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    Today, 07:50 PM
    Working fine now. That's a nice shape. So clearly LOTS of top rake to make it act more like a knife blade. But leave enough to hold up from...
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    Today, 12:12 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Precision Bench Lathes in General
    Doozer, that's a nice commentary on what is needed to work easily in that range of accuracy. And you're not doing anything to ease my Hardinge...
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    Today, 11:53 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Top slide screw bent? in General
    I'm jumping on the loose gib bandwagon too. But it sounds like the lead screw may be bent as well since the wobbly measurements and the sort of cut...
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    Today, 11:44 AM
    My brain started rumbling after reading this with thoughts on uses. Like Doozer only a few really percolated to the top.... Your suggestion for...
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    Yesterday, 10:58 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Precision Bench Lathes in General
    Seriously, for working on stuff to "split a thou" you do not NEED a Hardinge or similar second operation precision lathe. Any of the 9 or 10" swing...
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    03-20-2019, 11:28 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Old lathe recognizing in General
    Yep, it's LOVELY! No oil I know of would be so inconsiderate as to stick to such a nice looking finish.... :D Most threading can be handled by...
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    03-19-2019, 11:12 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread DIY drill chuck extender in General
    Thanks Matti, that looks pretty much like a perfect option. It's only about once or at most twice a year where it would be nice to use something...
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    03-18-2019, 11:27 PM
    Junkaddict, the hand is mentioned in that diagram but it's really cluttered. It's the tallish whiter part that has the sort of bird's beak on the...
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    03-18-2019, 10:54 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Precision Bench Lathes in General
    An import lathe that has the ways and dovetails in even half way decent condition and the gibs set correctly is easily capable of working to portions...
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    03-18-2019, 07:24 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Precision Bench Lathes in General
    And something else to think about which pushes the choice towards a lathe and mill that is a trifle bigger is that while the lathe and perhaps the...
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    03-18-2019, 06:05 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread DIY drill chuck extender in General
    I'm about to order up some stuff I've been putting off for a while. I've run into this same issue with shorter drill bits being too short and the...
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    03-18-2019, 05:43 PM
    When I registered my copy (I seem to recall that it will expire otherwise) one of the options there was student or hobbyist. It wasn't obvious until...
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    03-18-2019, 03:17 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread Precision Bench Lathes in General
    These days it's not much of a deal to set up the lathe with add on collet chucks. So I would not focus too much on trying to find a lathe that uses...
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    03-18-2019, 01:57 PM
    At it's most basic 2D CAD is a replacement for pencil, paper and a bunch of measuring doohickies. It won't let you suddenly design anything. But...
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    03-18-2019, 01:14 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread penknife project in General
    Matt, that came out really nice. And yeah, watching this "journey" of knowledge and skills through to the final product has been a hoot. ...
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    03-18-2019, 12:39 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread DIY drill chuck extender in General
    When I've needed a chuck extension it's always been because some feature of a part stuck up further than the drill bit was long. And because this...
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    03-18-2019, 12:32 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread Smithy 1220xl 3 in 1 in General
    You could start a project to move the handles. But mostly or at least alongside I'd suggest you also learn to hand turn the wheels in a really nice...
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    03-18-2019, 12:23 AM
    A buddy of mine dropped by a few days back. He had not up to now come out to see the new retirement digs and shops. Over a beer he mentioned that...
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    03-17-2019, 10:44 PM
    Been tied up for a few days so I have not read all the replies. But I'd say that 3D printing is a totally different hobby or study than machining. ...
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    03-15-2019, 01:15 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread making Er16 collet chuck in General
    Reading through all the replies in this thread one would think that it would be best if the OP just gave up and took up some other sort of hobby. ...
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    03-14-2019, 09:23 PM
    Well..... we CAN. But it sure isn't kind to any of the mid size and smaller machines. And likely makes even the big ones ask the operator just what...
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    03-14-2019, 04:34 PM
    I've also found with the old push type that it often worked well to start with only half or even less of the width of the wheels engaged so the teeth...
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    03-14-2019, 02:25 PM
    You mean like along the pins? That's not the issue. In THIS LISTING FOR AN ALORIS STYLE TOOL SET if you look at the knurling tool there's no up and...
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    03-14-2019, 02:17 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread making Er16 collet chuck in General
    Bluing the final taper is a great way to use for testing. But on something like an ER chuck by the time you know it's wrong it's pretty much too...
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    03-14-2019, 02:03 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread hazards of using epoxy in General
    A.K. I quoted your post in relation to the vinegar idea by accident. The vinegar trick works on the cat pee stink. But if you try it anyway and...
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    03-14-2019, 01:20 AM
    And this sort of job is just the right sort of thing to do such learning. And you end up with handy items for future jobs. You got the right...
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    03-14-2019, 01:17 AM
    The holder needs some "float" to do it right. Perhaps try again but don't lock the piston or wedge. Just let the tool holder float on the dovetail.
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    03-14-2019, 01:15 AM
    BCRider replied to a thread hazards of using epoxy in General
    AK, try a soak with about 1 part white vinegar to about 6 parts water and a dollop of clothes detergent. Give it a few hours then wash as normal. ...
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    03-13-2019, 08:00 PM
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhYIsbfSbxw A bit of a shift in Chris' productions but lots of fun. Some superb information on making and using...
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    03-13-2019, 07:40 PM
    BCRider replied to a thread hazards of using epoxy in General
    A fellow at work didn't know he was allergic to epoxy. He got a serious eczema like reaction from mixing up epoxy putty in his hands. So bad he...
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