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This is more like it... [Apr. 28th, 2010|08:30 pm]
Mark Rimmell
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After yesterday's fiasco with the lathe lift jamming up because I left some masking tape on the drive shaft.... I was just about ready to give up the whole project at that point, I was considering selling up and becoming a beach bum. However tried again today and it took the lathe right down OK... That was the easy part. Raising it back up again was going to be the real test... 110 lbs. All I could think was "This could be very embarrassing if it grinds to a halt with my friend Guy watching".


Many thanks to Guy for coming over two days in a row to help lift the lathe into place, and for not laughing when it all went wrong on the first day.

[User Picture]From: chimera_s
2010-04-28 10:37 pm (UTC)

Today the Lathe, Tomorrow Marineville.......

Must be such a relief to have the Mechanism Fully Operational (especially after all the work you've put into it).
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-04-28 11:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Today the Lathe, Tomorrow Marineville.......

Not half! If it didn't work I was going to delete my LJ and go into hiding. Now all I need to do is build the motor mount, do the wiring, fit cut-out switches, fit a back, build doors, fit doors, build drawers, fit drawers, make slide out top, fit slide out top. Then do it all again for the milling machine cabinet.
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-04-28 11:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Today the Lathe, Tomorrow Marineville.......

Oh and... it was nearly Marineville inspired. Part Thunderbirds, part James Bond villain's lair. So I put it all down to Derek Meddings.
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[User Picture]From: nemesis_to_go
2010-04-28 10:57 pm (UTC)
I say: run it off a starter motor.

Few quid from your local scrappy. Loads of torque so it'll lift anything while merrily chewing through masking tape, fingers, etc. Only 12v so you can connect it via that model railway transformer in yer storage unit. This will let you fine-tune the speed, too.

(And you'll be able to run station lighting from the uncontrolled outlet)
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-04-28 11:10 pm (UTC)
A starter motor would be over kill.

A windscreen wiper motor will do it.

Also I don't think there are enough amps in a model railway transformer to turn a starter motor.
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2010-04-29 06:37 pm (UTC)
I think Unx has cracked it, flick the switch and the lathe lifts up or down while the flying Scotsman does a quick circuit around the room to give you something to watch and the cat something to chase. Fantasic idea
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[User Picture]From: _hedgewytch_
2010-04-29 10:53 am (UTC)
Well done for hanging in there ;)
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[User Picture]From: markrimmell
2010-05-03 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
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[User Picture]From: woodlandguy
2010-04-29 06:13 pm (UTC)
Wish I could have stayed longer to celebrate the moment with a beer.
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