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#26 KenScharf

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:08 PM

You guys up north with the basements are lucky (except when they flood). When we moved into our new house here in S. FL. we added on a room for my "ham shack" with enough extra room for overflow storage (mostly of my hobby junque). There is enough length to the room to test mirrors with 20' ROC (and I can make it dark enough), but I don't know how stable temperature wise it will be. I'm "into" other DIY activities such as wood working, and electronics. I'm now looking at setting up a small foundry for casting aluminum. I'll probably try casting parts for a mirror cell for the 7" plate glass mirror I've been making. I've tried running plop under Wine under Linux (it crashes now and then), and it looks like a 6 or 9 point cell will work fine for a 7" F7 19mm thick mirror.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 01:37 PM

Here is my hideaway. I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#28 psi_chemie

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

Here is my mini machine shop for small projects.

Current projects include an off-axis F10 spherical 2.5" reflector, restoring a classic Edmund scope, creating a Dob mount for said Edmund scope.

I'm trying to figure out how to make my first newtonian focuser for the 2.5" at the moment. I made a really simple mirror cell with 3point adjustment so far.


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#29 StarStuff1

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

[quote name="KenScharf"]You guys up north with the basements are lucky (except when they flood). /quote]

I live in East Tennessee and never had a basement before. Can't imagine not having one now. FWIW I grew up in Louisiana where just a few people had basements. Only they were called indoor pools. :grin:

#30 Pinbout

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:48 PM

I can't believe you guys are so neat, I can tell you never went to art school. :grin:

I like giacometti's studio

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#31 Ed Jones

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

:lol: Now that looks more like my workbench that's just out of site in this shot. Here I'm testing my refractor with a reflector.

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#32 Norm Meyer

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:41 PM

Here's some pictures of my shop.

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#33 Norm Meyer

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

...and another

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#34 Norm Meyer

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

still another....

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#35 Norm Meyer

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

More.....

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#36 Norm Meyer

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

one more...

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#37 Tom Clark

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

Here's the new shop built last year. We just moved from FL to NM.

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#38 Tom Clark

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

The current project is this 24' dome. Started in Sept and it's almost finished.

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#39 kfrederick

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:44 PM

Here is my String-A -Matic

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#40 Sean Cunneen

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

I think Tom wins.

#41 Pinbout

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:09 PM

I think Tom wins.



wait a minute he doesn't have one of these... :bawling:

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#42 roscoe

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:09 AM

I think Tom wins.


Well, Tom's got a pretty awesome shop there (the moving guys must have groaned when they looked at that job....)
But Norm's got some very cool vintage machinery!

Something that always amazes me about this hobby/passion is how often truly exquisite optical gear emerges from small hobby-grade workshops!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:37 AM

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

Tom's shop is an inspiration to us all. At a star party his wife served food from his benches, it was that clean! No HF organizers for him, all his tools rest in beautiful hand crafted oak cabinets.

After seeing it I spent two days cleaning and sorting my shop, but at it's best it will never compare with his. However the time I spend looking for misplaced tools has fallen from 90% to 80%, so my productivity has doubled. Thanks Tom.

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#45 Norm Meyer

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:30 PM

Thanks Roscoe,
If you like Old Cra...err.. I mean vintage here are
a couple more. Yuh it is old but it works and comes in handy
when making scopes and other ATM stuff. The best part is
most of it cost little or nothing. I pity my wife when
she has to get rid of it all. That shaper must weigh 3000 lbs what fun it was putting it into the basement through the bulkhead

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#46 Norm Meyer

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:31 PM

Last one I promise.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:19 PM

Ooo!!

We can post pics of the tools in our workshop too?

My workhorse, a ~1930s Champion Blower and Forge 9L lathe:

(I'm cheating by using a pic that I took just after I set it up in my shop a few years ago, because it hasn't even been this clean in a LONG time)

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#48 tim53

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:20 PM

Norm:

What is that lathe? I know that Champion B&F borrowed elements from various makers, but that isn't a big Champion, by any chance, is it?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:24 PM

'Nother of my tools, a ~1910 Sebastian 9" treadle lathe:

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:30 PM

Still need to replace the flat belt for the Sebastian and locate a few parts, such as a tool post. But all the change gears are there, as is a 3-jaw chuck. I had to fabricate a new treadle, as it was missing. I made a mistake, though - I've got the linkage rods bolted to the shaft and the treadle, but should have run them through the top of the treadle with nuts on the underside so the treadle could pull down on the rods. Without having ever run one of these before, it never occurred to me that it might HURT to have my foot be under the treadle while the flywheel was turning! It was pointed out to me by someone on the practicalmachinist's forum.

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