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    Part 3 Then I put the X carparts back on my...

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    Then I put the X carparts back on my Shopbot X rails, and fumbled around to get the longbrackets bolted on to the 3” square tubes, to restore my nowadjustable X motor carriers. (Picture I)....
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    Part 2 And then because thelong angle brackets...

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    And then because thelong angle brackets were attached by bolts to the bottoms of the 3”square tubing, I was free to move the X gantry until it was in factsquare to the X rails. (Picture E). ...
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    Welding my X gantry (Part 1 of 3)

    Hello Shopbot Friends. I had to break this into 3 posts, with 4 pictures being the limit for any one post.



    Part 1
    Last September, in a quest to improve the rigidity of my X Gantry, I...
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    Thank you Tom for the added information on the...

    Thank you Tom for the added information on the value of the new motors.

    As a budgetary estimate, about what does it cost to do the full Acorn upgrade if all the parts (control board, motors,...
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    I looked at various YouTube posts on the Acorn...

    I looked at various YouTube posts on the Acorn control system, as well as the Centroid website........ So much information, it was actually overwhelming.

    I noted that in the featured Shopbot...
  6. Chad, if you can chose the wood you are using...

    Chad, if you can chose the wood you are using (ie, not just buying what you can find at a big box store), you would be better off with quarter-sawn boards. All of the boards you picture are cut in a...
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    Scott, out of curiosity, did you price out...

    Scott, out of curiosity, did you price out getting your previous spindle rebuilt?

    About a year ago, Mayo Pardo posted that his spindle was going bad, and he found a place in his small home...
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    Well, as was suggested, it turned out the...

    Well, as was suggested, it turned out the drilling and tapping of the 4 pinions was not hard. I think I spent a total of 2 hours to do these. But it took 7 days before I started............... I...
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    Thank you Brian for looking into this. Maybe...

    Thank you Brian for looking into this. Maybe this sound dumb,,,,,,, while I am no machinist, I do have a couple of complete sets of English and metric Allen wrenches, plus a box full of misc. I...
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    Thank you for the handy chart Curtiss. I'll go...

    Thank you for the handy chart Curtiss. I'll go out tomorrow and buy a tap, as I don't have the right size in my limited stock. Thanks, Chuck
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    Thank you Brady. I'll match the thread of my...

    Thank you Brady. I'll match the thread of my old set screws. I do have a good floor standing drill press and a machinist's vise. (Someone gave me the machinist's vice to get rid of it. I have...
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    Thanks,,,,,,,,, I guess the more properly focused...

    Thanks,,,,,,,,, I guess the more properly focused question which I should have asked is: With some basic experience in tapping non-hardened steel, can I reasonably hope to drill and re-tap the...
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    Tiny set screws on new pinions

    Hello Shopbot Friends:

    In 2017, I bought a full set of 5 new 20 tooth pinions from Shopbot ($125 total). I noticed today that the set screws on the new pinions are really tiny, and neither the...
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    Mike, I am totally with Joe on this one. I don't...

    Mike, I am totally with Joe on this one. I don't think I have ever seen such a cryptic sign in my life, let alone one for a church.

    Another approach might be to just look around your town,...
  15. Sorry for your headaches Ken! But let me be the...

    Sorry for your headaches Ken! But let me be the first to ask that you post some clear, up close photos. Any trouble-shooters will want to see these. Thanks, Chuck
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    Bill, I don't see how it would hurt to open up...

    Bill, I don't see how it would hurt to open up the old folders. Happy New Year! Chuck
  17. MEASURE TWICE, WELD TWICE Gantry Welding follow-up

    Well, I always hate to embarrass myself, and there are constitutional protections against self incrimination but...………….

    Last September I had removed the long aluminum extrusions which provided...
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    Jack,,,,,,,,,,,, in looking at the pictures, I...

    Jack,,,,,,,,,,,, in looking at the pictures, I can't figure out what I am looking at...……….. better pictures, or diagrams would be helpful. Thanks, Chuck
  19. Concerning the general nature of static and...

    Concerning the general nature of static and electrostatic discharges (ESD), this is a hugely complicated field. I am a degreed electrical engineer, (retired) and where I worked, we had two...
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    Rich, based on your description, I would guess...

    Rich, based on your description, I would guess you may be looking at something like Miratec....
  21. Don't you love the forum? It is great that there...

    Don't you love the forum? It is great that there are people on this forum, that not only know how to fix these things when they act up, but who will take the time to share their knowledge! Chuck
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    Hello Chris. Everything sounded like what I hear...

    Hello Chris. Everything sounded like what I hear on my PRT alpha, except the kind of flute sound in the 30 to 33 second region. I have never heard that before from my machine. As to the cause,...
  23. Here are the pictures of the welding the steel...

    Here are the pictures of the welding the steel tubing onto my X-car, just to show some great sparks, then some follow-up shots. I went to my local big box hardware store expecting they would color...
  24. As a delayed follow-up: Here are some shots...

    As a delayed follow-up: Here are some shots prior to welding the rectangular steel tubing into my X-car.

    I didn't have a chop saw, and wasn't anxious to buy one. I simply plowed out a tight...
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    Hello Seth. The side on the left looks much...

    Hello Seth. The side on the left looks much better. I assume that you will add more tabs to keep those diamonds from falling out.

    As to the metal screen, I am with you, the air in a kitchen...
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