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Old June 20, 2016   #1
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Default Homemade Kitchen Scales.

I opened my big mouth up and said I could make my own weighing scales.
I am sure some of you thought, 'yeah right.
For a coupe of days now I have thought it over and decided I needed to start somewhere and I needed stock materials to start the project.
My full intention is to make these scales out of as much, scrap as I can find around the place.
If I cant find or make what I need I will use other parts I can buy locally and use them for intentions other than what they were meant to be used for.
I have no idea how long this will take or if it will even end but this will be the thread for posting pictures of the failures and successes if there are any of the latter.

I really do need a set of good kitchen scales and the ones I want are close to $300.
Could I by good scales for less of course I can but doing these things helps me keep my sanity, IF there is any left.
First up is some scrap I am turning down into usable stock.

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Cheez don't you have enough projects going?

What type of scale? You mentioned beam scale, but it seems to me that a balance scale would be much easier.
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Cheez don't you have enough projects going?

What type of scale? You mentioned beam scale, but it seems to me that a balance scale would be much easier.
Yes I always have projects going and I have to take time off from them to well take a break or make my mind up about things.

These will be beam type balance scales that are like this more or less on the same principle.

I want to test out my not yet patented air dampening system.
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Started making parts they turned out to be a total flop, back to the drawing board.

If you cant laugh at failure life isn't worth living.

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Hey, I want to see drawings first.
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I get obsessive and pick my projects...made a cold smoker and a 12 tray dehydrator ...then some garden chairs one day and obsessed and made a few more to get it right.

My scale is simple from Amazon.
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Need more chairs in the garden...
Made from scraps.
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Need more chairs in the garden...
Made from scraps.
Love scraps.

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Haven't gave up on the scales yet and found what I need for bearings at the store.
One of the things I am dealing with is mass VS weight and a bunch of other complicated stuff I have never had to deal with on this level before, but it will happen.
This idea was ((not)) just a flash in the pan.
This is why I have so many things going on at one time.
I simply get burned out on one and have to step back and think about it.
Like last night it dawned on me I can use my height gauge to make a graduated scale.
While grubbing around for something else for another project I found what I need for the base.
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Here is a start over and humble beginnings.
Starting from the foundation up.

My next step is to make the adjusting jack and feet to level it.
The center fulcrum wont be welled on until I am ready as I have holes to drill and ream and bearings to install plus a few more things.


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Not sure if I like this or not may have to go bigger and make it look better.
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Worth, what is that metal used for? (Besides a scale)
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Worth, what is that metal used for? (Besides a scale)

Salt the two small pieces are the last of some channel iron I have.
The big chunk I dug out of a dumpster somewhere and still have about 3 feet of it left.

Just bracing and so on is all it is.


And yes I trashed the homemade adjustment screw and built another one.

A much better one.
Now all I have to do is turn what I dont need off.

When I dont like something I dont like it.
Here is the new one custom tight threads and all turned on the lathe.

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Worth, between you and adashofpepper - I need to learn more about what you two are doing.

And I will call things by the wrong names along the way, but I'll try not to.

I like the finger grip on the screw head. We have some 40+ year old SK socket sets that have them. They come in very handy and are much easier to use.

I can see the reason for the tight thread. Much more precision.
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Salt the knob came from a huge stainless valve stem and the rod is from a wire cart someone tossed it is very hard.

I cut the threads so they would be tight with the tap I have to use.

Now I need to use that same rod to make feet for the other end.
The grip surface on the knob is called knurling.

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