Saturday, May 12, 2007

Final Pics

Complete, and about 200 pounds heavier that craftsman next to it.

A couple "taps" with a dead blow hammer and this 5 thousands of runout was gone :)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Why do I have an extra screw

Painted and ready for reassembly.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Baldor 500 Grinder

Another trip we made during my week in Springfield, VT was a trip to Springfield Tools. They pick stuff up from machine auctions and resell on ebay and out of their warehouses. I picked an old (1953 I think?) Baldor grinder. It has a Diamond and a Silicon/Carbide wheel and everything is cast iron, including a nice solid cast iron pedestal. It ran, but the bearings were shot, so I decided to refurbish it when I pulled it apart to replace the bearings. Here is the tear down. It should be reassembled this weekend, good as new... no better than that cheap new stuff :)

The graduations on this piece are pretty much gone.
I'm guessing the Serial number means this is a 1953?


The one small piece of original wiring is just a bit brittle!

Pulling off the old bearings and pulling off the old paint
ready for primer

Amazing what a swipe of acetone will do.

The was a bit of warp in the tables, but not for long :-)
All but the pedestal is painted no, so I'll probably throw it back together this weekend...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

American Precision Museum

We finished up one of the nights by taking a tour of the American Precision Museum. It was closed for the season, but we were sooo important they let us see ;-) Actually they went out of their way to accommodate us, and it was an impressive collection.

I have no idea what most of these machines are, but I took as many pictures as could anyway. Basically these are some of the first precision machines used... EVER!

This display was a scale, working replica of a machine shop. They even scraped the machine tool ways. Everything works, although it was not running in the off season.