More Car Fun This Weekend

The drivers side strut in Der Wagen was leaking oil and the 05 Subie was feeling very bouncy so…

This weekend I decided to replace the front struts in Der Wagen and all the struts in the 05 Subie. I was also hoping to replace the spark plugs in the Subie, but I ran out of time.

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Selling my Shapeoko 1+

I’m putting my modified Shapeoko 1 up for sale. Since I have a Shapeoko 3 now, I don’t really need the S1 anymore.

It’s a great starter machine and quite capable of milling hardwoods at reasonable speed and with good accuracy. I was getting +/- 0.005″ with a little careful work. Continue reading →

Fixturing and an Oops

I love the DeStaCo quick clamps. They have many varieties. I recently bought some of the push-pull style to make a fixture to mill my .50 BMG inserts.

I used some MDF to make the plate, and glued two blocks on to form a 90 degree corner. Then I added some #8-32 threaded inserts to bolt down three DeStaCo push-pull clamps. Continue reading →

Shapeoko 3 – Some Tests and Some Results!

Lots of stuff today. Mostly testing and such.

First thing I did was setup the dial indicator to measure the Z flex. I set it up and measured in the X and Y axis with the Z fully retracted and then fully extended.

I wish I had measured it before I made the upgrades so I had a comparison, but oh well. Maybe someone reading this who has a stock S3 can duplicate my measurements.

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Shapeoko 3 Upgrades – Finishing Up, For Now

I did decide that three layers of 3/4″ MDF was too high for the risers, so I glued up some double-thickness risers a couple of days ago.

Then I decided to go down and play around to see if that would be the correct height.

I realized that in order to replace the risers I would have to remove the rails from the end plates. Again. This is because the bolts are directly under the rails. Sigh.

So I took my Shapeoko apart. Again. I’m beginning to worry that I’m going to wear out the threads in the ends of the rails.

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Shapeoko 3 Upgrades – Finishing Up (For Now)

I did a whole bunch of work today, but didn’t take a lot of photos because it wasn’t really work that needs them.

I bolted all the wheels to the plates again and then realized that since I had changed the spacers between the wheels and the plates I was going to have to loosen up all the rails again so I could get the distance between them correct. So I had to completely re-level the machine again.

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