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Project by kiefer posted 08-17-2014 09:01 PM 7267 views 19 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago I posted this dividing head for my drill press and have been itching to use it .
Now I finally have a project that is in the development stage and this is coming handy .
I set out to make some sprockets and Baltic birch ply looked like the answer because of its strength .
Well here is how I made the sprockets which was a little bit of trial and error as there seems to be some confusion as to where the measurements are taken from as far as the diameters are concerned but after a couple of attempts I got it worked out and can now take two sprockets and attach them back to back and get a perfect match .

Hers is the process in pictures in the order of steps I made
The plywood blanck mounted and and the diameter set and double checked .

The first set of holes drilled by only using the right index lock .

The second set of holes drilled with the right index lock inactive and using the left index lock this allows to place a hole in dead centre between each previous hole for a total of forty in this case .
The waste is cut off with the bandsaw along the outside diameter of the hole circle leaving some extra to be removed in the next step.

The disc sander with a little jig that I previously posted does a nice job of cleaning up the top of the teeth and sanding it to the proper diameter .

Here the two halves are glued together and will need a little hand sanding to shape the teeth to a slight bevel on their sides and the measurements are within a fraction of a millimeter .
Now you wonder why I did all this having made gears using plywood and cog or timing belt wrapped around it.
The Reason being that that makes gears which will mesh to each other but not to a belt when engaged more the about three teeth ,there I need a sprocket with a different tooth geometry to mesh with the belt when a wrap of more cogs is required .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 09:22 PM

I just love watching you work with a vernier caliper and talk freely about accuracy to a hundredth of a millimeter as if were a normal thing. I found this process fascinating.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 10:21 PM

Amazing step by step on a great build but…...............unfortunately, I got lost around the 3rd pic! LOL You do absolutely spot on work and your craftsmanship is beyond the pale.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 10:26 PM

Very nice and a great explanation

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#4 posted 08-17-2014 11:07 PM

Awesome! I cannot wait to see what these will be used for! Any hints as to the finished project will be?

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 11:20 PM

That is really cool, Klaus. I love it! I forgot about that dividing head you made. I had to go back and see how you did that. A Machinery handbook would give you the dimensions and geometry for the teeth, but you figured it out okay!!

I was thinking about how that would make a good drive belt setup for my metal lathe by making steel gears that way. I had used a serpentine belt on the old Southbend but then changed back to a flat leather belt with Clipper Belt Lacers in it so I could install it without taking the lathe apart. With a timing belt drive, it would never slip!!!!!!!!
You’re a man after my own heart with a digital caliper and calculator sitting on the bench!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the posting!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 11:52 PM

Just amazing as usual Klaus. You really have way too much time on your hands.
Maybe you should go back to work. :-)

It’s just fun watching you think.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 08-18-2014 02:16 AM

Klaus, Amazing stuff. Is this for a wooden engine? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 08-18-2014 02:35 AM


The things you come up with! An engineer and woodworker are an awesome combination. This project just so happens to be a solution to problem I’ve been wrestling with. Rubber Band Gatlin gun. Hmmm.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 08-18-2014 02:53 AM

Absolutely amazing. I would love to be a fly on the wall in your shop, just to watch you work, and see your creative process in action. Great job as usual buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 08-18-2014 03:39 AM

I have lots of time at my hands and lots of sleepless nights that have to be filled with something and this is a great outlet to occupy my time .
Thanks for all the kind comments and I hope this is of some interest to you and if you have questions please don’t hesitate as I am not the best on explaining things .
Precision is of the utmost importance on this but it is easy if you take your time and double check and don’t worry too much because mistakes make you learn and get it close to perfect which is almost an impossible dream but we all try .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 08-18-2014 04:04 AM

Excellent Craftsmanship and Pics you posted….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#12 posted 08-18-2014 07:41 AM

Now you got my attention klaus. I am very curious about what you are making, and once again the timing belt is in use. I think you have discovered a new universal tool good for just about any project. I love it when creativity is used to repurpose things and this is a prime example of that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-18-2014 03:51 PM

Great project, thank you

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

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#14 posted 08-18-2014 04:37 PM

Wow, Very well thought out.


-- Guy,PEI

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#15 posted 08-18-2014 04:47 PM

Great precision! Very impressive!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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