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  1. My wife grew up in Los Altos Hills so we drove...

    My wife grew up in Los Altos Hills so we drove down the coast from Seattle many times to visit her family. There were a number of redwood burl "factories" selling tourist junk. They also sold burl...
  2. The Omniturn factory is in Port Orford. They make...

    The Omniturn factory is in Port Orford. They make smallish CNC lathes.

    Bob Rowe Machinery is in Santa Cruz. Always worth half a day to check out his stuff. I haven't been there for 10 years,...
  3. Thread: JC Hannum auction

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    Having attended and bought at many, many auctions...

    Having attended and bought at many, many auctions this question always comes up. Do the auctioneers purposely not have things organized in reasonable combinations, tooling with its associated...
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    Aside from any other issues, this type machine...

    Aside from any other issues, this type machine wouldn't cut 12 ga SS in a million years. My 14 ga capacity (in mild steel) Pexto hand bench shear would be hard pressed to do 12 ga SS, in fact I...
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    Joe, I'm assuming based on previous posts you...

    Joe, I'm assuming based on previous posts you have quite a bit of machinery.

    An easy way I've made bending dies is to mount the blank on a vertical rotary table on the vertical mill. Come down...
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    It seems sometimes we've become an instant...

    It seems sometimes we've become an instant gratification society.

    We get information on virtually anything in seconds with search engines, no more trips to the library. 2 day delivery from...
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    Seems to be some posts missing......... I was...

    Seems to be some posts missing.........

    I was about to reply to the one that said Amazon doesn't "stock" anything, but the post is gone.

    Living in Seattle I sometimes get down south in the Kent...
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    When I said "retail" I wasn't thinking only of...

    When I said "retail" I wasn't thinking only of appliance parts. Parts places in general are probably dead in the long run anyway. Who fixes stuff anymore, certainly not the general public?

    I was...
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    OT: the stuff Amazon has in stock.....

    I needed a small rubber grommet To fix the humidity control system of our refrigerator. The problem is common and easily diagnosed and fixed by youtube videos. So I go to my local appliance parts...
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    OT: the stuff Amazon has in stock.....

    I needed a small rubber grommet To fix the humidity control system of our refrigerator. The problem is common and easily diagnosed and fixed by youtube videos. So I go to my local appliance parts...
  11. Thread: 1018 Or 1144 ??

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    Interesting........ I'd say the work using...

    Interesting........

    I'd say the work using 1018 that fell in my lap 30 years ago would not be possible today. It was like winning the lottery. It kickstarted the business into 6 CNC machines so...
  12. Thread: 1018 Or 1144 ??

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    Okay you request the test reports with the metal...

    Okay you request the test reports with the metal order. What if it doesn't meet the 1018 spec?

    We saw some that didn't meet the spec, but if that's all that's available what do we do? Can't just...
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    There's an easier way than that for work that...

    There's an easier way than that for work that can be broached in the lathe.

    Look in your junk box for an old end mill with a center hole in the shank end. Grind the broach on the cutting end of...
  14. Thread: 1018 Or 1144 ??

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    No, that's not quite right Joe. Take 316...

    No, that's not quite right Joe.

    Take 316 stainless for example. It can be nasty stuff to machine. But you take Carpenter Project 70 316 and it machines like butter. So how do they do it and...
  15. Thread: 1018 Or 1144 ??

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    No, I'm not confusing anything. 30 years ago I...

    No, I'm not confusing anything. 30 years ago I was ordering 1018 cold rolled. Today I would order the same thing.

    The materials are substantially different. Years ago the material was fine, no...
  16. Thread: 1018 Or 1144 ??

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    1018 today is such garbage there are no constants...

    1018 today is such garbage there are no constants in the material.

    My business was built on a product using 1018. I still have some of the 30 year old material laying around. It’s nothing like...
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    You might be able to put table locks to hold the...

    You might be able to put table locks to hold the axis you aren't cranking.
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    Yeah, it's always best to make real sure what...

    Yeah, it's always best to make real sure what people are talking about. I've had customers say a "couple mills" as in a clearance like that should be totally clear to me. Most time I find they mean...
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    So, has anybody here made one of grinders? It...

    So, has anybody here made one of grinders? It looks to me like a very complicated job requiring close tolerance machining. And I say that as someone who owned a commercial shop with CNC mills and...
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    Thanks for the idea, your project got me...

    Thanks for the idea, your project got me thinking....... I have various sizes of the Hardinge expanding collets I mentioned. I'm going to rig up a setup with a pancake air cylinder to mount them...
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    Looks like somebody intended to use that...

    Looks like somebody intended to use that lathe............. They put a modern chuck with top jaws on it and those can be expensive. Also the four way tool post.

    The shot showing the size tag on...
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    Nice job........but, you know Hardinge makes a...

    Nice job........but, you know Hardinge makes a similar collet assembly. Hardinge units are not cheap, neither is shop time though. What do you suppose the shop time cost was to make the collet?
  23. Yes, and the factory likely had everything...

    Yes, and the factory likely had everything accurately leveled as the sealing agent cured. Might be something an amateur could not easily duplicate.
  24. Ethanol in pump gas damages 2 cycle engines..???????

    Any truth to the title subject? Does using pump gas with ethanol damage 2 cycle engines like used in gardening equipment?
  25. Thread: Rotary Broach

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    I have to ask, how many times have you setup a...

    I have to ask, how many times have you setup a rotary broach head? Conservatively, I'd say I might have done it 50 times over 25 years (I had 3 customers with repeat orders of broached parts).

    It...
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