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Posted by winchdoc | Jun 15, 2010 @ 04:35 PM | 9,847 Views
My second grandson. Myles Angus Danger Boyd
About 10 weeks premature, 2lbs,14oz
We got updates from Rolland while we were on the road.
Really takes your mind off riding in the rain.
His middle name...


oh, yeah, breathe.
Posted by winchdoc | Jun 15, 2010 @ 10:06 AM | 9,774 Views
We're back from Humbolt county. Still a little woozy from the ride.
I'll post more later, there are family things to pay attention to right now.

Posted by winchdoc | Jun 02, 2010 @ 02:40 PM | 9,431 Views
I finished operation #3 on the mach-1 monoblocks. I'll have to build a fixture to hold them more securely for the last op. Last time was quick & dirty. This time will be nicer.

The new spindle drive is working nice!


I built a fixture to complete the 4th operation. The first block I made (the one in my mach) was held very precariously in the vise, and I could not really 'get after it' on the cutting feedrates....Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Jun 01, 2010 @ 12:26 PM | 9,130 Views
I threw the switch on a new-to-me spindle control unit, and I'm back up and running!

I'd like to publicly THANK Tom Feldvebel for stumbling upon the EXACT PART ### spindle drive unit and special thanks to Seth Arseneau for turning it loose FOR FREE!!!!

It was take out the old unit, and put in the new one, re-attach some wires and logic ribbon plugs, and WALLA! The spindle, she is turning now!

So, I'll be finishing this batch of Mach-1 monoblocks.



yes, I DID do my happy dance...
Posted by winchdoc | May 04, 2010 @ 10:54 AM | 9,403 Views
Last night in the middle of making some parts, my CNC mill's spindle shuts down and I get a dreaded spindle fault code come up on my screen.

I power it down and reset the alarm. Turn it back on- Just like General Fransisco Franco-- still dead.

I'll post a few pix here as things progress.

First thing to do is check the "transistor modules" to see if any of them have lost their magic smoke. Hopefully, that is all it is, and HOPEFULLY, I can find replacement parts somewhere (for free, oh, pleeze-pleeze-pleeze)

I suppose I could just gut it and put in a new motor/control and a pc based CNC retrofit, but that takes more time and headscratching.


New parts will be here next week.
Posted by winchdoc | Mar 14, 2010 @ 08:15 PM | 9,889 Views
I had to give my Hypnosis a little needed maintainance this week, and while I was at it, I set it up for my SD-10G.

I took a couple of shortcuts and set up the SD channel pinout selection to match the pinouts on the Airtronics 92777FM Rx.

Before I changed over, I put card material on each wingtip and the fuse to record trace marks of various aileron differential, rates flap travel, elevator compensation, you get the picture.

Then for giggles, I first transferred over the rudder and elevator servo plugs and operated both radios together. I added the left side of the wing, and dialed it all in.

Just need some wind now....Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | May 25, 2009 @ 11:41 AM | 9,708 Views
Took a ride out to my oldest son's Hut-in-the-woods for a visit
and a dose of baby spit......Continue Reading


Posted by winchdoc | Feb 18, 2009 @ 08:24 PM | 9,741 Views
Posted by winchdoc | Jan 22, 2009 @ 11:42 AM | 8,504 Views
I got to use my machinist powers yesterday to make a spare part for my CNC mill.

This machine has a robotic arm to automatically change tools. Not a big deal in the world of industrial CNC stuff, but pretty schweet for a garage toy.

There is this piece that serves double duty as a ramp to actuate the tool grabber fingers, and it also mounts the coolant ring onto the machine.

It broke.
It broke a long time ago, probably due to a Z-axis crash by the previous owner. I kinda knew about it but just ignored it.

I was cleaning out the coolant ring the other day (full of nasty stuff, ick)and I re-discovered the broken part.
The dilemma here was that by taking apart the tool change assembly, I could still run the machine, but no tool changes could be made in automatic mode.

So I took the broken part, and measured it, made a quick sketch, and made a replacement using the jog mode and DRO position readouts, much like you would do on a Bridgeport.

Pretty satisfying to be able to make repair parts for a machine on that same machine!...Continue Reading
Posted by winchdoc | Dec 21, 2008 @ 01:41 PM | 8,738 Views
We got snowed on here in the Hut-in-the-Woods, and for a while it looks beautiful!...Continue Reading