Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Looking up at Bill's pic..........these "kits" may not fit in or agree with some folks shops,but I like them.
More rambling.....one of the first decisions,irrespective(somewhat)...of what pce of equipment we're runnin the stock through(RT,TS,moulder,shaper)is whether or not the part will or has a "land".Don't know where that term comes from?Probably gunworld(lands and grooves)?
Anyway a land is....well,how about what a land isn't?If your mould goes in one end of machine and comes out the other end with NO part of that edge/side of stock remaining.....there isn't a land.Meaning,you shove a sq pce in....and a pce of quarter rnd is coming out...you cut away all of the registration that the original edge/side had.
On a shaper there's usually a split fence design that allows you to advance the out feed side to take up any "slack" for missing wood.But in the case of a TS you don't have that luxury.BUT...if you design/setup the pc of mould so that there is some remaining stock(land),it serves to guide on outfeed side.
So,you engage your brain before ever turning machine on.Run the sequencing through you mind a cpl different ways.IOWs,you have an idea of how you want to run this pce of mould.Literally run,and count how many operations and "cuts" it takes with this plan....call it "A".Then come up with another,plan "B".And one more.
Now,with the criterea of safety(fingers,part,and machine wear) AND convenience,see which of your plans work the best.Leaving a "land" that can be machined off rates high marks in several categories....what other concerns can you make "rules" about?
"Rules" here isn't about taking out the trash or not getting drunk on Sat. night....it's rules in design,rules in procedure,rules in safety,etc,etc.,these are "good" rules.Heck,we may not even have any employees.....and still have rules.It makes machine setups way faster.For instance,I really,really don't like touching a cutting tool's edge,gives me the heeby jeeby's....and this is irrespective of whether the tool is mounted,dismounted,dull,sharp.I just don't touch them.
Another,for instance rule might be to always make your rough stock 6" longer to allow for snipe.It might also be to always run a test monkey pc through first(before runnin the "good" stuff $$).So,make some good sound rules for your moulding processes and stick to them.It will become second nature,and one less thing to worry about.
Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.