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Old 03-23-2019, 05:30 PM
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Then the short piece of 14” pipe needed one end trimmed off/squared up. They had torch cut it, and not a nice job of it at that.

Next I started laying out where the rafters will all come into the 14” pipe. Hard to see as it’s all pencil right now on a black surface.

Next to chop up some flat stock to make hanger brackets to weld to it.

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Old 03-23-2019, 07:19 PM
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:41 PM
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Fired up the mill for it’s first ‘work’ job. Used a 2 1/4” hole saw to put eight vent holes in the 14” diameter pipe.

The mill and vfd worked perfectly. Found two things on the mill that make me think it had very little use. The little locating pin is still inside the R8 spindle, something I rarely see on heavier used mills. Also the collet drawbar appears to be factory, with a thrust washer intact, and very little damage on the top end from being tapped on by hammers (or whatever is handy, usually the wrench). Along with the almost all intact original scraping design, I really think I found a diamond in the rough.

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Old 03-25-2019, 06:24 AM
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Will you need to double up the diagonal timbers to be able to cut the roof up?
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:21 AM
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The roof currently has a row of ‘cap’ shingles along each diagonal. My thoughts at this point is to remove the cap shingles, and either unscrew or cut out the existing diagonal rafters. The short piece of pipe is getting ‘hanger brackets’ welded to it for the rafters to fit into. The diagonals will be doubled, using new wood. I’m then hoping to do some trimming of each triangular piece of roof, and reuse them, shingles and all. If it goes to plan and they are reusable, then simply recap the four diagonals and the roof will be done.

I did some fighting with rusty filler rod, and the already rusty flat plate and got the hanger brackets welded together, next step is to get them welded to the short pipe.


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Old 03-25-2019, 05:43 PM
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Got the hanger brackets tacked to the short pipe this afternoon. This will be in the centre of the roof, with the smaller chimney pipe going up thru the centre. The airspace between the two will act as a natural chimney as well. The holes will let any smoke inside the roof out as well.

I have to find some angle locally, to finish the ‘clamp’ for the chimney pipe.

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Old 03-27-2019, 04:31 PM
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Got a piece of angle yesterday, and got my little 4x6 going today. Poor little saw needs some serious attention some time in the (hopefully) near future.

I cut up parts to make the ‘clamp’ with. I also cut some more up to make the brackets that will join the clamp to the hanger piece.

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Old 03-31-2019, 03:11 PM
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Looks like a good start on a much more suitable solution to vent your smoke than what the previous owner hacked together.
I imagine it feels pretty good to be able to get some of your machines back in action again.
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:22 AM
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The mill is a ‘new to me’ deal, and nice to have for sure. The lathe I’ve had an ran for a few years at the farm I had, needs some wiring done to get it going again. I really need to find a magnetic starter for it, and change it over to that. Haven’t had a lot of luck finding a decent one for a reasonable price. In time I may swap it from single to 3phase and use a vfd instead, or I may end up building a roto phase yet, will wait and see.

Still have about an hours work to get the shaper up and running. Will likely take an hour to clear the stuff around it to get started. Some of this stuff will just happen as/when I need it likely.


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Old 04-04-2019, 05:46 PM
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Been trying to get the brackets finished up. First hurdle was the mill vise I wanted to use needed some attention. Ended up tearing it apart, cleaning and stoning all the surfaces, cleaning the screw and nut, and reassembling. After that, some adjusting on the gib and the vise works pretty nicely.

Another hurdle was finding some of the pieces for a mill stop.

I got the pieces drilled, and had 4 that I wanted to mill to the same size. During that process, I remembered how sticky the quill stop nut and thread were, so ended up taking that apart. After cleaning the rod and parts up, running a tap through both nuts, and reassembly, it’s now a one finger spin to thread it up or down.

So likely about 8-10 hours here and there to do a half hour or so of machine work.

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