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Project by aerialcopper posted 05-14-2018 12:17 PM 805 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After buying microscope, I couldn’t stomach the cost of a proper microscope mount. So I made one of beech. The counterweight has ~7lbs of metal hidden inside. It balances almost perfectly… a bit of luck

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com





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Redoak49

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#1 posted 05-14-2018 01:18 PM

Interesting project…well done

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#2 posted 05-14-2018 01:35 PM

Interesting, I always thought the microscope was a complete unit.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-14-2018 07:06 PM

This is a very nice fixture. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 05-15-2018 01:18 AM

Nice build. But I have to tell ya that a magnifying glass is probably more than enough to find those splinters and remove them.

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 05-15-2018 01:49 AM

Very nice, do you use that for engraving? Where did you buy the scope?

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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aerialcopper

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#6 posted 05-15-2018 02:39 AM


Very nice, do you use that for engraving? Where did you buy the scope?

- Boatman53

Hey Jim- Thanks! I use it for sharpening inner ear surgery instruments, one of my jobs. I am actually trying to find some new work; will probably write a blog post about it soon. I got the microscope head from Otto Frei.


Nice build. But I have to tell ya that a magnifying glass is probably more than enough to find those splinters and remove them.

LOL

- woodbutcherbynight

I have used it for splinters before! I use the bench it attaches to for all sorts of things… I’m better off if I can’t see most of my work magnified ;) but it’s good for sharpening lathe form tools.

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com

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aerialcopper

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#7 posted 05-15-2018 02:41 AM



This is a very nice fixture. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles! I should have joined long ago-

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com

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theart

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#8 posted 05-15-2018 01:42 PM


Interesting, I always thought the microscope was a complete unit.

- bushmaster

Stereo microscopes are usually sold as modular, so you can select different head, stand, and lighting arrangements. Stands run a few hundred dollars on the low end, and this looks much nicer. It probably vibrates less than the commercial models as well.

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#9 posted 05-15-2018 04:36 PM

So, the stage is stationary, and the focus is adjusted on the scope? On most. Scopes I use, the stage moves to focus. Or am I missing something?

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aerialcopper

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#10 posted 05-16-2018 06:33 AM



So, the stage is stationary, and the focus is adjusted on the scope? On most. Scopes I use, the stage moves to focus. Or am I missing something?

- Jeremymcon

Focus is basically a fixed distance from head. I move the head so that it’s focused on the ‘sharpening ledge’ below. At low magnification the focus distance is pretty forgiving. At higher magnification I have to adjust the head height more, for which there is no fine adjust knob as there would be on a commercially available mount. Is not really an issue though. I just nudge it up or down (Odate “japanese clockwise” and “japanese counter-clockwise”). The friction is adjustable via the bolts going through the center column. The heads are mortised into the backside so they cannot loosen on their own.

-- Dylan- www.aerialcopper.com

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