Anybody wanna see my shop, circa 2000?

Anybody wanna see my shop, circa 2000?

Doc Nickel
Doc Nickel

March 22nd, 2011, 10:05 am #1

I was rooting through a bunch of old software looking for a specific disc (which I didn't find) when I happened across a CD labelled "archived photos, 1-00 to 10-00".

It wasn't the item I was intending to look for, but it was an item I've been looking for. (If that makes any sense.)

I bought my first decent digital camera, as I've mentioned before, in December of 1999. A 1.3 MP Olympus D-340 point-and-shoot, with an 8MB SmartMedia card (good for about 32 photos) for a mere $350.

Before that, I'd been spending a fortune- like $600 a year- on film and developing. All of a sudden I could shoot as much as I wanted, and I didn't have to wait days to see the photos. Well, not quite as much as I wanted, the thing'd eat batteries like Michael Moore after a box of Krispy Kremes so there was that. I later bought a set of li-ion rechargables, which helped immensely, but I digress.

Anyway, once I got it, I immediately set about documenting stuff. In addition to the day-to-day gun work/shop work, I photographed a lot of stuff just for my own records, not necessarily intending to post it to the 'net.

This disc has most, if not all, of that first years' photos.

Lots of good memories in there- about 'leventy million Shockers, for one. I mean, I knew I did a lot of Shocker mods back then, but geez, when you go through nearly a years' worth of pix in one sitting, y'get the impression I'm ferrying them back and forth to the Post Office in a dump truck!

But besides all that, there were some long-forgotten photos of my shop, back when it was still mostly a storage room. As I noted the other day, I tended not to show much of the shop or clear pictures of the machines, as I was embarrassed to be using a beat-up mill-drill and cheap desktop lathe.

But also as I said the other day, who cares what tools you use? What matters is what you make. The end product. Does it work? Does it look good? Then who cares whether you used a $200K CNC production center or carved it out using an antelope jawbone and an obsidian knife.

Though admittedly if you did the latter, that would be pretty interesting in and of itself. It's not that the bear dances well, you know, it's that he can dance at all.

So, here in most of it's glory- and I use that term very loosely- is almost the entirety of my shop and machine tools, circa early 2000:



On the right is miscellaneous hunting and outdoor gear, old tack, various bits of old junk, and an upright freezer. On the left is the recently-discussed Jet Mill-Drill on the custom steel-pipe stand I built for it to add some rigidity to the column, in a vain attempt to improve it's ratty surface finishes. (Vain because the issue was, I believe, the spindle bearings and deteriorating drive system.)

Also note the cheap drill-press vise. No Kurt or even clone for me back then- that was all I could afford.

The grinder in the foreground-left did double duty; sharpened my lathe tools and buffed parts. That poor thing buffed thousands of parts over the years...

Just one whiteboard, too.

But, as "primitive" as that was- I think I owned less than a dozen endmills, total, back then- I still cranked out what I thought was some pretty good work. Such as this tidbit, which, if my numbering system can be believed, from the same week as that above photo:



That piece, made on a worn-out mill-drill and a drill press vise, is, of course, a conversion block to change a pre-2K Autococker body into a stock-class-fed Sniper.



There's no lathe work on there, by the way. That's careful milling and even more careful file work. The feed tube is "clamped" when the block is tightened down.



Back then, a centerfeed 'Cocker body cost $350 new, and a used, beat-up one was still worth $250- and there weren't and used ones at the time these pix were taken- centerfeed 'Cockers were still pretty new, and this was long before players started buying new guns at the beginning of every season. So my block mod was required not only to hold the tube, but to convert the side-feed body.



A bit of token milling on the body, a few other light tricks, nickel a few parts, send the rest off for anno (in, thankfully, one of the less-ill-fated purple anno runs) and voila~!



This gun went on to appear in APG at least twice, though never with any attribution. And, like always, I have meant for years to build myself one. This was one of my favorites from back then...

But I made it in a cave, with a box of scraps. Always been a little proud of that.

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MarkT
MarkT

March 22nd, 2011, 12:19 pm #2

The conversion block must have had some sort of an angle to help the balls move from horizontal to vertical. How did you form the angle? I can't picture what tools you would use.
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Emerald Wolf
Emerald Wolf

March 22nd, 2011, 6:21 pm #3

Gravity helps here.....I would think that you'd only need ramps in the case of springfeed.

Catchya on the Flip Side.....

Emerald Wolf -- much like AGD's Powerfeed...
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levi
levi

March 22nd, 2011, 10:04 pm #4

The conversion block must have had some sort of an angle to help the balls move from horizontal to vertical. How did you form the angle? I can't picture what tools you would use.
A non angled base while it works... isn't some thing I would want to rely on... ( you can make one with a piece of pvc... stuck it on my dm5... thankifullyit had eyes!)

So for the ramp... its easy... use drills instead endmills! There not the perfect angle but works pretty good!

Course that's just what I've felt with...

-levi
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FireFrenzy
FireFrenzy

March 22nd, 2011, 10:25 pm #5

I was rooting through a bunch of old software looking for a specific disc (which I didn't find) when I happened across a CD labelled "archived photos, 1-00 to 10-00".

It wasn't the item I was intending to look for, but it was an item I've been looking for. (If that makes any sense.)

I bought my first decent digital camera, as I've mentioned before, in December of 1999. A 1.3 MP Olympus D-340 point-and-shoot, with an 8MB SmartMedia card (good for about 32 photos) for a mere $350.

Before that, I'd been spending a fortune- like $600 a year- on film and developing. All of a sudden I could shoot as much as I wanted, and I didn't have to wait days to see the photos. Well, not quite as much as I wanted, the thing'd eat batteries like Michael Moore after a box of Krispy Kremes so there was that. I later bought a set of li-ion rechargables, which helped immensely, but I digress.

Anyway, once I got it, I immediately set about documenting stuff. In addition to the day-to-day gun work/shop work, I photographed a lot of stuff just for my own records, not necessarily intending to post it to the 'net.

This disc has most, if not all, of that first years' photos.

Lots of good memories in there- about 'leventy million Shockers, for one. I mean, I knew I did a lot of Shocker mods back then, but geez, when you go through nearly a years' worth of pix in one sitting, y'get the impression I'm ferrying them back and forth to the Post Office in a dump truck!

But besides all that, there were some long-forgotten photos of my shop, back when it was still mostly a storage room. As I noted the other day, I tended not to show much of the shop or clear pictures of the machines, as I was embarrassed to be using a beat-up mill-drill and cheap desktop lathe.

But also as I said the other day, who cares what tools you use? What matters is what you make. The end product. Does it work? Does it look good? Then who cares whether you used a $200K CNC production center or carved it out using an antelope jawbone and an obsidian knife.

Though admittedly if you did the latter, that would be pretty interesting in and of itself. It's not that the bear dances well, you know, it's that he can dance at all.

So, here in most of it's glory- and I use that term very loosely- is almost the entirety of my shop and machine tools, circa early 2000:



On the right is miscellaneous hunting and outdoor gear, old tack, various bits of old junk, and an upright freezer. On the left is the recently-discussed Jet Mill-Drill on the custom steel-pipe stand I built for it to add some rigidity to the column, in a vain attempt to improve it's ratty surface finishes. (Vain because the issue was, I believe, the spindle bearings and deteriorating drive system.)

Also note the cheap drill-press vise. No Kurt or even clone for me back then- that was all I could afford.

The grinder in the foreground-left did double duty; sharpened my lathe tools and buffed parts. That poor thing buffed thousands of parts over the years...

Just one whiteboard, too.

But, as "primitive" as that was- I think I owned less than a dozen endmills, total, back then- I still cranked out what I thought was some pretty good work. Such as this tidbit, which, if my numbering system can be believed, from the same week as that above photo:



That piece, made on a worn-out mill-drill and a drill press vise, is, of course, a conversion block to change a pre-2K Autococker body into a stock-class-fed Sniper.



There's no lathe work on there, by the way. That's careful milling and even more careful file work. The feed tube is "clamped" when the block is tightened down.



Back then, a centerfeed 'Cocker body cost $350 new, and a used, beat-up one was still worth $250- and there weren't and used ones at the time these pix were taken- centerfeed 'Cockers were still pretty new, and this was long before players started buying new guns at the beginning of every season. So my block mod was required not only to hold the tube, but to convert the side-feed body.



A bit of token milling on the body, a few other light tricks, nickel a few parts, send the rest off for anno (in, thankfully, one of the less-ill-fated purple anno runs) and voila~!



This gun went on to appear in APG at least twice, though never with any attribution. And, like always, I have meant for years to build myself one. This was one of my favorites from back then...

But I made it in a cave, with a box of scraps. Always been a little proud of that.
Dude was always my favorite superhero... Well maybe tied with the Goddamn batman...
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Doc Nickel
Doc Nickel

March 23rd, 2011, 7:24 am #6

The conversion block must have had some sort of an angle to help the balls move from horizontal to vertical. How did you form the angle? I can't picture what tools you would use.
I just "drilled" in from both angles with a ball-end mill. And, as I recall, I didn't 'drill' in all the way, so that the radii of both angles matched. I stopped short, slightly, from both directions, leaving a shallow "hump" at the apex.

That edge is above the ball's centerline, and so works like the so-called "parabolic" power feed plugs in Automags. Which is, mainly, not giving the ball a flat face to come to rest against- the ridge tends to nudge the ball downward, and gravity does the rest.

I'm not sure CCI even goes that far with their delrin feed blocks, and just ball-mills from both angles. They feed just fine.

Doc.
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Shane-O
Shane-O

March 23rd, 2011, 1:23 pm #7

I was rooting through a bunch of old software looking for a specific disc (which I didn't find) when I happened across a CD labelled "archived photos, 1-00 to 10-00".

It wasn't the item I was intending to look for, but it was an item I've been looking for. (If that makes any sense.)

I bought my first decent digital camera, as I've mentioned before, in December of 1999. A 1.3 MP Olympus D-340 point-and-shoot, with an 8MB SmartMedia card (good for about 32 photos) for a mere $350.

Before that, I'd been spending a fortune- like $600 a year- on film and developing. All of a sudden I could shoot as much as I wanted, and I didn't have to wait days to see the photos. Well, not quite as much as I wanted, the thing'd eat batteries like Michael Moore after a box of Krispy Kremes so there was that. I later bought a set of li-ion rechargables, which helped immensely, but I digress.

Anyway, once I got it, I immediately set about documenting stuff. In addition to the day-to-day gun work/shop work, I photographed a lot of stuff just for my own records, not necessarily intending to post it to the 'net.

This disc has most, if not all, of that first years' photos.

Lots of good memories in there- about 'leventy million Shockers, for one. I mean, I knew I did a lot of Shocker mods back then, but geez, when you go through nearly a years' worth of pix in one sitting, y'get the impression I'm ferrying them back and forth to the Post Office in a dump truck!

But besides all that, there were some long-forgotten photos of my shop, back when it was still mostly a storage room. As I noted the other day, I tended not to show much of the shop or clear pictures of the machines, as I was embarrassed to be using a beat-up mill-drill and cheap desktop lathe.

But also as I said the other day, who cares what tools you use? What matters is what you make. The end product. Does it work? Does it look good? Then who cares whether you used a $200K CNC production center or carved it out using an antelope jawbone and an obsidian knife.

Though admittedly if you did the latter, that would be pretty interesting in and of itself. It's not that the bear dances well, you know, it's that he can dance at all.

So, here in most of it's glory- and I use that term very loosely- is almost the entirety of my shop and machine tools, circa early 2000:



On the right is miscellaneous hunting and outdoor gear, old tack, various bits of old junk, and an upright freezer. On the left is the recently-discussed Jet Mill-Drill on the custom steel-pipe stand I built for it to add some rigidity to the column, in a vain attempt to improve it's ratty surface finishes. (Vain because the issue was, I believe, the spindle bearings and deteriorating drive system.)

Also note the cheap drill-press vise. No Kurt or even clone for me back then- that was all I could afford.

The grinder in the foreground-left did double duty; sharpened my lathe tools and buffed parts. That poor thing buffed thousands of parts over the years...

Just one whiteboard, too.

But, as "primitive" as that was- I think I owned less than a dozen endmills, total, back then- I still cranked out what I thought was some pretty good work. Such as this tidbit, which, if my numbering system can be believed, from the same week as that above photo:



That piece, made on a worn-out mill-drill and a drill press vise, is, of course, a conversion block to change a pre-2K Autococker body into a stock-class-fed Sniper.



There's no lathe work on there, by the way. That's careful milling and even more careful file work. The feed tube is "clamped" when the block is tightened down.



Back then, a centerfeed 'Cocker body cost $350 new, and a used, beat-up one was still worth $250- and there weren't and used ones at the time these pix were taken- centerfeed 'Cockers were still pretty new, and this was long before players started buying new guns at the beginning of every season. So my block mod was required not only to hold the tube, but to convert the side-feed body.



A bit of token milling on the body, a few other light tricks, nickel a few parts, send the rest off for anno (in, thankfully, one of the less-ill-fated purple anno runs) and voila~!



This gun went on to appear in APG at least twice, though never with any attribution. And, like always, I have meant for years to build myself one. This was one of my favorites from back then...

But I made it in a cave, with a box of scraps. Always been a little proud of that.
Has a storied career and like you said many pictures in APG and such. Unfortunately APG just uses photos they take or get and have no way of giving credit for custom guns most of the time. But most people did find out it was you who built it. The owner and I are pretty much non-players these days, but when he comes out to play he always uses that gun, still shoots and works fantastic. Its cool to see the in progress shots, wish we could have seen them when you were building it....

Just messing with you! LOL.
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