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11-09-2005 07:33 PM  12 years agoPost 1
gyan

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Hi all;
I just ordered a Taig lathe with a bunch of accessories, I've done web searches but not much on heli related issues have been found. Can anyone provide some good project links or drawings for tools / parts that can be easily fab'd on a mini lathe?

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11-10-2005 05:42 AM  12 years agoPost 2
crowfly

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I can't think of any specific projects, other than custom canopy mounts. I do hope you are very careful with your lathe. It can hurt you. Mine (although much larger than a Taig)is strong enough to rip your arm off, then beat you over head with it. BE CAREFUL

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11-10-2005 11:00 AM  12 years agoPost 3
gyan

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Thanks crowfly; I will. I'm very safety minded actually. Canopy mounts are a good Idea & I was thinking head buttons as well. How about tools? any ideas about that?

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11-10-2005 12:01 PM  12 years agoPost 4
crowfly

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Lathe tooling is almost unlimited. I believe a few "must haves" would be, a good 3 jaw chuck (fast & easy), a good 4 jaw with independant jaws (precision work), a dial indicator on a magnetic base (needed to set up heli anyways), a tail stock with a live center, a chuck for the tail stock, a parting blade to whack things off, micrometers & calipers, tapmagic cutting fluid, center drills, chamfer tool, book explaining speeds & feeds, a big trash can , boring bars, drills & taps, emery cloth, layout fluid (can use magic marker in a pinch), all the scrap aluminum, brass & nylon that you can find, http://www.use-enco.com has some good stuff, they also have some junk. They are a good reference though. This will get you started. If TMoore reads this he will probably chime in with some great ideas. You may want to PM him. I hope this helps. After you get comfortable with your lathe, you'll probably want a mill. There's no end. Good luck.

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11-10-2005 11:01 PM  12 years agoPost 5
gyan

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Hey Crowfly!!
I laughed when you said a mill cause I was kinda eyeballing that to !! LOL But that may be wayyyyy in the future for sure. I ordered everything on your list, but I'll need the center drills, tail stock chuck, I just ordered a 4 jaw chuck & not the 3 cause I'm kinda anal about precision. (aircraft mechanic) I hear ya about the no end thing ... just what I need!! ...NOT! Thanks for the link I'll check them out, but there's lots of raw stock places around here, i'll just check prices. & I'll PM TM.

Thanks alot... Gyan

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11-10-2005 11:29 PM  12 years agoPost 6
FireandH2O

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Don't forget tool bits and a grinder to grind 'em with. Bob

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11-11-2005 11:01 AM  12 years agoPost 7
gyan

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FireandH2O; I have a grinder but what type of wheel do you use? & Lots of water to cool I imagine??

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11-11-2005 01:54 PM  12 years agoPost 8
JuanRodriguez

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gyan,

From the sound of your post, it looks like you have no prior machining experience...... (statement NOT meant to break your stones)

I would strongly recommend that you check with your local high school to see if they have continuing adult education courses...... many of our local schools offer basic and advanced machining courses as well as a variety of other topics.....

They are usually 10 week courses (2X a week) and would be your best way to get to learn how to use your equipment properly......

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11-11-2005 02:02 PM  12 years agoPost 9
FireandH2O

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I used to use just a regular grinder with the wheels that came with it. Info on grinding toolbits at: http://www.mini-lathe.com and sherlines website. Just keep a cup of water when grinding and dip em in before they burn your fingers! HTH Bob

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11-11-2005 02:09 PM  12 years agoPost 10
FireandH2O

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Oh yeah a wheel dresser is a must. I use a single point diamond dresser . Bought a tool grinder from HF probably will buy new wheels one day but the factory ones will work. Bob

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11-11-2005 05:15 PM  12 years agoPost 11
gyan

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I took machining in high school too many years ago & remember the basics. & I'm going to buy some books as well. As long as I respect the moving parts & check everything prior to powering up, I should be ok. I've been working around machines for a long time & have a healthy respect for them (I still have all my parts!!) I can't wait to start on this, should almost be as fun as flying helis !

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11-11-2005 10:57 PM  12 years agoPost 12
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Here is an alternative to having to sharpen tools. It has replaceable carbide inserts that are triangular shaped. You get 3 new cutting surfaces per insert, then you replace the insert.

http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INPDFF?PMPAGE=57

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11-11-2005 11:20 PM  12 years agoPost 13
FireandH2O

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IMHO You can get by with carbide but on smaller lathes HSS bits give a better finish plus you can grind 'specialty bits' for projects. Cheaper too. Check out ENCO for toolbits, Drill rod, etc. Normally they have a free shipping code every month. Bob

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11-12-2005 01:59 AM  12 years agoPost 14
gyan

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Lots of GREAT suggestions, keep em coming. I bookmarked that site looks like a keeper. I think I'll at least try to sharpen my cutters, & if I really suck then it's nice to know there's an option.

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11-30-2005 05:27 AM  12 years agoPost 15
TMoore

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Try littlemachineshop.com, MSC, J&L, Shars, Grizzly, Jet, Harbor Freight, MicroMark and of course Sherline. The small stuff is neat to work with and one project that I can recommend for a first one is to make a little swashplate setting tool that you can use to square up your swash to the mainshaft depending on your heli. If a Sherline chuck will fit the Taig, and I think it will, you may want to check out the 3" chuck that they sell as opposed to the soft jaw chuck that Taig uses. It's just more convenient to use.

Grinding tools is no sweat. Depending on the wheel diameter of your pedestal grinder I would try a 46-60 grit Aluminum Oxide wheel for HSS Tool bits and if you want to sharpen carbide you can get a 46 grit silicon carbide wheel and don't forget a star dresser to true up the wheels.

BTW, another first project is to machine up a Delrin crank lock, especially if you have the milling attachment for the Taig.

TM

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11-30-2005 11:01 AM  12 years agoPost 16
gyan

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TMoore: thats exactly the ideas I want, boy both good ones. I'm using the Taig 4 jaw chuck. I don't mind the extra little setup time if I can control the accuracy a little more. I've already drilled out a broken 3mm bolt. & saved a $12.00 part. I love this thing!! Any drawings for that swash plate tool available? I can't imagine how it would look.

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11-30-2005 12:24 PM  12 years agoPost 17
HelicopterJohn

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gyan,

Check out my gallery and you will see some the little projects I have done as they relate to our Hobby/Sport. I see you fly the Raptor Series of Helicopters so the swashplate leveling tool may be of interest to you.

The picture is a little outdated but it has the dimensions that are important. I now drill a 10mm center hole first and then cut the slot so that the tool can be inserted under the swashplate for setup purposes. You can also check out my homepage and click on the swashplate leveling tool to see how I use it and other tools to set up my Raptors.

Just something you might enjoy looking at. If you have any questions you can send me an e-mail and I will be glad to help you if I can.

Enjoy you new machine.

OC Bob's Gathering #2 was a Premiere Event. Pictures in my Gallery

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11-30-2005 04:48 PM  12 years agoPost 18
gyan

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Thanks John, I even think that I could do that !

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