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  1. Fellow Texan! I am in Beaumont, TX. It is not...

    Fellow Texan!

    I am in Beaumont, TX. It is not exactly a small town, but there are a bunch of small towns around here. I can guarantee that you can get a nice house for 1/3rd of the price you...
  2. I know it is a hypothetical question. But even...

    I know it is a hypothetical question. But even hypothetical ones need some details. Try answering this hypothetical question:

    What is the best design for a vehicle?

    I deliberately omitted any...
  3. Actually, he did not specify a hole. He said,...

    Actually, he did not specify a hole. He said, "...the exact opposite location of a sphere to drill a hole". Emphasis on TO DRILL A HOLE.

    He did talk about a rotary table, and rotating it by 180...
  4. Thread: Led shop lights

    by EPAIII
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    If you are asking for a proven brand name, I...

    If you are asking for a proven brand name, I purchased 40 of the Sunco brand fluorescent tube replacements several years ago. 39 of them are in use in my house, shop, and even outdoor storage...
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    After reading through this, a thought struck me....

    After reading through this, a thought struck me. I worked with a piece of equipment that used a rotary encoder with a number of bits of digital resolution and then, for the final positioning an...
  6. This is a nonsense question. You need to state...

    This is a nonsense question. You need to state WHAT the hole would be opposite to.

    I was once told that any problem can be solved by making a series or ever more accurate (less vague) statements...
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    Scary stuff? like what?

    Scary stuff? like what?
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    Many things can happen to make posting here a low...

    Many things can happen to make posting here a low priority in one's life. A couple of months ago we had a hurricane and I wound up spending over a week in a Dallas motel. I did take my laptop and did...
  9. Could you be a bit more specific about that? How...

    Could you be a bit more specific about that? How did the US (Canadians live in America too) say that to the Canadian lumber industry? The lumber is in the stores and we buy it. I have bought lumber...
  10. There also were several destructive hurricanes...

    There also were several destructive hurricanes this summer.
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    Aloris tool post disassembly - Bing...

    Aloris tool post disassembly - Bing
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    The search facility on these BBs is not the best....

    The search facility on these BBs is not the best. It it better to use Google or your favorite internet search engine and include "Practical Machinist" in your search string if you wish to limit it to...
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    I was going to suggest that. I have a chuck...

    I was going to suggest that. I have a chuck wrench with a square hole. It was made by milling a slot from the side of the round stock and then a (rectangular?) piece was brazed into it to form the...
  14. This board is for professionals and most here are...

    This board is for professionals and most here are that. Amateurs are more likely to be interested in scrap. I am somewhere between a pro and an amateur and if I were in driving distance, I would come...
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    "For general parts storage even the HF chests...

    "For general parts storage even the HF chests would get expensive."

    Think about that the next time you are complaining about the price of a repair part for a 10 or 20 year old item.
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    I have run into this proprietary part from a...

    I have run into this proprietary part from a de-funk company before and know it can be frustrating. The motor manufacturer is probably up against a legal problem. They could be sued by the owners of...
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    Have you tried looking at places that sell used...

    Have you tried looking at places that sell used office furniture. There is one big one here in Beaumont and they have a good selection of file and other storage cabinets. Many will need a little tune...
  18. It is entirely possible to make a drill bit with...

    It is entirely possible to make a drill bit with a pilot in a home garage or small shop. I needed one to cunterbore an existing hole so my Bullet drill trick would not work. Here is the one that I...
  19. As I understand it, you already have two holes at...

    As I understand it, you already have two holes at the rear that are the proper size and you only need to drill one more hole at or near the front. And that front hole does not yet have any pilot or...
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    Starting with your C choice, I would not mount...

    Starting with your C choice, I would not mount the stock in any other orientation in the vise unless some other consideration required it. The way shown in the photo would provide the best rigidity. ...
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    A quick and dirty (clean?) way to do it would be...

    A quick and dirty (clean?) way to do it would be to cut a square of aluminum foil that will cover the face. Then hold that aluminum foil over the spindle and shove a piece of cotton or rag through...
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    I have no comments on the counterbalance idea...

    I have no comments on the counterbalance idea except that it sounds like a a good one. I believe the ladders on fire escapes work that way.

    I do want to offer a caution on the construction of the...
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    They make a wide variety of drill bits as well as...

    They make a wide variety of drill bits as well as milling cutters with 1/8" shanks. I think these are mostly carbide. These are widely used in making PC boards. Perhaps some of the same makers also...
  24. Thread: Step Drills?

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    There seems to be a question as to just what you...

    There seems to be a question as to just what you are referring to.

    How about posting a photo of one or more of the bits you are talking about. Larger ones would be best.
  25. Thread: Step Drills?

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    Not familiar? I use step drills all the time for...

    Not familiar? I use step drills all the time for sheet metal work.

    I did say "in single diameters". If you look at the tip of a step drill and the tip of a gun drill, they will be very similar....
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