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  1. Hi Limy Sami: Yeah I really struggled picking up...

    Hi Limy Sami:
    Yeah I really struggled picking up that lump of stainless.
    I'll betcha it must weigh a couple of pounds instead of the few ounces I'm used to.
    I think I need a lift truck! :D
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  2. A new fixture I've always wanted but never built until now

    Hi All:
    So I've always wanted a dovetail angle plate for the wire EDM and now I have one.
    I took a scrap chunk of 316 stainless and went to town yesterday.
    Here's what it looks like.
    I built the...
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    Hi again CarbideBob: Yup, when you actually have...

    Hi again CarbideBob:
    Yup, when you actually have to verify that you are working to tenths, these things matter, and the whole exercise improves with a logical and disciplined approach as you've...
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    HI jmkasunich: The rolling off the bench hazard...

    HI jmkasunich:
    The rolling off the bench hazard is one thing, but the REAL hazard is that acetylene cylinders must be stored and used upright.
    They are filled with porous ceramic and acetone into...
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    Hi again Dave: A lot of people swear by the...

    Hi again Dave:
    A lot of people swear by the notion of grabbing the workpiece in the vise and then sweating over it trying to spin the tap in without putting any sideways strain on it.
    That's how I...
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    Hi All: I agree with those who see a collector...

    Hi All:
    I agree with those who see a collector at work here, not a machine shop.
    There are no chips anywhere I could see, but there is crap stacked on every machine to the point where it would take...
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    Hi again Dave: I have drilled and tapped...

    Hi again Dave:
    I have drilled and tapped thousands of holes in 316 SS on a manual mill, and I've found that you do not need to ram the drill through if you keep the surface speed down, well below...
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    Hi Dave: I'm with Mattij; this is way too hard...

    Hi Dave:
    I'm with Mattij; this is way too hard for 316.
    How confident are you that it's actually between 45 and 55 RC.
    55RC is pretty hard, you cannot get a file to bite at that hardness without...
  9. Hi All: The consensus I'm hearing is "don't...

    Hi All:
    The consensus I'm hearing is "don't bother" there are way better alternatives out there.

    The application I'm considering is to replace the motor on a Deckel FP1 mill from the 1950's in...
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    Hi signatero: I can buy cheapo import mold bases...

    Hi signatero:
    I can buy cheapo import mold bases from DME and others, but I've never been satisfied with them and always end up making my own from rough plates.
    That way I get EXACTLY what I want...
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    Good morning CarbideBob: You wrote " ...do you...

    Good morning CarbideBob:
    You wrote " ...do you have solid and verifiable proof that the empty part warm up cycles help on the mills, lathes or grinders or is this a feel good thing?"
    You make an...
  12. Do 2 hp single phase 220 volt 2 speed motors exist?

    Hi All:
    I'm looking for something that may not even exist; a 2 HP 2 speed single phase motor.
    I can find lots of 3 phase motors but almost no 2 speed single phase motors and none above 1 hp.
    Any...
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    Hi Mike1974: I do the same as you...I've never...

    Hi Mike1974:
    I do the same as you...I've never given it a lot of thought, but here's a rationalization if you feel you want one:
    A sinker gets warm only when you burn with it and so does a wire....
  14. Totally OT; A crow is dive bombing a seagull outside my window

    Good morning All:
    Well, it's 6:45 AM on a gorgeous sunny Vancouver morning and I'm looking out my window over the water with my coffee, planning my schedule and dreaming gently into the day.
    I idly...
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    Good morning cyanidekid: You wrote "as to an...

    Good morning cyanidekid:
    You wrote "as to an inverted cone to deburr, that sounds more nightmare than brilliant to me (but im not an EDM guy),there is no way that's anything but a one at a time...
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    Hi All: Some great alternatives here, and I'm...

    Hi All:
    Some great alternatives here, and I'm going to shamelessly steal from every one of them to get to my goal.
    So here's my new thinking:
    1) I'll make 10 spots instead of 40 per EOLSON's...
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    Hi ChipSplitter: You wrote "What are those...

    Hi ChipSplitter:
    You wrote "What are those things going to cost when you're done??"

    I don't know and I don't care.
    It's a cost plus job and the customer is working with a multi million dollar...
  18. Hi gbent: The weld repair was boring and time...

    Hi gbent:
    The weld repair was boring and time consuming, but it requires no where near the skill to do it with a laser welder than it does with a TIG torch.
    Back in the days before lasers came on...
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    A new challenge...shortening screws

    Good morning All:
    So I just got a new project this morning...I have to shorten some screws...some LITTLE screws...120 of them!
    I have to take about 0.5 mm off them and they all have to be the same...
  20. Good morning All: Some great responses here, and...

    Good morning All:
    Some great responses here, and I appreciate all the kind comments but I still swore at myself pretty thoroughly when I took the goobered one off the machine and realized what I had...
  21. Fucked up a job...time for a fix and some humble pie

    Hi All:
    So here's a royal screwup on my part that turned a 2 hour job into a whole day job.
    I had three small parts sent to me to mill the little hourglass shaped contour into them...nothing fussy...
  22. Hi 2Fprototypes: Choosing a suitable material...

    Hi 2Fprototypes:
    Choosing a suitable material depends on what you hope to do with it.
    Hard materials...long service life
    Tough materials...resistant to abuse
    Wear resistant materials...long...
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    Hi cole2534: You wrote "Somewhere around the...

    Hi cole2534:
    You wrote "Somewhere around the strong nuclear force, there is the drive created by telling an American it can't be done."

    Yeah, especially when the teller is mired in dogma and...
  24. Hi EPAIII: There are a few of ways to measure...

    Hi EPAIII:
    There are a few of ways to measure this, depending on what you choose as your datums.
    A logical set would be the surfaces from which the two dimensions are drawn, and the top surface of...
  25. Hi again fettersp: I'm glad it worked out...

    Hi again fettersp:
    I'm glad it worked out satisfactorily for you, but I'm having a very hard time believing you got it to within your stated requirements using the method you describe.
    How did you...
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