About a couple of months ago my brother bought a very large Bell combination double end cutoff saw and boring machine for $150 at an auction. He told me to strip whatever we might could use off of the machine and then scrap the rest of it. So me and Clint did that. Clint is my right hand man in the machine shop. Well, you folks know me and junk because I’m one of the world’s worst junk-a-holics. I can come up with a potential use for almost anything. :)
I’m not sure what the machine weighed but our forklift wouldn’t pick it up so I imagine maybe 6,000 or 7,000 pounds. Well, here’s the funny part. After me and Clint got through stripping the machine we had almost everything that came off of it in the good pile and almost nothing in the scrap pile. :) So as a joke on my brother I gave Clint a coffee can full of old bolts and told him to go into the office and give it to him and tell him that that’s all that’s left to go to the scrap yard and that we’re keeping the rest. Clint comes back with a big smile on his face and I asked Clint what he said and Clint said that he said – fhghjurty, I figured that’s what would happen; every time I come in here with a hgjffhyy piece of equipment to scrap Charles ends up stuffing most of it in his dghhj junk pile. :)
Well, I was just joking folks; we ended up keeping about 5,000 lbs and scrapping 2,000 lbs.
Among all of the parts that we took off of it was the two boring heads that were on it. So I figured at some point we could rig up maybe a double end boring machine or two single head boring machines.
The above picture shows the two boring heads.
The picture above shows a closeup of the triple spindle head.
I located some scrap steel channels in my junk so that we could build a base for one of the heads. Patron my right foot is feeling a little better now. ;-)
The picture above is one view of the frame that was built.
The picture above is another view of the frame.
And the last picture shows what we have after the boring head was set on the base. We’re in the process of figuring out how we’ll mount the head and a few other details. We’ll have some other sections of this blog to show the progress.
BTW, I think that it is fine for me to post this because this is a machine for the small woodworking shop that we are putting together and for the most part I will be able to use it for whatever I want to so it’s really and extension of my home shop.
-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau