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  • #31
    It seems like it would discourage others from posting their projects. This is not a desirable situation. We don't get to see what those unknown talented guys out there are doing.

    Maybe I should post some projects in black and white,so the belly achers can't tell if it is made of brass?

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    • #32
      Henro go back to posting #14 and click on the "Elffers" lathe,, then tell us if this was really homebuilt by Mr Elffers.

      We'd be interested in your'e appraisal.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by gwilson
        It seems like it would discourage others from posting their projects. This is not a desirable situation.
        George, could you please check your private messages.

        John

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        • #34
          How about a "Your Projects" forum where replies are not allowed only posts by the tread starter? I have seen similar on other forums.
          James Kilroy

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          • #35
            Originally posted by sasquatch
            Henro go back to posting #14 and click on the "Elffers" lathe,, then tell us if this was really homebuilt by Mr Elffers.

            We'd be interested in your'e appraisal.
            I think the "Elffers" lathe illustrates the point I am trying to make.

            By the way, I can't imagine why anyone would be interested on my appraisal! I am just a home hobby guy with some life experience.

            Anyway, take a look at the Elffers lathe. Notice that the castings/weldments are not free flowing castings, but rather angled flat surfaces in design. More like a home grown lathe might be like.

            Also, the Elffers lathe bed does not appear to be a casting, no professional looking name plates, and so on.

            The flag in my mind is that after Frank Parr passes away, those remaining find some patterns that could have been used for casting parts of the lathe, and then they conclude that the lathe in the shop was therefore made by Frank Parr. Those patterns may have been used in the manufacture of the lathe, and obtained along with the lathe at some point in the past. Stranger things have happened.

            The lathe may have been manufactured by Frank Parr; or, it may not have been. Looks too refined to me to be home brew. Yes it could be. Had the relatives been closer (at least in his shop) to the man that passed away, they would know the answer without needing to make a guess about it.

            I hope I don't come across as being more than a skeptic. That newspaper article shows that Frank Parr was a very talented person. I, as most here, would like to believe he manufactured that lathe on his own. My intuition when seeing the photos simply strongly questioned the assumptions made by his surviving relatives.

            In no way would I want to reflect poorly on the memory of a very talented home machinist.

            If I came across as doing so I regret it as that was not my intention.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by gwilson
              It seems like it would discourage others from posting their projects. This is not a desirable situation. We don't get to see what those unknown talented guys out there are doing.

              Maybe I should post some projects in black and white,so the belly achers can't tell if it is made of brass?
              Why are you so overly concerned? Sometimes there are projects posted here that need to be questioned.

              Despite your proven ability you seem to be rather sensitive. I don't understand why. You have no reason to be so.
              Gene

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              • #37
                For those interested here is a link to some good photos of the model engine that Frank Parr built that was the focus of that newspaper article...

                See post #36.

                Hope the link works...great pictures.

                http://www.woodworkforums.com/f12/de...ml#post1387812

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by jugs
                  Wonderful craftmanship......... But why

                  plenty of good machinery out there so why go to all that effort to copy whats already available ???? I can't see any innovations, in fact he's coped all the std faults in lathe design

                  More than likely there wasn't any avaiable at the time.
                  or he did as a challenge.

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