It has begun!!!!
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:
Chassis after welding.
Chassis primed…can’t wait for the motor to get here.
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.
Motor came in. Took off the cover, taped it up, and painted it to match.
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.