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    Yesterday, 10:21 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Magnesium in General
    I still have a piece of magnesium. Many years ago we were at a river party and I was bored. I knew I had this piece of mag in the truck, and also had...
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    10-13-2018, 11:19 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Looking for a mini lathe in General
    Now I'm wondering if music321 has made a choice- and I'm also wondering what major players have had to be considered in his own situation. Overall...
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    10-10-2018, 11:37 PM
    As far as home made goes, I really like my converted 1/4 inch diameter broken carbide end mill. As suggested, give it a slight angle and the cutting...
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    10-10-2018, 11:23 PM
    Just a little aside- I once made an expanding shoe clutch for a die grinder. The expanding part was on the output side. You could hold the output...
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    10-10-2018, 11:09 PM
    darryl replied to a thread scrapyards in General
    That stuff might be good for----rebar. The guy with the gun- probably shooting rats that try to make off with the rebar. :)
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    10-08-2018, 06:42 PM
    Two kinds, electronic or 'brute force iron cored'. Either way it's too much work to get them apart to the point where you could do anything with...
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    10-06-2018, 04:26 PM
    I gather the OD is not critical either. I'd just hole saw or cut out a slightly larger disc than required, mount and face one side, doing the recess...
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    10-03-2018, 05:35 PM
    I'm still in the dial caliper camp. I have a few digitals, but always reach for the dials. One of my digitals is drunken- it varies by about 3 thou...
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    10-03-2018, 05:13 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-somewhat- digital VOM in General
    Just to address one concern- if you have not used a 'scope before, I'd suggest to avoid the scope meters. It seems to me that you'd have to interpret...
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    10-03-2018, 02:38 AM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-somewhat- digital VOM in General
    Something to consider- ...
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    10-03-2018, 02:11 AM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-somewhat- digital VOM in General
    Having a collection of meters is something that seems to happen to those who use them. I have my share- one is an HB Elima, model Elavi 3, analog...
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    10-02-2018, 09:57 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-somewhat- digital VOM in General
    I'd also like to say that a lot of test leads are too stiff, even with relatively expensive meters. This isn't a deal breaker, since you can simply...
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    10-02-2018, 09:40 PM
    darryl replied to a thread OT-somewhat- digital VOM in General
    Pretty sure I'll catch flack for saying this, but here goes anyway- I would have to say that for most people looking for a meter, anything more than...
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    10-02-2018, 04:39 PM
    Yes this is an old post (and I didn't notice at first either) but I did have a thought about how to bring the dials back to life. If you use...
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    10-02-2018, 12:38 AM
    Interesting.
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    10-01-2018, 09:54 PM
    I read sometime back in this forum that you need to learn to trust your machine- this in regards to approaching the wanted diameter quickly (not...
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    10-01-2018, 08:42 PM
    A recent project has me using some copper coated welding rod to make some custom hooks from. Nothing to do with welding, though a wire will be...
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    10-01-2018, 06:51 PM
    darryl replied to a thread home laser cutting in General
    Not looking very promising. I see those desktop laser machines anywhere from $300 to $1000, none of which make any claim to be able to cut steel, and...
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    10-01-2018, 12:44 AM
    darryl started a thread home laser cutting in General
    It seems the need is arising for me to be able to laser cut materials at home- including steel and stainless steel, pc board materials, sheet of all...
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    09-30-2018, 12:10 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Remember When........... in General
    754, I did in fact spend time in Kelowna, mostly in Penticton though. Would have been in '68 and '69. We would park right on the beach and stay for...
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    09-29-2018, 06:30 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Question on inductor cores in General
    Agreed- ferrite and powdered iron cores are useless at 60 hz. The microwave oven transformers (the older kind, heavy) are probably the way to go. You...
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    09-28-2018, 10:09 PM
    darryl replied to a thread High speed drill press in General
    What kind of work is this thing going to be doing? Unless I missed something, it seems that you will need a downfeed of some kind for the router, or...
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    09-28-2018, 05:08 PM
    darryl replied to a thread High speed drill press in General
    The dragon has reared its ugly head- you could have only a 10 watt motor, but if you have play and flex, you will break bits. I think that's the...
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    09-28-2018, 04:35 PM
    Vice grips?
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    09-27-2018, 01:33 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Remember When........... in General
    I remember coffee being 5 cents a cup- and my dad reluctantly raising the price from 10 cents to 12 cents when the cost of coffee beans went up yet...
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    09-24-2018, 02:05 AM
    I like that idea of multiple pieces of square or rectangular tubing. Maybe use 2x4 tubing, 5 pcs would get you 20 inches of width. One length of...
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    09-23-2018, 11:45 PM
    Whatever you do for a stand- be aware that when you bolt the lathe to it, you may have to use shims. There's no guarantee that the lathe feet or the...
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    09-23-2018, 10:16 PM
    I once bought some aluminum from a metal supplier that cost me about 100$- that same quantity would have been about 30$ locally at the time. I think...
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    09-23-2018, 10:02 PM
    darryl replied to a thread Looking for a mini lathe in General
    With dead-sharp tooling, optimum relief angles, and full control of the various plays, you can do excellent work on a small lathe. You will need to...
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    09-22-2018, 12:51 AM
    darryl replied to a thread Looking for a mini lathe in General
    It would be wise to consider the maximum diameter that the chuck will hold. If you're using 1.5 inch diameter material, an 8x lathe is probably a...
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