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Building a 3 head sphere machine.

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« on: July 02, 2013, 10:22:03 pm »

I've been working on this thing off and on for over a year now. Just wiring to finish when I find the time.

In the beginning there were parts. Lots of parts, and an idea. Jake thinks there might be food hidden in there.



Base cut and rails sitting in place. The rails had to be drilled, countersunk and counterbored before mounting with aircraft grade countersunk screws.



Motor mount plates laid out and drilled. Waiting to be cut on bandsaw.



Base drilled for motor wires, triangular center block mounted, edges routed, painted with 3 coats of automotive primer and 2 coats of green splatter machine paint, Rails mounted and water tight power box sitting loosely in place.



Motor mounts cut, joined with spring loaded fire door hinges and mounted to the rails with T-nuts and allen cap screws.



Motors mounted to mount plates.



Springs salvaged from a broken drafting lamp. 1" angles salvaged from a throw away shelving unit.



Detail of mounting for tension springs.



How the springs work to put tension on the cutter cups. No cups showing.



The machine together, minus wiring.



All of this stuff has to fit in that little box, plus motor wiring for 3 motors and a power cord. The toggle switch has a rubber boot over it to make it water proof.



And that's where she sits until I find time to finish the wiring. Black iron plumbing bell reducers will be used for cutter cups.
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 10:38:36 pm »

Not the typical DIYer there Don, though I notice a few of you do go to the trouble of achieving this level of quality. That's incredible, and I love the fire door hinges - genius. I envy your brain as much as I do your get up and go. Kudos!
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 10:46:40 pm »

LOL. At my age my get up and go has almost got up and gone. But I'm determined to finish all of my toys and play with them before they put me under the ground.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 06:09:06 am »

 ura yippie  That is looking just soooooooo AWESOME!!!!!!!    yippie ura   Believing your get & go is running back to you so you can get at it again & get'er done!!! yes yes
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 07:05:34 am »

I've been working on this thing off and on for over a year now. Just wiring to finish when I find the time.

Don...THAT is Awesome~!!
Just thinking though, every sphere machine I've seen have the arm/cups tilting slightly more UP.
And have cast iron (plumbing) cups, instead of pvc, my friend.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2013, 07:18:35 am »

Hey Don, Those aren't cups. Those are PVC pipe caps. I put them on the cup adapters to protect the threads while I'm building the machine.

Actually, it's best to have the heads tilted slightly downwards. The grinding mud will move back towards the sphere, instead of running back towards the motor bearings. I don't know why people always think it's best to have them tilted upwards.

Also, if the sphere happens to kick out of the cutters, (which does happen from time to time), it will land in the catch tray instead of shooting across the room.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 07:27:40 am »

 lol  gotcha~!!
My bad~
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 08:08:43 am »

Really awsome work......i never see and don't know sphere machine works, i hope i can see how its works, thank you for sharing these Don.... yippie yippie yippie
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 08:40:44 am »

Daniel, one of the lapidary companies that makes and sells spheres has a series of short videos that take you all the way through the process of making spheres. I'll see if I can find it again and post a link for you.
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 09:07:43 am »

Really awsome work......i never see and don't know sphere machine works, i hope i can see how its works, thank you for sharing these Don.... yippie yippie yippie
Here's a couple videos:

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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2013, 09:19:58 am »

 yippie yippie yippie Thank you Don......thats put an idea in my mind, i only can make a small sphere with my hand and and old sic wheel....sphere beads.

Anyone has try a 5mm with this kind of mechine?
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2013, 09:25:05 am »

I'm so excited!  Another sphere maker!   Welcome to a group of few. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2013, 09:38:45 am »

LOL. Bev, I'm not exactly new to sphere making. I've had this machine for nearly 20 years. It's down right now, needing a source of the round belts it uses.

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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2013, 10:14:53 am »

LOL. Bev, I'm not exactly new to sphere making. I've had this machine for nearly 20 years. It's down right now, needing a source of the round belts it uses.

I just "Bing"ed "O-rings" and there are a multitude of suppliers out there...............
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2013, 10:24:35 am »

Thanks Don (Jake..) that means it works for smaler sphere, another question : Are those two cillinders turned opposite direction? how about that one with three cillinder? How about the RPM?
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