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    Today, 02:59 AM
    1.5HP on 110v pulls a LOT of current. If you luck out and find a lathe with that size motor I'd strongly consider doing what it takes to pull in a...
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    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Agreed on the "by hand" thing where possible. But some of the larger machines use hydraulics to move the ram. So some equivalent "safe" way to run...
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    Yesterday, 06:20 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread A neat machining trick in General
    The wheels started working just after I hit the post button on the above reply. I've got an annoyingly steady supply of newspaper being delivered to...
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    Yesterday, 06:14 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread A neat machining trick in General
    I was quite careful to ensure that the towel has no dangly bits and it's a small size "tea towel" so it does not hang over the bed where it can be...
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    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    As it happens I was just using my own smaller size shaper a couple of days ago because the mill was already set up for a cut and I needed to make...
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    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    If it's the water heater which keeps going and causing a flood then before you lay anything I'd suggest putting in a floor drain in the area of the...
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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread A neat machining trick in General
    I don't mind sanding or grinding in the lathe but I do take precautions. I've got a small towel with one side marked "UP" that I use for keeping...
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    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    For many years now I've used an old "bullet" scuba weight as a lead bumper. Works like a treat. The lack of a handle sometimes bothered me but in...
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    Yesterday, 01:35 AM
    But what is the distance from the top of the compound where the tool post mounts to the spindle axis? Again this is crucial to picking the right...
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    11-20-2017, 01:51 PM
    I think you will find that you want the AXA size. Some years back I tripped over what seemed like a good price on a piston style AXB size that was...
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    11-20-2017, 06:33 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Whipp Shaper in General
    Did you try a simple google search for "whipp metal shaper"? I just did and got more hits and items then it's worth trying to post links. Try it. ...
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    11-19-2017, 12:25 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Shopmade anvil... in General
    THIS is the video I mentioned for alternatives to RR track.
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    11-18-2017, 02:26 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Shopmade anvil... in General
    Paul, is that your anvil or did you swipe the picture from some website? I love the adjustable height trick! ! ! But what's with the cable?
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    11-18-2017, 02:19 AM
    Once it's oiled down properly it won't move much. This is simply a case of the factory using wood that was not properly dried It shrunk and split...
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    11-18-2017, 02:17 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Coveralls or shop coats? in General
    The cuts that prompted this was with a flycutter. Pretty much a full 180 spray of chips. I used a shield but the secondary bounces still got...
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    11-17-2017, 05:59 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Shopmade anvil... in General
    All of what JTiers is saying above is also what I found were the points given against using pieces of rail among the blacksmithing videos too. ...
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    11-17-2017, 05:08 PM
    That may well be.... But he most certainly does not have access to those or the desire/time to seek them out. He's also not really up on the idea of...
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    11-17-2017, 05:01 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Coveralls or shop coats? in General
    Oh great! ! ! ! MORE therapy bills to erase THAT vision from my mind ! ! ! ! ! Gentlemen, I give you My/Our potential theme song! ...
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    11-17-2017, 04:47 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Shopmade anvil... in General
    If you do use an I beam be sure to find some with fairly narrow and thick caps that is fairly close in shape to a piece of railroad track. Some...
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    11-16-2017, 09:57 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Coveralls or shop coats? in General
    The thing is that a lot of guys want more warmth than a simple thin stretchy garment can provide. And while some of the cheap disposable coveralls...
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    11-16-2017, 05:50 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread 4x8' Shop Bench Idea in General
    Oh, I think we can count that as an iron clad CERTAINTY. There's nothing at all questionable about that. The cabinets and casters as a base for a...
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    11-16-2017, 05:41 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread tool gloat? in General
    Yes, that qualifies quite easily. Consider me well and truly gloated :) Oh, sorry, almost forgot..... YOU SUCK ! ! ! ! ... .Better? :)
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    11-16-2017, 03:16 PM
    It's times like this I'm glad I bought the large format printer. I've got a few copies of the Starrett chart linked below printed on 11x17 to make...
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    11-16-2017, 03:08 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread 4x8' Shop Bench Idea in General
    Frankly I think you'll be a lot happier with this option. I don't mind roll around work surfaces as spots to hold things but when I'm working on an...
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    11-16-2017, 02:52 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Coveralls or shop coats? in General
    If I were not laughing so much at these replies I might end up with a mental image that required a lot of expensive therapy to eradicate... :D ...
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    11-15-2017, 08:31 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Coveralls or shop coats? in General
    A practice I heartily condone and work to emulate.... I've got one sweat shirt that was not sewn with the proper expansion stitch at the wrist and...
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    11-15-2017, 06:02 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread 4x8' Shop Bench Idea in General
    Marking where the caster positions and shimming to equalize the load would be a good low tech way to stabilize the arrangement regardless of two,...
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    11-15-2017, 05:19 PM
    Excellent point. In this case if there is any risk I'd say using rubbing alcohol and then leave it to dry until there is no scent at all other than...
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    11-15-2017, 05:15 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread 4x8' Shop Bench Idea in General
    Arcane raises a good point about multiple casters and typical floor undulations. If there's one thing I've learned over my years it is that poured...
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    11-15-2017, 04:59 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Boring! Lunacy or genius? in General
    Go back to my post where I said I did the drilling for the bar right in the lathe with the block held in place. That ensures you're at the correct...
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