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  • Originally posted by PStechPaul View Post
    If you visit the "Legacy of the Plains" museum in Gering, NE, you will be only 95 miles from Cheyenne, WY, which has much of the flavor of an old Wild West town, and from there it's not far from Greeley, CO, where I visited an internet friend who took me to a rodeo, and then a short hop to Denver (where we saw a Rockies game at Coors Park and ate mountain oysters). Just west of Denver are the Rocky Mountains and many scenic areas. And you could head north to visit Yellowstone.
    Thanks
    I have little interest in professional sports or visiting another large metropolis, where I live now is 2 miles away from Philadelphia, 100 miles from Manhattan and about 60 miles from Baltimore.
    Looking to learn a bit of what the US is like away from the coasts, it appears from further research that Nebraska may be ideal for such trip into the heartland.
    As I study more of the maps which include Google data of local business establishments it would appear that Nebraska has more Churches then bars (-:

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    • Tons.

      Did a quick job for a customer, got the Lagun back up and running, and generally played on machines all day. Been a good weekend.
      21" Royersford Excelsior CamelBack Drillpress Restoration
      1943 Sidney 16x54 Lathe Restoration

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      • Originally posted by Bented View Post

        As I study more of the maps which include Google data of local business establishments it would appear that Nebraska has more Churches then bars (-:
        I'm just north of Buffalo. I have driven across the country and back a few times, and I can tell you about Nebraska.
        I usually take I90 south to 80 in Cleveland (via Erie PA) and just stay on 80 westbound the entire way. It takes about 18 solid hours to make it to Omaha. Usually around 1AM and find a hotel, you're gonna be pooped.

        Avoid stopping in Chicago if possible, way too hectic and confusing. Maybe Joliet instead.

        It will take most of a day to get thru Nebraska all by itself. Be sure to tank up and bring water and snacks.
        I usually take 80 west to I15 south in Evanston Wyoming to go visit my sister in Salt Lake. Vegas is just a day trip after that.
        There ain't much in Wyoming either.

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        • Concert Friday was all brass (except for some Alpenhorn pieces), and last night was piano and guitar honky-tonk, ragtime, blues by local duo "The Bottlesnakes"

          Today all I have gotten done is to have a 3 hour zoom meeting, and hash out the final document for a grant application by a community organization here. Then spent another hour plus editing the document into acceptable format.

          I think I will go do some cleaning up as a relaxation from that,

          Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
          ......
          There ain't much in Wyoming either.
          That's by far the best feature of the state. You can add "there ain't many in the state" to that as well. Also a great feature.
          Last edited by J Tiers; 10-04-2020, 05:30 PM.
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          Keep eye on ball.
          Hashim Khan

          If you look closely at a digital signal, you find out it is really analog......

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          • Originally posted by J Tiers View Post

            That's by far the best feature of the state. You can add "there ain't many in the state" to that as well. Also a great feature.
            Indeed I have long wanted to move west of the Mississippi - say, Iowa or Nebraska. Even though I was born here, conditions have got worse and now it grinds on my nerves. OTOH Buffalo has some *amazing* food, it's a real "melting pot" town -- Polish, Irish, Italian, German, Greek, Soul Food, etc etc. and decent culture -- arts and music etc.

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            • Trammed in my Bridgeport, only took seconds using one of those Gucci Edge Precision tram bars. Now my drills line up correctly with large changes in Z.

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              • We stopped in Cheyenne, WY enroute from Denver to Salt Lake City on the third day of our cross-country trip in 1970. It's a pretty cool "Wild West" town and a major railroad hub. From there, we headed west, and saw many billboards for a truck stop in Little America, advertising "100 pumps" or some such. We finally got there and had dinner. We heard a loud crash and a scream and saw that a very high pile of trays a waitress had been stacking had fallen over on her. I don't think she was seriously injured. We continued on and got to SLC late that night.
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                Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
                USA Maryland 21030

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                • Finally got the tongs done, not that happy with them but I guess the first pair are never gonna be the best:



                  The rivet is an M8 bolt, all I had, shoulda been a bit longer. I had it in the forge to get rid of the zink coating first. I think I could turn some nice rivet blanks on the lathe from bigger M10 bolts.



                  Also found some spring steel (a whole bunch, 8mm ish) and I made a chisel and punch from it.


                  On to the next pair of toongs soon, perhaps some hooks in between. For the next pair I will use thicker material, 10mm plate I think.

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                  • The tongs look good to me, I think you should be happy with a good job done especially on your first ones.

                    Anvil looks like a good heavy one, if I have the scale of the photo correct. It is unusually skinny compared to ones I am familiar with.
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                    Keep eye on ball.
                    Hashim Khan

                    If you look closely at a digital signal, you find out it is really analog......

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                    • Finished a disassembly, cleaning, regrinding of the index plate, black wrinkle powder coat and rebuild on a Hardinge 5C collet indexer.

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                      • Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
                        The tongs look good to me, I think you should be happy with a good job done especially on your first ones.

                        Anvil looks like a good heavy one, if I have the scale of the photo correct. It is unusually skinny compared to ones I am familiar with.
                        Thanks, the anvil is a 69kg / 151 lbs anvil and it's a Swedish Söderfors, made in 1910s sometime, the last number is too badly damaged to tell. The narrow anvil face is a common swedish pattern.

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                        • Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post

                          I'm just north of Buffalo. I have driven across the country and back a few times, and I can tell you about Nebraska.
                          I usually take I90 south to 80 in Cleveland (via Erie PA) and just stay on 80 westbound the entire way. It takes about 18 solid hours to make it to Omaha. Usually around 1AM and find a hotel, you're gonna be pooped.

                          Avoid stopping in Chicago if possible, way too hectic and confusing. Maybe Joliet instead.

                          It will take most of a day to get thru Nebraska all by itself. Be sure to tank up and bring water and snacks.
                          I usually take 80 west to I15 south in Evanston Wyoming to go visit my sister in Salt Lake. Vegas is just a day trip after that.
                          There ain't much in Wyoming either.
                          Thanks, where I live currently I could be in the middle of the Jersey Pine Barrens in 30 minutes or less, many would think that there is little natural land in Jersey but the barrens have been protected by the State and Federal governments for decades, a very large freshwater aquifer lies below,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Barrens_(New_Jersey)
                          I am looking for a more of a "There Ain't F*%k All Here" type of American Western travel (-:
                          Last edited by Bented; 10-06-2020, 03:19 AM.

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                          • Went, tonight, to the last of the "lawn concerts" down the block. It's getting cold, and the symphony is back at Powell Hall shortly.

                            Tonight was concert 173 of the "covid season", and featured older jazz. It is not every day that one gets to hear "The Hot Canary" played by the assistant concertmaster of the symphony (she is, as one would expect, a ridiculously good violin player). I ran across a concert version on the internet, and I think the one I heard tonight was way better.

                            Tuesday "Irish nights", and the Saturday night concerts will continue on the next block, for another three weeks. Some other neighbors who are associated with a folk music venue here are sponsoring them.
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                            Hashim Khan

                            If you look closely at a digital signal, you find out it is really analog......

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                            • For a friend in Trucson/AZ I made a grinding disc for his Bosch Combi machine from the early 50's.
                              Spare parts or accessories for it have not been available for decades.
                              The part was made from an aluminum plate and a piece of steel.
                              The steel mandrel was mounted into the aluminum plate with a M14 x 1mm thread and Loctite 648.
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                              Mark the back of the grinding disc with the original part number.

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                              As a layer, I glued a felt disk on top, just like the original.

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                              The sanding disc on its original holder. The fastening screw in the middle is an M8 countersunk screw with a 5 mm hexagon socket. I also made this screw.

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                              The sanding disc is designed for this machine.
                              Many greetings from Germany
                              Bruno
                              http://www.mueller-bruno.de

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                                I assembled a shadow board, minus the shadows, to organize a few frequently used lathe tools.

                                I finally got tired enough of digging through the two or three layers of “stuff” on the small flat on the head stock. Hopefully the result is a more organized home for some of it and and the tool holders and wrenches which were moved to a more "convenient" location.

                                This will no doubt allow more “stuff” to accumulate on the new free space on the head stock.

                                Bob
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                                Bob, 71193, Central Arkansas

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