Round two, Dio vs Gear
Well, I ended up back on the gear today anyway. I tried to break the generator housing free from the engine, but was defeated by engineering and time. First up, why the hell would you make an engine so that to do ANYTHING inside of it, you have to completely dissassemble the whole thing. What ever happened to inspection plates, or pans, or, well, you name it: to ease the mechanics job.
OH, thats right, DISPOSABLE SOCIETY! We aren’t supposed to work on things or fix them, we are just supposed to trash it and buy new, Otherwise, the entire economy would collapse upon itself if anything were made worth a fuck. (yeah, I get a little bitter about shit like this.)
Alright. I had to fix my rotary table first. That was simply cutting a tapered plug and drilling it to accept a 1/4-20 allen screw, and drilling it so that the head of the allen screw would drop in flush. I then tapped out that metric thread to 1/2-20 (was an M4 so I had plenty of room to ‘grow’) and fixed the danged cheap tool. Works again. Nuff said on that.
Here is where I am drilling out those 32 holes. You can see where I had started drilling yesterday, and you can also see that it wasn’t concentric to the center. All due to the table walking out of that center and the reason I broke the drill bit.
Ah, Now we’re cooking with wood and charcoal. While the rotary table is not accurate enough for some of the projects I have in mind, it is plenty accurate enough for what I am doing. And it was under $100 so I don’t expect it to jump through flaming hoops like I would if I had purchased one of these.
Then it was time to chuck it in the lathe and get to those holes from the side.
I do love a 4 jaw chuck. More of a pain in the butt, but accuracy is much easier to achieve than with a 3 jaw. 3 jaws are great for quick and dirty stuff where you just need ’round’ or ‘flat’ or both.
Tomorrow I will part that off the hub I cut it out of. I may start hobbing it then as well. but I will have to cast the housing for it to attach to the lathe. Tonight grew too short for the bosses liking. Damn if that dog doesn’t know exactly what time it is and the squirrels schedules. And if I forget or get delayed? Oh you KNOW something is getting destroyed out of sheer boredom. He has me trained very well. Even chasing Jayne around all day in a hormonal (but unloaded) fit doesn’t disturb HIS schedule. Oh no, and he will get his walk and squirrel chase, come hell, high water, deep snow, or apocalyptic zombie assault.