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Sine Tables, Sine bars and calculations

Measure or define angles.

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John McNamara08/05/2011 02:58:30
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Hi All

 

An interesting sine table

 

Made by Matrix Tool and Gauge Coventry England

 

The hypotenuse is 5 inches

With the top of the table level in both planes the gage block height for each axis is 3.75 inches. To set the angle or angles you place a stack of gauge blocks under the two spherical pins.

 

For a minute I wondered how the large radius could relate; the answer being an imaginary ball in the centre. The axis of the two small spherical locating points, located at 90 degrees to each other, pass through the centre point of the large ball segment. So as the large ball rotates the imaginary ball in the center and the two locating balls rotate also. Maintaining the strict 5 inch relationship to the two visible balls,

 

All that remains is to constrain the vertical axis. This is done by the 90 degree plane formed in an arc around 90 degrees of the large ball.

 

What I like about this design is the immense strength. Once set the large ball is locked into a cast iron pocket buy a single bolt that pulls the ball into the socket. There is a spherical coupling at the geometric centre of the large ball.

 

It is nice to see a design based on first principles.

 

I have no idea what the two small pins seen in the photo showing the vertical axis constraint do? The must have a use. Does anyone know?

 

I have no documentation for this find and would appreciate any feedback.
 
Cheers
 
John McNamara
 

Edited By John McNamara on 08/05/2011 03:06:31

Edited By John McNamara on 08/05/2011 03:33:21

Nobby21/06/2011 22:59:36
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Hi
May b to set a compound angle
Nobby
John McNamara22/06/2011 02:31:54
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Hi Nobby
 
The two smaller balls on the large ball allow yo to set a compound angle.
 
The mystery is the two straight sided pins hidden in the slot below the ball in the middle photograph?
 
They must hold something.
 
Cheers
 
John
Richard Parsons22/06/2011 09:43:07
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John - I can foresee a sort of problem. The small pins that you point out may be there to stop the big ball from over rotating so you will not get the small balls up on the table. Hum Ho

Nobby22/06/2011 12:11:33
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Hi
I can see them now red in background . As Richard says they may be a safety stop ?
I have used a magnetic one.
Nobby
 
John McNamara22/06/2011 12:16:54
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Hi All
 
You could be right; maybe they are there to stop a balls up.
 
Cheers
 
John

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