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#34952 - 01/22/20 04:11 AM New beam boring machines: do they exist?
mudamaker Offline
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Hello all,

I'm a mechanical engineer / toolmaker, and have noticed a distinct lack of new beam boring machines in my research of timberframing. I've been flirting with the idea of designing my own based on desirable qualities from the most popular beam boring machines.

This also got me to thinking: is there any interest within the timberframing community for plans or kits of a DIY beam boring machine? Or is this one of those things where you either try to find an old one, or just switch to electric?

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#34953 - 01/22/20 01:11 PM Re: New beam boring machines: do they exist? [Re: mudamaker]
Will B Offline

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Hi Mudamaker,
Yes, I think there would be interest in plans or kits if you can find stock parts to use, like from Graingers. After 40 years of courses using six of the antique machines here at Heartwood, a number of engineers/machinists/students have tried to replicate them economically without success. They end up costing more than buying an antique one.
Worth trying with a fresh set of eyes, tho.
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#34954 - 01/22/20 09:46 PM Re: New beam boring machines: do they exist? [Re: mudamaker]
Jay White Cloud Offline
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I'm with Will!!!

I would love to see what you come up with for something like a Miller Falls style boring machine that has angulare adjustability. If the price point could be brought down to $350 or less, I'm confident they would more than sell. Especially to those of use that teach the craft within the traditional context...

Good Luck!!!
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#34955 - 01/23/20 05:18 PM Re: New beam boring machines: do they exist? [Re: mudamaker]
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It's good to see you around here again Jay!
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#34956 - 01/24/20 01:06 AM Re: New beam boring machines: do they exist? [Re: Will B]
mudamaker Offline
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Thanks for the response, Will B. I think I've got a few ideas that would allow for a more economical build, but would definitely require access to a milling machine, and possibly a lathe, but I'm going to try and avoid that, and see if it's possible using only a drill press.

Thanks again for your input.

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#34957 - 01/24/20 01:08 AM Re: New beam boring machines: do they exist? [Re: Jay White Cloud]
mudamaker Offline
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Jay,

I'm flirting with the idea of roughly copying the functionality of a Miller Falls boring machine, and am thinking that I might be able to get the parts together for the $350-375 range. If there's enough interest, I'll definitely be posting the progress on here.

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#34958 - 01/24/20 05:20 PM Re: New beam boring machines: do they exist? [Re: mudamaker]
Jay White Cloud Offline
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Hello Mudamaker,

I look forward to following along on your progress! Do post updates here on the forum for other to see your progress please. Many "just read" and don't comment so I'm confident there are at least a few of us sitting up to take notice of this topic.

As words of encouragement, I have had students in the past make both angle iron and wood versions of the Miller Falls style boring machine that worked just fine for them, though "clunky" and cumbersome in size. I'm sure if you get your hands on just basic metal working machines you could come up with something viable..Good luck!

Hi Joe,

I'm always around, yet only add my voice if of merit or use to someone. Happy New Year to you and yours Brother and I hope 2020 is a good building you for you!!!

Blessings,

j


Edited by Jay White Cloud (01/24/20 05:22 PM)
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