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    Klein makes good stuff. Been using the same...

    Klein makes good stuff. Been using the same Kleins as daily drivers for the last four years and haven't broken one yet. Southwire's screwdrivers are just as good. Milwaukee's hand tools are...
  2. Plate steel cutoffs from your local steel house. ...

    Plate steel cutoffs from your local steel house. 50¢/lb around these parts.
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    Welcome to the joys of owning a South Bend lathe....

    Welcome to the joys of owning a South Bend lathe. :D

    If it leaks oil, you know you've got a happy lathe. If it *doesn't* leak oil then you know where to lubricate.
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  4. My perspective is from a 20x25 garage with block...

    My perspective is from a 20x25 garage with block walls, concrete cieling and concrete floor which all absorb light like standing inside of a black hole.

    I've got a 150 watt corn cob in the...
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    Not sure if yours is a series 'O' or a more...

    Not sure if yours is a series 'O' or a more modern 113/8113, but they share a lot of the same basic design concepts. What part exactly is slipping? Does the lead screw continue to turn? If the...
  6. This is one of those projects where you've got to...

    This is one of those projects where you've got to ask yourself: "what could possibly go wrong?"

    If the engineers thought this application was critical enough to include two fully redundant...
  7. Case in point I was doing some turning tonight...

    Case in point I was doing some turning tonight and had a nice heavy curly-Q spring off and strike my safety glasses squarely in front of my left eye.

    I don't think anything more needs to be said....
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    The first thing I did when I acquired mine (after...

    The first thing I did when I acquired mine (after having not touched a machine tool in 6 years) was tear it completely apart one assembly at a time, clean everything out and put it all back together....
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    Found a local listing for a nice old Wissota 701...

    Found a local listing for a nice old Wissota 701 for dirt cheap. Solid cast construction. One tool rest included, the other missing. I.E. one side ready to rock with a generous tool rest for...
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    Bench grinder reccomendations

    I'm looking for a bench grinder with a full table on it instead of those pathetic little 1-2 square inch rests 99% of them come with. They're too small. They force a guy to chose between holding...
  11. (un)common sense applies. They're no guarantee...

    (un)common sense applies. They're no guarantee but they've saved me a few times while working overhead. Pyramex Iteks are pretty good if it's a matter of comfort.

    Work gloves are debatable. It...
  12. As others have mentioned the material being...

    As others have mentioned the material being ground is a consideration.

    I.E. if you do any TIG welding, using a dedicated grinder with built-in (or otherwise purpose-made) dust collection shrouds...
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    It smells fantastic when mice drown in it, I know...

    It smells fantastic when mice drown in it, I know that much. :D

    Not sure how a guy would run coolant on a 13" South Bend without mopping up the floor every half hour. I can see it running along...
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    Now I need to retrofit a flood coolant system...

    Now I need to retrofit a flood coolant system onto a 70 year old lathe? Man, my $10 project just gained a few zeroes. :D
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    :icon_bs: 20lbs CO2 behind the lathe in the...

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    20lbs CO2 behind the lathe in the middle of the garage.
    5 gal. water, 18lbs halon, 10 lbs CO2 next to the garage doorway.
    5 gal. water, 13lbs halon, 10 lbs CO2 in the kitchen pantry....
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    If 15 gallons of water, 80lbs of CO2 and 40lbs of...

    If 15 gallons of water, 80lbs of CO2 and 40lbs of halon 1211 isn't enough to make you guys happy then I don't know what is.
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    313947313944313945313946 Now that you guys...

    313947313944313945313946

    Now that you guys mention it, maybe I should take fire safety a little more seriously. :scratchchin:
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    Hehe, yeah just a very small, simple little...

    Hehe, yeah just a very small, simple little setup. 1/20 horsepower draft inducer fan from a furnace to suck the smoke right off the tool at point-blank through a 1" hard rubber hose. Not an all-day...
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    Outside is not an option. Filtration is the only...

    Outside is not an option. Filtration is the only way. Mainly for control of odors and haze - plenty of air exchange to dissipate VOCs. Long story short; connected garages, don't want to piss off...
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    Trapping oil smoke

    Quick question for anyone who might be in the know. For reasons I won't get into I'd like to know how easy or complicated it would be to trap and filter the smoke released by cutting oil. A simple...
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    Funny enough I spent all morning practicing...

    Funny enough I spent all morning practicing threading. Had to remake the same part three times thanks to learning mistakes.

    Lessons learned: don't try to cut threads using a 2A collet. They...
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    13" threading engagement points.

    Forgive me if this is a noob question. Does anyone have any information on what points the threading half-nuts can be engaged for a given thread pitch on the 13"? I've heard tell that certain...
  23. That's old news.

    That's old news.
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    3 25A, 300V RK5s are $15. Slapping them into the...

    3 25A, 300V RK5s are $15. Slapping them into the disconnect and seeing what happens is cheap and easy. Peace of mind if nothing else. If the machine runs fine with the fuses then put the tools...
  25. I'm looking at having a new tank fabbed up by a...

    I'm looking at having a new tank fabbed up by a local tankmaker eventually. 16" OD seems to be a standard size so I imagine it should be a fairly run-of-the-mill job save the lack of any mounting...
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