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Old 11-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I got a Mini Lathe, What to make on it now??

I just got a used mini lathe and I am anxious to make something paintball related so Im open to some sugestions

It's a HF 7x10 lathe



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Old 11-04-2012, 11:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I dunno, but I've got a chunk of bar stock you can start with...





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Old 11-05-2012, 12:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, pretty much anything you want as long as it's not too large.

Interesting mini lathe. Looks like it's been repainted and modded. You get any extras or spares with it? Hopefully the change gears and live center at least.
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DOC: Im sure I can come up with some way to use that

As far as the machine itself, I did take it all apart and repainted it since the original finish was quite beat up. I didn't get the change gears originaly but I bought them from Little Machine Shop.

Right now im working on grinding some HSS tool bits so I can start doing some threading.

A pump arm might be a good practice start, thanks for the Idea. I may also build a complete pump kit as I get better at it.

Thanks for the Ideas, keep them coming.
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Soft stuff is good practice, imo. I'll try out new tooling or setups with PVC. Especially threading. If you can run low speeds, you can thread PVC pretty nicely. I would grab a piece of plumbing scrap and turn and thread it, just to see how it comes out. Delrin is very nice to work with, so there's pump handles, bolts, pull pins and poppet seats. Very hard woods are good, but you have to go slow like they are metal because they can still crack or strip out, depending on the grain.

You can polish round stuff easily. Some people keep a little lathe just for that purpose.

Another fun thing is coming across a screw fit that just doesn't quite work with the standard head. You shave a little off the side and/or off the top, and it's magic. You could have dremeled it, but that's not the point.
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Uh, supp, I mean raincovers
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Soft stuff is good practice, imo. I'll try out new tooling or setups with PVC. Especially threading. If you can run low speeds, you can thread PVC pretty nicely. I would grab a piece of plumbing scrap and turn and thread it, just to see how it comes out. Delrin is very nice to work with, so there's pump handles, bolts, pull pins and poppet seats. Very hard woods are good, but you have to go slow like they are metal because they can still crack or strip out, depending on the grain.

You can polish round stuff easily. Some people keep a little lathe just for that purpose.

Another fun thing is coming across a screw fit that just doesn't quite work with the standard head. You shave a little off the side and/or off the top, and it's magic. You could have dremeled it, but that's not the point.

These are some great ideas!
I never would have though to practice on PVC, its easier and cheaper to get than aluminum or delrin.

Cool!
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With a 7/8-20 threading for all of those Hammer7's that are going to be out there soon.
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