Welcome to Jon’s Machine Shop!

October 11, 2021: A lot of small projects have been added since it’s been so long since the last update. Outdoor work keeps me busy in the summer. Something has needed work nearly every time I’ve mowed. I have taken in a lot of repair work for others as well. Glad to know it’s not just my stuff that breaks. The Smithy has needed some attention too. The switch on the lathe was dropping out and has been replaced. The original wire seemed a little small for the load, so I rewired it with 14ga. wire. That has the machine running good now. The Sherline lathe has been converted to manual. A CNC lathe is just too inconvenient to use for the type of work I do.

I’ve added four metal projects to the site. I’ve been wanting to add threadmilling capability to the lathe so I could terminate a thread at a specific point repeatably. I have now achieved that, but it needs improvement. Airing up tires on the mower one day, the portable compressor broke it’s connecting rod. I created a model and had it printed in aluminum.I also recently replicated a spark plug gapping tool for a friend at work. He needed a size different than the one he had. An old faucet ‘blew up’ (for lack of a better description) when the plastic retaining nut split in half. Here’s my attempt at a replacement. Completely unnecessary as the faucet was replaced.

The steam shovel is now finished. I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

I’ve also been busy with resin casting. I stripped the threads in one of my indicator bases. I decided to try casting a replacement. My wire welder also has been slipping the last few times it’s been used. I tracked the problem to the drive roller hub. I redesigned it and printed a replacement. I later decided to cast one. Both seem to work fine.

I’ve got a lot of glass projects in the works. Pics will be up after Christmas as some of them may be presents.

The Upshur engine is still in process. No progress has been made since the last update though. Machine work has slowed while I worked on glass projects.

Another project still 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.

I’d highly recommend Carbide Tool Source for carbide end mills under 1/2 inch. Fast shipping and really good prices. Not to mention they’re made in the U.S. I’ve added them to the links page.

More to come.

As always, check back often for updates.