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    Just want to make myself known here.
    Iam a retired tool & die maker. I was self employed in the job shop arena having sold out in 1998. I set up a dream shop in my back
    yard here near Meadville, Pa. Where I build
    tools used by local toolmakers, such as angle dressers and surface grinder vises.
    I also do an occasional job for local businesses, but don't encourage it.
    I should mention we have a tool & die shop around every corner in this county. So I'll never run out of potential buyers for my home
    designed and built products. Of course I'll
    never make any money at this either, because
    no one will buy what he can make unless the price is too low. (not soliciting here folks)
    Anyway glad to be aboard with a group of people who speak my language!

    Best Regards
    Jim

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    James Hopkins
    James Hopkins

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    Glad to have you. Sounds like you have the skills to provide some valuable assistance.
    Location: North Central Texas

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    • #3
      James,

      Glad to have an old salt on board! Us real newbies (the ones that DON'T know machining) can use all the help we can get.

      I write software for a living at a desk, but make chips at night for fun. Don't know a thing about what I am doing, but I do recognize fun when I see it.

      Hey, where exactly is Meadville, PA? I used to live near Limerick, PA, which is west of Philia.

      Marv

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      • #4
        Welcom. the more the merrier.



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        Paul G.
        Paul G.

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        • #5
          <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by debequem:
          James,

          Glad to have an old salt on board! Us real newbies (the ones that DON'T know machining) can use all the help we can get.

          I write software for a living at a desk, but make chips at night for fun. Don't know a thing about what I am doing, but I do recognize fun when I see it.

          Hey, where exactly is Meadville, PA? I used to live near Limerick, PA, which is west of Philia.

          Marv
          </font>
          Marv,

          Thanks for the come back and thanks to Joel
          for the same. Meadville is a town of about
          15,000 35 miles south of Erie. But the cool
          thing is we have tool & die shops everywhere!
          We had a great thing going, but the Chinese
          are closing in on this small but important
          part of the American mfg. base.
          I hope the young lions are up to it, since
          I just play at it now.

          Talk to you guys again
          Jim
          James Hopkins

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          • #6
            Hey Jim, Welcome Home. I hope to learn something from ya. Later, Smitty
            Smitty.... Ride Hard, Die Fast

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            • #7
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              [This message has been edited by pgmrdan (edited 03-19-2004).]

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              • #8
                Welcome. There's a vast knowledge base here for us novices to tap into, and looks like your arrival just made it 'vaster'. We welcome and appreciate your inputs.
                Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                • #9
                  Meadville? Never been there, but isn't that where Channelock pliers are made? Seem to recall seeing that name on something like that...

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                  • #10
                    Greetings Jim,
                    It's good to have you on board. The photos below were taken at the Estevan Model Engineers Show this year. Is this the kind of thing that you make?

                    http://photobucket.com/albums/0603/G...3/aa7866e2.jpg

                    http://photobucket.com/albums/0603/G...3/ad9493ee.jpg
                    To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison

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                    • #11
                      Hi George,

                      The grinder vises used by most guys doing close tol. grinding in this local are a different design. They are usually 2 3/8 to
                      2 1/2 in. sq. x 6 to 6 1/2 in long. The side view would show a 1 1/8 dp cut out obout 4 in. long which would be located to leave a
                      1 1/8 thick wall on the left and a 7/8 wall on the right. The 7/8 wall has a pressed in
                      bushing with a 1/2-20 tapped hole thru. This
                      bushing is for a screw with a knurled knob
                      used to move a sliding jaw as needed. So if the same side view is used the screw would be
                      passing thru the right wall(7/8) and nested
                      in the sliding jaw, so it can push or pull it. These vises are usually made from 8620
                      steel, carburized .060 dp. and hardened to
                      RC 60-62 then deep frozen to relieve stress.
                      Then ground to be parallel within .0001 t.i.r
                      and square within .00005 per in.
                      The sliding jaw is keyed to a 9/16 x 7/8 x 3
                      sliding key which is ground to a slip fit in
                      a slot running lengthwise. There is almost no
                      vertical play in the sliding jaw assy. when
                      completed. I should mention a 5/8 wide x 4 in
                      long opening (central) running lengthwise
                      allows a tang on the sliding jaw to mate with
                      the sliding key. Providing a smooth working
                      jaw assy. with great resistance to deflection
                      The sliding key is in a slot at the bottom of
                      the vise running full length left to right in
                      the same side view.

                      Got to go, Iam late for a meeting
                      Jim

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                      James Hopkins
                      James Hopkins

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                      • #12
                        Yes Meadville, Pa. is the home of Channelock
                        tools. Was originally named Champion De Arment Jim
                        <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by lunkenheimer:
                        Meadville? Never been there, but isn't that where Channelock pliers are made? Seem to recall seeing that name on something like that...</font>
                        James Hopkins

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                        • #13
                          Ah, Meadville. My son spent a year (from his point of view, a very long one) at Allegheny
                          College. I drove the 500+ miles out there about four round trips I guess. I was amazed at all the machine/tool and die shops listed in the yellow pages. Sometimes you have to leave to appreciate home. Son is at Univ of VT. 10 miles from home and very happy. Gotta learn on your own I guess.

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