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    Oliver patternmakers mill

    Wendell Castle had one for sale a few years ago. Even before he went with the cnc robot, i don't think he actually ever found much use for it. Can't recall which model pattern mill. It's probably still there. Could not figure out where to put it in my shop. But realistically most work i would...
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    Toxic

    I'm tolerating this so long as it does not veer back into personal diatribes because it is no more nor less inane than an lot of other posts across the board; and it might have some therapeutic value. That said, if people ignore it, the post count would go way down. Clim - you need to start...
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    best finish for thermal rejection ("heat paint")

    Inside of fiberglass cowl is sort of gray. :) I've appreciated and gotten a lot out of the comments. For instance: That hierarchy would not have been obvious to me. Thanks! smt
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    best finish for thermal rejection ("heat paint")

    Things are tight and there is lots of hot air under there, but also, as comatose relates, with the cowl on, generally 100+mph wind channeled into a compartment over the engine, and forced down through and out the bottom. Chrome are existing, i bent one removing heads for valve job. Thanks all...
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    best finish for thermal rejection ("heat paint")

    I ordered the plain steel tubes. Maybe can find someone local to run them through their hot tank. Otherwise - flat black paint. It's a rebuild for airplane, so the tubes will not be exposed to NY road salt, nor really much to the elements Thanks for the input! smt
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    best finish for thermal rejection ("heat paint")

    I looked a while back and did not find it? Or maybe he had only covered the paint over chrome, not the "black chrome" which probably was not available then. Will have to search again. Strostkovy - it sounds like the commonly available, cheap bright chromed tubes painted flat black are the best...
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    Any Idea What This is For?

    I've got at least one of those. IIRC, there are 2 versions, one optimized for gear cutters, and one for saw blades. I have used whichever one i have, for both tasks. But it has been a few years. It seems like you have figured yours out, and the manual is the best place for advice on how to use...
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    best finish for thermal rejection ("heat paint")

    For an aircooled IC engine. Suppose the pushrod tubes could be had in chrome, or "black chrome" and that the pushrod tubes were considered a fair percentage of the heat radiation capacity of the engine - e.g. a VW -. Which gives the best thermal rejection? 1.) black chrome 2.)chrome painted...
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    Rockford No 3 Hand Miller

    Now you need a cincinnati #2 or Norton Tool and cutter grinder to keep your cutters in shape. :) Since you have a shaper, don't spend a lot on slab mills. Plus they would not be the best match for a small horizontal anyway. But any other kind of horizontal cutters are good. Saws or all...
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    wax wood finish

    What i do more and more for myself, is thin very fresh-from-flakes shellac, so it is like maybe 1/2 lb cut (never measured, just thin a small cup until it "feels" right) and flood the item with it, let it soak in but sort of wipe off the excess. When that dries, scuff sand with 400 or finer to...
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    wax wood finish

    Gosh that stuff stinks. Still have most of a couple cans. Because it stinks and i would never use it on wood that was going in a living space. YMMV, of course if wax, I like Trewax (brand) & use it in drawers 'cause it smells nice. I used beeswax on oak a couple times because it was...
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    OT: high-flow return grille for home AC system

    What Bill said. Is the current grille in the side of the duct, or is there an L down to it? Reason i ask, if it is directly into the (under) side of the duct itself, you could lengthen the opening (presumably between trusses or joists?) and add a longer grill. If it Ell's down to it or you...
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    Longer term wood storage question

    As an addenda to Richard's post - if you have a moisture meter and have kept track of the MC of the wooden structure in your storage barn, i have some sense that if the MC stays at 12% & under, the wood does fine. But if there are extended periods in spring and fall when it gets up to 15 or 18%...
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    OT: high-flow return grille for home AC system

    Well aware of that. However, the casting was the correct size, much less restrictive than most modern returns, and fit the "look" my wife wants in her billiard room. So, you just leave them open (placard) or remove or disable the dampers. My main point was that if looks were any part of the...
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    Longer term wood storage question

    Barns are usually not really dry relative humidity. As others noted, bugs/worms are the enemy. The only wood i've ever had from, or stored longish term in a barn that remained pest free was some white oak, and walnut heartwood. The ones that will go really bad really fast are hard maple &...
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    O.T. ~ "CVT"s ~ Continually variable (automobile) transmissions

    Wife was very PO'd that after a life of stick shift cars, mostly subarus, that she could not buy her 2016 (new at the time) Subaru with a manual trans. Since then, 150+K miles, she has grown to be mostly pretty happy with it. There have been some other problems with the vehicle, but never the...
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    OT: high-flow return grille for home AC system

    Is it just the noise, or the look that you want to change? Went through this last year when i took out a wall, moved a bunch of ductwork, and fixed the poorly adapted/poorly sized air-return the furnace guys had cobbed in when the furnace was replaced a 1/2 dozen years ago to get tri-fuel...
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    Whitcomb planer

    1.) I can't see how much reduced the bolt is, nor determine if it is, say grade 8 equivalent, or grade 3 equiv. Weasel wording aside :) i much prefer to run the tool behind the shank. OTOH i made my holders and put the strength in accordingly. 2.) If all you ever run is 1/2" x 1/2" bits, you...
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    Toxic

    Good luck! I edited out the personal stuff. Regretfully, if you keep adding it back i'll add another warning.
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    anti-seize but not anti-seize for salt road vehicles?

    Thanks for the reassurances on anti - seize: Never had a problem anywhere i used it. But there's always that nagging thought.... Blue loctite makes sense, just never tried it. Thanks for the nudge. Thanks for the link, Dan - this is more or less what i "didn't know it was made but knew i...
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