I know some readers just like to look at action shots. So I have thrown a few pictures in here for your enjoyment. This is the Proxxon PD400 lathe and I am making the standoffs shorter that I use on the HB2 router. I installed the new couplers on the HB2 this weekend and I discovered I can bring the screw shaft and the motor shaft closer together using the new couplings.
I needed to remove 3.18mm from each… Continue reading
I have been selling some metric tools (Proxxon) and actually using them too. I have discovered it is actually quite easy to work in either metric or SAE (inch) standards. There is no evil in either. I (almost) hate to admit I enjoy metric.
Of course the U.S. general prejudice to metric stemmed from our indoctrination, from what I now view in retrospect, to be a very lame educational system of the time. Post WWII there was a push for… Continue reading
While waiting for the new stepper couplings for the HB2 to arrive, I decided to do a little house cleaning around the shop. After pushing things around for a few hours, and sucking up what debris I could with the shopvac, I figured I should lube the ways on my machine tools. I can appreciate a one shot lube system as I have to do mine the long slow way. I finished and every machine is operating pretty slick now…… Continue reading
It has taken me about 9 months to get to the user stage in the construction of the HB2. I have written a lot about this project. The HB2 has taken most of my available spare time from its conception to completion. For me it has all been worth the time and effort.
I designed and built the machine at my own pace and schedule. I never forgot the construction is a hobby effort. The clock ticking was important but… Continue reading