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    08-08-2019, 07:13 PM
    I used to use a straight razor when I was younger. Today, I use Bic disposable single-edge razors they sell for women to shave their legs. I can...
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    08-08-2019, 07:04 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Mystery Chuck in General
    You got all that tooling, and a lathe, for $700? You won the machine tool lottery. Replacing that six-jaw chuck alone would cost you $700.
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    08-06-2019, 05:07 PM
    There are two ways I've seen it done: - acoustic, where the sound of the leak is sought out with a amplified audio transducer that samples the...
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    08-06-2019, 12:24 PM
    wyop replied to a thread How to become a gunsmith? in Gunsmithing
    You and I both. I have machine tools in my shop. The lathe gets used the most. The mill gets used only occasionally. The surface grinder rarely....
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    08-02-2019, 11:00 AM
    Most people have no idea how much those steam tractors weighed. They have the mass of two or three modern heavy ag tractors. I saw a steam tractor at...
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    07-27-2019, 11:58 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Hi force 44 in Gunsmithing
    Exactly. The reason(s) why I'll use rosin as a flux for these lead-free soft solders are when I'm doing things like re-laying the rib on a...
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    07-27-2019, 02:50 AM
    wyop replied to a thread Hi force 44 in Gunsmithing
    I have used both rosin and zinc chloride paste for HiForce 44.
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    07-25-2019, 10:57 PM
    I've used mineral spirits in the past with good success. Might want to wear rubbed gloves when you do it. WD-40 also helps soften it up, but it takes...
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    07-21-2019, 06:58 PM
    wyop replied to a thread New to me Lathe in General
    $700 was a good deal on that lathe, even if it needs some work. There are lots of gunsmiths who think that the South Bend "Heavy 10" or "10L" is...
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    07-12-2019, 12:49 AM
    wyop replied to a thread Acceptable runout? in General
    0.002" runout on a foreign 3-jaw is actually pretty good - for what it is. If you want to get a three-jaw chuck dialed in to dead-nuts-on, then...
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    07-11-2019, 08:52 AM
    wyop replied to a thread How do you move a 10ee? in General
    For only a 5HP motor? I'd go with a VFD. Depending on the drive system inside the Monarch, you might go with a VFD for your variable speed control,...
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    07-09-2019, 07:24 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Why 68 Deg. for inspection in General
    Perhaps some perspective is in order. There's exactly one country that has landed men on the moon and then returned them to earth - alive. This is...
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    07-08-2019, 04:30 PM
    wyop replied to a thread How do you move a 10ee? in General
    American ends with "I can" not "I can't." Even if your bid is increased, you'll be getting one of the most solid, most capable, most storied...
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    07-06-2019, 03:01 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Quick Change Tool Post in General
    There are two advantages to the Multifix toolposts that I've observed: 1. The ability to just loosen the tool, pick up the holder, and index it by...
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    07-05-2019, 02:01 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Cad Suggestion in General
    I use Solidwork through a student/instructor version. It's rather spendy for private/commercial use, but it has the advantage of industry penetration...
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    07-04-2019, 02:27 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Edge Finder Lubricant in General
    You could use something very cheap, like tractor hydraulic-transmission oil, or more expensive like R&O light spindle oil. You don't need much - like...
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    07-01-2019, 06:52 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Large End Mill for Bridgeport in General
    When you slow down your RPM, you're going to have to slow down your feed rate of the workpiece under the tool. This is where lathes excel over...
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    07-01-2019, 11:01 AM
    wyop replied to a thread Quick Change Tool Post in General
    Knock-offs are easily available. The last time I saw an actual Swiss-made Multifix, new, available for purchase, the price tag looked more like a...
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    06-30-2019, 08:41 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Large End Mill for Bridgeport in General
    When you're getting blue chips with a HSS tool, then it's probably time to reduce your RPM for most grades of HSS. Not all HSS is created equally,...
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    06-30-2019, 08:07 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Quick Change Tool Post in General
    I've used three QCTP's on a variety of lathes: The Aloris toolpost (which I have on my lathe in my shop), the Dorian knock-off of the Aloris (which...
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    06-28-2019, 01:00 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Large End Mill for Bridgeport in General
    Just be aware that there are some grades of carbide that will tolerate interrupted cuts, and some other grades/types of carbide that won't. For a...
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    06-27-2019, 08:27 PM
    wyop replied to a thread How to become a gunsmith? in Gunsmithing
    Gunsmithing, as a service, doesn't make enough money to justify the expense of CNC machines and their tooling. Much of what a gunsmith actually does...
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    06-26-2019, 11:09 AM
    The "Hotsy" type pressure washers make a HUGE difference when you're trying to strip off grease and gunk off of things like farm machinery. I cannot...
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    06-26-2019, 10:55 AM
    There are programs you could buy to do this. A quick "Excel DWG file" web search popped up a couple. If you're handy with code, you could write up...
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    06-25-2019, 11:31 PM
    wyop replied to a thread Spline broach in General
    What machines and fixtures do you have at your disposal?
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    06-25-2019, 11:24 PM
    I believe so: https://www.extreme-bolt.com/mp35n-bolts.html NB: The last time I helped someone order some bolts from them, the price was... up...
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    06-25-2019, 12:57 AM
    This is what I used a cylindrical square for more than most other applications.
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    06-25-2019, 12:53 AM
    As akajun said, the slides are melonited - ie, nitrided. This melonite or "tenifer" outer coating on the slide is very hard. It will probably be...
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    06-23-2019, 05:00 PM
    That's one of the ideas I had last night as I was working on something else and pondering "What if I had a SB 10L or Heavy 13 and had to replace the...
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    06-22-2019, 08:51 PM
    There was an article way back in Fine Woodworking Magazine - in 1983, I think, on replacing babbit bearings in old machines. I've replaced babbit...
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