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Author Topic: Straightening rails and bracing on mill  (Read 864 times)

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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2023, 05:05:04 AM »
Would there be any value in getting a machinists straight edge and a 90 degree corner to help me straighten some of the parts?

I have never straightened anything this large.

Or is this just a waste of time?
Do you have a shop press? Might be the type of investment Ianab was referring to that would have benefit for other applications after fixing these rails. 
I'd prefer using a press to "iron" out the bends shown in the OP photo's (if replacement isn't possible). 
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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2023, 06:35:07 AM »
Do you have a shop press? Might be the type of investment Ianab was referring to that would have benefit for other applications after fixing these rails.

I'd prefer using a press to "iron" out the bends shown in the OP photo's (if replacement isn't possible).
No, but a buddy of mine does.  He has let me use it before.  I'll keep yall posted.
Thank you for your input.  It is always easier (and cheaper) to put more eyes on the problem.

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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2023, 08:10:03 AM »
I always try to fix things myself, if I can not fix it the worst that will happen is you have to buy new, the best that can happen is you fix it. 8)
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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #23 on: January 23, 2023, 08:27:24 AM »
The problem with straightening is that when metal is bent it expands. When straightened there is excess metal that has to go somewhere and possibly causes wrinkles.  Auto body shops constantly deal with this.

You may can replace the longer pieces and cut/replace the shorter pieces from the damaged longer pieces.
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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #24 on: January 23, 2023, 08:51:44 AM »
Personally, I would pull them, put one of them in my truck, carry it to the nearest steel supply shop, and get new steel of the same size (or the next gauge up), galvanized or not, most likely not, because I'm not a big fan of galvanized.  

Most steel supply shops will gladly cut it to length for a buck per cut, so I'd give them a cut list and they would have it done by the time I could back the truck up to the bay door.  Then bring the pieces home, match drill the holes, hit it with some paint, and install it.

If your buddy has press, he should have the knowledge or tools to help you drill the holes.  You could be up and running very quickly.  
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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2023, 10:53:05 AM »
Yes Norwood tracks are expensive. But that is because it is not just steel. there is alot of time, labor and engineering involved to deliver the quality product that they do.

Honestly, you have the sawhead. Building an entirely new bed would not be that big of a deal. Then just move the head to the new bed.

However, I can tell you now. You will be ahead buying the replacement parts from Norwood. Fabricating a new bed will take alot more money than you think and a ton more time.

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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2023, 07:39:39 PM »
Would there be any value in getting a machinists straight edge and a 90 degree corner to help me straighten some of the parts?

I have never straightened anything this large.

Or is this just a waste of time?
Anvil and hammer will do wonders. May have to use a smoke wrench (oxy-act torch) to help ease things around. Rearrange like Ianab suggests too. Then you'll know the true value of buy replacement parts from Norwood.
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Re: Straightening rails and bracing on mill
« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2023, 07:49:49 PM »
A hydraulic wood splitter makes a pretty good press if your careful.Made a steel block for mine to cover wedge and have straightened several things.
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