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  • Pole for Offset Bird Feeder

    My friend and customer Chuck wanted a sturdy pole to hold a bird feeder bracket. The problem is that for some reason the arm of the bracket was three feet long, so it would apply a moment load to the pole. The other problem is that he wanted to mount the bracket 6-1/2 feet high so that people could walk under the bracket without hitting it. The first step was to make a SolidWorks model of the pole.

    1. Concept Model
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    I find that my mister is great for keeping the part cool while taking heavy cuts.

    2. Mister to keep part cool
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    I needed to cut a slot in the pole. To fit the pole in the room where my milling machine is located I had to rotate the waist of the Bridgeport and extend the ram as shown below.

    3. Offset waist of Bridgeport
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    4. Slot milled
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    I used my lathe to chamfer the end of the pipe. I know that the chamfer doesn’t require the accuracy provided by the lathe, but I have a lathe and this is a very fast operation.

    5. End chamfered
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    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DoAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    6. Loose parts are made
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    7. Tack welded the tap plate
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    8. Tap plate welded out
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    9. Tip welded to tube
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    10. Cross plate welded
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    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
    Miller Dynasty 200DX
    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
    Lincoln LE 31 MP
    Lincoln 210 MP
    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
    16" DoAll Saw
    15" Drill Press
    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
    20 Ton Arbor Press
    Bridgeport

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    • #3
      11. Tip painted
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      12. Cross plate painted
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      13. Cap installed on end
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      14. All done
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      Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
      Miller Dynasty 200DX
      Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
      Lincoln LE 31 MP
      Lincoln 210 MP
      Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
      16" DoAll Saw
      15" Drill Press
      7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
      20 Ton Arbor Press
      Bridgeport

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      • #4
        This is what I've always liked about your posts, Don. Whether it's a simple or more involved job, you show the steps and why you build things a certain way. You're a big reason why I like this forum.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Metjunkie View Post
          This is what I've always liked about your posts, Don. Whether it's a simple or more involved job, you show the steps and why you build things a certain way. You're a big reason why I like this forum.
          Thanks, I try to show enough so that viewers can figure out what they are looking at and the steps that I took to accomplish the job.
          Last edited by Don52; 09-19-2021, 06:25 PM.
          Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
          Miller Dynasty 200DX
          Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
          Lincoln LE 31 MP
          Lincoln 210 MP
          Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
          16" DoAll Saw
          15" Drill Press
          7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
          20 Ton Arbor Press
          Bridgeport

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          • #6
            How do you like that kool mist setup? I’ve been looking at that one or the Noga model. I have some hardened axles that I have to cut some splines on soon and I think I’d like some coolant flowing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ryanjones2150 View Post
              How do you like that kool mist setup? I’ve been looking at that one or the Noga model. I have some hardened axles that I have to cut some splines on soon and I think I’d like some coolant flowing.
              I really like it. I use it with a water soluble coolant that will work with all metals, which I leave in the mister. I just move the mister to the DoAll saw, the lathe or the Bridgeport as required. The nozzle on the magnetic base is handy.

              -Don
              Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
              Miller Dynasty 200DX
              Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
              Lincoln LE 31 MP
              Lincoln 210 MP
              Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
              16" DoAll Saw
              15" Drill Press
              7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
              20 Ton Arbor Press
              Bridgeport

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              • #8
                My friend and customer Chuck sent me a picture of the installed bird feeder. I still am not sure why he required a three foot cantilevered bracket to support the bird feeder, but his wife is thrilled with it.

                15. feeder installed
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                -Don​​​​​​​
                Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                Miller Dynasty 200DX
                Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                Lincoln LE 31 MP
                Lincoln 210 MP
                Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                16" DoAll Saw
                15" Drill Press
                7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                20 Ton Arbor Press
                Bridgeport

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                • #9
                  But why did they put a ladder for the squirrels under it? It does look good though.
                  ---Meltedmetal

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Meltedmetal View Post
                    But why did they put a ladder for the squirrels under it? It does look good though.
                    You are correct, it does look like a squirrel ladder.

                    -Don
                    Smith Oxyacetylene Torch
                    Miller Dynasty 200DX
                    Lincoln SP-250 MIG Welder
                    Lincoln LE 31 MP
                    Lincoln 210 MP
                    Clausing/Colchester 15" Lathe
                    16" DoAll Saw
                    15" Drill Press
                    7" x 9" Swivel Head Horizontal Band Saw
                    20 Ton Arbor Press
                    Bridgeport

                    Comment

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