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    04-01-2018, 07:20 PM
    Probably all you need is someone looking over your shoulder and pointing out what's going wrong. Sometimes it's a single thing, sometimes it's...
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    03-27-2018, 07:49 PM
    rkepler replied to a thread Woodruff Key question in General
    Not that I know of, but you could mic the key and see if it's in spec. Could be that the hole is on the light side, the key is on the heavy side and...
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    03-25-2018, 11:51 AM
    rkepler replied to a thread Ideal set of end mills in General
    There are some sets from good makers available, but you're going to be paying a lot more than you would for one of the cheap Chinese sets for the...
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    03-19-2018, 11:56 AM
    rkepler replied to a thread Re-Pointing Diamond Nib in General
    If you rotate the diamond once in a while it'll stay nice.
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    03-15-2018, 12:27 PM
    Try "Ignition", it's an autobiography of a chemist involved in rocket fuel development in the 40's through 60's. ...
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    03-15-2018, 11:33 AM
    rkepler replied to a thread Another RANT in General
    I hope not, I was genuinely curious (and still mostly retired). I've always maintained that the 'best' way to get a hole on position and on size at...
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    03-14-2018, 02:52 PM
    rkepler replied to a thread Another RANT in General
    I thought that I might check my advice, so I came out to the shop and drilled a few holes. In order, and the sizes I found: spotted, #31 screw...
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    03-14-2018, 12:43 PM
    Those LCDs usually have a set of pressure pins for the electrical connection that can go bad over time. Taking it apart and cleaning with alcohol...
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    03-14-2018, 12:41 PM
    rkepler replied to a thread Another RANT in General
    The odds are that the #31 drill will be a little oversize anyway, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find the nominal .120 to come out .121 or .122,...
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    03-13-2018, 12:22 PM
    Wheels are usually lost on purpose as they get in the way. I don't see too many of them on mills that have been in a shop for a while, mostly just...
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    03-11-2018, 02:04 PM
    rkepler replied to a thread Import Steel Quality in General
    I noticed some time ago that low allow steel used to turn a lot nicer than it does now. I've always thought that it was the presence of non-alloying...
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    03-08-2018, 11:40 AM
    I've lived with what appears to be a 10-32 screw for near 15 years on my Lagun. Seems a knob would just be more area to slam with my hand when...
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    02-17-2018, 10:40 AM
    The knee ways and the lifting screw have zerks for way oil, the zerk on the back of the head is for grease. Both are called out correctly in the...
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    02-16-2018, 11:09 AM
    My recollection is that it goes straight in with a very slight down bend - it might need a little assistance to the right or left when you insert it....
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    01-29-2018, 01:02 PM
    I've had very good luck with Cattail Foundry, an Amish foundry in PA. I've made patterns, mailed them with some notes on how many I needed and...
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