Category:Machine Shop

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Zone Information
Zone Name Machine Shop
Status Active
Zone Slogan End Mills always pay their debts
Zone Coordinator(s) Evan Allen
Zone Slack #machine-shop
Zone E-mail

Zone Color Blue
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Safety Notes

  • Do not use the bench grinder on aluminum as the aluminum flakes can trap heat in and cause the wheel to fracture.
  • Do not cut off any piece of your body
  • Leave the space as clean as you found it. If you find it in a messy state, please send the coordinator an email describing the mess, date, and time, and then please be extra awesome and clean up after those before you.

Table of Equipment

Equipment Authorization Owner(s) Status
Heinrich Deep Throat Bench Punch No i3Detroit Usable but repair needed
Acer 1440G Lathe Yes Nate BezansonTJ CookBrian WennbergAaron D Running
Bridgeport Mill Yes i3Detroit Running
Brown and Sharpe Surface Grinder No i3Detroit Running
Dake Band Saw No i3Detroit Running
DoAll Band Saw No i3Detroit Running
Edlund Drill Press No i3Detroit Running
Machine Shop Motion Sensor No i3Detroit Running
Machine Shop Ceiling Fan No i3Detroit Running
Machine Shop Light Switches No i3Detroit Running
Rockwell Grinder No i3Detroit Running
Rockwell Grinder 2 No i3Detroit Running
Baldor Grinder No i3Detroit Down
Kalamazoo Horizontal Band Saw No i3Detroit Down
Niagra 342 Shear No i3Detroit Down


^^click the title to edit the todo^^

The following list is an attempt to offer up suggestions of tasks that could be accomplished throughout the space by people interested in helping out.

Feel free to take charge of one or more of these items as your time and expertise allow. If you have taken charge of a task, please put your name into the field next to the task.

Should you run out of time or ability to complete a task, make sure to post on the mailing list and "fail loudly". This ensures that task status is shared, and no task languishes in silent failure.

Task Name Description Priority Champion
  • Make sure the current one leaves (being taken back by owner)
  • Buy more heavy duty shear, brake, and roller
DoAll Vertical Bandsaw
  • Air pump/chip removal – fix pump or use shop air
  • Clean/refinish blade guides
  • Buy 3 rubber tires (prefer better material than natural rubber)
  • Write out/establish maintenance procedures and timing (i.e. oiling)
  • Fix roll pin in speed adjustment shaft
  • Buy and install ball knob handle for feed adjustment
  • Buy DoAll colored red and gray paint
  • Touch up paint on DoAll
  • Source blade stock
  • Buy padlock for lockout during service
  • Troubleshoot gear shift difficulty - verify conditions in which gears can be changed
  • Buy new blade brushes
  • Buy table guide
  • Buy part holders to use with feed chain
  • guides for blade welder (see Evan A., or Matt G.)
  • grinding wheel for blade welder
DAKE Horizontal Bandsaw
  • Clean out blade brushes
  • Clean out chip tray
  • Add fluid if low
  • Replace screws/bolts in switch box that is loose
Tapping Machine
  • Remove damaged screw stuck in collet
  • Replace screws with Allen head screws
  • Make/retrofit adjustable tap collet?
ACER Lathe
  • Purchase from owner to make “i3-owned”, or buy alternate lathe
  • Tailstock alignment
  • Additional gears for other threading operations
Powermatic Sander
  • Replace missing knobs
  • Find table for belt sander portion
  • Make exhaust work
  • Get new belts
Install cord reel above center bench 2
build new workbench extension to replace removed scrap bin
  • Bolt down two more tools there
  • Make sure there are shelves under it
Edlund drill press
  • install VFD
Fix exhaust fans 2
Belt Grinder
  • mount to base better
Surface Grinder
  • make plan for B&S to be done by new year's
  • better storage for surface grinder wheels
  • drill bits
  • taps/dies
  • under the arbor press bench
  • under the drill press bench
  • cart in the corner
  • metal mesh cabinet
  • shelf above arbor presses
  • long stock over everything

Useful Sites

Virtual Machine Shop

Information on a wide variety of machining operations.

Information on Gears

Timing Belts, Pulleys and Metric Gears

Info from Stock Drive Products/ Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI)

Lathe Machines

Introduction to the Mini Lathe

If you know how a dog works with a face plate you may not need to look, but otherwise


Fastener Basics

Wood Screws



Abom79's channel

Adam doesn't skip over much, so if a project takes 4 hours of shop time, there are probably 4 videos, each between 30 and 50 minutes long. Gives a good sense of pacing, order of operations, and general flow of work. For someone who's new to machining, this can be helpful:


  • Please don't throw sheet metal, copper, or aluminum away. We recycle these.