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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #30 on: February 25, 2024, 07:01:38 am »
Speaking of Jim Byrnes I'm really sorry to hear of his passing.  I'd admired his tools in the past and intended to one day buy several but never got around to it. Hopefully they will eventually continue manufacturing them in the future so I can remedy my error. 
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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2024, 08:59:02 am »
Wow, Bill, your shop is great! (Attachment Link) My envy is the same shade of green as that Powermatic mill!

Your lathe is almost the same model as mine, though I see you have the much sought-after v-belt secondary drive. I also see you have a 5C collet chuck for your lathe. I only recently fitted one to my lathe (a Bison) and I don't know how I got along without it.

A Tormach CNC mill? Now I really hate you. :D  I have a Byrnes table saw like yours, which I don't use very often, but I'm sure you know what an amazing machine it is. The last time I used it was to rip some .045 x .155" Mahogany strips for cylinder lagging.

I see you also have a number of vintage hand drills. One of the first tools I every bought for myself was a Millers Falls hand drill, a model 1425. I think this was sometime in the mid-sixties. I don't know whatever happened to that drill, but I recently found the exact model on eBay, new in it's original box! It even had the little set of straight-flute drills in the handle.  8)

Thanks for the pictures. I really dig your shop!

Paula

PS, Eldon is cute as a button!

Thank you Paula, glad you enjoyed the photos.

The Powermatic is a recent addition, Great deal by the way, I payed $100.00 for it on the condition that I moved it myself within two weeks of purchase.

I think my lathe is a little older and a lot more worn than yours. :)  Yours looks almost new in your photo.
It came with a 4-jaw chuck and I added the 3-jaw and collet chuck over the years, also Bison.

The Tormach Has been there for several years now, hard to believe I got it through that little door.

The table saw is just plain awesome, I love it.

For some unknown reason I just can't resist the egg-beater drills when I find one, the three on the right have all their original bits in the handles.

One thing that is hard to see in the photos is my metal cutting saw, here's a picture of it after I rebuilt it.

 
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Cheers,

Bill

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #32 on: February 25, 2024, 09:11:53 am »
I'm finding I have a love/hate relationship to this thread, I love seeing what tools & machinery that other members have....& I hate that I don't have some of these fine tools...lol, Bill, you've packed so many fine tools into that shop that there's no way its 10'X20' :D , I also spotted a metal roller/brake & are those dies on your hydraulic press for boiler end cap making?
FYI...something I just found out is Jim Byrnes has passed away last year & they are not selling any machines at this time, only parts, so sad, I hope they continue on. I have one of their thickness sanders & it's really a nice tool.

Bruce, we have many of the same tools and the same love/hate relationship to this thread. :D

The dies on the press were from when I made a new "copper boiler" to replace the rusted out one a Line-mar atomic steam engine.
very tedious and time consuming, lots of heating and re-heating, I'll not be doing that again.

I did not know that Jim had passed, very sad.

Bill

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #33 on: February 25, 2024, 10:27:05 am »
Who doesn't love a mill with a racing stripe?  You got a heck of a deal on it, almost bought it for scrap value.  I think you have a bigger shop than mine and definitely less clutter.  Very nice equipment and I like the tiny lathes.

Do you use the Tormach much?
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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2024, 05:21:31 pm »
Like the other equipment in the shop, it sits idle for long periods of time until needed.
Actually, its a lot like me. :)

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2024, 06:24:14 pm »
Like the other equipment in the shop, it sits idle for long periods of time until needed.
Actually, its a lot like me. :)
You just need to "fire her up" and make a new batch of steam accessories...😁
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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #36 on: February 26, 2024, 08:31:38 am »
I'm always a little bit envious when I see other peoples shops and tools, especially when they can also display some of their wonderful collections in the same space.
My shop is a 10' X 20' shed out back, a bit cramped and usually needs a good clean before I can work on anything.
I thought it would be nice to show my small but efficient space so I spent the morning sweeping out the corners.

Three of my small lathes, a Unimat which I refurbished with new spindle bearings and added a quick change tool post to.
The Guilder model maker lathe, also a refurbish which I've posted in another thread, and a Swiss made, Star watchmakers/Jewelers lathe complete with case and accessories.

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A South Bend 9" workbench lathe,

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A Powermatic Millrite, also shown in a thread last year when I moved it into my shop.

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and here's the view looking from the door towards the back of the shop.

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and a shot looking back towards the door.

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The little guy looking back at you is Eldon, he's about a year old.

Cheers,
Bill

What a wonderful shop Bill.

I am sure you have had many hours of joy in this space.

Thank you for sharing the pictures. 

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #37 on: February 26, 2024, 09:56:59 am »
Usually I don't do this, but I guess we are at the "if you show me yours, I'll show you mine" stage.

First, the queen of the shop.

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It's the Office of Steam favorite, a South Bend lathe.  Specifically a 1974 South Bend 10K, aka the Light Ten, in the UMD configuration (Under Mount Drive) with factory cabinet. It's very similar to the 9A that others have shown as it has the same bed, just a few casting differences to account for the larger swing.  Also a different spindle and a few other minor changes. This one has a hardened bed, which was unusual for SB's smaller lathes. Along with a complete re-wicking, I also installed a VFD for better speed control.

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Close-up of the T-Slot cross slide that was machined last year with the great help of Paula's guide. The red things are 3D printed T-Slot inserts to try and keep the shite out.

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Technically my first piece of metal shop equipment, an import drill press. Nothing special, but it has 3 pulley rows for the lower speeds you need for drilling metal and a hand crank table lift which is just nice. These features are hard to find on older, smallish domestic drill presses.

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This is the vertical mill, a Grizzly G0678, which I bought directly from the Muncy, PA store the last week they were open. Major improvements were a power feed and 3 axis DRO.  I don't have room for a Bridgy and it's difficult to find the older domestic medium-sized knee mills so I'm glad I bought this when I did. It now costs almost 3X what I paid for it 9 years ago. Somehow my paycheck has NOT inflated at nearly the same rate!

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Old Craftsman grinder my dad bought back in the seventies.  It's on a stand and I roll it to the door for the rare heavy grinding session.  Kalamazoo 1x42 sander which is great for cleaning-up after saw cuts. A cheap slow-speed import grinder which works fantastically for de-burring with two Scotch-brite wheels.

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Workbench area with an old Wilton bullet vise and a tiny Dake arbor press on the side and lots of fastener storage.

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Main workbench area. Since I've started building a model engine, the surface plate (Chinese tombstone) is deployed where it is usually parked in it's garage under the stereo.

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Shop radio for streaming audio plus various power supplies. Tiny Cameron drill press beside the receiver.

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Main fine-work building area surrounded by toolboxes with machinist and smaller tools. I bought the Gerstner box on the left from the original owner who was a retired Tool & Die machinist. Not sure of all the different places he worked, but not only was smoking permitted but it must have been strongly encouraged! For a year or so every time you opened a drawer you could smell stale ciggys.  Anyway, it finally drew out and it's a great box.

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Mill tooling and various other storage. The stand on the right I fabricated from square tubing to hold a bunch of those Harbor Freight organizers. Wish I had room for another one.

Not shown is Big Orange the 20T arbor press and a ubiquitous 4x6 drop saw.

Pretty much 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag. :)
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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #38 on: February 26, 2024, 12:00:33 pm »
Usually I don't do this, but I guess we are at the "if you show me yours, I'll show you mine" stage.

First, the queen of the shop.

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It's the Office of Steam favorite, a South Bend lathe.  Specifically a 1974 South Bend 10K, aka the Light Ten, in the UMD configuration (Under Mount Drive) with factory cabinet. It's very similar to the 9A that others have shown as it has the same bed, just a few casting differences to account for the larger swing.  Also a different spindle and a few other minor changes. This one has a hardened bed, which was unusual for SB's smaller lathes. Along with a complete re-wicking, I also installed a VFD for better speed control.

(Attachment Link)

Close-up of the T-Slot cross slide that was machined last year with the great help of Paula's guide. The red things are 3D printed T-Slot inserts to try and keep the shite out.

(Attachment Link)

Technically my first piece of metal shop equipment, an import drill press. Nothing special, but it has 3 pulley rows for the lower speeds you need for drilling metal and a hand crank table lift which is just nice. These features are hard to find on older, smallish domestic drill presses.

(Attachment Link)

This is the vertical mill, a Grizzly G0678, which I bought directly from the Muncy, PA store the last week they were open. Major improvements were a power feed and 3 axis DRO.  I don't have room for a Bridgy and it's difficult to find the older domestic medium-sized knee mills so I'm glad I bought this when I did. It now costs almost 3X what I paid for it 9 years ago. Somehow my paycheck has NOT inflated at nearly the same rate!

(Attachment Link)

Old Craftsman grinder my dad bought back in the seventies.  It's on a stand and I roll it to the door for the rare heavy grinding session.  Kalamazoo 1x42 sander which is great for cleaning-up after saw cuts. A cheap slow-speed import grinder which works fantastically for de-burring with two Scotch-brite wheels.

(Attachment Link)

Workbench area with an old Wilton bullet vise and a tiny Dake arbor press on the side and lots of fastener storage.

(Attachment Link)

Main workbench area. Since I've started building a model engine, the surface plate (Chinese tombstone) is deployed where it is usually parked in it's garage under the stereo.

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Shop radio for streaming audio plus various power supplies. Tiny Cameron drill press beside the receiver.

(Attachment Link)

Main fine-work building area surrounded by toolboxes with machinist and smaller tools. I bought the Gerstner box on the left from the original owner who was a retired Tool & Die machinist. Not sure of all the different places he worked, but not only was smoking permitted but it must have been strongly encouraged! For a year or so every time you opened a drawer you could smell stale ciggys.  Anyway, it finally drew out and it's a great box.

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Mill tooling and various other storage. The stand on the right I fabricated from square tubing to hold a bunch of those Harbor Freight organizers. Wish I had room for another one.

Not shown is Big Orange the 20T arbor press and a ubiquitous 4x6 drop saw.

Pretty much 10 pounds of shit in a 5 pound bag. :)

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your awesome Shop!

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #39 on: February 26, 2024, 03:56:55 pm »
I took some more detailed pictures of my Steam Cave aka the Garage that I thought I would share.  The space is the size of a single car garage.

This is my main workbench. 

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Test Bench.

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Milling Machine

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Mini-Lathe

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Second Work Bench and Tool Chest

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Rolling Steam Tables

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #40 on: February 26, 2024, 05:08:20 pm »
Great shop Doug, and I bet you could get another 10 pounds in that bag. :)

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #41 on: February 26, 2024, 05:12:09 pm »
Charlie, so much eye candy, a real "man cave" with an actual animal skin on the floor. Cool :)

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #42 on: February 29, 2024, 01:19:48 am »
This is quite literally my OFFICE of steam!  ;D  ;D [ Guests cannot view attachments ]
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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #43 on: February 29, 2024, 05:59:22 am »
Well folks, here are a few shots of my modest workshop, adjacent to my train layout in the basement of our 110 year old center city Philadelphia rowhouse. I am the son of a machinist but I never had formal machine shop training, I just learned what little I know by tinkering. So I do what I can to get things cleaned up, repaired and running again. I try not to ever give up on a piece!

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Re: Share your steam bench/corner?
« Reply #44 on: February 29, 2024, 09:22:14 am »
No empty spaces.  My kind of shop! :)
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