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    Been pretty busy what with projects, shop work...

    Been pretty busy what with projects, shop work and just life :)

    Here is a tour of what's been going on this week...


    https://youtu.be/Hl1j02MtW2w
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    I have been talking to others that have built a...

    I have been talking to others that have built a MechMate and have decided to build the base table as designed and then put a 56" square 4" deep water pan on top of the spoilboard. I have a great...
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    I see lots of scrap piles just to the left of the...

    I see lots of scrap piles just to the left of the large black ore piles.. Line of empty rail cars there in the middle of the piles.. Rusty looking piles
    to the right of what looks to be dregs of the...
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    Now that's an idea...How far down do the bars...

    Now that's an idea...How far down do the bars lower and are they ever cut by the plasma ?
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    I've been going back and forth on the idea of...

    I've been going back and forth on the idea of dividing the table into 4 x 4 cutting areas,one for plasma and one for wood. I've decided that I would like the larger 4 x 8 area for both :)

    I plan...
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    I have a problem and would like some of your...

    I have a problem and would like some of your thoughts on the subject. For the last 10 years I have been thinking on my stalled CNC router project...

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    For years I have been fighting space...
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    Sent you an email asking about 10 3/8" and 20 1/4"

    Sent you an email asking about 10 3/8" and 20 1/4"
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    Do you think that performing the tests, or actual...

    Do you think that performing the tests, or actual lifting, should be performed only over the stern or bow? Would make ballasting much simpler.
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    Pulse MIG hates me!

    Working on finishing up my stand project and tried to use the Pulse MIG function on the new Millermatic 255... HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM! While the reg MIG functions great the Pulse has me pulling...
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    Well it seems you have picked the wrong hobby to...

    Well it seems you have picked the wrong hobby to get interested in.... EVERYTHING is expensive.. The tooling, machines, fluids, materials to work with after you have the tooling and machines.......
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    I think I would try to sell the angle block to...

    I think I would try to sell the angle block to raise funds for a cast edge... The edge will be a lot more useful to you over the years...
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    Speaking of the Axelson.... Last night I setup...

    Speaking of the Axelson.... Last night I setup for trepanning and had a few problems.. Also used the 255 Autoset regular mig to weld parts of the ant traps. Today I will switch over to the C10...
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    My old beat up one does pretty good too :) For...

    My old beat up one does pretty good too :) For years we used the SB heavy 10 for demonstrating that test... The SB has adjustments on the tail stock that make it supper easy to align and it worked...
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    Not a chance in hell... All you would do is warp...

    Not a chance in hell... All you would do is warp it... We are talking 10,000th of an inch work here spread out over 24 inches.....

    This stuff is not all that difficult if you have the proper...
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    Speaking of my lathe :) ...

    Speaking of my lathe :)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4_RI10cVbE
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    I wish I could find a Steady Rest for my 16 inch...

    I wish I could find a Steady Rest for my 16 inch Axelson but no luck after 4 years :(

    I would have to take off the tailstock, cut a hole in the side of the building and run outside to file off...
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    Not that I know of.. I have two smaller...

    Not that I know of.. I have two smaller independents, Airgas and Praxair that I mainly deal with and within 45 miles..

    Brazos Valley Welding Supply in Bryan is the one that said they would...
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    I have no experience with this product but the...

    I have no experience with this product but the Bus Grease Monkey highly recommends it and all he works on is OLD buses :)

    The Right Stuff(R) Gasket Makers Archives - Permatex
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    IT is like dealing with a used car salesman...

    IT is like dealing with a used car salesman :mad5:

    I'm on version 31 after using 24 and 27. I have always gotten a good deal after playing their game.... They have room to dicker if you are...
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    It's a shame to see them going back to the old...

    It's a shame to see them going back to the old ways :( I use Bobcad and like it, for the price... I do not receive many calls, maybe one every 6 months, as I read them the riot act and they...
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    Frankly if I were going to try to make a straight...

    Frankly if I were going to try to make a straight edge I would look into buying a piece of Dura Bar 2" thick 24" long and 5" wide... Then take away anything that does not look like a straight edge on...
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    What are you going to use to machine and test the...

    What are you going to use to machine and test the edge after you put it together? A bridgeport will machine a 24" but it's going to be hard if the machine is not tight. You will probably have to...
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    As for welding the handle to the bar you want to...

    As for welding the handle to the bar you want to use... Here is a video of the way I found to weld cast iron with no pre or post heating... It works very well.

    I have repaired a side wall defect...
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    Here is what I use to stress relieve edges... It...

    Here is what I use to stress relieve edges... It is not cheap but it is easy to use and controls the temps very well. I use the method recommended by the US Navy Study and bring the edge up to 1050...
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    It would have to be a pretty big lathe to mill...

    It would have to be a pretty big lathe to mill off the neck of my 300 bottle....:)

    I used to be friends with a welding supply owner and I think I remember him telling me that the neck rings they...
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