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MAGIC, From WOOD to METAL indexing wheel for WOOD LATHE

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Project by bushmaster posted 11-23-2017 03:43 PM 3223 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hope I am more successful this morning at 7 am than I was at 10 pm. Last night I had this post almost complete and then I went to Utube without opening a new window and puff it was gone.
My last posting was of the foundry tools and the pattern, Today I will be showing you the complete process with some video’s. and a few pictures. So lets get started.

15 minutes later I have the mold ready to take out the pattern

The pattern is removed with the aid of a wood screw

The metal is about ready and the mold is in position ready to be poured

It is always fun to coll the metal and watch the steam fly

A rough casting in no time at all

The machining the casting is just even more fun, in the video I show how to make a keyway without a broach.

Then drilling a series of holes for stops

I got a little carried away with the holes.
72 holes 5 degrees apart around the outside rim
40 holes 9 degrees apart on one face side
45 holes 8 degrees apart on the other side
That would give me a choice to make about anything, only trouble is I dont know what the anything is.

The finished indexing wheel.

Well here goes, the links to the videos, If I was half way smart I would have put the links at the top, then when I goof up there wouldn’t be so much to redo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-PabVGyFW8&t=12s Making the mold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwyowIy4_Vs&t=2s pouring the metal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqeSOZT9fUg Machining the casting

Thats done now, what else can I do wrong now, I had better post this before it disappears to never never land. Hope you enjoyed the videos, if you haven’t done sand casting, its fun to learn new things.
Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia





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Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 11-23-2017 04:10 PM

Looks like this was a fun project.

I’d love to try metal casting some day.

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

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 11-23-2017 04:18 PM

Soon, I’m going to try some epoxy casting – nothing like that

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dutchy

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#3 posted 11-23-2017 04:26 PM

Interesting and well made. Thanks for sharing. However I’m missing balancing.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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John

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#4 posted 11-23-2017 06:11 PM

Excellent and very informative Brian. Missed my opportunity to take that back in High School. Maybe you will get to router some grooves into your turnings, I’m looking forward to trying that.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 11-23-2017 07:07 PM

Bet you get a lot of real satisfaction from making this one Brian, top marks for job well done
cheers
pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 11-23-2017 10:13 PM

Very nice index wheel, Brian. That was smart to make the 40 and 45 hole patterns as well. I think you have all situation covered for indexing!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 11-23-2017 10:29 PM

You did a beautiful job on that indexing wheel. Nice work.

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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htl

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#8 posted 11-23-2017 10:52 PM

WOW!!!
Nice job bushmaster.
I remember in high school making and pouring molds like that, both brass and aluminum.
Man you’ve got a nice setup, so keep up the great work and thanks so much for the look see.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Jacksdad

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#9 posted 11-24-2017 02:45 AM

That’s awesome, my lathe has indexing included with it but I like yours way more. I made a plywood wheel that I thread on that’s numbered to let me know where I’m at. Nice job.

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 11-24-2017 03:14 AM

I think you pretty much covered all situations you can come across. It’s a great idea and will be looking forward to seeing some projects from it. I don’t use mine often but it’s a good feeling knowing that you have it. Maybe I’ll add the other patterns too like you did.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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BobWemm

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#11 posted 11-24-2017 08:21 AM

Is that the “Hole” story Brian? Sorry, the devil made me say that.
Great Job Buddy.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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muesli

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#12 posted 11-24-2017 10:42 AM

That was a very interesting to watch on Youtube. But what was even more fascinating for me, was to watch your videos about the power plant and about sawmilling. Great videos!

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#13 posted 11-24-2017 11:43 AM

Quite a process, nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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htl

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#14 posted 11-24-2017 10:48 PM

I hadn’t noticed the vidio’s so went back and checked them out,wow really nice work and set up.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#15 posted 11-29-2017 10:07 PM

Brian, You never cease to amaze me with your know-how and ingenuity…thank you for the videos!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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