Resident Half Fast Machinist
Nicely done! I nominate this to go in the "Threads of note" section.
I was watching the pics go up earlier today,,, following along.
then had to leave to go shooting before the last post I have been waiting all day to get back and see how things turned out.
I welded everything myself, but there was no forging. The base (made out the 3 thinner steel plates) was welded on all 4x sides, and also "through" at 4-5 places, which was a trick I learned from my welding mentor. I placed those welds sorta in the middle to increase stiffness, but away of where I expected to drill the hole for the ram and the smaller holds for the support guides since welded areas are literally harder than "plain" steel.I can see some weld on the base plate but did you forge weld that too?
That is a very impressive fittment on all the bushings. Had you given any thoughts to using a bearing arrangement instead of bushings?
If you made another would you do anything different?
link doesn't workWell, you'll fit right in here. A fair number of us here are amateur machinists being helped tremendously by Keith and Smokeywolf. For the most part, getting into machine work was borne of the desire to do more with guns and handloading tools.
Please post about your latest Form 1 build when you get to it, I've done a few of them myself, all before I had a lathe. Here's the last one I did: https://www.artfulbullet.com/index.php?threads/my-lates