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Finally, now I can get back to making AK's instead of just reading about them and looking at the pictures. It's been a long time.
 

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I like alot!!! Yeah, where have you been these days? From the sounds and looks of it, you've been overhaulin every piece of equipment you own. I sure do like the looks of that drill press vice you redid not too long ago. I like the stand you mounted the drill press on too. How tall is this one?
 

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I like alot!!! Yeah, where have you been these days? From the sounds and looks of it, you've been overhaulin every piece of equipment you own. I sure do like the looks of that drill press vice you redid not too long ago. I like the stand you mounted the drill press on too. How tall is this one?
The overall height is 70". The stand allows me to roll it out into the garage to do what ever, then roll it back into my work room. Leaving it out in the garage caused the BIG corrosion problems in the first place. My work room, although called a work room, I really can't do any drilling or heavy metal work. It's used mostly for reloading, gun cleaning and gun assembly plus other small tasks like overhauling the vises and drill press.

As far as where have I been, well, having a dial-up server my connection depends a lot on the weather (phone lines suck for computer work) and lately I haven't been able to get a good connection and when I do get a fair connection, I get disconnected after about 15 minutes. After I move, hopefully things will be better but until then I'll just have to put up with it.
 

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Well, I basically tore the whole thing apart including the motor. Removed the rust from all the parts then proceeded to paint everything with Rustoleum Hammered Finish (Dark Blue and Black) all other parts were painted using Rustoleum Semi-gloss Black. . I even painted the inside of the motor.

I replaced all the but a few of the hardware with stainless steel socket-head cap screws. The wiring was shot so I bought a 25? 16 gauge (13 amp) 3 wire extension cord and cut what I needed off it. Then re-wired the switches, the motor wire and the light bulb housing.

Replaced the drive belts, quill/spindle bearings and made a platform with wheels so I can move it around.

Started this project around on 07 May 2004 and finished on 21 Jun 2004. Of course I wasn?t working on it constantly, the weather (rain/humidity) prevented me from painting and the time it took to order and receive replacement parts.

During this drill press project I was also overhauling my angle, x-y axis, and 4? vises, which I have already posted pictures of. Overall it was a fun project, can?t wait for the first chips to fly.
 

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Can mine be next?
 

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Damn!! Drolling all over my desk at work. If only I had one that nice...Now I see how you build any and everything you want......WINN, I remember you telling me you lived up north next to the Tennessee border, but I don't remember you saying you lived in a cabin. I guess this is just your workshop...I forget that everyone doesn't keep all of their presses and tools in the living room like me!!
 

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Winn R......nice mill and no DRO, how do you do it?....LOL

Before I did the overhaul thing I offered the press to a friend "FREE", he didn't seem to be interested so a little while later I asked him again if he wanted it (I think he didn't know it had potential) but he blew me off so I decided to clean it up and keep it. Now he thinks it's really nice (hint, hint).
 

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I dropped a couple of hints for Winn to get one of the DIY DRO kits, but he didn't bite...

I shouldn't tease him about it though. I have mine assembled but don't have it mounted!
 

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When I get my mill I hope to put a 3 axis (knee) DRO on it. Also was thinking about using the same display for the lathe. Since the lathe is 2 axis and the DRO display is 3 axis I'll just switch the display from one to the other. Saves on having to buy another display for the lathe.
 

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Yes--With the backlash (about .030 in x) I really do need the dro. 'course I need a coolant pump too. A good operator wouldn't hurt either.

Are the digital $100 jobs any good? I'd probably need a 12" in y and a 24" in x.

Any tricks to set-up?
 

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Haven't heard of any DRO's for $100.00 (maybe the one Rhino_66 is talking about). Most cost around $1300.00 - $1600.00, especially for 3 axis. Cheapest DRO I remember was for around $$700.00 (2 axis).

As far as tricks for setup, I was at a machinery website and one of the guys was talking about setting up his mill and DRO. I got a headache from all the techno-talk. I didn't understand what the hell he was talking about (you know, like you ask someone what time it is and they tell you how to make a watch) but it seemed others did. I'm no machinist, and what I've learned is from trial and error (emphisis on error...lol). I used to be in the military and the guys in the machine shop let me do little things here and there. All it did was make me want my own stuff. And I do remember the days before DRO. You really had to have a feel for the equipment back then.
 

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Damn!! Drolling all over my desk at work. If only I had one that nice...Now I see how you build any and everything you want......WINN, I remember you telling me you lived up north next to the Tennessee border, but I don't remember you saying you lived in a cabin. I guess this is just your workshop...I forget that everyone doesn't keep all of their presses and tools in the living room like me!!
Hay if you like Winn?s Bridgeport that much maybe you should take a look up here in Northern Illinois for one. I have been offered some really nice machines up in the Rockford area with some tooling included for a thousand bucks or so. Rockford has been hit with a load of plant closings and unemployment, so there?s equipment going cheap in the local area. My problem is a lack of money because of my own unemployment, I don?t think there?s anything I?d fall in love with faster than a mill. Well maybe a well-built redhead, but it would be a close call.
 
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