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 Post subject: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bender ..
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:49 pm 
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Hey all,

I'd like to get more of the stuff we have operational. Off the top of my head these are the tools that can be readily made functional with a bit of TLC, and perhaps some parts.

Big Metal Drill Press
Steven, has been kicking ass on this, and it's possible it is currently restored to a functional state, updates have included:
  • Tear down
  • Bearing replacement
  • New Chuck

Still needs, a speed control mechanism either mechanical or electrical VFD.

Curtis aka The Big Pickle aka the Shop air compressor
This has been stalled, and likely needs to wait for the removal of the Art Shanty, then next steps.
  • Change the oil, and clean out the air filter
  • insert the various plugs
  • Borrow a pallet jack and move to the new 3 phase power plug, (in metal area) for testing.

The ceramic kiln
I could use help with the details on this one.
  • Needs a piece of stainless steel sheet of (16 or 18 guage perhaps)
  • Needs the cover reattached, to the stainless, or perhaps a sturdier frame piece
  • Needs a temperature probe / monitoring device I believe,

The solid stock metal bender aka new Harbor Freight bender
It's brand new and ready to go it just needs
  • To be mounted to the floor, who's got a large hammer drill and tapcons?
I have a smaller hammer drill that might work, but someone's gotta have the big toys, right?

I know there are more projects and things we can do to bring additional equipment online, if you can help chime in here.

Thanks

Pete


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:29 pm 
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I am unsure of what is needed for the temperature control for the Kiln. How do these things opperate, are they on/off with a timer or is there some sort to variable temperature?

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:43 am 
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I was a ceramics major for a couple of years, so I may be of assistance with the kiln.

1) The lid is probably happy staying on with friction and gravity. Unless there's a gigantic crack, it shouldn't affect the firing temperature. Worst-case, if the lid gets knocked off, you're likely to get shattered clay from sudden cooling.

2) You measure the temperature of a kiln with "pyrometric cones" -- small triangular pieces of clay that have been formulated to melt at a specific temperature. You position the cone by the peephole, and when the cone sags, you know you have arrived at the right temperature.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrometric_cone

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:28 am 
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Dont have a pallet jack, but do have a rolling 2 ton engine hoist. have to check height of the pickle to see if I can lift it (may be too tall for the hoist). If I can then it should move pretty easily.

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:36 pm 
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Well I am sort of waiting for the Big black house to get out of the way before attempting to move the pickle.


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:45 pm 
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Judeling wrote:
Well I am sort of waiting for the Big black house to get out of the way before attempting to move the pickle.


I'm with Jude on that. Question, is the "compressor oil" at Menards etc what the pickle needs? If so I can pick some up.

Drill Press question has the new plug been found? If not what model/type are we using for 3 phase?

Pete


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:10 pm 
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The Plug is still missing. I think that the general metal move around displaced it. I rather think Weds will clear up the investigation.


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:36 pm 
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I have some Tapcons, but I think they're only 3/16", probably too small for securing the bender?

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:03 pm 
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otto_pjm wrote:
Hey all,

I'd like to get more of the stuff we have operational. Off the top of my head these are the tools that can be readily made functional with a bit of TLC, and perhaps some parts.

Big Metal Drill Press
Steven, has been kicking ass on this, and it's possible it is currently restored to a functional state, updates have included:
  • Tear down
  • Bearing replacement
  • New Chuck


It's operational again, we need a speed control / VFD. That's on my todo list, Steven is wrapping up a support to correct some run-out.

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Curtis aka The Big Pickle aka the Shop air compressor
This has been stalled, and likely needs to wait for the removal of the Art Shanty, then next steps.
  • Change the oil, and clean out the air filter
  • insert the various plugs
  • Borrow a pallet jack and move to the new 3 phase power plug, (in metal area) for testing.


Nothing new has happened, except the shanty is out so we can now proceed. I believe the thrust of the testing is to perhaps resell the compressor, and get a bit smaller and perhaps quieter unit.

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The ceramic kiln
I could use help with the details on this one.
  • Needs a piece of stainless steel sheet of (16 or 18 guage perhaps)
  • Needs the cover reattached, to the stainless, or perhaps a sturdier frame piece
  • Needs a temperature probe / monitoring device I believe,


This hasn't gone well, it's actually regressed, the top is now broken into multiple pieces. I'm not sure how one would go about repairing it. Anybody got ideas?

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The solid stock metal bender aka new Harbor Freight bender
It's brand new and ready to go it just needs
  • To be mounted to the floor, who's got a large hammer drill and tapcons?
I have a smaller hammer drill that might work, but someone's gotta have the big toys, right?


The bender is in, and it works quite well, I've made quite a few Aluminum clamps. I have also made some brackets out of 1 3/4" x 1/4" Cold Rolled Steel.

Pete


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment help - Drill Press - Compressor - Kiln - Bende
PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:17 pm 
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PM me and we can set up a time to move the pickle. I can get about 800lb up to 7 ft. If I shorten chain a little higher. 1000lb to about 5.5 ft high.

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