preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
9/26/21 8:42 a.m.

I live in/own a duplex that has a 2br, a 1br, and my barn. My old tenant was a pack rat and I ended up with a ton of his stuff when he vacated. Here is a gem:

For reference that is a Starrett 3" scale.

I found this pawing through my VERY cluttered basement. I cleaned it out once when the tenant left but tossed a ton of cool and potentially useful stuff in one of the rooms. Somehow this worked it's way out enough to get my attention. Heck I even have a 1960/1970s Oscilloscope in there. So much crap.

I know I can get tooling for this, but what about the hold downs for the table? Approx 1/4" grooves (yes I had my scale out and did not measure the channels). I have the normal sized tooling for my XY table I put on my drillpress but I have never seen them this small.

I figure this thing will be great for making bushings and spool pieces and all sorts of other little goodies.

Fun stuff!

New York Nick
New York Nick Reader
9/26/21 8:51 a.m.

I had a couple of sherlines that were retrofitted for CNC. They are nice little machines. Small cuts and small tools but good precision and nice machines. Nice score! 

preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
9/26/21 5:29 p.m.

Well I cleaned it up and lubed up the slides and threads today. I made a couple hold down screws and plates. Then I proceeded to try milling something random. I really need a manual for this as I do not know how to operate the chuck and in the last picture you will see the head is not very in right.



The last pic shows my WTF as I was machining that chunk of plate. It was cutting kind of goofy and I thought that it was my hold downs bringing the suck. Nope.

Anyone knows how to operate that chuck please let me know. I need to search for a manual.

I am drooling over making 914 shifter bushings out of delrin or bronze.

Mr_Asa PowerDork
9/26/21 5:45 p.m.

Man, even one of those would be helpful with so much of what I'm doing.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
9/26/21 5:48 p.m.

In reply to Mr_Asa :

Seriously. A total score for me!

preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
10/3/21 4:24 p.m.

Huge mini mill day for me!

I fixed the head mount and figured out how to use the 3 jaw chuck. Then I said "now that I know what I am looking for let's hit the basement again...

I found the berkeleying lathe table and an indexing 4 jaw chuck!!!!!

3 jaw and 4 jaw are currently soaking in penetrating oil and the horizontal table is functioning and greased.

So stoked!

preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
10/3/21 4:27 p.m.

So mrs. preach and I have joked for years since the guy moved out that he was dang close to a unibomber. Here is the bomb? gear he was making with the indexing head:

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
10/3/21 4:50 p.m.

Excellent find(s)! This looks a little more attainable for a lot of people than a Bridgeport if only due to footprint. 

Brotus7 Dork
10/3/21 5:16 p.m.

Awesome find! Those are cool little machines.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
10/3/21 6:38 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

I am not sure about that. Space is a thing, IF I had the space there'd be a small milling machine instead of a drill press with an XY table. This set up in mint. I am lucky to have stumbled into it. I think I'd take a decent bridgeport for $1k-1.5k over these little guys.

By no means do I discount these gifts...

Lobsterpennies New Reader
10/4/21 9:53 a.m.
preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
10/14/21 3:47 p.m.

Went on a work trip for a week and came back to this stuff. I decided to look for more and found some good stuff.

After an hour of digging (next post will show you the piles) I found this:

More fixtures for the mill and lathe, belts for the motor, quite a few inserts, holders, end mills, etc.

I also found these three spring type collets but I have no idea what they are for. If the Hive does not know I will ask a really real machinist at work in the morning:


preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
10/14/21 3:55 p.m.

So, as threatened, here is some of what I have to dig through:

There is legit 2 rooms full of E36 M3 I need to go through as I cannot just toss all of it into a dumpster and forget about it. I am glad I did not just yard it out even though I'd love the room.

Besides the above green drill head I found:

A valve lathe that needs some work:

Some Nintendo stuff, but the console is trashed:

And some "bomb" stuff. Remember we called him the unibomber? Just some electronic crap that I will never have a use for, but shows this guys versatility: 


white_fly HalfDork
10/14/21 4:48 p.m.

I have a Sherline mill that doesn't get used very often, but also doesn't take up much space. They are far less capable and no more precise than a full size mill, but they sure are handy to have around when you start needing things that don't exist.

New York Nick
New York Nick HalfDork
10/14/21 5:05 p.m.

I also found these three spring type collets but I have no idea what they are for. If the Hive does not know I will ask a really real machinist at work in the morning:

Those are coupling to hook a servo or stepper motor to the lead screws  the electronics you found may be the pieces to build a CNC control  


preach (fs)
preach (fs) Dork
10/14/21 6:52 p.m.

In reply to New York Nick :

That would not surprise me in the least. 

There are electronic boxes and stuff near this stuff.


ShawnG UltimaDork
10/14/21 9:22 p.m.

In the machine's defense, a fly cutter is probably the worst way to machine anything.

They work but there's far better things out there to do the same job.

I have the same set of three Grizzly flycutters at work and they're pretty terrible. I tried to use one once and promptly bought a big shell mill from McMaster.

11GTCS Dork
10/14/21 9:33 p.m.

In reply to preach (fs) :

Boy that’s a lot of New Years boxes of cool stuff... devil

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and MegaDork
10/14/21 10:01 p.m.

What an outstanding score! Man, I really wanted one of those when I was racing RC boats. They are great little machines. They were just too expensive.

I did end up buying a Taig lathe and a Harbor Freight Mini Mill. You will be surprised at what you can cut on a tiny machine. I machined a set of pins for a Ford backhoe on my Taig. What would have taken about 15 minutes on my South Bend took hours on the Taig, but it got the job done. 


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