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  • Good looking family you have there SVS, looks like you are having fun!!

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    • Thank you Van. Seems like two weeks ago we were changing diapers and now they’re nearly out of college.

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      • Doing some turning. I gotta say I am impressed at the depth of cut the little SB9 sized lathe is capable of with the sharp aluminum inserts, they are really nice. I've honed this on a diamond grinder after it got a bit dull too. This is hard chromed cylinder rod

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        I hogged off all the material to the set stop in four separate cuts I believe. Using a bottle with coolant for helping the cut.


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        • So these things are all the rage apparently,I made one while suffering boredom at work today. At least mine is 304 stainless, not bad for a first attempt.
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          I just need one more tool,just one!

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          • My wife said she could not see the flag on the mailbox that shows when mail has been delivered. So I 3d printed this one from ASA that can be seen from the next county.

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            I got a cheap weather station and wanted to mount it to the chimney. I 3d printed a couple of split bushings for the mount. Again ASA filament.

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            • I got this economy compact tractor toward the end of last year. Rarely, I use it to pull a trailer on some steep hills and thought it would be nice to have it so the trailer brakes would work. For the North America market, this tractor company does not supply working brake lights so there is no trigger for the trailer brake controller. I got a couple of generic brake light switches (need 2 on a tractor, one for each brake pedal), and machined a couple of bushings to make them fit in the tractor dash. I forgot to measure the dash metal thickness and ended up making them a little to long. Rather than trying to shorten the bushings, I just bored the nuts a little to fit over the bushings and tighten. I have all the parts but may never finish this project as it is not a very high priority.

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              • Welded up a project for a customer today. Local company needed a special deep socket made to fit a 7-5/8" nut. I had two plates cutout of 2" thick steel. 10" OD x 7-5/8" hex ID. Those two I welded into a section of 10" standard wall pipe with a 1" space in between on one end. The opposite end of the pipe I let through a section of 2-1/2" sch 80 wall pipe for a Tommy bar to pass though.
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                Last edited by wierdscience; 04-09-2023, 06:47 PM.
                I just need one more tool,just one!

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                • When you have to use a globe to describe your flight...
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                  • Ok admit it. During that flight you had a guy in the back blowing up balloons and tossing them out for April fools

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                    • Originally posted by RB211 View Post
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                      I remember those days. Harrisburg to Tokyo or Manila (with a layover in Hong Kong) wasn't too bad, and it got so that UK & Europe were like just going to the West Coast; and Ecuador was also easy (other than with all of the changes it took 12 hours). The killer was South Africa – either a long layover in Europe or a really long flight via JFK.

                      With the exception of Rome in 2014, all of mine were business related: was yours business or pleasure?
                      Avid Amateur Home Shop Machinist, Electronics Enthusiast, Chef, Indoorsman. Self-Proclaimed (Dabbler? Dilettante?) Renaissance (old) Man.

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                      • Originally posted by ChazzC View Post
                        . .With the exception of Rome in 2014, all of mine were business related: was yours business or pleasure?
                        He was a crewmember (pilot).
                        Southwest Utah

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                        • I finally did it, after years of putting it off and using a squirt bottle instead. I filled up the coolant tank on my lathe and fit new hoses and a nozzle. I can now say:

                          1. Holy c**p it makes a MESS! And it gets everywhere and the chuck slings it everywhere.

                          2. Never had such an easy time parting, 32mm stainless, no center hole so parting down to the center. Just a Chinese parting tool and coolant and no problems at any time.

                          3. I need to contain the mess better because this is too useful.​

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                          • I bought my last big machine tool! 🙄
                            Acer Supra 618, it will be a little bit of a project since it's pretty filthy but the shop selling it was neat and they had maintenance records and paperwork. I'm hoping I don't find a regret in the spindle as I get it disassembled. It's 30 years old but parts appear to be available.
                            Jim
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                            • Made a better splash cover for using flood coolant, and I made it so the coolant naturally runs off and it doesn't steal (much) capacity from the lathe.





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                              Took a parting cut with flood coolant on stainless and I can say I have never achieved this good a result before on any material. More than the look, it feels so smooth, can't feel the surface imperfections.

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                              • In the Computer Repair area today, rescuing a Dell Chromebook.

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                                The red boxes are covering the wireless network details.

                                Total cost $31.70; ordered the replacement screen from Amazon yesterday at 11:30am, repair complete 5:30pm today (took longer to choose the replacement than the actual repair did).​
                                Avid Amateur Home Shop Machinist, Electronics Enthusiast, Chef, Indoorsman. Self-Proclaimed (Dabbler? Dilettante?) Renaissance (old) Man.

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