Congratulations tonyfoale - your Laser Aligner is the Homemade Tool of the Week!
Another huge week here! Some other nice builds: Ford Injection Pump Wrench by Frank S, a Shrinker/Stretcher Stand by bobs409, a Battery Charger by Ed., a Vertical Milling Slide by olderdan, a Washer Turning Fixture by Frank S, a clever Nut Tightening Article by rgsparber, a Vernier to Digital Height Gauge by tonyfoale, and another nice Laser Alignment Tool from [email protected]. We also had multiple excellent tools from jjr2001, including a Disc Brake Mill Tramming Aid, a Lathe Form Tool Spring Tool Holder, and a Parting Tool Spring Type Holder,
tonyfoale - you'll be receiving a $25 online gift card, in your choice of Amazon, PayPal, Giftrocket, or bitcoin. Please PM me your current email address and gift card choice and I'll get it sent over right away.
More importantly, this is your 5th Homemade Tool of the Week win! I've just added the silver wrench-on-pedestal graphic to the awards showcase in your postbit, visible underneath your avatar.
Great job, and you're in excellent company joining these other 5-time winners: rossbotics, Christophe Mineau, Brendon, mklotz, and Vyacheslav.Nevolya.
Here are all of your wins. Congrats again
All due credit must go to Dan Gelbart for the base idea. I just took that and added my own take on it.
I am sure that it took me much longer to make than yours which is so elegant in its simplicity.
In case anyone wants to make one like mine I'll admit to a design mistake. I made the internal clamp shape, 4 sided. Of course it will only clamp up tight on three points and so it is not as firmly located as it would be with a 3 sided clamp with the contact points more evenly spaced. I am surprised that I made that mistake because normally I look for the self aligning way of doing things and more often than not I use 3 supports. Isn't hindsight wonderful?
I was thinking you may do something like this to fix it, I think its great to see mistakes as they can be as valuable as successes.
By the way since your post on shear tools I have started using them again and have achieved a new level of finish and accuracy especially combined with the tangential top slide use.
Many thanks and congrats on your award.
Mistakes are a darn nuisance but they happen and may help learning. In this case it is not really much hassle in practice, because it was made to fit the spindle nose, it is more a case that I know it is not optimal. I have lived with it for the couple of years since I made it but this discussion may prompt me to fix it.
I have never understood why the so called "shear" tool is not more widely used. It is not suitable for all jobs of course, like turning up to a shoulder, but is a great aid in most cases. I am glad that you got inspired to use them again.
It has some drawings and a description of it's use. It might be helpful for others, and complimentary to Tony's descriptions.
That is closer to the design that I recall Gelbart showing some years back using two pieces of spring steel, the video that I referenced seemed to have a different construction using a rubbery material. No matter, it is the idea that counts, there are an infinity of ways to make a particular example once you have the idea.
Were the documents that you posted from Gelbart's site or elsewhere?
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