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Mike Walters, London Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org 9/23/2006
a few photos of my new Taig basement
I also have a full size machine shop at my parents house were I have done all of my building to this point, but it is now an hour away (stupid career ha ha ha)
I wanted to add another challenge to building so I decided to use Taig equipment to design and build smaller size IC engines in my basement.
My basement shop is not yet set up perfectly but here are some pictures of it to this point.
lathe with cabinets obtained from auction. Note the cat has taken up
residence on the top. She watches me work for hours on end from that
exact spot. Behind the lathe tailstock are a couple quarter scale
Offy blocks I am finishing. (One for me one
seas saw purchased for 120.00 dollars new “Princess Auto for the
Canadian viewers”. Once set up right with a
Starrett blade it saws perfectly every time, Very cheap and a
real time saver.
Taig 2019 mill, this machine is simply
awesome for what they are worth! Very rigid and super accurate the lathe
has the same characteristics. Some misc
tooling lying around including two micro 40/1 ratio universal indexing
heads that are half finished (rear right) these will allow me to cut any
ratio of gears I will ever need (the second one is also going on eBay).
seems that putting a shop together is a never ending process, I hope to
be to a point were I have my storage for tooling etc organised enough
that I can relax and enjoy working in my basement very soon.
Lorch watch makers lathe with drilling
tailstock and compound cross slide. These machines are the only way to
go when you need really small parts. Incredibly accurate for their age
(I don’t know how old the Lorch is but it is
very old) they work like a sewing machine with a variable speed pedal on
the floor, if you can afford one of these BUY
ONE! You won’t regret it.
The lathe is about 10 inches long very tiny the picture makes it look kinda big.
Just a note you will notice that the Lorch is reversed as opposed to a conventional lathe it takes a couple minutes to mentally adjust to this when it is used. Lorch is the only watch makers lathe that I have seen do this……………………….. kinda weird.
built my tables heavy as a rigid table is
much nicer to work on. I have purchased every Taig
accessory made for metal and am very
satisfied with 95% of them. Sherline may
have Taig beat with quality on a few
accessories like chucks and offer a few more accessories geared to the
modeller but Taig machines (IN MY OPINION
ONLY!) are far superior in mechanical design and overall rigidity.
am also lucky that my Father has the other big machine shop and supports
me 100% with stealing all of his tooling every time I go home to visit
HA HA HA just kidding dad!
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