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    11-16-2017, 09:22 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread tin in General
    I've been meaning to get my hands on a small block of real tin for a while now, for lapping, exactly as stated above. Zinc, iron, and "bell metal"...
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    11-10-2017, 09:58 AM
    I've been there myself, the material isn't easy to get a nice finish, but it shouldn't be difficult to do better than what you're showing. Assuming...
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    11-07-2017, 03:39 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread What lathe to buy in General
    I agree 100%, don't be afraid of old iron. To the OP, no matter what you choose, you'll be able to make good use of it, and the only thing...
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    11-02-2017, 03:07 PM
    Wow, can't believe this old thread got revived! LOL Yeah, D bits work pretty well, and make nice holes, but the spade type bits definitely cut a...
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    11-02-2017, 03:00 PM
    I'm looking forward to checking it out!
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    10-28-2017, 05:01 PM
    Just use a dividing head with a graduated handwheel in place of the plate. Print a table of cumulative positions to work from, and index manually to...
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    10-05-2017, 02:54 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread Pumpkin Chunking in General
    Wasn't planning on it, but it's so close by that you've got me thinking about it now. My two boys would probably get a real kick out of it!
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    10-05-2017, 09:56 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Mice.... in General
    Can't remember if I told this story here already or not, but my last bad run-in with mice could have cost me a fortune if I didn't work on my own...
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    09-27-2017, 10:47 AM
    Any taps you're finding at the hardware store would definitely be the problem. They're mostly suitable for chasing existing threads. Any of the...
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    09-20-2017, 12:32 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread Opinions on Pinterest? in General
    Many of my images are also on Pinterest, but it doesn't bother me... in fact, I sort of like it. I've found Pinterest to be a great mechanism for...
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    09-14-2017, 11:52 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread What did I buy? in General
    I've wanted to try mounting my stereoscopic microscope over the lathe, but haven't got around to trying it yet. I can definitely attest to a strong...
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    09-13-2017, 11:54 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread What did I buy? in General
    Heck, I could pretty easily find 10 people who would be very interested, starting with myself! Haha. I didn't realize right away that the slide...
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    09-11-2017, 02:17 PM
    Exhuming this thread because I just discovered the serial number on the Rivett 8" Precision. I read somewhere that serial numbers on the 608s, at...
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    09-10-2017, 03:04 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread What did I buy? in General
    To the OP, just want to make sure you know what you have with those little wheel cutters. If they're in excellent condition, they're worth more than...
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    09-06-2017, 03:25 PM
    I'm still using google photos. Been using it since it was Picasa, and although I don't like it quite as well as I did it still works just fine and...
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    09-06-2017, 01:28 PM
    LOL the tool I just posted in the shop made tools thread is painted seafoam. :D
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    09-06-2017, 08:44 AM
    That came out real nice, Tim! Great work.
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    09-06-2017, 08:36 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Shop Made Tools in General
    Hal, that's a really good idea and if there's any one single thing that causes me to re-make the tool, that would probably be it. There is about 1.5...
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    09-05-2017, 03:02 PM
    mars-red replied to a thread Shop Made Tools in General
    Thanks, and I agree. My immediate use will be the brass knee support nut of the Trent Pinion Mill. So far all handwheels I've done have been either...
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    09-05-2017, 11:18 AM
    mars-red replied to a thread Shop Made Tools in General
    I made a fixture for stamping around the OD of round parts. My immediate need for this is the knee support nut on the Trent Pinion Mill, as I really...
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