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« on: February 01, 2012, 04:27:25 pm »

Ok, new guy here and was told this is the area to post my saw project. So here I go with boring everyone. This picture is from last week with the start of the project.
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2012, 04:28:20 pm »

peeks inside the box....
nice box....
lots of room...
hurry up...
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2012, 04:33:48 pm »

Here is what was finished up today. Tank is all welded and exterior primed. Now to move on to the vise assembly. Will post more when done.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2012, 04:38:13 pm »

woohooo
lots of progress:)
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2012, 05:17:57 pm »

This is awesome - you're going faster than I am with my dinky trim saw conversion (I have a dinky amount of energy right now) - good on you, can't wait to see your progress. When done you better send it to me so I can make sure it's safe for you to operate 'cause friends gotta have each others backs you know  chuckle   saved7   chuckle

Say have you decided on what kind of feed system you're going to use (weight, worm screw, an inlaw you don't like pushes rocks in manually and closes lid after self) ?
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 05:55:23 pm »

This will slow down, I am on vacation this week lol
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2012, 06:28:03 pm »

Looking good. Can't wait to see more.

Vacation in Feb? I am going on vacation next week.... To the Tucson show!!! I can't wait.

Where did you go?

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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2012, 06:35:31 pm »

I tell people I always  go to Cape Cod for vacation. Since I live here why not, it's where everyone else wants to go. This is actually a vacation from work. Just wanted to get away from there for a week or so. It was also my birthday on Sunday and I always take my birthday off. Since it landed in the middle of my work week I figured what the hey, take the whole week off. It was fun but have to go back on Friday. But it's payday so not too bad.LOL
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2012, 06:46:18 pm »

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You say it's your birthday!~~~
Na na na na na na, NA NA! (thock thock thock thock)
Well Happy Birthday to ya!~~~
Na na na na na na, NA NA!

(I sound just like the Beatles huh? I get that a lot  dunno  )

H A P P Y  friggin'A B I R T H D A Y ! ! ! !   saved1  hatsoff
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 07:00:47 am »

Happy belated birthday Joe:) Hope you got lots of rock presents:)
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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2012, 07:12:00 am »

Great looking project!  Happy Birthday!  Now get busy on that saw, more pixs, more progress, especially inside pixs!
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Looks good so far.  I have a feeling the hard part is yet to come.  From the looks of things so far I think your up to it.

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« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2012, 01:06:42 pm »

Sounds good. and happy birthday.

Enjoy the time off.
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« Reply #13 on: February 02, 2012, 02:08:38 pm »

I love a good build project!! 
It's lookin good so far  ;)

and Happy birthday to ya   saved1
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 09:38:39 am »

Slide assembly and vise bottom progress
all the parts for the vise base welded together to drill at same time for precise hole allignment for rods


Slide assembly laid out on bench and working good using the same method of welding parts and drilling at same tome for proper allignment
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2012, 03:54:12 pm »

My hat is off to you for such a great looking project !  hatsoff

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« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2012, 07:51:51 pm »

Joe intetested in what your material list is costing you. Thought about going this direction then found a smoking deal on a Frantom. I have some friends that might be interested in the project. Think I have the same plans as you. So far you are doing great. Very impressed.    eyes1  omg
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« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2012, 08:13:39 pm »

This fun to watch it all come together!
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Coming along great Joe.

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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2012, 06:07:05 pm »

Arizona Rocker,

My cost so far is:
All steel material $332
Misc nuts and bolts and stuff some primer $85
Feed Motor $80
LS18 arbor with pillow blocks complete from Lortone $130
Still need to research pullys and belts but don't think that will be much.
I have located a 1/2 HP motor for $104 shipped new on ebay and I figure a blade off Ebay for a couple hundred. Should be complete for about $1000 (hopefully if no errors made)
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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2012, 07:20:56 pm »


Great Joe, a new 18" is 3700 plus shipping.

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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2012, 11:46:49 am »

Ok folks,  the next installment. The vise and travel carriage is complete (except wood faces)  and all free moving. Will be posting the next step soon.



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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2012, 02:48:05 pm »

Nice! And you move fast!  yes
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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2012, 06:42:14 pm »

Wow Joe you are doing great. Now I wish I had pursued it just for the experience. Good work.    toocool2
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Fantastic man....looks real good.

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« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2012, 10:37:52 am »

Looking absolutely professionally built.  Killer fabrication skills there man.
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« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2012, 06:55:18 pm »

Joe, I don't remember seeing this but maybe I just missed it; what plans are you using or did you just study a built saw and make your own?

That thing is killer so far - you might have found a way to make some good money on the side lest ye just wants to have'n some fun  yes
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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2012, 08:33:56 pm »

I took a chance and got the plans on ebay. The person sells a cd with them and all the info and stock list. Very well done, and have had no problems with them and what is contained in them. Not sure where he got them but it is real close to the Lortone LS18.  No this is just for me. I would help someone make it tho.
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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2012, 07:54:30 am »

JOe you have amazing skills at building this saw:)
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I took a chance and got the plans on ebay. The person sells a cd with them and all the info and stock list. Very well done, and have had no problems with them and what is contained in them. Not sure where he got them but it is real close to the Lortone LS18.  No this is just for me. I would help someone make it tho.

The vise is completely different that a Lortone but the sled is very similar.
Would you consider selling your plans when you are done?

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« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2012, 07:41:07 am »

makes me tingly all over to see the parts coming together!  Sweet looking build Joe <tipping hat> eagerly awaiting the next steps!
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« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2012, 06:20:22 pm »

Joe I am curious did you provide your steel provider with a cut list or did you cut it yourself???? You are doing great looking foward to your next installment.    yes
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« Reply #32 on: February 14, 2012, 06:27:31 pm »

I had them cut the sheet steel to size since I didn't want to use a torch cause it does not leave a nice edge. Bar , flat and angles I had rough sized and cut myself with a 14" metal mitre saw.  I have quite a bit done since last post, Will be posting more in a day or 2. I have a few more things to wrap up at the moment. The sled and vise are done and I am in the process of installing the arbor and block bearings.
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« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2012, 06:54:48 am »

The board is back up!!  Heres a few new one of progress. I also just ordered a Covington Gold Blade and oil so I now have all the parts needed to complete this. Should be a few more weeks!!



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« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2012, 08:05:40 am »

Dude! You are hired!  yes
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« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2012, 08:08:04 am »

Fantastic.... 

You are quite good.

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« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2012, 11:34:01 am »

Wow Joe. You are amazing machinist:) One day I am looking into an empty metal box and then in a veyr short while I see this rocking sawing green machine:)
So shiny and dust free:) Great job:)
Are you engineer by day and  JoeRockMachine by night?
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« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2012, 02:53:32 pm »

Nope not a machinist, just a tinkerer. I actually am a full police dispatcher and part time cop time looking at retiring in a few years. I just start projects and need to get them done as quickly as possible. A bad habit. I am also a hobbyholic. This being the newest one. I need to get all the toys while I am still working before I get on that fixed income and can't support my illnesses (hobbys).LOL
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Nope not a machinist, just a tinkerer. I actually am a full police dispatcher and part time cop time looking at retiring in a few years. I just start projects and need to get them done as quickly as possible. A bad habit. I am also a hobbyholic. This being the newest one. I need to get all the toys while I am still working before I get on that fixed income and can't support my illnesses (hobbys).LOL
I heard that!

Oh, and I DIDN'T INHALE!  dunno
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Exactly what I did....good thing to......

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« Reply #41 on: February 23, 2012, 05:59:29 am »

Wow, Joe you're a hobby-aholic with skills.
At least you recognize your illness....I have it too, but it took me years to recognize it.

Very ambitious project!

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« Reply #42 on: February 23, 2012, 12:40:39 pm »

Almost had a test slice today!!!  The saw is done but I have a small leak around the drain. Waiting for sealer to dry and then may get to try it. Saw blade came this morning just after I finished wiring and mounting the feed drive motor. Will take completed pictures and post later today. Wish me luck on the test drive.

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Just a minor setback.........you have the fix and I can hear it running now........
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« Reply #44 on: February 23, 2012, 03:17:22 pm »

Can't wait to see Joe - you are an amazing gadgeteer - and such grand payoff - two thumbs up buddy!  yes
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« Reply #45 on: February 23, 2012, 05:02:14 pm »

OK Folks!!! Here it is, and it WORKS!!!  Ignore the belts, they are temps until I get a new link belt I can custom the sizes









First slice was a coconut from Idaho


Results from first slice.


Idaho Plume ready to slice


Plume slice after taking a slice off the end to get a clean slab on both sides. Just over 1/4 inch all the way around so it appears to be working


Thanks for enjoying my project with me and the kudos given my way. It actually was not a difficult build. All said and done just about $1200 complete. Thanks again for putting up with me. Now my posts will be in the finished cab section!!!!

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« Reply #46 on: February 23, 2012, 05:06:30 pm »

Stands up and applauds and throws sunflower seeds at joe's feet........ I was fresh out of roses.
This is a KILLER CABBING MACHINE:)
It looks so nice and clean and less than half of what a new one would be, correct?
Nice little geode too:) I like the brown druzy.
Cab a day now..... no excuses:) LOL
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Outstanding job on that saw. How many hours do you think you have in the construction of it?  Is there anything you would do differently if you built another one?
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« Reply #48 on: February 23, 2012, 06:35:12 pm »

I guess about 50 - 60 hours to build and I would and plan to put plexi glass windows in it. Thought of that while building it but never got around to it. Still an option I will probably do at some point to this one.


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« Reply #49 on: February 23, 2012, 11:35:05 pm »

That's totally badass man, I love it!  yes

Congratulations Joe, you did an awesome job and got yourself an awesome saw in return!  toocool2

And thanks for sharing, this was one of the best threads ever!
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« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2012, 12:31:36 pm »

Rocking saw!!! Killer fabrication skills there.  yes 
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Well done Joe.

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« Reply #52 on: February 25, 2012, 06:30:45 pm »

that is a great job
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« Reply #53 on: February 25, 2012, 07:10:03 pm »

Im impressed!!!!!   omg clapper
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« Reply #54 on: March 17, 2012, 11:08:56 pm »

that was awesome  ura
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« Reply #55 on: March 18, 2012, 08:39:12 pm »

Just wanting to know is it a design of your own. Thinking about doing the same thing. It is a awesome job.

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« Reply #56 on: March 19, 2012, 01:06:54 pm »

So clean...   So shiny...   Wha?  Are we sure that that saw is real??!!  Too clean and *drooling* soooo shiny...
<still drooling>  wicked nice man!  

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« Reply #57 on: March 19, 2012, 06:46:08 pm »

Just wanting to know is it a design of your own. Thinking about doing the same thing. It is a awesome job.

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It is a set of plans I got off ebay
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« Reply #58 on: March 20, 2012, 03:40:00 pm »

 yippie  you do deserve a cheer. Great job..  ! question , how do you have the sled set up -- the attachment to the dride shaft//??

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« Reply #59 on: March 22, 2012, 05:11:03 pm »

yippie  you do deserve a cheer. Great job..  ! question , how do you have the sled set up -- the attachment to the dride shaft//??

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Not sure what your asking but the sled rides on the 2   1" round bars and is driven by the rear motor on a threaded rod if that helps.  Holes are drilled through the sled frame to accommodate the 1" rods  The threaded rod slips through holes in the center of the sled and there is a threaded catch and release attached to the sled. When in use the release is spring loaded to hole tension on to the threaded rod to screw the sled in motion. There is a lever to separate the two halves of the release so the sled can be moved back and forth by hand when needed
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you do deserve a cheer. Great job..  ! question , how do you have the sled set up -- the attachment to the dride shaft//??

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Not sure what your asking but the sled rides on the 2   1" round bars and is driven by the rear motor on a threaded rod if that helps.  Holes are drilled through the sled frame to accommodate the 1" rods  The threaded rod slips through holes in the center of the sled and there is a threaded catch and release attached to the sled. When in use the release is spring loaded to hole tension on to the threaded rod to screw the sled in motion. There is a lever to separate the two halves of the release so the sled can be moved back and forth by hand when needed
 
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Thaks for the info ! I am trying to revamp a split nut and cant seem to get it correct and was hopeing to get some ideas, could you post a pic of the split nut assembly

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« Reply #61 on: March 22, 2012, 10:29:26 pm »

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« Reply #62 on: March 24, 2012, 05:50:44 pm »

Rear View of feed drive jaw (spit nut)


schematic for feed drive jaws


Back plate and release handle


Front view assembled with threaded rod in place


Hope this helps a bit, not sure if would work for you but maybe get the idea
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