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    A Little Side Job

    A buddy blew into town and needed me to so some work for him, while I was doing some other work, a new challenge appeared, I offered a solution, and got some more work.




    Made from UHMW black plastic rod, turned by hand on the lathe, the tolerances are tight, but not super tight.
    This stuff machines nicely, but the ribbons make you stop and clean up a LOT.


    I got eight done, they need six, but I thought a couple extra would be good.


    High tech drawings....


    Anyone have a guess at what they are for?
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    Well, I suppose that's the kind of surprise you like!

    Being UHMW, my guess would be a bearing for some type of gadget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Arnold View Post
    Being UHMW, my guess would be a bearing for some type of gadget.
    +1 Being built using non-precision tooling and with that lip, I'm assuming they're not press-fit, but probably glued.

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    They are Bushings, but for what......?

    Think way..... WAY out of the box on this one
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    If they needed 8 I would say soap box derby car. Since they needed 6, something for a three wheeler?
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    fishing rod holder on sailboat?
    (just being a bit random...)
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    It's clear those are bushings for the hinges on an elaborate moving bookcase installation that covers the secret passageway into a hidden ninja dojo behind the liquor store. Sheesh! Anybody can see that.
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    no vaughn they are sizeing bushings for his own version of custom cigars..(
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    Re: A Little Side Job

    My guess is they have something to do with the bike store. I say they to use on axles on a jig for holding wheels in a specific location while they balance them or adjust the spokes etc.

    sent from s4
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    Well I guess I can spill the beans

    My favorite circus is in town again with a new show, Cirque du Soleil, and my friend Fred from the last show is here for just two weeks to help set up the new show. Fred is kind of a fireman, he goes around the world wherever he is needed. Now a short story before I tell you where the bushings are being used.

    This story was related to me by a third person who was there when it happened and when I was eating lunch at the jobsite sharing a table, the fellow found out who I was and he had to tell me this story.

    They work with a rather larger company here in Japan partnering on the shows, for logistics and workers etc, really this is a HUGE company that is all over the world. Some things changed on the set up and meant they needed to build some new brackets and thus they needed a MIG welder. Fred asked the head foreman of the Large Japanese Company (LJC) if they can please get him a MIG welder, like tomorrow. The foreman doubts it can be done, but says he'll look into it. An hour later after much searching and many phone calls, utilizing everything at the disposal of said LJC the foreman comes back and says "Sorry but MIG welders are not common in Japan (true) and to get one on a Sunday, well that is just simply impossible, very sorry". Fred then hold up one finger, takes out his cell phone and makes a call, asks a couple of questions to the guy on the other end of the line, says "Great, see you tomorrow" and hangs up. He turns to the foreman of the LJC and says, "Don't worry, I'll have a MIG welder here tomorrow, Sunday at 9:00 AM, thanks". The foreman of the LJC is speechless, he sputters a few things and then says "Who did you call?" Fred says "My secret weapon in Japan".

    Yes that's me, the Secret Weapon in Japan

    While I could not do the welding, as I'm not certified and Cirque is, understandably, rather strict on such things, I could rent them my welder. On the second day they decided that while they had the welder there, they wanted to do some aluminum MIG welding, OK I had to take out the Argon gas bottle and some other items to swap the machine over to aluminum. While waiting for the guy that was to do the aluminum welding, Fred asked if I could look at something, a problem they were trying to solve.

    If you look at this video....



    ..... and I hope the link goes to the 4:05 second mark, but the slack rope the artist is on is moved adjusted, the rope goes through some pulleys and the anchor point is on the floor on the large baseplate on the bottom of what they call a rigging mast. For whatever reason the LJC changed the mounting points for the rigging mast, that is one reason they needed my MIG welder, but then another reason came up, that is the anchor point for the very bottom pulleys for the slack rope had also changed, the old fixture would not fit, the bushings were now the wrong size and the shaft is too short. Well they can make a new shaft, but the bushings, no can do, so I made them on my lathe, not my machinist lathe, as I don't have one, but my regular lathe.

    It was very cool the be able to help them out, and get paid too. This had to be a tight fit, like tap it in with a hammer fit, and they were. Everyone was pleased.

    Fun to do stuff outside the box for sure!

    PS with the money I've earned I've decided to buy a TIG welder, I mentioned this to Fred he called me an hour or so ago saying that if I can get the TIG welder soon, they would LOVE to rent it off me for a few days.....
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 01-24-2014 at 04:33 AM.
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