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Home shop machinist? Let's see some pics.


By PanaPinResto

3 years ago



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  • Latest reply 3 years ago by vid1900
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    #1 3 years ago

    I have lots of hobbies. Many were picked up to aid in pinball restoration. One of my favorite is "Home shop machinist". I'm just a beginner but I can make stuff. I have a Sieg X2d mini mill with home built tach., upgraded to belt drive, 3 axis igaging dro. Spindle light and homemade power feed.
    Lathe is a 1957 9" south bend lathe. It was a pile of rust when I bought it. I did a full restoration when I bought it.

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    #2 3 years ago

    Lathe pic

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    #3 3 years ago

    No one here turns a playfield post on a lathe when needed? Machines a new bracket?

    #5 3 years ago

    The closest I felt to a machinist is when I made a ball guide. I made the small one its bigger brother was my template.
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    Steel plate picked up a farm store, and only a grinder, vise, and hand drill were used to make.

    #6 3 years ago

    Made a batch of Allied Leisure drop target links from Delrin rod.

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    Williams coin return button and bezel turned from stainless bolts.

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    Lathe is a 10" Logan circa 1940 - kinda like this one:

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    #7 3 years ago

    Nice lathe. I'd like to find a stand like that for mine.
    I'm surprised, I thought there would be more lathes and mills on pinside.

    #8 3 years ago

    I really want a CNC lathe. What's the smallest one of them cost?

    #10 3 years ago

    Gotta love the Harbor Freight-esque instructions. Note how "Instruction" is spelled.

    #11 3 years ago
    Quoted from MrBally:

    Gotta love the Harbor Freight-esque instructions. Note how "Instruction" is spelled.

    im sure a man of vids talent has no need for instrucations!

    #12 3 years ago

    I am a 35 year self employed machinist. I have engine lathes, one 16", 3500lbs several other machines including a CNC lathe and CNC mill...3200lbs. I have a tech friend that comes over occasionally to have me make parts that don't exist anymore and I too make several parts for my pins when needed. John

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from TimeBandit:

    I really want a CNC lathe. What's the smallest one of them cost?

    That depends on what you want to make and what materials you want to use.

    #14 3 years ago
    Quoted from PapaJohn:

    I am a 35 year self employed machinist. I have engine lathes, one 16", 3500lbs several other machines including a CNC lathe and CNC mill...3200lbs. I have a tech friend that comes over occasionally to have me make parts that don't exist anymore and I too make several parts for my pins when needed. John

    I'd love to have a shop with bigger machines. I will one day. I move all over the world and the moving guys have a heart attack every time see my shop and pins. I'll never need a 16" lathe but a tormach 440 and a tormach lathe would be a hobby machinist dream. I'm slowly buying the parts to convert my mini mill to cnc. It's a slow process of learning and saving but it's exciting. The last part I made was a reset bracket for pinbot drop targets. It looks original.

    #15 3 years ago
    Quoted from balzofsteel:

    Made a batch of Allied Leisure drop target links from Delrin rod.

    Only thing better than fixing an old pin is making your own parts to do it. Granted there are not a lot of pin parts that can be made in a machine shop but when I can I do.
    Nice job on your parts.

    #16 3 years ago

    I have a small lathe and it's fine for plastics and soft metals, but simply isn't rigid enough to turn stainless or any other hard metal material. It works though for what I do with it, so there you have it.

    #17 3 years ago

    I have a machine shop located in a dedicated building behind my house, kinda qualifies as a home shop, yes?

    Three vertical mills, two lathes, horizontal mill, specialized tube bending equipment, welders, paint booth, etc...

    Here's a little pinball project I did a few years ago: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/boogie-damn-you

    cheers,

    rody

    #18 3 years ago

    I have wanted to get a cnc mini mill mostly to mess around with. I do however run a laser at work and have made a few odds and ends but thats as close to a home shop as I can get at the moment.

    #19 3 years ago

    Been a machinist my whole life. Got a Logan 10" and a Bridgeport in my garage.
    I like to build working models of hit and miss engines.
    Always making small parts for my games.

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    #21 3 years ago

    Looks like fun. I have a heavy 10 South bend, and a chinese Mill/drill I use them to make all kinds of stuff.

    I guess my claim to fame would be that i had dinner with George Luhrs once, What an amazing guy! A bunch of great stories!

    http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/luhrs.htm

    #22 3 years ago

    The welder sees a lot more use than the lathe does. Worn chime box pegs, miscellaneous random broken parts, a whole batch of pieces where springs ate through.....

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    A 255 amp Lincoln - it's like the ultimate hot glue gun.

    #24 3 years ago
    Quoted from BobLangelius:

    Looks like fun. I have a heavy 10 South bend, and a chinese Mill/drill I use them to make all kinds of stuff.
    I guess my claim to fame would be that i had dinner with George Luhrs once, What an amazing guy! A bunch of great stories!
    http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/luhrs.htm

    George was an amazing craftsman. Every year it seemed he was trying to out do himself.

    #25 3 years ago

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    #26 3 years ago

    South Bend 10K circa 1958 here.

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    #27 3 years ago

    Here is my $400 conversion of a Lathe/Mill combo into a full CNC unit (way back in 2008).

    Of course it could probably be done cheaper today; but back in the day, a ton of people saw those pictures for inspiration and jumped right into CNC.

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