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  • DennisCA
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    I have a week of vacation and today the family and my parents decided to go into the woods, there are loads of trails and places to go around here. This was one near my parents place that is pretty boggy, you walk for a kilometer or so from the starting point and end up at a tiny lake with some buildings, and there is another trail around it that's maybe 3-4 km.





    Arriving at the lake / bog. Finland is bog country, the word suomi comes from an ancient word for bog it is believed.



    There's a building called a "Goahti" in english (says wikipedia) with a fireplace and free wood (you may donate some cash in a box if you want to)



    Kids enjoying playing with fire.



    Grilling some sausages and having hot cocoa.



    This is all extremely unusual scenery for the season let me tell you. Normally I'd expect everything to be covered under a meter of snow this time of year. This has been the warmest winter I can remember... Still at least the sun is coming back, sunset around 18:00ish now which feels more normal than 15:00.

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  • The Metal Butcher
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    Today was a very productive day for me. I started on Bob la Londe's bandsaw mini-pallet, replaced a molded in bearing and modified a mill vise for safer float-drilling.

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  • nickel-city-fab
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    Originally posted by danlb View Post

    Sounds great. Are pictures in store?

    Dan
    Its like new now. No play anywhere. Smooth and tight.

    Previously, the cross slide had been butchered and the screws bent. Half of the compound parts were missing and the slides were bound up tight. However, there is almost zero wear on the ways. I had to make a swivel plate from scratch, and a few spacers. Got some screws and nuts at the hardware and modified them to suit. Made a toolpost stud. As usual the design isn't the greatest but its OK for small parts and can pull you out of a jam. You have to be careful how far you back off the compound -- not a lot of surface area, and needs more gib screws.

    Future plans are 4-jaw independent chuck, and a MT2 dead center for the tailstock so I can have some bed length.

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  • danlb
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    Originally posted by nickel-city-fab View Post
    Finally got the 7x10 back together and working decently. Much thanks to Danlb for parts! Had to make a few misc parts and its interesting when you have no functioning compound or toolpost... so it made its own toolpost stud, a couple of spacers, a couple of screws, and modified some other screws. I used a angle gauge block to set the compound at 30 deg and locked it down. The compound swivel plate itself is hand made, out of some scrap A36 structural with just saw, files, and taps. Took a carbide scribe and scribed alongside the compound on the top of the cross-slide. That'll make it much easier to setup if I ever move it, but most of the time I just leave it at 30.
    Sounds great. Are pictures in store?

    Dan

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  • nickel-city-fab
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    Finally got the 7x10 back together and working decently. Much thanks to Danlb for parts! Had to make a few misc parts and its interesting when you have no functioning compound or toolpost... so it made its own toolpost stud, a couple of spacers, a couple of screws, and modified some other screws. I used a angle gauge block to set the compound at 30 deg and locked it down. The compound swivel plate itself is hand made, out of some scrap A36 structural with just saw, files, and taps. Took a carbide scribe and scribed alongside the compound on the top of the cross-slide. That'll make it much easier to setup if I ever move it, but most of the time I just leave it at 30.

    Tomorrow I have to adjust the gibs, the backlash on the cross slide, and give it a good cleaning and oiling. However in my limited trials so far it feels nice and solid -- things lock down and stay put when they should.
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  • The Metal Butcher
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    If the head uncrews then just bore a pvc cap to size and glue it on. That's what we did. Still gotta use it upside down of course.

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  • flathead4
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    I bought a cheap Harbor Freight grease gun today ($9.99 and then 20% off) to modify to an oil gun for my Bridgeport. Really just removed the plunger and cut the bottom off so I could turn it upside and fill it with way oil. Not my original idea and some folks welded fancy bases on theirs so it could stand up and not leak. I think I will just store mine in a yam can.
    The previous owner of the mill had pumped grease into the zerks instead of oil and I was afraid I was going to have to remove the table to clear the oil lines but I was able to get oil to flow through all the zerks and out the "seams." I wiped the grease of all the ways and they all now have a nice coat of oil so I think I am good to go for now.

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  • nickel-city-fab
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    That dashboard looks real familiar... I have a 1991 YJ myself, mostly stock. Still going too, with 280K miles, 4-banger 5-spd.

    I continues re-assembling the little 7x10, everything is working smoothly so far. Had to order the 3/8-20 LH tap, got the cross-slide nut tapped, had to make a new swivel plate to go under the compound. Files, hacksaw, taps. Got the bottom of the compound on, set at 30 deg and it locks up nice and solid when I get down on the screws. Progress! Still have to get the top on, fabricate a spacer and a washer, figure out how I'm going to mount the toolpost, adjust the gibs. It'll be done sometime this weekend. It will be nice to have a power tool again.

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  • plastikosmd
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    Metal can be replaced or repaired
    thankfully he is ok




    Got hydraulics working on the Stratton
    Now some parts to make (arms/top link)
    According to the Brochure For the lift the installation is 14 hours. I’d say that’s reasonably accurate (although I had to make a lot of new parts and rebuild the pump which slowed me down.)



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  • mattthemuppet
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    weird place to park a truck. Very secure one though it seems Glad the young idiot was ok.

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  • Dave C
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    Name doesn't mean much now except for scrap value. Watch out buyers, it'l be back on the road in a few days with handling problems you will never be able to get cured.

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  • PStechPaul
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    I stand corrected. So a Tacoma is "only" $26k-$47k.

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  • DennisCA
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    It's an object lesson

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  • Jon Heron
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    Its a Tacoma.
    Cheers,
    Jon

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  • PStechPaul
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    While working on my shed today, I heard a loud noise, and when I went to investigate, I found this at the north corner of my property:

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    It's a brand new 2020 Toyota Tundra:
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    Yeah, I think he found out that there are limits to the off-road capabilities of the Toyota Tundra
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    The roll-back truck couldn't extricate the wreck:
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    So they called in the big hook wrecker:

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    The driver was about 25 years of age, and he was not injured, but he was close to tears about his new truck. The 2020 Toyota Tundra has an MSRP of $33k-$53k. He asked the cops if they thought it was totaled, and, of course, they said it was. I guess he thought a few cans of bondo and it would buff right out! He claimed that somebody ran him off the road, but that seems unlikely. He was obviously coming up the road, probably speeding, and may have tried to pass someone going the speed limit (30 MPH) or turning into the driveway. Then perhaps another speedster was barreling down the road, and to avoid a head-on collision, he must have veered off through the guard rail and into the ditch full of big rocks.
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