After almost a 2-year hiatus, I was able to restart the Hodgson project. I have a small machine shop in the lab where I work at Harvard so I have a little opportunity to play on nights and weekends.
I used a piece 2″ x 2″ square of 0.125″ of Aluminum 7075-T6 plate to make the front bearing retainer. A 3/8″ hole was drilled in the center of the piece to mount it to a scrap tooling plate in the mill vise, and the center of the part was zeroed.
The six holes were then drilled and countersunk for the #4 screws completing the work on the upper surface. The clearance holes are 0.140″ instead of the normal clearance for a #4 screw because the countersink passes through the plate. The larger clearance hole prevents a sharp edge on the back side of the part.
With the part removed, six #6-32 holes were tapped in the tooling plate to secure the part for work on the backside. A recess was also milled to clear the boss on the front of the bearing retainer plate.
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