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  1. You, sir, should not be tempted by a career as a...

    You, sir, should not be tempted by a career as a photographer. Just sayin.
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    The market for large taper drills is unusual in...

    The market for large taper drills is unusual in that there is very low supply and very low demand. No standard way to price them. That said, I top out at $20 and that's only in person so I can...
  3. the long long road for my pattern cutter

    A few years ago I responded to an ad selling a pantograph-type magnetic pattern cutter, the kind that steers an oxyacetylene torch around a magnetic template. I drove halfway across the state to buy...
  4. I was down at my buddy's shop today working on...

    I was down at my buddy's shop today working on no. 4 Morse taper drills. Of seven drills we sharpened 4. His drill grinder is made by Rush, and it appears very well made, robust, and way out of my...
  5. If you want to make your own 2x72" belt grinder,...

    If you want to make your own 2x72" belt grinder, I suggest you look on Youtube at Jeremy Schmidt's gen 2 design. He sells the plans for a nominal price and they are very high quality.

    Gen 2 Belt...
  6. For a whole machine or large pieces I like to...

    For a whole machine or large pieces I like to spritz the machine all over with a degreaser at about 10:1 i.e. a fairly strong solution. Let it sit long enough for the degreaser to do its job and then...
  7. Actually, I just measured the thickness of the...

    Actually, I just measured the thickness of the old shims to get my desired thickness.

    metalmagpie
  8. what material should I use to make shims for a babbitt bearing cap?

    Old camelback drill press top shaft. Runs in babbitt bearings. The bearing caps are shimmed up. The shims that came out were about 0.050" thick but disintegrated on removal. I don't believe this is a...
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    There is a section in Machinery's Handbook about...

    There is a section in Machinery's Handbook about the max horsepower you can run through belts and pulleys. Not long, interesting reading. Won't tell you about 4L/AX though.
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    Hoo boy, tnmgcarbide, you have my sympathy. I...

    Hoo boy, tnmgcarbide, you have my sympathy. I have utterly failed at getting steel pins out of aluminum castings to the point of scrapping a valuable steady rest, selling the lathe and starting over....
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    Yes, thank you. I decided not to, mainly because...

    Yes, thank you. I decided not to, mainly because I don't want to get into video editing or buying and storing a bunch of video equipment. My talents run more towards the written word and that is what...
  12. Nice machine, Harold! I completely agree that...

    Nice machine, Harold! I completely agree that lettering like FAST MED SLOW or the various gear speeds should be highlighted for ease of reading. I'm thinking more of something like
    MADE IN GROTON...
  13. how much of the raised lettering should I highlight?

    I've done a dozen or so machines which have raised cast iron lettering.
    Example "FAMCO 3-1/2C" When I was younger, I would invariably highlight all raised lettering, often with gold leaf (I got a...
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    Easy peasy, wrote that up years ago: ...

    Easy peasy, wrote that up years ago:

    http://nwnative.us/Grant/shop%20articles/mtd
  15. Is that a spindle from an Orbit 14" drill press?...

    Is that a spindle from an Orbit 14" drill press? I actually have one.

    http://nwnative.us/Grant/images/temp/orbitDPspindle.jpg

    The grease, organic matter and rust wipe right off. This is...
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    I have restored a machine where the table lift...

    I have restored a machine where the table lift screw got abused and collected swarf to the point where it would not move. I was able to remove the screw and its "nut" and soak them and pick out chips...
  17. Another vote for the venerable Darex M5. And I...

    Another vote for the venerable Darex M5. And I used to have a Black Diamond also. The Darex was just so much simpler to use and has the point splitter.
  18. Buy a Jacobs 18N chuck and mount it on a 4MT...

    Buy a Jacobs 18N chuck and mount it on a 4MT arbor. Then catch your holesaw arbor with the chuck.

    metalmagpie
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    New clamping jaws made all the difference. I...

    New clamping jaws made all the difference. I wasted a bunch of time trying to weld a hacksaw blade. Then I went and got the package out of the trash and it was made of high speed steel. No wonder it...
  20. Some time ago I took a scraping class from Forest...

    Some time ago I took a scraping class from Forest Addy and Don Roberts. They gave me a tiny (3x5"?) cast iron surface plate. I scraped it in and now it's the cutest little thing. Occasionally handy...
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    Perhaps you mean a variac? A rheostat is a...

    Perhaps you mean a variac? A rheostat is a variable resistor.
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    You can get an awful lot of dirt and oil out of a...

    You can get an awful lot of dirt and oil out of a stone by running it through an ultrasonic bath charged with detergent.
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    Stryco says weld then anneal then grind then...

    Stryco says weld then anneal then grind then anneal again.
  24. holding small flat brass parts for surface grinding

    I have four brass parts which need to be ground to the same thickness within 0.001". They are about 3/16" tall. Can I just block them in on the mag chuck with ground flat 1/8" parallels, or should I...
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    Dug into it when I got it home. The shoes that...

    Dug into it when I got it home. The shoes that hold the blades are worn out. I am making a new set. It welds fine, though the resulting joint is not usable due to misalignment. With new shoes...
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