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    09-15-2018, 12:41 PM
    For any of you interested, I have put up another video, discussing a bit about the build, and showing details about the setups and operations that...
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    09-11-2018, 02:59 PM
    This is an awesome project! Really looking forward to following this one. :)
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    09-09-2018, 02:05 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread lathe dial magnifier in General
    The problem with these is that they're very, very small. Maybe 6mm wide at most. They're glued over the watch's crystal to magnify certain portions...
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    09-06-2018, 09:18 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread who MAKES the best files in General
    LOL Tony beat me to the Clickspring reference. I use Nicholsons for daily beaters but they are definitely not good quality anymore. They're...
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    09-06-2018, 08:03 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Heat sink grease in General
    I've always used Arctic Silver, it works great:...
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    09-04-2018, 01:40 PM
    I've checked the usual places and can't find anything greater than 80mm in length. Without knowing the application it's difficult to offer much in...
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    08-23-2018, 08:55 AM
    Been making use of that little arbor I posted earlier, to make lots of small aluminum gears, a dozen at a time. I'm sticking them onto little cards...
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    08-21-2018, 07:20 AM
    Made a little arbor and hex nut for holding tiny gear blanks, for cutting teeth using the watchmakers lathe. It's made from a bit of old shafting,...
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    08-19-2018, 06:37 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread great little lathe in General
    Look at the "Features" list. First feature listed: "Durable and not deformed" LOL nice feature for sure.
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    08-14-2018, 08:41 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Where did mars-red go? in General
    Ahoy! It's nice to know that when I do kick the bucket, or if I ever disappear, there will at least be a few folks who notice, LOL. Life has...
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    08-14-2018, 08:20 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread 3 in 1 differences in General
    I used to have a 3-in-1, and it was the same way. One of the many "quirks" that makes using it as a mill almost a complete waste of time, in my...
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    07-26-2018, 08:03 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Home heat treatment OT in General
    I'm still using a pair of torches so am unable to heat treat anything but smaller parts, and also can't really do materials that require long soak...
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    07-26-2018, 07:57 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread 400 lbs of titanium in General
    I've turned a little bit of the stuff before, and it does take a gorgeous finish but dulls HSS pretty quickly. It work hardens easily so if you...
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    07-17-2018, 09:45 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Making fusee chain in General
    Interestingly enough, fusee drive can still be found in some modern (and ultra high end) wristwatches. The Breguet Tradition Fusee Tourbillon (...
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    07-10-2018, 08:30 AM
    This is information that's difficult to verify, but from what I know all Webster Whitcomb pattern lathes (basically, the "American" style of...
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    07-03-2018, 10:57 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Amish Shed as Workshop! in General
    Benno, that is a really really nice little shop. Well done! It makes me realize just how badly I have managed my own small amount of shop space. :)
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    06-28-2018, 03:04 PM
    Every watercooled Volkswagen with rear discs prior to 1999. Similar for Audis but I'm less sure of the cutoff.
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    06-27-2018, 09:51 AM
    mars-red started a thread Bill Lightner in General
    The news has started to make its rounds, but for anyone here who knew him, Bill Lightner apparently passed away last Thursday. He will certainly be...
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    06-27-2018, 09:42 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Shop Made Tools in General
    Not to worry, I have a feeling it will turn up :)
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    06-27-2018, 09:41 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Shop Made Tools in General
    Thanks! I didn't grind any parts at all, the only ground surfaces are the OD of the two guide pins that is simply the factory finish from the...
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    06-26-2018, 09:36 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Shop Made Tools in General
    I made another specialized watchmaking tool recently, this one is a movement holder for securing watch movements during disassembly, reassembly,...
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