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  1. I do a lot of that stuff for a friend. I run 2...

    I do a lot of that stuff for a friend. I run 2 and 3 flute uncoated carbide mostly and have found 8000 RPM for .250 tool about right. I feed as heavily as the parts/fixturing will allow. Which...
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    I think the key to making products is continuous...

    I think the key to making products is continuous innovation.

    Shit happens. It's what you do about it when it does (or how well you anticipate that) that makes the difference.

    No point bitching...
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    That brush finish looks pretty good to me. I have...

    That brush finish looks pretty good to me. I have a couple vibe tub tumblers about 18x18x30 and I run a lot of 6061 parts that are 18" x 5" x 1.5" through them. 3 parts at a time. A few hours and...
  4. Even if you don't use it for facing you can bolt...

    Even if you don't use it for facing you can bolt whatever kind of bar or tool to it you want and cut ID's, OD's, grooves, etc.

    Big boring heads are nifty, but they can't do nearly what a facing...
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    I think those of us in business that also enjoy...

    I think those of us in business that also enjoy having cool toys can easily get in the situation you have found yourself in.

    In my experience, it often takes a serious self-evaluation of what the...
  6. One thing to consider is HBM's are not...

    One thing to consider is HBM's are not appreciating in value.

    I have found is industries that need the work once in awhile already have nice HBM's in house. The folks that need HBM work once in a...
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    Optical with two people is best, but with one...

    Optical with two people is best, but with one person you just have to "fix" your measuring stick or tape. For me, that has been as simple as hooking a tape measure and letting it hang or as...
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    I've been surprised that my product sales have...

    I've been surprised that my product sales have just stopped. Didn't happen last recession.

    I have had a big spike in repair type work and one-off CNC stuff last week though so that's cool.

    I...
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    I was basing it off of the 1.5" or so holes on...

    I was basing it off of the 1.5" or so holes on the front of the round part of the sheetmetal cover. Figured that round hole was in just the right spot for a chuck key to hit the 4 jaw.
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    Plain old optical transit/builders level would be...

    Plain old optical transit/builders level would be my go to.

    I did all my concrete forms and built my steel building with an optical transit. Only limit to accuracy is the lines on your tape/story...
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    The shaft will need to be case...

    The shaft will need to be case hardened/carburized and ground for the needle bearing.

    You can get needle bearings with inner races. That might be the way to go for you or pick a better style of...
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    If that was within a days drive I'd have to bid....

    If that was within a days drive I'd have to bid. That would be a sweet machine to have.

    Looks like it's got an outboard chuck or centering device mounted under those sheetmetal covers.
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    All this precision junk we have is all going to...

    All this precision junk we have is all going to be melted down someday. Every. Last. Bit. Of. It.

    They are just tools. Make money with it then send it on.

    I was really anal about things at one...
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    The EFI version of the 300 six made from 1987...

    The EFI version of the 300 six made from 1987 through 1997 had two cast manifolds.
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    Yes, that's normal. I stopped buying WD40 a...

    Yes, that's normal.

    I stopped buying WD40 a couple years ago. Use windex for aluminum (works better and doesn't contaminate stuff for painting/plating.

    I use diesel fuel in a weed sprayer for...
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    I built a beater '70 F-100 for a commuter with a...

    I built a beater '70 F-100 for a commuter with a 240/T18/3.54's and 215/85R16's and original hubcaps. The 240 was pretty gutless and beyond tired, but always fired right up and ran like a tiny swiss...
  17. I found a vague reference to using 1.5 times the...

    I found a vague reference to using 1.5 times the forming force for a pressure pad. I made a wild guess that I was between 5 and 10 tons forming force. I dug through my spring box and found I had 4...
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    I don't use shrink holders, but can't you just...

    I don't use shrink holders, but can't you just pull the pullstud and push it out?
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    Well, at least I think I was thinking it while I...

    Well, at least I think I was thinking it while I wrote what I did.
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    This is exactly what I have used for 15 years. ...

    This is exactly what I have used for 15 years.

    The coarse side will take dings down faster than a file and the fine side finishes.

    I clean, stone and oil precision surfaces every time I'm using...
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    I would advise not to use silicone. Silicone...

    I would advise not to use silicone. Silicone offgasses and will make a rusty mess out of your machine.

    I like black urathane sealant for machine tools.
  22. Those are beautiful tools! My sheetmetal...

    Those are beautiful tools! My sheetmetal experience with darts is machining the die to take hard dowel pins pressed in.

    Here's an example of one of the prototype parts in a tool I made. I need to...
  23. I bet you won't get 10 cents an hour for all the...

    I bet you won't get 10 cents an hour for all the time you put searching that info up and typing that list.

    "5 lbs of small carbide endmills and shitty toolbox $150" would be a description that...
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    For local hauls don't forget tow companies with...

    For local hauls don't forget tow companies with class 8 trucks. You can have a truck and trailer anywhere inside a couple hours notice and they're cheap.
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    Of coarse they do. That's what I said in post 2.

    Of coarse they do. That's what I said in post 2.
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