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Project by ErikF posted 06-03-2017 12:40 PM 848 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on some saw projects lately.

A big step forward for me was getting a CNC. A few weeks back I was browsing the local craigslist and came across an ad for an old Powermatic CNC…I wasn’t looking to spend the money but I did have a 20” jointer that wasn’t getting much use. Ended up doing a straight trade, deal of the year.

I’ve done my fair share of knocking CNC but now that I have one in the shop, I’ll never go back. The handles come off the machine about 80% complete. There is final shaping, sanding, and cutting the back/blade slot are follow on steps.

For those of you that like cool machines- here is the CNC.

Powermatic No. 47
Colombo 10hp Spindles (I only run one of them)
Year- ? It’s been upgraded and runs off my laptop
48”x24” travel
Table moves for X and Y

-- Power to the people.





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summerfi

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#1 posted 06-03-2017 01:12 PM

That’s quite a machine, Erik. What kind of cutter do you use for the handles? You’re making some nice looking saws.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 06-03-2017 02:48 PM

Very Cool!

It’s like a knee mill set up with huge table travel for router work.

Columbo Spindles are top shelf and 10 HP will not leave you lacking. Are the VFDs set up for 1 phase or 3 phase?

Any idea how much that beast ways? It looks very beefy and rigid, which makes the cut quality much better.

Fire up that second spindle and you’ll be able to crank out parts by the gazillion. Or load a second cutter in it so you can run back to back operations without changing cutters, just have the work shift over to the second spindle and make the next set of operations.

Enjoy using it.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 06-03-2017 03:24 PM

Gorgeous saw handles.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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ErikF

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#4 posted 06-03-2017 04:19 PM



That s quite a machine, Erik. What kind of cutter do you use for the handles? You re making some nice looking saws.

- summerfi

Thanks Bob. Running a 1/4” ball endmill for the majority.

-- Power to the people.

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ErikF

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#5 posted 06-03-2017 04:21 PM



Very Cool!

It s like a knee mill set up with huge table travel for router work.

Columbo Spindles are top shelf and 10 HP will not leave you lacking. Are the VFDs set up for 1 phase or 3 phase?

Any idea how much that beast ways? It looks very beefy and rigid, which makes the cut quality much better.

Fire up that second spindle and you ll be able to crank out parts by the gazillion. Or load a second cutter in it so you can run back to back operations without changing cutters, just have the work shift over to the second spindle and make the next set of operations.

Enjoy using it.

- Mainiac Matt

It’s big- around 4000lbs. Weighs more than my Bridgeport.

I run a rotary phase converter for my three phase power and don’t know if it would handle running bother spindles. Also…that’s an expensive VFD.

-- Power to the people.

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Jerry

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#6 posted 06-03-2017 06:17 PM

Wow!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 06-03-2017 06:58 PM

You did a very nice job on these saws.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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

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shipwright

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#8 posted 06-03-2017 10:08 PM

Very, very nice Erik.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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ColonelTravis

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#9 posted 06-03-2017 11:44 PM

That machine is huge!
Great looking saws.

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