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    Today, 06:49 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -So with that card, it would connect directly to the PC with a standard ethernet cord, then connect it in turn to my two Microkinetics controllers....
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    Today, 06:43 PM
    For a tiny lathe like that, hit eBay. There's loads of Chinese screws in a wide variety of lengths and sizes. Most probably aren't going to be...
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    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -Well, that's me. I don't know anything about either system past what's on their "about" pages. -Yep. The setup I got (used) was a 2-axis...
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    Yesterday, 06:56 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    You guys are working really hard at making me think I now know even less than when I started this thread. :D Unfortunately I have almost no idea...
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    05-27-2016, 04:15 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -I really wish I knew what all of that meant. :) Please keep in mind I'm brand new to all of this. I've been a manual machinist for a good long...
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    05-27-2016, 05:58 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -I did not. I was assured it was working, for what little that's worth. -While the parallel-port card was an antique, the rest is...
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    05-26-2016, 09:24 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Newb collet question in General
    "ER" stands for "extended range". They're designed to clamp a wider range of shaft sizes than most other spring collets. 5C was originally...
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    05-26-2016, 08:01 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    I can certainly either use the Smooth Stepper on another project, or pass it on over eBay or the like. What would be a suitable...
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    05-26-2016, 03:52 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -Please understand I have zero experience and even less first-hand knowledge of either, so I'm not being argumentative, I'm asking honest questions...
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    05-26-2016, 12:19 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -That's not what I'm doing now, though as I said earlier, I'd considered it. Take my current turret (standard capstan wheel Logan unit) and get rid...
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    05-26-2016, 06:23 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -Well, it depends on how well it works out. The mechanical issues are fairly straightforward, but I'm going in totally blind on the electronics and...
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    05-25-2016, 07:56 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -Oh yeah. The guy at CNC Workshop had a short series on what would be Tony Stark's real-world shop equivalent. I may not agree with all of the...
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    05-25-2016, 04:59 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -That's already in the works. As I said earlier, the majority of my current product line can be done with four tools or less, and so I'm making an...
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    05-25-2016, 03:43 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -If I were to go into true, full-on production, I undoubtedly would. But the TL-1, without a turret, is a $30K machine. Yes, I'm sure it's built far...
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    05-25-2016, 03:36 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -Actually, it's the clientele. :D No, really. I see this kind of thing constantly- somebody asks a question, someone else offers advice, and then,...
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    05-25-2016, 03:05 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Round column drill mill in General
    -Over the years (this is not the first time this subject has come up) apparently several people have tried it. Sand, lead shot, mortar, hydraulic...
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    05-24-2016, 07:35 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    An "employee" is actually a very good way to put it. :) Yes, again, I agree I need- and want- a turret. But I've been running a manual turret...
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    05-24-2016, 05:24 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -I always worried about buying a book, since the software changes almost as often as it does for desktop PCs or smart phones. And even that third...
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    05-24-2016, 03:31 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    Couple quick questions: As noted, I'm already working on a conversion of one of my existing lathes, as kind of a "stepping stone" 'til I can...
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    05-23-2016, 02:58 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Round column drill mill in General
    -A radial drill also generally has a far larger column than a typical mill-drill. Doc.
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    05-22-2016, 06:09 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Round column drill mill in General
    Or a cheap theodolite. :) You might have to have the mill facing away from the wall, or mount it in the center of the room to make it work, but...
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    05-22-2016, 01:03 AM
    -I didn't even know I had an inbox. :) Feel free to email me directly at doc (at) docsmachine (dot) com. Doc.
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    05-21-2016, 03:57 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -I'm sure of it. I'd love to be able to call them up and order the full-meal-deal with all the bells and whistles, but that's at least $16.5K before...
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    05-21-2016, 03:29 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -That, I believe, may be my only real option short of actually sawing away parts of the casting. The problem there is that unless I can find the...
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    05-21-2016, 03:02 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Round column drill mill in General
    -It's a good thing, then, that not a single poster in this thread, at any point, even so much as implied that round-column mills were "impossible" to...
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    05-21-2016, 01:09 AM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Round column drill mill in General
    Sure, but again, it comes down to reading a somewhat fuzzy-edged dot, upwards of .100" in diameter, in relation to the mark on the wall. There were...
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    05-20-2016, 11:39 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Round column drill mill in General
    Your idea is a common one, but unfortunately in application it's not terribly effective. First, the typical mill-drill does already have a sort of...
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    05-19-2016, 03:16 PM
    -Put it this way: You basically created a subforum, like the welding and gunsmithing sections, except it doesn't thread and isn't easily searchable...
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    05-18-2016, 09:26 PM
    The thread doesn't need to be "fixed". Any "fixing" would involve a lot of labor and would almost certainly make the data even harder to search than...
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    05-18-2016, 07:48 PM
    Doc Nickel replied to a thread Home shop CNC lathe? in General
    -It's entirely possible I don't have enough tension, I suppose. I have no way of setting it beyond "that looks about right"- should I just keep...
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