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Old 11-18-2022, 03:05 PM
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That is an excellent high speed chuck key on the lathe there. I like it!!

Excellent job on the organization!! The pictures help maintain it.

Keep up the inspiration!!!

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The drill, or the custom Chuck key I made?


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Old 11-18-2022, 04:31 PM
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Yes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, The battery powered one.

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Old 11-18-2022, 08:09 PM
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Couple more pics. I made some hangers from hangers from my uniforms. I straightened, and then twisted four of them together to create hangers for the bigger calipers. Gets them out of the toolbox.

Then made some s hooks to hang steel chunks we keep on the saw for extra vice supports. Hopefully this will keep us from just stacking the pieces on the freshly painted Vice tear down stand. This stand does not get used often, only when we have 15’ or longer cylinder to work on.

First pic is the custom Chuck key I had made 5 years ago when I started. I put some curves on it to dress it up a bit.

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Old 11-19-2022, 12:58 PM
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Looks good, and it is able to just be part of the process.

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Old 11-19-2022, 01:17 PM
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Do your coworkers share in the keep it organized or are they still the old way .?
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Old 11-19-2022, 01:56 PM
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Do your coworkers share in the keep it organized or are they still the old way .?

Half the shop complains that I do organize it. But I find if I make a home for something, and label it as it’s home, it tends to get put back. But not everyone cares, but it does help 90% of the time.

My co-machinist likes when I tackle something to better organize it, and I try to encourage him to do some, but he and most of the shop are the type that will not try to do any more than what’s required to get thru the day. I’m learning that if there isn’t enough work to keep both of us busy, I’ll start doing something to make shop more efficient/ organized, and let him do the paying work, otherwise he will go home if there is no work.

We need some down time sometimes to make things better. Looks like we might be getting some, for the first time in 3 years. But it might change next week, who knows.

I guess I would not mind cutting back a couple days a week, and I could probably swing it $ wise, and spend more time trying to organize my home shop. Just wish it would have happened in the summer time, where I didn’t have to fight snow and cold.


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Old 11-19-2022, 09:26 PM
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You just stay after it and don't worry too much about the others.

I try and keep my stuff at the shop clean and neat and I don't have to spend time out hunting stuff.

Keep the pictures coming as you go and it will pay off, even if you are the one to most benefit from your efforts.

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Old 11-21-2022, 12:22 PM
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Couple pics of the saw accessories I have made/ use.

The flat bar with the round pieces welded to it is used when I have a small piece that cannot be held by the back jaw. I had added a bigger back jaw plate that is about 1/4” away from the blade, so I can use this plate with the one round end next to the blade, and the middle round rod allows the movable jaw to clamp in the center, and this way I don’t have to have the exact width spacer on the back side to hold part securely. The round rod holding the part to be cut holds it flat to back plate, and I just stack as needed the round spacers with a flat milled on them in the back of the jaws.


The other pieces hanging on the front of the saw are just spacer blocks to hold odd parts as needed.



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Old 11-21-2022, 12:34 PM
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One other thing that seems to help with finding stock quickly, is I write the sizes of material on the ends with a bic/ paper mate wite out correction pen. The pens can be found in the stationary aisle usually. About $2- 2.5 each. They have a stainless metal tip, that I think works much better than a paint marker. Paint markers tend to dry out/ mess up when used over oil/ grease. The stainless tips can just be cleaned off, and keeps a nice thin line. Also dried pretty quickly. The one con, but sometimes a good thing, is it can be scraped back off too.

The white helps stand out in the lower lit areas.

But, if you take time to write the sizes, make sure you write the correct size. It is a pain when you write the wrong size, and do not double check it before you cut it to make sure it is correct.
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Old 11-21-2022, 08:50 PM
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Along with the size, I always try to write the alloy/material as well.


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