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Hello from Rockyview, AB

SparWeb

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I found this forum and was surprised to see many members from Calgary and the Alberta area generally.
Seemed like a good place to sign up to see what people in my area are working on, and how they're using their equipment.
I have a very busy day job, but on evenings and weekends I find it very relaxing and satisfying to be making things.

I'll be browsing about for a while, asking questions, and then I hope to come back to this thread and post a few pictures of my shop and past projects.

FYI, Rockyview is the county that surrounds Calgary on 3 sides, like a horseshoe. I'm in the eastern arm of the horseshoe between Irricana and Keoma.
 

SparWeb

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Let me try to attach a picture or two that should capture some of it...
 

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SparWeb

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So I have some eccentric hobbies, and one of the things I love about them is that they give me an excuse to buy tools and equipment that I then get to learn how to use.
Then when I learn to use that stuff, I come up with even more interesting things to build. And the cycle continues.

I have a Miller 180 MIG welder, plenty of drill presses, grinders, and hand tools for metalworking and woodworking.
I got this lathe as my "2020" project since I was cooped up at home all the time.
 

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DPittman

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So I have some eccentric hobbies, and one of the things I love about them is that they give me an excuse to buy tools and equipment that I then get to learn how to use.
Then when I learn to use that stuff, I come up with even more interesting things to build. And the cycle continues.
Well you've come to the right forum to enable your desires and interests!
 

SparWeb

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The point is to do as much as I can myself - the underlying goal is to learn to make stuff. Producing electricity is just a side-benefit.
This year's project has been to give the turbine a much taller tower than i than before. Around me you can see trees, and they are still growing taller. It's a bit of an arms race, really.

This tower has parts turned on the lathe, on a welded frame. The screw piles were installed by a contractor, of course.
 

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Tomc938

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Welcome! I'm still fairly new to the forum and have found it contains a great bunch of guys.

Nice lathe!

Tom
Vancouver Island
 

SparWeb

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A few years ago, a friend gave me one of these.
I wonder if you can guess what it really is...
 

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SparWeb

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It's called a duplicator. Yeah, "pantograph" too.
A stylus is put on the left arm, and two cutters on the right cut identical parts.

When delivered to me, it was just a jumble of parts, from a guy who had seen it used years before and inherited it in pieces, but never put it back together.

I needed to give it a table, and then fix the collets.
 

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SparWeb

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Ended up able to do this:


That was just a dry run. I haven't actually made real prop blades with it yet. As you know, the prices of craftsman-grade wood like cedar have gone through the roof in the past year or so. It's on its way down, but I'm not keen to buy a big stack just yet.
 

Susquatch

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Crap, you beat me to the reveal. I was gunna say wood duplicator. Now I'm just an also ran...... :rolleyes:

The screw piles were installed by a contractor, of course.

"of course"???

You will find a mix of people here who would challenge that statement....... It's amazing what others do. I bet a full 1/3 of us would do that part too.

Lest I forget, a huge big welcome to you from farm country south of Chatham Ontario!!
 

DPittman

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I've never seen one in real life and only a little bit in videos but those things look like cool tools from what I've seen so far.
 

SparWeb

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I'm really looking forward to using it "for real" soon.
It was just a gift from a friend, not really a planned project of mine, so it's here mostly looking for a job to do.
The original manufacturer of the machine still has a website but they don't make machines like this any more.
Any interest in suggesting a part to duplicate?
Many examples online show it carving statues, animal figurines, gun stocks, and stuff like that.
Some inspiration from youtube (
) suggests that I can get a set of letter profiles, and after placing them on a board, the carver can make a one-piece profile sign. Two at a time, in fact.
 

SparWeb

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Howdy Kevin,
You're almost next-door, as things go in these parts.
Long ago, I took several flying lessons from the Winters in two of their ultralight Merlins.
 
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