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Topic: SC/TO Shaft Mod (17 msgs / 377 lines)
1) From: Steve Hay
All,
Thanks for the help with the roller bars.. Some great ideas.  I just went t=
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the store with some parts for the shaft mod and darnit all if the socket is
too big for the hole that the motor sticks out of.  I was hoping to do this
without a Dremel but it looks like I am going to have to enlarge that
hole...  (The plastic is REALLY hard, dang)  Maybe I can find a used Dremel
on ebay or something...
Things are never as easy as they seem...
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Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

2) From: Don Cummings
They do make sockets that will fit. I had a 10mm socket from an old set
lying around that fit perfectly with no boring out of the hole.  You might
try looking for a cheap set at a discount or $1 store.
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3) From: James House
This was my excuse for buying a dremel that I had wanted for so long
anyway.  Of course I have not used it for anything else yet, but I hope to
one day.  :)  Avoid the XPR400 or whatever, bad reviews.  I got the more
inexpensive 300 model, its awesome and *feels* better in my hand when
using...this is of course if you do choose to get a dremel.
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4) From: Michael Stock
I had to enlarge that hole as well.  Not wanting to buy another dremel, or
retreive the one I already had (it'd take 1 day of driving) I cheated and
enlarged it with my biggest drill bit.  it's messy, and not even, and was
probably not so good for the drill, but it worked.
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5) From: James House
I know a guy that enlarged his, he didn't confess what he used but he said
it wasn't pretty. :)
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6) From: Brett Mason
For whatever it's worth, I own the XPR400 and like it.  I cut the base
from my $9.99 Stainless Steel trash can with it, to make my drum.  I
have also used it for cutting the vanes, for fixing teaspoons the boys
put down the garbage disposal, a little work on my Porsche, Pinewood
Derby carts for the kids, and some othe small tasks.
I had to explain how it would help me in many ways - and didn't
realize how frequently it would be my "go to" tool.
OTOH - all you really need is a hammer.  "If your only tool is a
hammer, everything looks a lot like a nail."  -unknown
Brett
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Brett Mason
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7) From: Steve Hay
It will be my third trip to Home Depot in 3 days.  Looks like all that's fo=
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sale mostly is the xpr 400 and there's a cordless one too..  The deals
online aren't that great so I'd rather have one today than next week..
The Dremel does look like a very good hobbyist tool..  I think I'll have fu=
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with it.  Next thing you know I'll be buying vice grips...
Steve "Has No Garage" Hay
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hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
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number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

8) From: Brett Mason
One of those fold-up "Handyman's Helper" work platforms, and a couple
clamps, and you'll be in business.  Took me a while to buy the clamps,
now I find it's so much easier to work when I'm not juggling all my
materials...
Something that goes well with wood working is a nice cup of Costa Rica
Dota - Conquistador, dripped through my Melitta Clarity!  I am on my
second cup now, and haven't even picked up a wood working tool
today...
Brett
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Brett Mason
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   Zassman

9) From: Michael Stock
The other tool I found really helpful for the SC/TO mod was a vice.  It mad=
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a lot of things a bunch easier, mostly cutting the stiring arms and bending
the AL ring.  You know, while you're at the hardware store, might as well
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a drill press, and heck, a kiln while you're at it.
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10) From: Steve Hay
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LOL.  Hey first I need to find a job in the country (I guess) and get a
house with a garage..  Unfortunately I don't have 500k to drop on a house
these days...  and with grad school coming up probably buying a bunch of
tools is probably not a great idea.  :)  Seriously, who else believes we're
not seeing serious inflation right now?
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Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

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12) From: raymanowen
I found the XPR400's in a couple of different tool kits from Dremel.
Egad! They have 5-year warranties, and Dremel actually sells replacement
brush sets for them.
What more could you want? Well, it only weighs 18 oz so wouldn't make a goo=
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striking device.
The speed control circuitry uses thyristors- diac/ triac- to throttle the
motor speed. I guess it doesn't damage the motor too much- or at all- to ru=
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it that way. Some people's kids seem to know better.
I was going to outsmart my old Grindmaster by putting a dovetail tool in my
52,000 rpm router. I realized it would be a Dummkopf and a little dangerous
idea, adjusting the router using a bench press. Another "Blue Dot for Sure
Shot" mental backfire abandoned before it hurt.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Sawdust would not be a good form factor for coffee grounds-

13) From: Scott Miller
Tom Bellhouse wrote:
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Twain may have made a comment similar to that, but I know the phrase 
from Abraham Maslow; his big contribution to 20th century psychology was 
the Hierarchy of Human Needs.
cheers,
ScoTTT --> my only urgent need right now is another roast of 
Matakadadalala ... yea, that peaberry stuff from India. I'll wait until 
the outside temperature gets below 90 F to roast, though.

14) From: Steve Hay
Shaft mod complete.  I ended up using a 2" hex bolt into a 7/16" socket
stacked with washers to "plug the hole so to speak..  We'll see if I is
going to need some kind of thrust bearing as it spins, since only gravity
holds it down for now. If so, they sell those larger washers that I could
slip in there without too much trouble.  No cap, since I'm not sure I am
going to need one.  Just the threads poking out (Zinc plated).  Still need
to buy rollers, possibly.
-- 
Steven Hay
hay.steve -AT- gmail.com
Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural
numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural
number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."

15) From: Tom Bellhouse
I forget where coffee falls on Maslow's heirachy, but it must be right
up there with mother's milk and blankie.  It is for me, anyway.
Here's another hammer quote for ya':
You know the old saying: To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a
nail. Well, that's only sometimes true. In the case of the
academic-literary establishment -- the community I lovingly call
"li-fi" -- the better analogy is: To a man with only a hammer, a screw
is a defective nail.
-- Orson Scott Card, Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the 20th
Century
Back on topic:  I did modify my center hole on the SC to accommodate the
socket for the replacement shaft.  I Dremelled it.  No biggie, and it
could be done easily with an electric drill and a small stone.
Best regards,
Tom in GA

16) From: Scott Miller
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I had to enlarge the center hole for the socket also. One of those cone 
shaped grinding bits and just a minute's time and POOF!
First SCGG roast occured a few minutes later.
I just did a batch of Matadakad and a batch of Ethiopian Gaturine 
peaberry to make it an all peaberry roasting day.
Although I've had the Gaturine for a while, this is my first roast with 
it. I followed Tom's notes on it and did a City+ roast; since I usually 
go further than that with Kenyas I have done in the past, this will be a 
first for me. Heck, Tom have this +3 points in his cupper's correction, 
so it would be foolish for me to not try to see what he found so likable 
about this coffee.
cheers,
ScoTTT

17) From: Don Cummings
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As far as the Gaturine is concerned I have done one batch and accidently
took it to FC+.  I will say that Tom was right in his statement that at thi=
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dark a roast you rob the Gaturine of what makes it so special.  It was just
a decent Kenya at that point.
Here is the sad part. I only bought one lb of it so I only have one more
chance to get it right.  Please let me know how the City + is since this my
target for that last batch.
Don


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