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  1. Trade some Armstrong tool holders whose part #'s DO NOT start with "T"

    Armstrong marked some of their early tool holders with numbers first, which indicate that the square cutting bit goes up hill into the work and do not work for me. Other Armstrong tool holder start...
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    Do an Internet search for "air bearing" or...

    Do an Internet search for "air bearing" or similar words. They make closed chambers that function just like needle/roller bearing, but have high pressure air trapped inside the "bearing housing."
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    Little clip from an Internet search of Carbon...

    Little clip from an Internet search of Carbon bearings: Carbon Graphite Bearings & Bushings
    We custom manufacture many sizes of carbon graphite bearings and bushings used in a variety of support and...
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    I was keeping rods and mains within .00015" I...

    I was keeping rods and mains within .00015" I believe the steady rest pressure, the sharpness of the grinding stone, and the rate of operator plunging the stone makes the finished job more accurate...
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    Think about the bearings used in automotive...

    Think about the bearings used in automotive turbochargers
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    Pay attention to the speed of the "balls" and/or...

    Pay attention to the speed of the "balls" and/or "needles" inside your bearings. You might have to go carbon bearings with special lubricants (maybe air under high pressure)?? The old automotive...
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    I worked all my life doing other things. Just...

    I worked all my life doing other things. Just when I retired, I bought a new 14" X 40" Chinese lathe. I am anal about moving the table from head stock side to tail stock side without first wiping...
  8. Like what you said and I like your Indian. LH or...

    Like what you said and I like your Indian. LH or RH throttle twister? If LH, you have my admiration, I always felt a crash was eminent trying to ride Lefties.
  9. Barnwood Builders on TV uses hatchets like that,...

    Barnwood Builders on TV uses hatchets like that, apparently those hatchets harken back to early 150 year ago log cabins.
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    The old guys used a spark test which is pretty...

    The old guys used a spark test which is pretty accurate actually. You use your bench grinder to grind some known cheapee bolts (SAE 1020?) and on up through grade eight bolts, then grind some engine...
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    I am guessing the rounds are for inserting into...

    I am guessing the rounds are for inserting into the tail stock and the head stock, and grinding test pieces without changing the "plunge settings" once you grind the head stick's piece of round. ...
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    You would only be able to use two steady rests,...

    You would only be able to use two steady rests, at one time, for grinding mains. If you are using lathe style chucks, instead of grinding between centers, I doubt if you would benefit from two...
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    In this real world, I wouldn't even consider...

    In this real world, I wouldn't even consider trying to find someone with a gigantic plane to redo my ways. John Wayne would not have, So, man up. The tail stock part of the table's ways AND the...
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    My brother Bill and I were wrenches, Earl Howard...

    My brother Bill and I were wrenches, Earl Howard was the driver. We had an early on, rear engine dragster, that was about 92" long and super squirely. Our ages now are from 82 to 86 years old, so....
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    It just occurred to me that you are trying to...

    It just occurred to me that you are trying to "rotate" the tail stock (from possibly me talking about eliminating rod journal taper. Think bigger, you rotate the whole table that has both head stock...
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    Never said I was a machinist, or was educated,...

    Never said I was a machinist, or was educated, although I do have two shoes that I wear regularly, and the folks did have indoor plumbing. I am just saying that I ground a whole lot of cranks, using...
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    When the journal that you are grinding, is...

    When the journal that you are grinding, is becoming larger on LH side (or RH side, let's say LH for this example), we will call that taper. Taper is caused by wear on the tail stock"s bottom surface...
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    My interests lie in the sizes suitable for wrist...

    My interests lie in the sizes suitable for wrist pins (.750" thru 1.125") and then big ends of connecting rods (2.00" up through 2.50") I don't expect to have every size, as, in a pinch, I could...
  19. You didn't say if your camel back straight edge...

    You didn't say if your camel back straight edge was already scraped, how true it is, or if it is "as cast" and needing to be scraped in order to use it?
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    If you can still find those PDF's of the Sunnen...

    If you can still find those PDF's of the Sunnen Hone stuff, I could really use them.
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    Do you still have any mandrels and stones for the...

    Do you still have any mandrels and stones for the Sunnen Rod/piston hones?
    I have a power unit but no mandrels or stones.
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    Little note about polishing a crank after you...

    Little note about polishing a crank after you grind it. I imagine most folks have an electric motor powered crank shaft polisher of some sort, I went through several, and finally realized how badly...
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    I am calling the table's traverse from the left...

    I am calling the table's traverse from the left hand direction (head stock side where the belt drives the chuck) to the right hand side of the grinder (where the tail stock normally holds the...
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    When you start grinding cranks, one of the tools...

    When you start grinding cranks, one of the tools you should place where you can grab it quickly is a GOOD flashlight. And if you are anywhere near as old as I am, get a eye doctor's prescription for...
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    It might have blown by you, but remember about...

    It might have blown by you, but remember about dressing the stone by traversing across the diamond pretty quickly, I would say in the order of ten seconds or so for a one inch thick stone. If you...
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