Oneida fan blade pattern #1: ???

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Blog entry by Patternguy posted 02-26-2017 03:05 PM 1022 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Most people who visit “Lumberjocks” know who Oneida is and might enjoy some pictures I have of a 15” fan blade pattern i made a while ago.

The problem is, the pattern is being machined out of a big chunk of aluminum and I have no desire to try violating the subject posting rules of this outstanding web site.

I would share them though if anyone would like to offer a suggestion ass to how to do so.

Hopefully, Oneida’s marketing department would not have an issue with that.

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#1 posted 02-26-2017 03:37 PM

Dust collection improvements are always something to be happy about

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 02-26-2017 05:08 PM

Am I correct, you made a copy of the Oneida impeller and are making one out of aluminum.

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#3 posted 02-26-2017 09:21 PM

No, not a copy, what I machined was the real thing.
Oneida supports American manufacturers buy trying to source their components, “on-shore”. In this case, Oneida placed an order with one of our customers, an aluminum foundry in south central Pa, to supply Oneida with aluminum fan blade castings. My employer won the contract to supply the production tooling required to mold the castings.

My job was to use their model to “make” the production pattern.

I formed a process plan, wrote the machining programs, and did all of the machine setups.
What began as a 120 lb, 16 inch aluminum cylinder, ended as a extremely well balanced, precise, aluminum fan blade pattern.

I understand Oneida was very pleased with the castings it was used to produce.

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#4 posted 02-27-2017 12:31 AM

That’s pretty cool. You are a man of many talents !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 02-27-2017 12:37 AM

I have more, but I’m sure everyone gets the picture.

Yea…CNC can make very accurate patterns. But to a large degree, I think its taken craftsmanship out of the pattern making trade.

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#6 posted 03-01-2017 11:33 PM

That looks just like the blower out of a Stihl backpack blower. I beat you could take one of those and figure a way to run it in reverse. You would have to be careful with it or it would suck your cloth right off.

-- What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

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