Today I will show the growth stage of the basic headstock, It will bloom in a later post with pulleys and indexing plate. I obtained a piece of hollow seamless heavy wall pipe in a short ends bin, would have liked a different size with a smaller hole but beggars can’t be choosers. 20$ I could afford, to cut a better piece it would have been about 60$. I wanted a hollow shaft so I would have the opportunity to use a vacuum chuck, homemade of course. First step was to lathe a threaded insert for the shaft end to attach the accesories from a scrap bar of solid steel. First step was to cut the thread with the lathe so it is perfectly aligned, one can’t make a mistake on this operation, as one has to make multiple cuts in a row.
Then lathe the metal to just fit inside the spindle.
And then cut it off the bar stock. finished. that was easy..
The next step I worked on was to prepare the section of logging truck reach, The length of the scrap pice I had was only so long so that determined the height of the lathe. I had allot of grinding and sanding to get it presentable, atleast all the loose rust off.
Clamp the flange bearing in place and use a felt pen to lay out the position on one side then use a square to locate the other one directly across from it.
A drill the size of the holes was used to mark the the position of the center of each hole, then I could use smaller drill stages to start the process, working my way up to 5/8 inches. I did use the drill press, had to prop the one end up of course, don’t seem to have a picture of that.
Next step was to cut a heavy piece of channel iron and weld it to the bottom, with a half moon cut out to be welded to a 5 inch pipe in the base.
Snow is great for cooling the metal after you cut it.
Wheel barrel makes a handy table, transporting this project as the parts are heavy.
And that all there is to it. I think I will show you how I built the base next time.
Thanks for looking and comments appreciated and thanks to Safeway Store for the free WiFi.
-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia