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Home Built 13" Jointer #14: Table Lifting Screw - Nut Assembly

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Blog entry by Ger21 posted 04-18-2016 12:32 AM 1242 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This morning I set out to build the nut assembly that raises and lowers the infeed table.
I started with a piece of Delrin rod that I thought was 1.5” diameter.
Holding it with a handscrew, I marked the center and drilled a 3/8” hole through it.

I then took a cutoff piece from the screw to make a tap. I chucked it in my drill and while spinning, ground a taper on the disc sander. Then used an angle grinder to cut a rather sloppy flute in it.

Then chucked the tap in the drill press, and tapped the delrin by turning the chuck by hand.
This was very difficult for 3 reasons.
1) Poor quality tap. :-)
2) Removing a lot of material with 1 flute.
3) Delrin is slippery, and it’s hard to hold a round piece of it.

I could only do abnout 1/2 turn at a time, and had to back it all the way out to clear the chips.

Once tapped, checked the fit on the screw. Nice and snug. The reason I made it 1-1/2” long, was so that it would be on the tight side. The first 1/2”-3/4” of threads a bit loose, from running the tap in and out so many times.

I had some ideas in my head on how I was going to mount this, but thought of a better way this morning.

Whipped up some toolpaths in AutoCAD and carved out a slot to accept the nut. Except it wouldn’t fit. After a slight toolpath update and second run, I realized that the diameter was actually 1-3/4”, not 1-1/2”
Third time on the CNC was the charm, and I had a nice fit. Prior to routing the groove, I drilled 2 holes to locate T-nuts on the backside.

Then I clamped the nut to a block of wood on my CNC, and routed two flats, and drilled for the mounting holes that would line up with the t-nuts. I drilled a 1/8” hole, then countersunk with a countersink bit in a hand drill, followed by enlarging the holes by hand to 3/16” If I had a 3/16” collet for my cnc, I would have drilled them the right size to start with.

Screwed the nut to the base, and test fit on the screw.

Should work great. It’s nice and solid.

A few coats of paint tonight, and it’ll be ready to install tomorrow.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com



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SPalm

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 12:49 AM

Clever work sir.
That is some good stuff.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 01:01 AM

Gerry—I’m enjoying the jointer build, vicarious as it is. You are doing some really great work with this project, and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for the shavings to start flying!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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MadMark

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#3 posted 04-18-2016 01:30 AM

Don’t you need two? One for each side?

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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Ger21

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#4 posted 04-18-2016 01:33 AM

No. The outfeed table is fixed, and shouldn’t need to be moved once it’s set to the correct height.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#5 posted 04-18-2016 08:07 AM

Wow this build sure is getting along! Super fine finish on things. Hope this machine will serve you well and make you proud

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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