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    bearing ball holder

    The other day Toolmaker 51 posted Self Aligning Clamp Pad
    He mentioned about holding the ball to grind it by what ever means you come up with.. So I thought that is someone was wanting to make one of those tools it would help them to see an easy and safe way to hold the bearing ball.
    I started out with a hydraulic compression fitting and nut. At first I was just going to clamp that in a pair of locking pliers but decided why not make it into a real tool SO I machined off part of the fitting and machined a handle then welded them together But while doing this after I was nearly finished I said to my self this wold have been a whole lot simpler to have counterbored the handle then threaded it to fit the nut DUH!
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    I am horrible at knurling but put just a slight knurl on the handle for better grip
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    Thanks Frank S! We've added your Bearing Ball Holder to our Workholding category,
    as well as to your builder page: Frank S's Homemade Tools. Your receipt:




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    Why would one want to grind a flat on a bearing ball I,m intested to know.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpa_Gop View Post
    Why would one want to grind a flat on a bearing ball...Grandpa_Gop
    is interested and asked;
    Well, Frank S references the Self Aligning Clamp Pad I posted a couple days ago. The flat, one of a pair, position themselves to transmit more direct clamping pressure. This was his solution to flat the ball securely in more compact tooling than a collet or standard chuck. Then a disk or belt sander can be used instead of surface grinder.
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    Hi toolmaker 51

    have checked out your posts and conclude that both the method to flaten a bearing ball and the uses of then as ingenius

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpa_Gop View Post
    Hi toolmaker 51 have checked out your posts and conclude that both the method to flaten a bearing ball and the uses of then as ingenius
    Well, Thanks Grandpa Gop, I'm not so sure about genius grade status, but we are definitely creative.
    The main part is it takes 'tools' to make tools. Then it goes farther, accomplishing those with means available. Not important whether "it" occurs roundabout or straight away, both are a learning process.
    Like many here, my background is machine work, nearly 40 years. Seen incredible machinists but NONE ever knew everything.
    Frank S related about one he knew who thought highly of himself, until it was pointed out that fellow only had done the same thing for decades.
    And learning just doesn't work that way.
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    Toolmaker 51 is absolutely correct the hobby of life is or should be an ongoing learning process. Many hear at Homemade tools .net have chosen to take part of an amalgamation of the continuum.
    One person's ideas and builds often leads others to create their own, and while doing so may generate variations to the original. Which many times will create or open new or entirely different uses for the item or a different perspective of how someone else could complete the build with limited experiences or machines and tooling.
    HMT.net is not about the (I or ME) of anyone's creation. It is all about the sharing of knowledge which makes an indelible entry to the universal pool.


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