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A compact build

MachineYourself
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I thought this was a very cool build...

A few things to note:

1)  If you look at the flywheel, it looks like it is adjustable without having to completely stop the machine.  

2) It looks like the builder did a good job of remembering to ground the motor.  

3) Instead of using a drawer-slide or liner bearings, it looks like the liner action slides on the upper rail (I'm guessing it was made from a machinable plastic).  

4) The variable speed control is wired in using a simple fan switch.

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Re: A compact build

Zest
I believe this is the Fukbox from Fukbox.com.

I've been really tempted to pay the $20 for the instructions, since I'm not too mechanically versed, and it's discreet which is my prime concern at the moment.

Anyone looked into this or have any experience with the instructions?
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MachineYourself
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If you're not mechanically versed, then I am not sure if this is the right build for you...  I've never seen the plans for a Fukbox so I don't know if they're worth the $20.  By looking at the machine, I see some unique bends and materials that aren't going to be available at your local Home Depot.  I'm ok with that since I usually end up ordering parts from McMaster-Carr anyways, but you may end up with more steel/aluminum than you need.  I also see a few machining processes that lend themselves to the machinist (or someone with some mechanical skill).  

If you're interested, I could make a parts list for a simple linear slide machine that would be much easier than building this machine (and I'll do it for free) and could be easily hidden.  Let me know!  
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Re: A compact build

TangibleEnnui
Even though it wasn't directed at me (and I have nothing to contribute to the site), would I be able to ask for a parts list, MachineYourself?

I'd be very grateful.

Cheers
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MachineYourself
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No problem at all!  A "parts list" has been on my to-do list for a bit now.  I'll work on it and have it up by mid-January.

And don't say you haven't contributed...  You'll get there.  It sounds like you have an upcoming build.
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Re: A compact build

Zest
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My main issue is discretion, since I currently don't live alone, which is what drew me to that build over a simple linear slide one (if I'm correct in thinking they look like this below).



 I'd still be interested in having a read of your suggestions though! Thinking about it, it wouldn't be too hard to convert something like that to fit inside a toolbox.

I wonder where I can pick up a decent motor... Maybe like a food processor, one that had the rotating arm. Time to research!


EDIT: This looks quite good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qmvM6sbke8

EDIT AGAIN: Having watched the above I looked into wiper motors. You won't get a high RPM (over 60) but if that's all you're after, at least a first product, I found this set: http://monsterguts.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=306

It's used to automate halloween props. Attach a flywheel and install all of that in something like a toolbox and I can see a cheap, easy build coming together. Will have to think on it some more.
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Re: A compact build

MachineYourself
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Thanks for posting the links to the videos...  

My only concern with a 60 RPM machine is that is is soooo slow.  I think most uses would find it almost boring.  Now, it isn't a ton faster but here is a link to a 12v motor that runs at 105 RPM:

http://www.surpluscenter.com/item.asp?item=5-1668-A&catname=electric

At that price point though you could get a 90v/130v motor that would run at 300 RPM.  

As far as hiding a machine: I prefer to put them in the decorative boxes you can at JoAnn's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby.  

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Re: A compact build

billiejo
I am trying to build this machine, and although I did purchase the instructions from Fuxbox, I am having trouble finding the parts.  I am hoping that you might have come up with the parts list that you mentioned earlier.  I appreciate your help.
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MachineYourself
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Billiejo,
Message me directly at machineyourself at gmail.com and I will try to help you out...  I can give you a few places to look for parts for the exact machine pictured in this thread, or tell you how to save a few $$$ if budget is of concern.  
-Matt
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Re: A compact build

HENDRYBERG
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Hopefully billiejo logs in again soon...

Want to know if the fukbox instructions are worth buying?

Itd be good to have detailed step by step instructions for making my first machine... Think Im gonna try the heavy duty machine shown on here though... So maybe no need for FukBox
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Re: A compact build

billiejo
I am still in the process of getting all of the parts....have been a little busy lately.  The plans seem very detailed, and were only $20 bucks, so don't think it will be much of a loss even either way.  The author of the plans responded quickly when i pointed out that the links he provided for sites to purchase parts were no longer working.  He listed new links very quickly.   If machine yourself has plans for one, I'd love to see them.   I may try and take the best from both and make a hybrid.  The moderator here is great, and very helpful.  
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