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    Steel snake help

    Well I got about 3/4 of what I need to make one. For those of you have made one is their anything you would change to make it better, easier?

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    I had to look this up on the Web Chuck, had never heard of it. My input would be to say it looks critical to have as low as possible friction at the joints. They should move freely without binding. One material choice would be disks made from a plastic cutting board (Super High Density Polyethylene Plastic), the kitchen type. It has low friction, high wear, and is inexpensive.

    Like this:




    Link here.



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    Okay, I'll bite. What's a steel snake, Chuck?

    I tried Google, but all I got was jewelry ads and something about Maylasian boats...
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    Chuck, I used silicone bronze washers from Fastenal. I think thrust bearings would work better in the joints. I will see if I can find the web site again and post it for you. Good luck with the build.

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    Guys,

    I've never heard of this before. Looks interesting. Care to enlighten me on it's usage??

    Thanks in advance,
    Lee Laird
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    I have some 1" UHMW rod. Not hard like the high density but equally tough and almost purely friction free. You could slice and drill to make your own washers. If you want a hunk, PM me your address and I'll send.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Laird View Post
    Guys,

    I've never heard of this before. Looks interesting. Care to enlighten me on it's usage??

    Thanks in advance,
    Lee, they are used for hollowing out the inside of hollow forms. There are several commercial versions available. Here is an example of one in use:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k--ap2o7ixA

    I have the "big brother" to the one in the video on my lathe.
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    Chuck, and all, I have built one of the steel snake. I received a message from Bill Bohlen and he used these bearings. The look like they would work well. I think when I can get to it I may upgrade from the thrust washers that I used to these bearings. My snake works very well, but never having used a commercially produced unit I can't compare. I have a thread on my unit here
    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...es+steel+snake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I have some 1" UHMW rod. Not hard like the high density but equally tough and almost purely friction free. You could slice and drill to make your own washers. If you want a hunk, PM me your address and I'll send.
    Frank Thank you very much PM being sent.

    Wayne,
    Excellent thanks for all the help.

    Chuck

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