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Old 12-20-2014, 04:35 PM   #21
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  1. Draw pattern on sheet
  2. Cut with jigsaw
  3. Sand rough edges
Not as slick as a CNC machine, but it would work.
Yeah, but I've got a bench drill press, and I would be milling aluminum. With Ron's pivot and control lever, I'll be able to use a cutter to mill the slot, the outer curved edge, and then the X-Y to remove unneeded material in the middle for weight reduction.
The drill press is truly ancient (Cast Iron Sears Craftsman - circa 1950), but durable. This'll be fun.
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Old 12-20-2014, 04:52 PM   #22
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Don, I agree, Ron's method is better... but there's always a way.
My only issue with Ron's method is putting side load on a drill press: they're for pushing a drill down, not pushing a milling cutter sideways. My drill press is really cheap and small, so I would be take it very slowly.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:06 PM   #23
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Don, I agree, Ron's method is better... but there's always a way.
My only issue with Ron's method is putting side load on a drill press: they're for pushing a drill down, not pushing a milling cutter sideways. My drill press is really cheap and small, so I would be take it very slowly.
Yup. Use of aluminum is the reason I'd try it. Sharp tools and small, incremental cuts. Besides, it's ever so much fun scattering light weight aluminum particles all over the work bench area and the floor.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:27 PM   #24
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I have used a router with a carbide bit on aluminum a few times before, and have cut thick bar stock and pipe with a carbide tipped blade in a chop saw. Just use a bit of WD-40 for lubricant, and gauge your feed by the sound of the motor. Works slick.
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Old 12-20-2014, 06:28 PM   #25
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Yeah, but I've got a bench drill press, and I would be milling aluminum. With Ron's pivot and control lever, I'll be able to use a cutter to mill the slot, the outer curved edge, and then the X-Y to remove unneeded material in the middle for weight reduction.
The drill press is truly ancient (Cast Iron Sears Craftsman - circa 1950), but durable. This'll be fun.
That's it exactly

I have some ancient tools also but, yes, cast iron, not plastic and very durable. Ah, those little aluminum chips, boy do I ever hear it when they get tracked upstairs. Wife: Me: oops, sorry it won't happen again

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Nice work Ron
An idea, a little ingenuity and a solid result.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:11 PM   #27
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I like it and have only two questions.I am presuming that you lift that whole panel up above the roof of the trailer and then lower it for travel.So how heavy and awkward is it to lift up for an old guy and would it work as well attached to the back bumper without causing to much weight back there.
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Old 12-21-2014, 05:15 PM   #28
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Just working on mounting the post it sits on between rain showers

Yes, it sits on a bottom post, flat but operating, while underway. To raise it I have to lift it off the post, insert a 4' tube and lift that tube and panel up. Weight of the assembly is 22 lbs. and the lift is to chest height. Should have some photos in the next few days.

Funny you should mention the rear. That's probably my next target. I already have a bike rack I made. Its' 2" square aluminum tube so mounting a socket for the 2" round tube is easy. That panel would likely be stored vertically, close to the back of the trailer while underway.

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Just working on mounting the post it sits on between rain showers

Yes, it sits on a bottom post, flat but operating, while underway. To raise it I have to lift it off the post, insert a 4' tube and lift that tube and panel up. Weight of the assembly is 22 lbs. and the lift is to chest height. Should have some photos in the next few days.

Funny you should mention the rear. That's probably my next target. I already have a bike rack I made. Its' 2" square aluminum tube so mounting a socket for the 2" round tube is easy. That panel would likely be stored vertically, close to the back of the trailer while underway.

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Thanks,think I could manage 22b.That was my thought mounting it on the rear,so it could then travel vertical.I have the bike rack ready on my bumper and don't take a bike so would be a good spot to mount it.I see a project coming up.
One other question ,did you wire the solar panels in ,or are they still portable with a quick connect to battery?
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:02 PM   #30
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Ron, have you considered telescoping tubes, and a simple pulley rig (like that used in each post of a tent trailer) to lift the panel? Not necessary, any more than the whole swiveling and rotating mount idea, but interesting to build...
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