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  • Sometimes no matter how hard you try it goes right

    A couple of weeks ago I had a rant thread about how things are always going wrong on me when I'm turning.

    Well today I was turning down a length of tubing, 1 1/2" OD, between centers, there was a plug in the tailstock end and when I was finished I miced the diam. at each end. The taper was only 0.001" over 16". It wasn't critical that there wasn't a taper so I didn't check the tailstock alignment, I had put it right after the last time I had moved it off and the bed was leveled a couple of years ago but I haven't check it recently so by all rights and my past experiences it should have been royally buggered.

    To make matters worse it, being tubing, usually turns crappy but I even got a reasonable finish.

    My god, what did I do right.
    The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

    Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

    Southwestern Ontario. Canada

  • #2
    Originally posted by loose nut

    My god, what did I do right.
    About here you remember you'd dropped your mic and now find it has a hardspot on it right where you're measuring

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    • #3
      If it were me, I'd cherish the moment, knowing it would never come again...
      Last edited by Arcane; 06-22-2010, 01:49 AM.
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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      • #4
        Ya I know it was a fluke, just natures way of setting me up for future torment.
        The shortest distance between two points is a circle of infinite diameter.

        Bluewater Model Engineering Society at https://sites.google.com/site/bluewatermes/

        Southwestern Ontario. Canada

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        • #5
          you did a good job.

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          • #6
            I know what you mean. Take a trial cut and get the di out to adjust the tailstock. Mike each end and "holy ****" it's the same each end!!!! What happened? Some days things just work out. Time to go out and buy a lottery ticket. Peter
            The difficult done right away. the impossible takes a little time.

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            • #7
              your lucky moment has passed. should have bought the lottery ticket instead of fooling with the lathe.

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              • #8
                It is just the creator's way of messing with your head. Now you will be looking for things to go right. Before you sort of expected things not to go right so all was good.
                Location: The Black Forest in Germany

                How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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