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  1. That is what I saw happening forty years ago in...

    That is what I saw happening forty years ago in the Interior of British Columbia. I worked with a millwright who helped install some of the first mills that laser scanned the logs as they went into...
  2. I second the suggestion about finding a heat...

    I second the suggestion about finding a heat treat shop. Years ago in one shop I worked in we took 3 inch round bar about a foot long and dished one end like a saucer then sent them out for heat...
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    For general info once you shear plate over 3/4...

    For general info once you shear plate over 3/4 the edge tears too much for standard hole to edge distance specs. If the edge is flame cut you can have a shorter distance between edge of hole and...
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    I ran plate shears for many years.... up to 3/4...

    I ran plate shears for many years.... up to 3/4 inch plate. What shortens the life of a shear blade is the operator cutting everything on the left hand side. Eventually the blade is dull for about...
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    Thanks to all for posting links. I started my...

    Thanks to all for posting links. I started my apprenticeship on a Verson mechanical. I can remember the date of manufacture: 1947. It was a piece of junk, all worn out but we made operator cabs...
  6. Solberga SE 2035 M drill press feed problems and no manual

    A friend I do work for acquired a Solberga drill press and he can engage the power feed but it seems to stop feeding when the load increases. He is counterboring on a 5/8 hole and the spot face...
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    Years ago I was entertained by many deer...

    Years ago I was entertained by many deer collecting by the road attracted by the salt and green shoots. This was about 2:00 am. I counted 65 plus in my headlights over a two hour period. I...
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    I ran a press brake for too many years and what I...

    I ran a press brake for too many years and what I found the best was a table that would support a 4 by 8 sheet. The table was tube frame with open top and about 3 by 6. We used six inch locking...
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    Rather than a gun consider hanging a bell on your...

    Rather than a gun consider hanging a bell on your pack. Years ago I spent a summer in a geology camp and a bell was standard issue for guys collecting mud samples. Out of about 12 guys only one had...
  10. My metalwork teacher told of guys stealing...

    My metalwork teacher told of guys stealing lengths of small bar from the machine shop to drop in the bottom of the weld prep. I have encountered idiots less than thirty years ago boasting of doing...
  11. It was exciting times. I had a steel fab...

    It was exciting times. I had a steel fab instructor who told us of him starving in Vancouver BC in the late thirties. He could not support his family so he joined up. He had completed basic...
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    This is the tray in my 508. Not sure what year...

    This is the tray in my 508. Not sure what year it is SN 508N1279294293


    In the discussion of the stops on the rod. If you have selected a number and forget about it when you change to the...
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    Out of town but will do on Friday

    Out of town but will do on Friday
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    No one mentioned it yet but years ago someone...

    No one mentioned it yet but years ago someone posted that you could check oil flow simply by resting your finger on the oil screen window. It is very reassuring to feel the pulse of my baby.
    Also...
  15. This thing with current running through bearings...

    This thing with current running through bearings is something people forget. I was teaching a grade ten class on basic arc welding and described what would happen if current went through bearings...
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    When I was a kid my neighbour told me of him...

    When I was a kid my neighbour told me of him being called out to straighten a shaft on a plate shear. It was WW2 and you could not get parts for anything so he went over with a ball peen and a...
  17. Thread: sewer covers

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    It is fifty years ago but I saw a local foundry...

    It is fifty years ago but I saw a local foundry making manhole covers. Their primary product was large valves and hydrants.
    As I walked by they had cope and drag ready to assemble and they had...
  18. I spent two years on aluminum in a shipyard and...

    I spent two years on aluminum in a shipyard and they had me using a full one horsepower router with carbide cutters with half inch shanks. I was trimming and beveling plate ranging from 3/16 to 1/2....
  19. Brings back fond memories. I had one sitting...

    Brings back fond memories. I had one sitting behind me under the jib and I spent long hours tacking assemblies. They eat power like crazy unlike new inverter machines. The last one I saw was being...
  20. I have a ten inch chuck that I got with my large...

    I have a ten inch chuck that I got with my large Graziano 508 that I do not use. The jaws have been trued so to speak so much that the points of the jaws are almost 1/4 inch wide. Since the jaws...
  21. I would suggest that you just look for a steel...

    I would suggest that you just look for a steel supplier that specializes in structural. I am retired now but even twenty years ago in my area suppliers cut structural to the customers required...
  22. Thread: Howard Hughes

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    We all know about Hughes Tool and the drill bits...

    We all know about Hughes Tool and the drill bits that made American petroleum industry. I have to ask who is behind/developed the directional drilling heads? It has turned the oil markets...
  23. Several people have mentioned Hanta virus. It is...

    Several people have mentioned Hanta virus. It is real. I had a foreman who one day casually mentioned that a cousin of his that was a welder died suddenly and there was an investigation once they...
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    Bending AR plate is always risky. If you can...

    Bending AR plate is always risky. If you can determine the grain direction of the plate that can help to prevent fracture.
    In my previous life as a brake operator I initially had zero experience...
  25. There is the eternal problem of being summoned...

    There is the eternal problem of being summoned from the garage/shop. I found a cheap and effective solution when browsing Princess Auto, the Canadian version of Northern Tool. They had really cheap...
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