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    Yesterday, 02:16 PM
    My wife grew up in Los Altos Hills so we drove down the coast from Seattle many times to visit her family. There were a number of redwood burl...
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    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    The Omniturn factory is in Port Orford. They make smallish CNC lathes. Bob Rowe Machinery is in Santa Cruz. Always worth half a day to check out...
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    10-08-2019, 12:29 PM
    DR replied to a thread JC Hannum auction in General
    Having attended and bought at many, many auctions this question always comes up. Do the auctioneers purposely not have things organized in...
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    10-02-2019, 03:15 AM
    Aside from any other issues, this type machine wouldn't cut 12 ga SS in a million years. My 14 ga capacity (in mild steel) Pexto hand bench shear...
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    09-18-2019, 06:30 PM
    Joe, I'm assuming based on previous posts you have quite a bit of machinery. An easy way I've made bending dies is to mount the blank on a...
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    09-18-2019, 10:56 AM
    It seems sometimes we've become an instant gratification society. We get information on virtually anything in seconds with search engines, no more...
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    09-17-2019, 08:34 PM
    Seems to be some posts missing......... I was about to reply to the one that said Amazon doesn't "stock" anything, but the post is gone. Living...
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    09-17-2019, 05:15 PM
    When I said "retail" I wasn't thinking only of appliance parts. Parts places in general are probably dead in the long run anyway. Who fixes stuff...
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    09-17-2019, 04:47 PM
    I needed a small rubber grommet To fix the humidity control system of our refrigerator. The problem is common and easily diagnosed and fixed by...
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    09-17-2019, 03:57 PM
    I needed a small rubber grommet To fix the humidity control system of our refrigerator. The problem is common and easily diagnosed and fixed by...
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    09-17-2019, 12:15 PM
    DR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    Interesting........ I'd say the work using 1018 that fell in my lap 30 years ago would not be possible today. It was like winning the lottery. ...
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    09-16-2019, 11:52 PM
    DR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    Okay you request the test reports with the metal order. What if it doesn't meet the 1018 spec? We saw some that didn't meet the spec, but if...
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    09-16-2019, 07:25 AM
    DR replied to a thread Rotary Broach- quick and dirty in General
    There's an easier way than that for work that can be broached in the lathe. Look in your junk box for an old end mill with a center hole in the...
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    09-16-2019, 12:12 AM
    DR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    No, that's not quite right Joe. Take 316 stainless for example. It can be nasty stuff to machine. But you take Carpenter Project 70 316 and it...
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    09-15-2019, 09:47 AM
    DR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    No, I'm not confusing anything. 30 years ago I was ordering 1018 cold rolled. Today I would order the same thing. The materials are...
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    09-14-2019, 11:08 AM
    DR replied to a thread 1018 Or 1144 ?? in General
    1018 today is such garbage there are no constants in the material. My business was built on a product using 1018. I still have some of the 30...
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    09-10-2019, 08:44 PM
    You might be able to put table locks to hold the axis you aren't cranking.
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    09-10-2019, 12:42 PM
    Yeah, it's always best to make real sure what people are talking about. I've had customers say a "couple mills" as in a clearance like that should...
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    09-08-2019, 06:16 PM
    So, has anybody here made one of grinders? It looks to me like a very complicated job requiring close tolerance machining. And I say that as...
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    09-05-2019, 01:43 PM
    Thanks for the idea, your project got me thinking....... I have various sizes of the Hardinge expanding collets I mentioned. I'm going to rig up...
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    09-05-2019, 01:34 PM
    DR replied to a thread South Bend 27-B info in General
    Looks like somebody intended to use that lathe............. They put a modern chuck with top jaws on it and those can be expensive. Also the four...
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    09-04-2019, 04:19 PM
    Nice job........but, you know Hardinge makes a similar collet assembly. Hardinge units are not cheap, neither is shop time though. What do you...
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    09-01-2019, 10:47 AM
    Yes, and the factory likely had everything accurately leveled as the sealing agent cured. Might be something an amateur could not easily duplicate.
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    08-12-2019, 11:23 AM
    Any truth to the title subject? Does using pump gas with ethanol damage 2 cycle engines like used in gardening equipment?
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    08-08-2019, 08:36 PM
    DR replied to a thread Rotary Broach in General
    I have to ask, how many times have you setup a rotary broach head? Conservatively, I'd say I might have done it 50 times over 25 years (I had 3...
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    08-08-2019, 07:52 PM
    Quite an accomplishment, any dad would be proud. Hopefully she had time in those seven years for a little social life? I always figured the...
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    08-07-2019, 12:02 PM
    DR replied to a thread Rotary Broach in General
    If the broaches aren't all the same length then you need the adjustable type. For simple hex and square broaches I ground my own from 8mm M2 drill...
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    08-04-2019, 08:59 PM
    DR replied to a thread Rotary Broach in General
    My thoughts are that's not a rotary broach holder that you can center on the hole to be broached. Not as good as the adjustable type. The only...
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    08-04-2019, 01:08 PM
    I had hernia surgery a couple years ago. Older nurse wheeled me out to the car orders not to lift anything over 5 pounds for at least 2 weeks. At...
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    07-31-2019, 08:36 PM
    "the accuracy of the cutter grinder negates real high concentric accuracy" What does that mean? Your grinder is so bad that no accurate work can...
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