I guess we’ve appeared a bit quiet so far this year, but the truth is we’ve been anything but quiet!
The major excitement has been the arrival of our newest tool, and all the work we’ve done to turn industrial equipment into a dedicated frame building tool.
Something we’ve been lusting after for a while now has been a fully fledged frame alignment table. We spend a long time manually checking the alignment of our frames using a straight edge, frame alignment tool, and various bodgers and badgers, but it takes ages and isn’t nearly as satisfactory as having a fixed datum plane to check against. ‘Proper’ purpose-built alignment tables are megabucks (well, about $6000 before shipping, etc), so we came up with another solution!
We bought a half-tonne engineering surface table, and set about making all of the attachments we needed to accurately check a frame on it. Here are some pictures from the build…
We’ve had a couple of frames on the table already, and it’s beautiful to be able to accurately and quickly check the alignment of every point on the frame. There’s still a few little attachments we need, but it’s fair to say that I’m more than a little bit proud of this creation already!