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  #151  
Old Mon 28 July 2008, 16:36
J.R. Hatcher
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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My router has 3/4" mdf bolted to the cross members, then a 1/2" mdf plenum (Brady Watson SB style) laying on top of that ..... not attached, then the 3/4" mdf spoil board ..... again not attached. I did put sealer (polyester resin) on the bottom of the mdf attached to the cross members, and all the edges of everything. It seems to be working good.
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  #152  
Old Sat 02 August 2008, 10:14
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Some progress today...

Fitted control switch boxes and junction boxes.

boxes front.jpg

boxes rear.jpg

junction open.jpg
lots of wires in and out of this one
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  #153  
Old Sat 02 August 2008, 11:55
smreish
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Orlando, Florida
United States of America
jealous, I am. Superb work.
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  #154  
Old Sat 02 August 2008, 13:23
sailfl
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Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Fancy.... looks great.
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  #155  
Old Sat 02 August 2008, 18:21
J.R. Hatcher
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Alan that looks good, I like the black rails.
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  #156  
Old Sat 02 August 2008, 20:00
domino11
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Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Great progress. Love the pictures.
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  #157  
Old Sat 02 August 2008, 21:07
Greg J
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Hagerman, New Mexico
United States of America
Looks great Alan, but I don't understand the "Blue" button on the box's.

Is that southern hemisphere speak for "I wish warm weather was here".
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  #158  
Old Sun 03 August 2008, 00:50
Lex
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Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
I have just realized how many hours of fun is waiting for me. Alan, you work quality is outstanding! It is good thing to set high standards for us that follows. I will do my best but I doubt if I can reach your level. Well done.
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  #159  
Old Sun 03 August 2008, 05:45
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Thanks all,

J.R. the rails are not black, I have not got around to painting them yet , the blue button is to "START" the cut and the yellow button is to "PAUSE or FEEDHOLD" - but warm weather would be greatly appreciated.
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  #160  
Old Sun 03 August 2008, 05:54
J.R. Hatcher
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Well, they sure would look good black and the Z plate too.
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  #161  
Old Sun 03 August 2008, 09:07
hennie
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Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
So close but still so far.Don`t you wish the end is near? Nice finish!
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  #162  
Old Sun 03 August 2008, 23:02
Kobus_Joubert
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Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Nice going Alan, I can now see why you are a little behind me. You really put a lot of effort into building your MM....but it will be covered in dust one of these days.
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  #163  
Old Mon 04 August 2008, 22:23
Roadkill_321
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Wiseton, Saskatchewan
Canada
Alan,

I only wish my machine looked like yours. Excellent quality judging from the pictures.

John
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  #164  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 11:32
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Cables have arrived

sprogs with cables.jpg
These are the sprogs “decorated” with R2200 worth of shielded and ground cable.

Well today was a momentous one, The company I work for has recently been taken over by another corporation and it has been decided that they no longer need a Technical Manager…so after five years its cheers with one weeks pay for every year worked.

Thankfully I have the Mechmate so there are at least options open to me, further incentive to get the beast finished before the end of the month. I know I am not in a unique situation and many have been there before (some inspiring posts on the Shopbot forum) so its not doom and gloom but another wonderful opportunity even if it is a little sooner than planned, sometimes we need a little push every now and then to get us moving in the right direction.

Thank you to Gerald and all the other inspiring folk on this forum for giving me the means to be able to be self sufficient, its all up to me now.
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  #165  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 11:38
domino11
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Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
Alan,
Sorry to hear of the downsizing. Hopefully all will work out positively for you!
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  #166  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 11:57
Gerald D
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Cape Town
South Africa
That's a good attitude Alan - it is going to serve you well.
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  #167  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 12:37
hennie
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Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
Good Luck Alan Experiance Is On Your Side!
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  #168  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 13:14
Greg J
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Hagerman, New Mexico
United States of America
Great picture Alan.

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." ~Milton Berle
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  #169  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 13:28
Robert M
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Lac-Brome, Qc
Canada
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Alan, everybody has its story. But with your attitude towards your future, only the best can be waiting for you !
I’m flying solo for the past 8yrs after quitting MGR an office of 18 people and it is the best thing ever happened to me. Salary wise, well…. I’m still working on that ! Maybe the making of my MM will give this extra push to
Best of luck buddy, Robert

( OT : One fun thing about “Attitude”. Take it’s alpha numerical value and add them all up to find a positive answer to what’s ahead of you….., you’ll see why and what’s all about. [A=1, T=20 etc] = Attitude ! ).
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  #170  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 22:40
Kobus_Joubert
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Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Sorry to hear that sad news, but I am sure with your new MM and your experience with CNC it will work out. Maybe you can go and help Sean D....since he will be operating so many MM's
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  #171  
Old Thu 07 August 2008, 22:55
Lex
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Empangeni KwaZuluNatal
South Africa
All the best for your new future. It will be better!
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  #172  
Old Fri 08 August 2008, 00:37
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
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Thanks for all the words of encouragement, its greatly appreciated.
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  #173  
Old Sat 09 August 2008, 12:18
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
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Did some more work today, welded nuts on the flange plates and started assembling the first side - ran out of time so did not get as far as I had wanted to.

flange plates.jpg flange with nuts.jpg
Laser cut flange plates nuts welded on

foot plate.jpg
foot plate in position on the bottom of the leg

foot plate welded.jpg
foot plate welded

sde frame.jpg
side frame assembled - still to do bracing

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detail of support pipe welded to flange, bolted to bottom of main beam
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  #174  
Old Sun 10 August 2008, 05:33
hennie
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Roodepoort JHB
South Africa
I see that you will be cutting next weekend!
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  #175  
Old Sat 16 August 2008, 13:20
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Not cutting yet but at least the table is standing. Only finishing up at Natwood 11 Sept, so still only have weekends to work on machine. All the parts are at my Dads factory (70 Km's away) so can't work on it in the week


For those looking at adjustable feet...my simple solution - weld 16mm nut to foot plate, turn 4 disks with dimple, 16mm bolt and lock nut = ample adjustment for the worst floors, simple cheap and strong. The same system is used on our moulders at work and they only use 10mm bolts

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  #176  
Old Sat 16 August 2008, 14:17
J.R. Hatcher
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Alan first thing I want to say is I like your feet. I was writing a post about feet at the same time you were. After I posted it I looked to see if there were any new post and there was ... yours. When I read it, it sounded as if my post was in response to yours. I promise I did not see your post until after I had posted mine. Sometimes things can be so weird.
Have a look and you'll see what I mean.

http://www.mechmate.com/forums/showthread.php?t=941
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  #177  
Old Sun 17 August 2008, 21:38
liaoh75
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Taibao
Taiwan
I really like the bolt together design. Nice job! Can't wait to see how it looks fully painted.
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  #178  
Old Sun 17 August 2008, 22:34
Kobus_Joubert
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Riversdale Western Cape
South Africa
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Hi Alan, Are you putting some more steel on the table ? Don't you need some bracing on the front and back sides. When that thing is moving / cutting the Y-Axis movement will shake the table like you cannot believe.
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  #179  
Old Mon 18 August 2008, 00:08
Alan_c
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Cape Town (Western Cape)
South Africa
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Thanks David

Dont worry Kobus, still lots of steel to add to that frame, time just caught up to me on Saturday - at least I missed watching the humiliating defeat...
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  #180  
Old Mon 18 August 2008, 00:51
Kobus_Joubert
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Riversdale Western Cape
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I would rather sit on my roof or play with BBB before watching the NEW rugby...I call it NEW because in the old day's the people played without payment or political interference...they were REAL sportsmen.
Glad to hear that more steel wil be added.
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