2×72 Grinder Build Under Way

It has begun!!!!

2x72 Build

WARNING:

You may see ugly welds. I’m by no means a pro.

This is all I could get done for today. 2×72 chassis is unpainted, but welded up. Motor should be here late next week (hopefully). Had a couple mishaps along the way today, welded the main tower piece on facing the wrong way, so I had to grind it off and redo it (Bit of a red face for a minute there). That’s ok, it’s all in the learning process.

I still haven’t found a VFD in my price range just yet, but the search is on without a doubt. I still need to get the start/stop buttons, and potentiometer. There’ll be plenty of wiring to do when I get everything else sourced. I just wanted to post some progress.

A BIG thanks to D. Comeau Custom Knives for his awesome article on his 2×72 build. I used his design and tweaked it a little where the tracking wheel will be. I’ll be adding a gas shock on that arm for the belt change. It’s a great article, you can check it out HERE.

Here’s some progress photos:

5/29/2016

Chassis after welding.

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2x72 Grinder Chassis

5/31/2016

Chassis primed…can’t wait for the motor to get here.

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6/9/2016

Stand almost completed, chassis painted, and stand has its first coat on it. I’ll be adding more to the stand soon. (attachment storage section). More to come….keep checking back.

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6/15/2016

Motor came in. Took off the cover, taped it up, and painted it to match.

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7/2/2016

Made a TON of progress. The rest of my parts came in, and I got busy. It is nearly complete. All I need to do now is make a tool rest for it, and start planning the attachments I want to make. Sorry the garage was a little messy when I took the pics.

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Short Video in Action

I’ll post more pics here as I make more progress. So check back when you can, and thanks for looking.

Walter

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