Mounting Mounting Blocks

Better is a handful of rest than two handfuls of hard work and chasing after the wind

Final assembly of The Base, Oil Tray and Mounting Blocks began with placing the Oil Tray on top of The Base and aligning the holes…

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The Levellers were screwed into the Mounting Blocks…

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…the Threaded Rods inserted through the Levellers, long thread down, and screwed into the Mounting Blocks…

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…and the rubber Grommets fitted…

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This is the completed assembly…

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Next, I applied some silicone sealant around the underside of the Mounting Blocks. Whilst this will have The Mythical Purists raging (I couldn’t care less; it’s my lathe) it’ll stop leaks…

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The Mounting Blocks were then fitted to The Base/Oil Tray Combine and bolted tight from inside The Base…

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I thought it best to put some large washers between The Mounting Blocks and the Bed…

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…before lowering the Bed – which is quite heavy – onto its Mounting Blocks…

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…and bolting it down, not too tight at the moment. In fact, I had to lift it off and on a couple of times; the Threaded Rods and The Levellers needed adjusting a couple of times to get a balanced fit all round. The Bed has to be held just right for it to drop on to all four rods. It’s easy to see how that one rod got bent and damaged.

I’m calling that Completion Of Phase One. Onwards and Upwards!

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Mounting Blocks

Plans fail when there is no consultation, But there is accomplishment through many advisers

Back from more trips; this time Betws-y-Coed with Senior Management.

In between, this trip and that, I’ve been doing what I can. The final step before completing the Base is to clean up the Mounting Blocks that support The Bed. This is them dirty…

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Some pictures of the threaded rod as it comes out the underside…

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There’s a lot of that paint from the Oil Tray sticking to things, like this grommet…

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Some oily gunge in one of the holes…

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Every part was given the GUNK treatment…

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…as was the two Blocks…

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All came out nice. Clockwise from the threaded rods, the other parts are eight nuts, four rubber grommets, or seals, and four bed levelling nuts.

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Notice the rod on the left is bent? It also had a damaged thread…

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A simple fix with a very fine saw sharpening file…

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To straighten the rod, first I clamped it in the vise and wound on three nuts tightly…

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Then, using a wooden block to avoid damaging the nuts, I tapped it with Big Hammer to take out the kink. Finished off on the anvil part of the vise…

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…being very careful not to hit the threads. This is the rod before…

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…and after…

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This is a reasonably clean threaded hole…

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The large diameter is for the levelling nut. There is a smooth sided hole through the levelling nut through which passes the threaded rod into the small diameter hole at the bottom.The threaded rods and their bolts are for securing and the levelling nuts are for just that, levelling The Bed. Why? I’m not that sure yet. Something about turning a parallel shaft. No doubt I’ll find out on the beginner’s course I intend to go on.

I thought I’d strip the paint from the Blocks. The trouble was, the paint stripper didn’t budge it at all. And this after several applications. Not even any blistering. I tried scraping, as per the Oil Tray, but the scraper couldn’t get under it. Perhaps it’s not paint? Eventually I gave up, washed them and left it at that…

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Next post, assembly.