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  1. The lathe has already been stripped down to the...

    The lathe has already been stripped down to the bare bed and legs. The prior owner was helpful enough to do so so we could ship it via LTL carrier with the bed, legs, and lead screw on one skid, and...
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    280113 Here's a sample to start with. The awl...

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    Here's a sample to start with. The awl is just a straight shank with with a sharp shaped point on the end (chisel, diamond, or round), and has a shoulder on the other end. The diameters and...
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    That's true. I'm going to get some images and...

    That's true. I'm going to get some images and prints scanned of some sample pieces.
  4. ETA on this lathe: tomorrow around noon!:) ...

    ETA on this lathe: tomorrow around noon!:)

    It's shipping to our shop, then I'll load it on our trailer and take down the street to my garage. Did some shuffling last night getting the Bridgeport...
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    Sewing Needle Manufacturing

    Our company makes industrial sewing machines for heavy leather applications like saddles, rigging, etc. Our machines were first introduced between 1882 and 1900, and we're still building and...
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    I'm building a bench like that for my 9". 9"...

    I'm building a bench like that for my 9".

    9" South Bend "Insta-Lathe"
  7. We had our shop in a small town for many years...

    We had our shop in a small town for many years and we would often get jobs like those washers the OP's "customer" had. Most small town walk-in's are very polite and friendly, they might even trade...
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    I'm not a gunsmith, but anytime I've needed more...

    I'm not a gunsmith, but anytime I've needed more guts or more precision out of my tail-stock... I just load the tool up on my tool post and use the carriage. Then you can use whatever DRO or...
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    Stuff like this ends up being a judgment call...

    Stuff like this ends up being a judgment call IMO. On the one hand you can oil it the same as the factory recommended when it was new, on the other hand you can oil it like the newer built machines....
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    And you never know if one of the students will...

    And you never know if one of the students will have a moment at some point in their career where something they learned from an old piece of technology has a new application. Obsolete tech might not...
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    That's a slick little crane he's got at 22:00.

    That's a slick little crane he's got at 22:00.
  12. I haven't tore into my 8' bed Hendey's QC gearbox...

    I haven't tore into my 8' bed Hendey's QC gearbox yet, but need to. I was planning on pulling it off as an assembly with the lead-screw attached and then dismantling and reassembling it on a bench....
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    I'm the same way. I think the first step in...

    I'm the same way. I think the first step in becoming organized is to develop the habit of putting things back where they came from. Too many guys leave a tool where it's "out of the way" or where...
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    I've got a few of the old aluminum case drills...

    I've got a few of the old aluminum case drills (need to get some pictures). All single speed with no variable and no reverse. The two smallest are fun little 1/4" max size ones for household stuff,...
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    I like how those turned out! When I consider...

    I like how those turned out! When I consider holding a tool in place, for some reason I always imagine a complicated pocket that has to be routed or molded into material, but just blocking it in is...
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    To my knowledge, the only guys who are stocking...

    To my knowledge, the only guys who are stocking Brown & Sharpe taper tooling (#7 and #9 are the most common, not sure about #10) are getting them out of the orient, and while they often do the job...
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    We currently use the arbor press for all of our...

    We currently use the arbor press for all of our internal key way and broaching needs. While being the most economical and taking the least space, there are some times that it's just a pain to hold...
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    One thing I'd be interested to see is if anyone...

    One thing I'd be interested to see is if anyone has made a custom insert or rack to hold a 0-6" set of micrometers? We have a couple of the fitted wood cases, but they of course take up a lot of room...
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    That seems to be part of the fun, is finding the...

    That seems to be part of the fun, is finding the balance between the location that best fits the tools shape, and the location that best fits the tools use. I'm sure that the companies that make...
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    I think I wore out 3 Casio watches over 5 or 6...

    I think I wore out 3 Casio watches over 5 or 6 years. I keep a Casio graphing calculator face up in one of my tool box's thin drawers now, but I used to "cheat" all the time using the wrist...
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    I use that one on a little rolling jib crane to...

    I use that one on a little rolling jib crane to help handle my bigger straight edges. It's just parked there at the moment. We have several rope block-n-tackles around the shop that get frequently...
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    Tips for Organizing Machinists Chests

    I know, if it fits and closes, you're good! I'm just curious if anyone has made things like fitted inserts for certain tools, etc.

    In our shop, stuff like fixturing, tool holders, and expendables,...
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    Another year goes by and Tory is still waiting...

    Another year goes by and Tory is still waiting for me to finish the saddle:(. Life and projects and all.

    I got the reliefs cut between the top surfaces of the saddle and the cross slide ways....
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    I used to wear the Casio calculator watch's. Even...

    I used to wear the Casio calculator watch's. Even with the tiny buttons (use a pencil, not your finger) they're super handy for quick math. My last one, the rubber strap ripped and I switched to a...
  25. It's almost daily that I talk to someone who has...

    It's almost daily that I talk to someone who has no clue how things are made OR how small business works. It's not something you learn in school, it's a state of awareness IMO. People don't get how...
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