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    Back "in the day", hand filing was something...

    Back "in the day", hand filing was something taught to machinist and toolmaker apprentices. Various filing exercises were required of apprentices. One such exercise was to file a male hexagon to...
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    I clean the female taper in the chuck and the...

    I clean the female taper in the chuck and the male taper on the arbor with a solvent like automotive brake parts cleaner or acetone. This is done to remove any oil or preservative, as even the...
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    It is nothing special in the way of machine work,...

    It is nothing special in the way of machine work, and the design is simple enough. My guess is it could have been made as a shop project in a school shop. It could also have been made by an...
  4. 99Panhard: Thank you for the explanation of...

    99Panhard:

    Thank you for the explanation of the Mitchell engine and its oiling system. Would the "box" with the lubrication pump inside be a "mechanical lubricator" (such as Manzel, Madison-Kipp,...
  5. I tend to look at a job like slotting the rotor...

    I tend to look at a job like slotting the rotor of this vane pump by asking myself: "How would this part have been machined back in the 1900's ?". The answer is: most likely by means of a horizontal...
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    The vise you have looks very much like the...

    The vise you have looks very much like the milling vise on my Burke Number 4 horizontal mill. That vise was built by Burke and furnished as an accessory for the number 4 mill. It has the single...
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    John: Thanks for the reminiscences and...

    John:

    Thanks for the reminiscences and validation- I feel like we are lodge brothers !

    Dale:
    I never knew where I-R built their industrial air tools. About the only two presences of I-R that...
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    John: You bring up a couple of memories about...

    John:

    You bring up a couple of memories about rivetting guns. Firearms safety is a very precise way of describing the handling of them. Old timers told me that when they'd be up on the high steel...
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    joe.striper The lathe in the posted listing...

    joe.striper

    The lathe in the posted listing you show here looks complete, not abused, nothing broken or repaired with brazing. From the photo of the bedway, it looks to have reasonable wear for a...
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    Terry: Thanks for confirming my description of...

    Terry:

    Thanks for confirming my description of an "old man" to buck the feed screw of a drill against. I've got an old man and "boiler ratchet" (ratchet drill with # 3 MT socket) in my shop. It...
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    Drills used for tunnel and mining work were often...

    Drills used for tunnel and mining work were often built utilizing "jack legs" to support and brace the drills to take the thrust loads. Drills for mining and rock work were rotary hammer drills,...
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    Tyrone: Thanks for the affirmation. I was...

    Tyrone:

    Thanks for the affirmation. I was always a bit mystified by the firm's name of "chicago Pneumatic", since they were not (at least to my knowledge) located in Chicago. They had a large...
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    What you have is an air drill used to run larger...

    What you have is an air drill used to run larger diameter drill bits, reamers, and boiler tube rollers. The screw at the top of the drill with the cross-shaped handle is a feed screw. In use with...
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    What you have is a generic geared-head drill...

    What you have is a generic geared-head drill press. It is loosely based on a design used by European manufacturers such as Arboga (Swedish). The design you have may be a Spanish or Taiwanese version....
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    Pinging Dana Gray

    Dana:

    I want to thank you here for selling me the copy of "Elements of Railroad Track and Construction". The book arrived here safely, and you did an above-and-beyond job of wrapping and packing...
  16. Frank R I learned a kid in first grade, when...

    Frank R

    I learned a kid in first grade, when the teacher kept twisting my hand around to hold a pencil her approved way, that there is no single right (write) way to do anything.

    Dowels are...
  17. Frank R You hit another nail squarely on the...

    Frank R
    You hit another nail squarely on the head with your idea. The original cast part is simple enough to allow making a built-up assembly as a complete replacement. You are correct: if the part...
  18. I agree with Peter and some of the other...

    I agree with Peter and some of the other contributors to this thread on several counts. When I saw the photos, I saw a very small set of oxygen & acetylene tanks. Way too small for the kind of heat...
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    Joe: I am glad to read that your backplate and...

    Joe:

    I am glad to read that your backplate and chuck mounting all worked out for you. A word to the wise: chucks are heavy enough to cause a person to throw out their back, and can smash fingers...
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    LimySam: You are braver than me. I figured if...

    LimySam:

    You are braver than me. I figured if I posted the old "saw file trick", I'd have people saying it was "not by the book". I've deburred and eased-off threads with a "saw file", a...
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    I was in this shipbreaker's yard in the early...

    I was in this shipbreaker's yard in the early 1990's when we had work being done on some of our hydro turbines at a machine shop in Port Colborne, Ontario. The owner of the machine shop was a former...
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    What did you use for the thread cutting tool bit...

    What did you use for the thread cutting tool bit ? Did you grind it yourself from a high speed steel blank, or did you use a factory ground threading tool bit ?

    Grinding a 60 degree threading tool...
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    It is quite an interesting youtube. I agree: the...

    It is quite an interesting youtube. I agree: the larger gear was likely shrunk on in the same manner as a steam locomotive's driver tire. On some shrink fitted parts such as this gear "rim", a...
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    Hello John: My apologies for not keeping up...

    Hello John:

    My apologies for not keeping up with clearing old messages from my PM files. I deleted a bunch of old PM's and sent you a PM as well. If the gear tooth vernier is still available, I...
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    John: I would like to buy the Starrett Gear...

    John:

    I would like to buy the Starrett Gear Tooth Vernier if it is still available. Please PM me with your postal address and additional shipping charges.

    Thanks-
    Joe Michaels
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