Welcome to Jon's Machine Shop!


June 3, 2018:  The Sherlines now have their own bench. They are mounted on steel plates to improve rigidity and they do fit on a 2 by 4 foot piece of 3/4 plywood. They now have a computer to drive them and both have run programs. The lathe has been outfitted with a quick-change tool post and I am planning to make some more toolholders for it since you can never have too many. The first real part the lathe made was a bushing for the QCTP to adapt it to the Sherline. It has also made some replacement handles for the Smithy. The mill has only executed a simple test program to verify the post processor in Fusion 360 and to confirm that all the steppers worked. I would like to eventually have an established tool library for both machines to avoid having to setup tools every time I run a part. There is a definite learning curve to these machines. To help with that curve, I'm hoping to build one of the Upshur farm engines. They are pretty simple barstock engines that have been made by countless model builders. Hopefully, by the time I have all the parts machined, I'll have a pretty good handle on these machines and a running engine for my efforts.

Another project in the works is a lawnmower lift. Essentially a long set of ramps that once the mower is driven on, will be jacked up in the back. The whole mower will fit on them and when lifted, will be about a foot higher. Basically, a scaled down kwik-lift made out of a 2 by 8 and a piece of pipe. I'd like to gain enough room to be able to use an impact to change blades. We'll see how this works out.

More to come.

 As always, check back often for updates.