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    My brother was normal in some ways and eccentric...

    My brother was normal in some ways and eccentric in others. For instance he and his wife (who is totally normal) would leave the house to go out to dinner and leave the house unlocked and the garage...
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    I think an older, bench model, South Bend lathe...

    I think an older, bench model, South Bend lathe might be what you are looking for. They had a quick change gearbox with and enormous number of thread pitches. They can still be found and are not...
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    I envy you. For the last couple of years I have...

    I envy you. For the last couple of years I have been following a daily You Tube update of the Shabani gorilla family at the Higashiyama Zoo in Nagoya. I would love to be there in person to see them....
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    From the tone of your post I take it that you did...

    From the tone of your post I take it that you did not pursue legal action. If so I admire you for this as this did not seem to be a serious injury. In the U.S.A. this would have most definitely...
  5. HEY MAN !!!! Glad to hear all went well. I told...

    HEY MAN !!!! Glad to hear all went well. I told you it wasn't all that bad now didn't I? *LOL* It's all behind you now, and I'm sure you find that a most comforting thought. When you are able, and...
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    I still use the brass double edged razor my dad...

    I still use the brass double edged razor my dad gave me when I was 15. I have yet to find one better.
  7. I wish I had had someone to "calm MY anxious...

    I wish I had had someone to "calm MY anxious brain" before I went in *LOL* My only experience with surgery were the events I mention in my last post and I was terrified which was why it took 6 years...
  8. Actually, the general anesthetic was my greatest...

    Actually, the general anesthetic was my greatest concern as well. That was a piece of cake too. When I was a kid I had to have an emergency appendectomy and a year later I had to have my tonsils...
  9. Piece of cake. I had a double hernia which I...

    Piece of cake.

    I had a double hernia which I dealt with for about 6 years before I went in to get it fixed. Had I known how easy it was going to be I would have done it far sooner. They did that...
  10. True, funny story. Early in my career I worked...

    True, funny story.

    Early in my career I worked a third shift job as the sole machinist at a well known candy company. The entire plant shut down at night for cleaning and maintenance with just a...
  11. Oh yeah? Well I am a retired machinist with 50...

    Oh yeah? Well I am a retired machinist with 50 years in the business. OK, enough comparing weenie sizes and now down to the matter at hand *LOL*

    That LOGAN looks exactly like the JET 9 X 42 I...
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    You might find this interesting / funny if you...

    You might find this interesting / funny if you haven't already seen it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4Uc-cztsJo
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    There are various work-arounds for your problem....

    There are various work-arounds for your problem. Below is a quick and dirty one but it will work.

    Take a piece of expendable round stock larger in diameter than your workpiece and drill and tap a...
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    LONG STORY: I went to tech school on a co-op...

    LONG STORY: I went to tech school on a co-op program which allowed me to go to a technical school starting my second year of high school till graduation as a senior. I could go for a half day every...
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    Yup .... there is a ton of stuff that is never...

    Yup .... there is a ton of stuff that is never allowed in the 20% and 25% discounts. What adds insult to injury is the fine print is literally so small that I have trouble reading it even with a...
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    Take two razor blades and overlap them to form a...

    Take two razor blades and overlap them to form a "V" at the tip and bond them together on their surfaces with a good adhesive like epoxy or Gorilla glue. The "V" should be about .070" deep. Cover the...
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    I think the reamer idea would work provided you...

    I think the reamer idea would work provided you run it slow, but given that you have that "slightly ovate" hole after hardening you might still have some problems.

    Another idea might be to use a...
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    That last line might actually be, "Well that's...

    That last line might actually be, "Well that's what I wrenches my monkey with." Back in the 50s it was not uncommon to hear a woman use the word wrench in place of rinse, for instance, "I have to go...
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    I'm having a lot of fun reading these posts. I...

    I'm having a lot of fun reading these posts. I thought I would contribute another one involving the same shop foreman (Jim) from my first post.

    As I mentioned in my first post Jim was a great guy...
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    Funniest Machine Shop Experiences

    Post your funniest machine shop experience.

    I worked for a research facility for over 40 years. Shortly after I started work there an incident occurred which I remember with fondness. At the heart...
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    Success = Peace Of Mind

    Success = Peace Of Mind
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    If you have access to a lathe machine the end of...

    If you have access to a lathe machine the end of say a 3/8" diameter short (1" long ) piece of steel to a centered 60 degree point.

    You may have already noticed that the top (end where the handle...
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    She is a lovely child. My congratulations to both...

    She is a lovely child. My congratulations to both her and you.
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    What about a lever instead of a bolt head of any...

    What about a lever instead of a bolt head of any kind?
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    Had lunch with a friend from the company I used...

    Had lunch with a friend from the company I used to work for before I retired last year.

    Found out that the guy who replaced me quit after giving them only two days notice. Personally I don't think...
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