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Forum: 40. Z-Slide Thu 04 March 2010, 09:13
Replies: 14
Views: 5,277
Posted By jeffa
frallan, Erick and I made exactly the same...

frallan,

Erick and I made exactly the same "booboo" as you did on our spider. We just welded up the the mis-drilled and tapped holes, ground down our welds and then re-drilled. No problems. The...
Forum: About this Forum Fri 05 February 2010, 11:41
Replies: 101
Views: 29,246
Posted By jeffa
Congratulations and thank you Gerald. If I...

Congratulations and thank you Gerald.

If I were a betting man ;), I'd bet that the legacy you've started will continue for a long time and will touch many people.

Best regards always,

Jeff...
Forum: Driving Mechanisms: Rack/pinion, gears, screws, belts & chains Tue 02 February 2010, 13:12
Replies: 101
Views: 37,255
Posted By jeffa
I was having a little trouble finding the 3M tape...

I was having a little trouble finding the 3M tape at a reasonable price. Then I stumbled on this at an Autozone store... $9.49 USD

Hopes this helps someone else.

Jeff
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 17 January 2010, 07:33
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Robert, Happy to provide the information.:) ...

Robert,

Happy to provide the information.:) We ordered this computer from Logic Supply, Inc. ( www.logicsupply.com ). Here's the list:

* Intel D945GSEJT Johnstown - Fanless Mainboard;
* M350...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 16 January 2010, 13:53
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
A Little Work On Our Control Computer

Our machine is just about assembled. We plan to drill and mount the first table-bed board tomorrow.

Last week we received some computer components which I had ordered, so we threw together this...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 10 January 2010, 10:16
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Thank you all for the nice comments of...

Thank you all for the nice comments of encouragement. It is very much appreciated. :)

Regards,

Jeff and Erick
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 07 January 2010, 20:38
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Sean, The tapping head in the photo is just...

Sean,

The tapping head in the photo is just a cheap-o unit from Harbor Freight, but it works quite nicely.

Jeff
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 07 January 2010, 20:30
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Painting X and Y rail with clear-coat

Both sets of rails are much, much better now. :rolleyes:

We are spraying each with clear-coat (no paint on the roller or gear surfaces) and we hope to begin final assembly tomorrow and over the...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 07 January 2010, 20:23
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Setting the height of our X and Y axis rails

Here are a couple of photos of the process we used to set the height of our X and Y axis rails.

First, we bolted our V-rail to our aluminum angle and placed a clamp between each bolt location.
...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 07 January 2010, 20:05
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Remaking our X axis rails

Our X axis rails were unable to be salvaged so I ordered the correct aluminum angle this time (I know, I shouldn't have deviated from the plan) and a new set of V-rails. :rolleyes:

Here we're...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Thu 07 January 2010, 19:53
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Red face We're still alive and kicking.......

Well, at last, a long over due update...and confession...

You may recall from one of our last posts that we were in the process of trying to "tune" our X axis rails and their mounting surfaces in...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 16 December 2009, 09:19
Replies: 130
Views: 32,429
Posted By jeffa
Paul, Your wine bottle seems to be...

Paul,

Your wine bottle seems to be mysteriously loosing its contents from one picture to the next ;).

Jeff
Forum: Troubleshooting Fri 11 December 2009, 15:47
Replies: 191
Views: 32,575
Posted By jeffa
Nils, I have tried to keep up with this...

Nils,

I have tried to keep up with this thread from time to time. Do you feel that you have fixed the problem? If so, would you be willing to share with us what the problem(s) was(were)?
...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Mon 23 November 2009, 15:28
Replies: 2
Views: 1,837
Posted By jeffa
No video output on the C11 board. Your video...

No video output on the C11 board. Your video monitor will be connected to the PC running the MACH3 software.
Forum: Troubleshooting Wed 09 September 2009, 09:49
Replies: 191
Views: 32,575
Posted By jeffa
Nils, I am by no means an expert on the...

Nils,

I am by no means an expert on the Mechmate, but I've spent a lot of my life building, troubleshooting and repairing machinery. I have followed your post and I have thought that what I would...
Forum: 70. Control Systems Sun 06 September 2009, 08:24
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By jeffa
Robert, We elected to mount our control box...

Robert,

We elected to mount our control box on the base. The mounting location is toward the front on the left-hand side when facing the machine just in front of the start of the X-axis cable...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 20 August 2009, 08:13
Replies: 55
Views: 16,151
Posted By jeffa
Brian, Congratulations. You have built a...

Brian,

Congratulations. You have built a great machine in record time. You should be very proud of your accomplishment!

You guys that whip through these builds really provide some motivation....
Forum: The Show Room Tue 11 August 2009, 07:40
Replies: 20
Views: 7,410
Posted By jeffa
Justin, Beautiful piece of furniture. The...

Justin,

Beautiful piece of furniture. The lines and style make for a very elegant table.

Congratulations!

When I first looked at the photo I thought the wood was mahogany, but I'm not...
Forum: Driving Mechanisms: Rack/pinion, gears, screws, belts & chains Mon 10 August 2009, 14:18
Replies: 23
Views: 12,011
Posted By jeffa
Jeff, Does the 1/2" diameter bore seem a...

Jeff,

Does the 1/2" diameter bore seem a little bit sloppy on the 12 mm diameter motor shafts? The fit between the two should be very close...softly tapping the pinion gear onto the motor shaft...
Forum: 50. Toolheads Fri 31 July 2009, 07:26
Replies: 16
Views: 7,043
Posted By jeffa
Gerald, I do believe a number of VFDs do...

Gerald,

I do believe a number of VFDs do have over current protection built in. As well most three phase VFDs have protection for a phase loss. It is important to obtain a drive that will allow...
Forum: 50. Toolheads Thu 30 July 2009, 08:12
Replies: 16
Views: 7,043
Posted By jeffa
Just FYI, when talking to PDS about purchasing a...

Just FYI, when talking to PDS about purchasing a VFD to run the 5 HP spindle that I purchased. They recommended a 10 HP VFD to run the 5 HP spindle with a single phase input rather than a three...
Forum: The Market Place Tue 28 July 2009, 08:33
Replies: 18
Views: 6,490
Posted By jeffa
HSD spindles currently for sale on eBay

To all interested in a spindle rather than a router, I just happened upon these HSD spindles listed on eBay.
...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 11 July 2009, 22:47
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Blue...Blue Day (part two)

We started to paint some of the machine components today.

One benefit from building your own MechMate that I've never heard mentioned in the Forum is that if you do things just right, you'll have...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sat 11 July 2009, 17:23
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Blue...Blue Day (part one)

Started to disassemble our machine today to begin the painting process.

I thought I would get a shot of one of the tops of our 'X' axis rail beams. I used a very straight piece of bar stock...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Sun 05 July 2009, 12:23
Replies: 65
Views: 17,636
Posted By jeffa
Thanks Gerald, It's nice to be making some...

Thanks Gerald,

It's nice to be making some forward progress and contributing to the forums again. It sure helps to have the helpful community here to keep us going. Hopefully we'll be able to...
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