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    02-16-2019, 09:38 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread 10" South bend question in General
    There are a few versions of the 10" South Bend. The 10K is very close in appearance to the popular 9A. The "Heavy 10" series is, as the name implies,...
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    02-15-2019, 09:41 PM
    Yes. Dark on bottom, and lighter on top, and usually green in tint. I'm told there's something psychological about the color green helping to keep...
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    02-14-2019, 10:08 PM
    Note with the illustration in your first post the threaded holes on the backing plate. Those are for mounting a chuck to that plate. Does your 4 jaw...
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    02-14-2019, 06:27 PM
    You have it a little back to front here. The three studs on the backing plate mount the plate to the lathe spindle. The tapped holes are for bolts...
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    02-14-2019, 05:47 PM
    That looks like a fun project. Music or no music, thank you for sharing it with us. Looking forward to seeing the completed wheel. I would like to...
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    02-12-2019, 12:12 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread Gage Block vs. Space Block in General
    Space blocks work just fine. Check their accuracy, and if it falls within your needs and the set is complete enough, then no need to spend the extra...
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    02-11-2019, 10:48 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Lathe unloading in General
    Unloading is just one part of this exercise. How will the lathe be loaded, and what are you doing for secure transport? It's been my experience...
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    02-04-2019, 11:04 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread First Milling Machine in General
    Investigate a build-it-yourself rotary phase converter. The mill already has the variable speed spindle, so no need investing in a VFD. They're nice,...
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    02-04-2019, 10:55 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread First Milling Machine in General
    That machine appears to be in pretty good shape. The drawback is that there's not much for tooling to go with it, and that's where the money can add...
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    02-04-2019, 10:46 PM
    Congratulations, and good for her. Encourage her to get the licenses now, if she has the time and resources. Even if she just keeps it as a feather...
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    02-04-2019, 10:34 PM
    Put a couple of blades under those screw heads and you have a draw knife of sorts to deburr sheet metal, cleaning both sides with one swipe.
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    02-03-2019, 02:57 PM
    The cutting speed(rpm) is a little fast. When using HSS cutters the *approximate* cutting speed for mild steel is 100 feet per minute. To convert...
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    02-01-2019, 05:13 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Delrin for Bushings ? in General
    Delrin in this application should be fine, I would recommend stainless for the pins, or bolts, or whatever you choose to go through the bushings....
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    01-24-2019, 12:11 AM
    Are there four posts on the back for the wires to connect, or six? What were the toggle positions. Did it snap from one position to the other, or was...
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    01-23-2019, 11:53 PM
    Wow! Tremendous talent in that wood carving. Yeah, I think most all of us that are of a certain age viewed that film about the little canoe and its...
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    01-22-2019, 02:00 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread Rupnow Vertical first run in General
    Nice!! Congratulations on a job well done. It sounds great.
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    01-22-2019, 01:12 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread Level your lathe! in General
    7 units? Now there's a challenge. Based on my apartment experiences, he doesn't own the building. The building owns him!
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    12-29-2018, 09:25 PM
    The part could be threaded using the dividing head spindle as a thread gauge, if the backing plate is fixtured to be removable and repeatable from...
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    12-29-2018, 05:23 PM
    That's an odd thread, but it's available on my South Bend 10L chart right in line with 18 tpi which is very common, so it should be available on...
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    12-29-2018, 12:50 AM
    How big is the chuck you want to mount? That's not a common size, so you might be better off going with a store bought adapter plate meant for a...
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    12-23-2018, 08:34 PM
    Hence the moniker.........
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    12-18-2018, 12:15 AM
    I worked in a shop a few years back where music was not allowed. Management didn't want to deal with employees having a conflict of opinion on what...
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    12-17-2018, 11:55 PM
    Since I have one rechargeable extinguisher outside, I must rely on a service to do that recharge. While they're here they tag the non-rechargeable...
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    12-15-2018, 05:56 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Rockwell mill drawbar wobble in General
    Here's a link to the Rockwell manual: http://www.vintagemachinery.org/pubs/2793/4232.pdf There is supposed to be a bushing under the head of...
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    12-13-2018, 08:24 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Fusion360 vs Solidworks in General
    I'm not 100% up to speed on the virtual machine. Do I have windows put inside a linux system and let windows sit doing nothing until I need Fusion,...
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    12-13-2018, 08:07 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Fusion360 vs Solidworks in General
    Does it only run on windows, or can I run Fusion on a linux computer?
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    12-12-2018, 12:35 AM
    tom_d replied to a thread Learning a new machine in General
    The old school cutting fluid for aluminum was simply straight kerosene applied with an acid brush. Excessive smoke = excessive speed. Isn't wd-40...
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    12-11-2018, 11:33 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Learning a new machine in General
    Just to clarify to others, I expressed the speed in fpm, that's feet per minute, not rpm. So: 4xCuttingSpeed / dia. = (4 x 200) / 0.5 = 1600 rpm ...
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    12-11-2018, 09:44 PM
    tom_d replied to a thread Learning a new machine in General
    Normally on a cut that small any vibration felt would be very slight. Is the groove the same width as the end mill, where the end mill is centred so...
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    12-06-2018, 04:27 PM
    The nylon worm is going to be a press fit. The steel worms usually come with a single set screw installed, and a spot drill started at 90*. For most...
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