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  • #76
    Originally posted by mickeyf View Post
    Not fear so much as frustration. That "now that I'm retired" thing (finally happened a couple of months ago), and a severe shortage of Round Tuits. The local suppliers just don't seem to carry them. Even Amazon prime doesn't help. I guess I'll have to learn to manufacture my own. Maybe there's a you tube channel that can help. Oh, wait a minute...
    The extended vacation will get old after about a year, then you will suddenly realize that you are doing things without any round tuits. Just my experience anyways.

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    • #77
      In my mind, I have always been a porn star, but I am just too afraid to take my clothes off on camera.
      ...And they usually like to see someone else in the room.

      -D
      DZER

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      • #78
        What stops me is ... having to clean the shop.

        I work on a project, and I get so involved I don't finish until 2 AM. By that time I'm exhausted, so I just leave the mess. The next day I go in and get caught in a horrible psychological death spiral. I don't want to work in the messy shop, but I don't feel like cleaning. Mostly because the place is too crowded and even after cleaning it doesn't feel neat and orderly. I feel like I should build more shelves, or something. That turns regular cleaning into a HUGE PROJECT. At that point, it's become unworkable, so I walk out the door. Then, when I go back in later, I feel TWICE as guilty... and then three times, and so on and so forth...

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        • #79
          Originally posted by RMinMN View Post

          I put together my CNC from a Harbor Freight mini mill and use a Raspberry Pi to drive the Arduino that controls the steppers.
          Good job!

          This the tool path simulation screen on a 1995 lathe control, you can run it in block mode which is one button push per move, moves at feed are solid lines and rapid moves are dashed. The window on the right tells you the current tool, tool position, feed rate and so on, A 25 year more modern machine would have much more refined graphics.

          With an untried program I always run the simulation first then run the machine in block mode without the part or tools, very slowly. If nothing crashes let er rip.
          https://bented.smugmug.com/My-First-Gallery/i-QRs3DnR/A
          Last edited by Bented; 09-09-2020, 05:51 PM.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Dan_the_Chemist View Post
            What stops me is ... having to clean the shop.

            I work on a project, and I get so involved I don't finish until 2 AM. By that time I'm exhausted, so I just leave the mess. The next day I go in and get caught in a horrible psychological death spiral. I don't want to work in the messy shop, but I don't feel like cleaning. Mostly because the place is too crowded and even after cleaning it doesn't feel neat and orderly. I feel like I should build more shelves, or something. That turns regular cleaning into a HUGE PROJECT. At that point, it's become unworkable, so I walk out the door. Then, when I go back in later, I feel TWICE as guilty... and then three times, and so on and so forth..
            Thanks for putting that into words. I can relate.





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            • #81
              Me too, i clean last..usually tired , late, do it later.. and being only one on the machines.. and owning them.. well it changes things...
              and then sometimes its.. just gotta clean first.. got wayyyyy out a hand..

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              • #82
                I clean when I start getting frustrated

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                • #83
                  I've made it a habit lately, that instead of when I come home from work late and don't feel like doing much but sitting on the couch and watching a few you tube videos before bed, to take the laptop out in the garage and put a video on in the background while I just tool around doing all the little "5 minute" jobs (like cleaning, or organizing, etc) I never feel like doing when I have big chunk's of free time. It's amazing how much I get done, and how quickly time goes by. I always push those jobs off for bigger ones, but they always seem to back up and then become a giant pile stacked up everywhere. This has been a huge winner for me in the time management dept.

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                  • #84
                    Machining Inconel , any grade or condition.
                    Nasty ,evil, and unforgiving.
                    Beaver County Alberta Canada

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by redlee View Post
                      Machining Inconel , any grade or condition.
                      Nasty ,evil, and unforgiving.
                      Huh, that's weird. I used to fabricate the stuff for a living. BUT I did everything with grinding and TIG.

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post

                        Huh, that's weird. I used to fabricate the stuff for a living. BUT I did everything with grinding and TIG.
                        Have you ever tried drilling and tapping a 6-32 hole in Inconel 718 H.T. ?
                        Worked with Inconel, Monel, Zirconium, Ferralium, CoCrA, and most other stainless.
                        Inconel was the worst.
                        Beaver County Alberta Canada

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                        • #87
                          Doing an internal square thread at 20 tpi kind of got me going. I did not want to have to remake the cutter. But I did break it and had to make a new one. In hindsight I should have made it an acme thread. That was long ago, and I'm about 2% smarter now. Back then parting off was also a butt clencher. I probably lost a full jean size learning to part off successfully.

                          Thinking this over, I'm probably more concerned when I'm working with the drill press. That has caused me more bloodshed than any other machine in the shop. I get annoyed with myself when I break a lathe or mill cutter, or hook a work piece out of the chuck, but I get really annoyed with myself when I pull off a stunt like hand holding a workpiece for drilling where I don't leave enough safety margin in case a drill bit seizes. To the point where I know I can stall the spindle with my grip, I'm ok- but I find myself pushing that envelope. That's worrisome.

                          I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                          • #88
                            Originally posted by darryl View Post
                            Doing an internal square thread at 20 tpi kind of got me going. I did not want to have to remake the cutter. But I did break it and had to make a new one. In hindsight I should have made it an acme thread. That was long ago, and I'm about 2% smarter now. Back then parting off was also a butt clencher. I probably lost a full jean size learning to part off successfully.

                            Thinking this over, I'm probably more concerned when I'm working with the drill press. That has caused me more bloodshed than any other machine in the shop. I get annoyed with myself when I break a lathe or mill cutter, or hook a work piece out of the chuck, but I get really annoyed with myself when I pull off a stunt like hand holding a workpiece for drilling where I don't leave enough safety margin in case a drill bit seizes. To the point where I know I can stall the spindle with my grip, I'm ok- but I find myself pushing that envelope. That's worrisome.
                            I'm still guilty about hand holding the occasional part. I shouldn't. It ends poorly too often. I draw the line at the Royersford though. 300ft*lbs of torque is just begging to hurt me.

                            Parting used to be a butt clencher for me too. I've had all the same problems others have had with the tool diving in, and breaking. The two things that made the difference were a bigger lathe and a "carbide" grinder. Bigger lathe makes it easy. But even on the little one it goes pretty decent now, now that my tools are crazy sharp. I never did get good at honing. Not enough patience.
                            21" Royersford Excelsior CamelBack Drillpress Restoration
                            1943 Sidney 16x54 Lathe Restoration

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                            • #89
                              Originally posted by redlee View Post

                              Have you ever tried drilling and tapping a 6-32 hole in Inconel 718 H.T. ?
                              Worked with Inconel, Monel, Zirconium, Ferralium, CoCrA, and most other stainless.
                              Inconel was the worst.
                              Nope, I never went below 1/2-13 on the job I was doing (furnace/reactor tubes)
                              6-32 requires care no matter what it is though... even in aluminum it requires care

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