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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by WillAdams » Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:33 am

I'm pretty sure I linked all the mentions of drag chain in the wiki:

http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... Drag_Chain

Esp. see this post for an explanation of how it's specced:

http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic ... =647#p6907

You don't need much space if it's a clean, connection-free run as Llamas noted, but the larger sizes are easier to manage / load. ISTR 10x15mm being suggested, but that was w/o a power cable, and I don't think the smaller sizes open, so a power run isn't an option for them (w/o cutting off and re-attaching the plug) --- also there's been at least one mention of electrical interference, so I'm leery of doing that (but I'm overly cautious / fussy, YMMV).

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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by WillAdams » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:01 pm

We do seem to've over-looked one thing --- some sort of work-holding system. (didn't someone say T-nuts though?)

Here: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Workholding

Somehow we all tend to get carried away improving the machines and never do anything w/ them (at least that's my take on the paucity of projects on the wiki).
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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by MeanderBolt » Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:27 pm

Good point. I had found a great thread on here about securing my work pieces. I am going to start with nuts, and then move to slots once I understand the process is a little more.

I am not big on tv either. I'd rather be doing something or reading about doing something.
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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by Llamas » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:21 pm

Re: tapping

I completely screwed this up at the start because I didn't know what I was doing, and didn't do the basic research required. Once I added lube, it was suddenly a straight-forward exercise. I can't remember which shows I watched while doing it, but I too tapped all of the extrusion for my initial and expanded builds while watching TV.

Re: materials

I have become a regular stalker of the scraps in my local plastic store's cut-off bin. Acrylic, HDPE, etc. at $1.70/lb. Since most of what I've worked on, especially when experimenting has fit on the relatively small (rarely larger than 8"x8") scraps, it's been a perfect source for learning materials. Inexpensive raw materials make mistakes a lot less stressful. I don't know if there's an equivalent to TAP Plastics (a West Coast chain) in your area, but it would be worth investigating.

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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by MeanderBolt » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:33 pm

I used to live in Livermore California and was within 8 minutes of a TAP. It was such a wonderful store and I still have a small supply from a project from years back. I wish there was one near here, but sadly no.

I have seen many mentions of using cutting boards. I have looked into this and it seems that you need to time it well, or you can pay a lot. I was also thinking about hitting the dollar store to see what was available over there. I have a Metal Supermarkets within about 15-20 min drive. I am going to see if they have scrap aluminum to work with once I am 1. with Shapeoko, built, and up and running and 2. feeling proficient with the plastics and wood. actually I could approach them now and just try to have some on hand. I have some scrap aluminum that I picked up a few years ago (with the dreams of one day having my own CNC). There are some large pieces in my one of my metal scraps bins (I have a rather large collection of things for em :? 'future projects' ).

WillAdams, you mentioned checking out Michaels for bits of wood. What is the difference between the wood there vs. getting some larger stuff from the Home Depot?
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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by WillAdams » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:50 pm

MeanderBolt wrote:WillAdams, you mentioned checking out Michaels for bits of wood. What is the difference between the wood there vs. getting some larger stuff from the Home Depot?
Small sizes of nice wood, including walnut.

It may or may not be more convenient to stop by (it is for me).

Usually there are a couple of options:

- plywood in various sizes / thicknesses in the modeling section
- balsa wood in the modeling section
- basswood in the woodcarving section
- pine in the woodcarving section
- small bags of miscellaneous hardwood (availability varies --- the local A.C. Moores has these, but not the local Michaels)

Usually expensively over-priced, but a 40 (or 50) percent off coupon makes them affordable enough, plus the convenience of my being in walking distance of the local one several times a week.

For cutting boards, check specialty restaurant suppliers. Here's what's local to me:

http://www.therestaurantstore.com/18-x- ... 18241.html
http://www.therestaurantstore.com/cutti ... 18245.html
http://www.therestaurantstore.com/24-x- ... 245BL.html (other colors available)
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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by WillAdams » Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:19 am

MeanderBolt wrote:I started laughing when Will (who claimed to have no sense of humor) started to write it, then you expanded on it... Now my wife wants to know why I am laughing so hard. great.
I think we could all use a laugh now that we're (almost) winding down (up?) the SO2 launch:

The Rules of Shapeoko: http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1289

(my wife still says I have no sense of humor)
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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by Will Winder » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:43 pm

WillAdams wrote:We do seem to've over-looked one thing --- some sort of work-holding system. (didn't someone say T-nuts though?)

Here: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/Workholding

Somehow we all tend to get carried away improving the machines and never do anything w/ them (at least that's my take on the paucity of projects on the wiki).
Here's another workholding topic:
http://www.shapeoko.com/forum/viewtopic ... 887&p=7204
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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by 1leonchen » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:24 am

a better tap handle to start. one in the kit is under rated

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Re: What else should I have on hand?

Post by crazeegeek » Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:48 am

1leonchen wrote:a better tap handle to start. one in the kit is under rated
This has apparently been an issue for many people, check the thread The Tap kit doesn't work for a good read.

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