Fabricating a Horizontal Boring Machine #1: Fabrication of Frame and Mounting Head

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 12-07-2010 09:09 PM 3024 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 09:44 PM



There is a big and strong machine

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 10:06 PM

Charles- where did you learn how to do so many things? It is easy to tease about your being a junk-a-holic- but really- your talents are quite amazing. An engineering marvel. :) I have no idea what a boring head is, but I bet it will be in fine working order when you are finished with it!!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 10:20 PM

hey charles…great job and a cool salvage for sure…thats some kind of table to…i love solid work like that…must be great to work in a shop that has the tools you need…thanks for the post…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 10:51 PM

So as I understand.
A very large Dremmel on a table?
You are amazing, love your ability to see things.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 12-07-2010 11:09 PM


glad the foot is doing better

that sure is some rig you are making

look forward to the running deal

and that table
that thing could hold my 20” planer

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 12:22 AM

Thats a big machine!

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 01:31 AM

I´m glad it ain´t a handtool you are making …lol
and why shuoldn´t it bee okay to post its a woodworking tool you are making
just in another size than we normaly see them
I look forward to hte next installment helluvawreck
and the finished working area, just remember to plank the workingstations with some wood
so we ain´t gonna get a colturechoc and think its an ironshop

take care

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 12:33 PM

This is the most boring post here yet! (ducking and grinning)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 03:42 PM

I will be watching this build for sure.
Fantastic work.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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