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  • Originally posted by The Metal Butcher View Post
    Yikes, that looks like a nightmare. Curious as to why you didn't use your taper attachment though, that's like a textbook taper attachment job.
    My TA will only give me maybe 8" plus it gave me fits last time I tried to use it. I wasted hours trying to figure out why I was getting so much binding while using it. I suppose it would have performed better with only a 1* angle. I read some posts about using the compound in several steps and wanted to try it. It did take a lot of time and care to blent the cuts as it progressed. I can't imagine doing this without the collet chuck.

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    • Originally posted by Tungsten dipper View Post
      Looks like a dry fly taper.
      Exactly. That's what he's doing.

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      • Don't forget to dry the rope not leave it damp for the next 15 years. Why can't people take the trouble to crop and resize photos before posting? It is only polite.

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        • Originally posted by challenger View Post

          My TA will only give me maybe 8" plus it gave me fits last time I tried to use it. I wasted hours trying to figure out why I was getting so much binding while using it. I suppose it would have performed better with only a 1* angle. I read some posts about using the compound in several steps and wanted to try it. It did take a lot of time and care to blent the cuts as it progressed. I can't imagine doing this without the collet chuck.
          I've gotcha. We've definitely had some trouble with ours too. The biggest issue is that it's a leadscrew pusher, and if your leadscrew is worn at all (it is) then there is lost motion in there due to the tool pressure and taper attachment both trying to move the tool in the same direction. It's a fundamentally flawed design IMO. I've seen some measures to combat it like springs on a MAZAK, but I think the South Bend design with the clamp is much better. Dad modified ours to be like that but he only did a so-so job.

          I've noticed some binding can be caused by the way clamp trying to lift or push the end of the taper attachment up or down. 3 things that might help are: a good cleaning, a longer rod between the slide and the way clamp (reduced misalignment forces) and spherical washers anywhere the rod between the two threads into something.

          But yeah, I'm very impressed you were able to machine something that slender. I was making a part the other day about 0.2" diameter and 7" long and had to grind it due to deflection in the middle.
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          • Originally posted by Baz View Post
            Don't forget to dry the rope not leave it damp for the next 15 years. Why can't people take the trouble to crop and resize photos before posting? It is only polite.
            I'll lay it out on my driveway tomorrow and give it a good airing out.
            “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

            Lewis Grizzard

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            • Manila rope can wear out (self-abrasion) and mildew or rot. from the inside out, so it may appear to be in much better shape than it actually is:

              https://contractorsrope.com/manila-rope/
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              • Finished clearing a fence line, stump grinding, and log splitting. This is only a fraction of it. All oak.
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                • Originally posted by The Metal Butcher View Post

                  I've gotcha. We've definitely had some trouble with ours too. The biggest issue is that it's a leadscrew pusher, and if your leadscrew is worn at all (it is) then there is lost motion in there due to the tool pressure and taper attachment both trying to move the tool in the same direction. It's a fundamentally flawed design IMO. I've seen some measures to combat it like springs on a MAZAK, but I think the South Bend design with the clamp is much better. Dad modified ours to be like that but he only did a so-so job.

                  I've noticed some binding can be caused by the way clamp trying to lift or push the end of the taper attachment up or down. 3 things that might help are: a good cleaning, a longer rod between the slide and the way clamp (reduced misalignment forces) and spherical washers anywhere the rod between the two threads into something.

                  But yeah, I'm very impressed you were able to machine something that slender. I was making a part the other day about 0.2" diameter and 7" long and had to grind it due to deflection in the middle.
                  Thanks. This is on a Sheldon exl. Do you have a lathe with the ta of a similar design?
                  I've spent so much time on it. Cleaning, taken apart etc. I'd like to understand more about the bar issue you speak of your saying the way cslmp and bar should be allowed to move without affecting the TA? What's odd is the TA was hardly ever used and doesn't show the smallest amount of wear. I guess it is the other worn parts that cause the issue. Mine actually makes the carriage bind to the point that it lifts the back of the carriage.
                  Last edited by challenger; 05-15-2020, 08:21 AM.

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                  • Not made by me. But my SO designed and had this play house built for our kids, put it up this week. Funny thing is, the guys who built it, one is an economist and the other an engineer with well paying day jobs, they just do this for fun and little extra money.









                    Still needs to be painted both inside and out.

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                    • wow! That'd be a nice one bedroom home in a British city

                      All I did yesterday was fix a bullseye chip in the windscreen of my car. Second chip I've fixed with a RainX kit and amazingly the resin is still good some 4 years after I first used it. Pretty magical stuff to use. Fix isn't perfect, you can find it if you know where to look, but way better than before.

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                      • Dennis,
                        You now have a place to go if you get in the dog house with your wife.

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                        • Today I missed my size on a bearing fit by 2 thou. Twice in a row. In my defense, I can say that I'm not real familiar with this lathe yet, trying to bore a bearing pocket for a long-nose live center.

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                          • Today I removed another bee hive from a house. Click image for larger version

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                            • [QUOTE=challenger;n1876964]Today I removed another bee hive from a house.

                              What a mess. I hope you got it all cleaned up. I could imagine ants replacing the bees.

                              “I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence”

                              Lewis Grizzard

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                              • Originally posted by challenger View Post
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                                What did you do with the bees?

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