drillpress mode in the tools list.
Should you decide to get yourself a small metal lathe, I highly reccommend checking out these two websites. http://www.mini-lathe.com
The "7x" lathes are quite nice, and even better after you've gone over them and tweaked and adjusted things. They're like a small big lathe instead of like a large small lathe like a Unimat or Prazi or Taig. (And also much, much less expensive!) Harbor-Freight is the only company selling the 7x10 which is 10" maximum between centers. Everyone else like Homier or Cummins Industrial Tools
sells a 7x12 which is 12" maximum between the face of the 3-jaw chuck and the tailstock center. A 3" 4-jaw chuck is a bit thinner so it can hold slightly longer work. Measured like a 7x10 (between centers) the 7x12 can hold work nearly 14" long. Micro Mark
sells a 7x14 (between chuck and tailstock) lathe but it's the most expensive of the 7x Chinese import lathes available in the USA.
For a person just doing small stuff, the Harbor Freight #47158
Micro Mill takes up less room, costs less and unlike the "Big Red" drill/mill, doesn't have a round column so it keeps alignment when the head is raised/lowered.
I'm on this Yahoo Group
which is the most active one there is for the home shop machinist. It's so active because it is totally unmoderated. We will get into discussions about ANYTHING. Should you choose to join, ASK A QUESTION about machine tools and machining. We can't read your mind, so being a lurker won't get you anywhere.
You'll get plenty of answers. Many of the members are 60-70-80 years old with a lifetime of expertise and willing to help out anyone new to metalwork.
August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2014
"I am a machine. I am a weapon of war. I am a destroyer of life in the service of life, the sword and shield of my human creators." Bolo Invincibilus
, Mark XXIII, Model B (Experimental) 0075-NKE "Nike".