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    OT: Question on forum format, "reps and negs"

    On some forums there is the whats called "Reps" and "Negs" basically it amounts to a little green bar under the user name which shows if the forum members appreciate his posts (which will be green) or if he has little to contribute and is trolling (which will be red). This is called "Rep power"...
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    What is a tool boat and how does it work?

    I have never come across these in my day job, and I dont think I would want to. Its eather 4 way tool posts or quick changes when moneys involved. BUT For my house machine I like to turn on the radio, chew a little tobacco, slow down and take my time on a little myford 7 lathe for my...
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    2 point steady rests for large diameter turning, do they perform well?

    Looking at getting in a 2 point steady rest for a large Stanko at work, are they serviceable? Or are they a stopgap gadget when a larger machine will do better or it should be farmed out? This is for a larger Stanko machine, max diameter it will accept over the bed is around 8 feet and the...
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    Who here machines for a living?

    Im kind of curious who here machines for their bread and butter. Besides John Welden and a couple others I have no idea who here machines for a living and who is a hobbiest. If you do feed yourself by cuttin' metal, please sound off and tell me/us about what you make and how you like it...
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    Dissasembly of spring bow calipers

    I literally bought a grocery bag full of calipers from an old fellow today, I dont need a bag of them but all are starrets, they cost less then a bottle of whiskey, and I couldn't bear the thought nor could the old man I bought them from, of them gracing someones living room wall. I gave the...
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    Length of unemployment affecting hiring.

    Hello fellas I was hoping to gnaw over something here. When your looking at a mans resume, do you take note off the length of time hes been unemployed (assuming he is) and how much does this weigh in if your going to hire the man or not? Reason I ask (I'm not job searching, I go back to the...
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    Maximum cartridge length for Martini Enfield

    Hi fellas heres my question I have an old martini enfield that I would like to re barrel to a BCPR cartridge. Is there any limitations I should consider? I would like to try to re barrel it to 45-90 or perhaps 45-120 but not likely. Whats the maximum cartridge length this action will accept...
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    Homebuilt cannon

    Hello fellas, I figured you might like to have a gander at this. I always tried to make a point to make something for each year finished of my apprenticeship. One year I made a finger plate, next year a toolmakers block (From Guy Lautards TMBR series) then a tool and die assembly for punching...
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    OT-Machinery Speculating

    Is it just me or has the price of old machinery seem to have climbed a fair bit? Seems everyone has an old clunker in the basement that they think will pay off the mortgage. Is it the economy? To much antique roadshow? Take for example an old ad I saw on the net, A couple found an old metal...
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    Question on all the new-looking South Bends

    Did southbend alter there serial numbers when they did the factory rebuild. I do recall reading in a magazine about a fella who sent his lathe into southbend for a refurbish, regrind, rescrape, the whole works should you choose to have it done. The company did this for some years. Reason i ask...
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    really cheap southbend

    No relation to the company but i have been eyeballing this lathe for some time. http://www.bellmachineryltd.com/used_southbend_13.htm It has no motor but still its a VERY good deal IMHO for a lathe especially for the guys in western canada. Like i said i'd buy it but dont have the room, so...
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    Drawings for potential customers

    Hello gents, New to the forum Finished my apprenticeship a few years ago and decided to go for the mechanical engineering before I get to old, so I had a couple machines and figured why not try to make some parts here and there for a couple extra bucks. Needless to say I'm new at this, so I'l...
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