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    Highly Adjustable File & Chisel Storage

    At long last, a solution to a shop problem I've had for almost a decade. My chisel and file collection has grown but my storage solution for them has been nonexistent. It's time to fix that! We start out by figuring out just what arrangement will work and what I need to build for that. Then I get down to business and start cutting some parts.

    Jason Beam
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    You need wall storage for the good chisels, maybe two sets. My Hirsch and Bergs go in the wall chest and the others in a drawer.

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    I'm afraid that means I need more walls, too, then! LOL -- i'm fresh out of any hangy spots :/
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    Next up, I start building the sliding tray for my files. This goes together reasonably well. While the glue's drying, I decide to start on the indexing plate for all the chisels. This required 1328 .135" diameter holes offset just about .015" so I could have infinitely adjustable storage as my collection changes. But the universe had some other ideas ... first problem with the CNC!


    Jason Beam
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    Why do you think the Z would be losing steps like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Why do you think the Z would be losing steps like that?
    I found out the next day ... bearing went. It was just a shielded bearing and all the load of the Z carriage rests on it axially. A bit of a design flaw ... but then again, i've gotten 3+ years of service out of it, so it ain't that expendable. But on the next build, I'll be using a thrust bearing there instead.
    Jason Beam
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    Remind me to check on that when I get to that point in my build.
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    Three years of service is not too bad. How did you discover the bad bearing, process of elimination, did it sound bad?

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    The next morning, I started by trying to turn the screw by hand - it felt a little stiffer than the other two (much longer, much heavier) axes did. So I took the stepper off and gave it a little more of a spin. Still felt pretty choppy. Then I took just enough apart to free the screw assembly so i could spin it without weight on it - this was when I knew it was that bearing -- felt like gravel in there.

    Got to where I could remove the screw and pulled it out of the machine. Got the bearing pressed off and it was definitely hosed. I said some choice words :P
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    While i get over troubles with the CNC, I pull the tray out of the clamps and get it fitted into the drawer. Work out a nice stop system for it as well. Then I tackle the CNC and get things back in working order. Back to cutting a bazillion holes. Also some brass is cut and we finish it up by loading the drawer with all my chisels and files! Thanks for watching!

    Jason Beam
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