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  1. can you just ask your customer? ive had...

    can you just ask your customer? ive had customers who would eyeball the part and say fine, others that would check the surface and reject for being out 5%. I was honest with my customers, and could...
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    just getting started? a Homer pail with media and...

    just getting started? a Homer pail with media and liquid can be slowly rotated on a lathe. it can also be sat on a paint shaker if you can find one cheap enuf. important point is once you learn how...
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    if youre talking to Ken in Springfield Vt ask him...

    if youre talking to Ken in Springfield Vt ask him about Lovejoy Tools facemills running on a bport type of machine. octagon inserts for 8 edges, very high rake and hold up well. Lovejoy is in...
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    another thing about the big bikes of the 80's,...

    another thing about the big bikes of the 80's, there was a short period of time where the upper limit of the speedometers on them was 80mph. pretty funny to see a kawi z1300 6 cyl with an 80 mph...
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    it was the Interstate model Jim, 100 hp, 100...

    it was the Interstate model Jim, 100 hp, 100 ft-lb box stock, smooth as glass. full bags, trunk, fairing, music. put 90000 miles on it. but I am getting older, and a few years ago found if I layed...
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    anywhere in the Appalachians is very nice. area...

    anywhere in the Appalachians is very nice. area in NC called Little Switzerland is nice. I was fortunate enough to have a friend in Roanoke where I could just stay on the cellar couch. so ive been...
  7. for just once in a while? do you have a...

    for just once in a while? do you have a bridgeport or similar? put matl in spindle collets, tools in vise, center carefully. now you have an upside down mini vtl. dro helpful. cnc very very...
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    garage hobby machine? why not ask where the...

    garage hobby machine? why not ask where the sharper members of the garage hobby machine forum(s) who have had to piddle diddle and fuck around to make unmatched items work with each other? not...
  9. 1 week ago, ocean state job lots. 4' lg, 2...

    1 week ago, ocean state job lots. 4' lg, 2 "tube", all install hardware included. nice long cord and have opposite end cap plug in for daisy chaining. 42w, 4200 lumen, 5000k, 50000 hr life...
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    have seen many jobs spec'd at .00x flatness per...

    have seen many jobs spec'd at .00x flatness per foot. some of them quite long, or quite thin. some of these jobs have had the words "in the restrained condition" on the drawing, which means...
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    on size in balsa wood. possibly slightly larger...

    on size in balsa wood. possibly slightly larger in Inconel. or smaller when you get to the bottom of the Inconel and the mill is mostly gone. use of coolant will affect both situations. good luck.
  12. been a machinist (and other things) since 1974...

    been a machinist (and other things) since 1974 til 2017. "clocking" came out of the mouths of the old timers way back when I was young. could refer to actual indexing of a part by various means, or...
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    most of my tapping on a cnc knee mill with free...

    most of my tapping on a cnc knee mill with free spindle. cnc hand tapped small holes 4-40 & up to 1/2-13 at best guess. often held in Albrecht chuck. never a problem. smaller and larger stuff...
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    if I were looking at a power drawbar for R8, id...

    if I were looking at a power drawbar for R8, id also be looking at Tormach's (yes, Tormach) TTS system.
  15. google anti backlash nut

    google anti backlash nut
  16. I had a short pipe wrench and replaced the std...

    I had a short pipe wrench and replaced the std jaws with aluminum pads, could snug my Albrecht chuck say 15% or so tighter than hand tight, would tap 1/2-13 in mild steel, reverse out nicely, never...
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    consider using a variable speed drill with...

    consider using a variable speed drill with adapter to spin the head?
  18. as to better question on another forum,...

    as to better question on another forum, absolutely.

    as to piece parts id be looking at mach4 or uccnc, decent steppers. id also consider anti backlash nuts over ball screws. spend just what you...
  19. is what it is. years ago a 75 year old friend...

    is what it is. years ago a 75 year old friend described sex "like shooting pool using a rope as a que."
  20. good read sir, yes mid 60's. never any problems...

    good read sir, yes mid 60's. never any problems in the shop in the past, but nowadays yes I get busted walking around the market sometime leaving that front door open. friends will tell me close...
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    bought my Nardini cnc 17x40 used in 2002 was 7...

    bought my Nardini cnc 17x40 used in 2002 was 7 year sold lightly used. gear head engine lathe, iron of the machine like a rock, solid and accurate. The Fanuc 20TA that drove it failed on a monthly...
  22. have lost many parts due to shitty anodize, strip...

    have lost many parts due to shitty anodize, strip and rechrome, etc by local platers with not much expertise. they would offer to redo, and hold dimensions ah ha ha ha, cover with magic marker, then...
  23. worked on manual machines in the 70's where the...

    worked on manual machines in the 70's where the strategy was to take the biggest cut possible. ton of torque and low rpms. no hand grip for the vise handle, you closed it with 5 or 6 whacks of a...
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    if you want the easiest solution for fixed length...

    if you want the easiest solution for fixed length Bridgeport tooling look at Tormach's TTS system and a good quality power drawbar. you will have one 3/4 collet that remains in the machine, multiple...
  25. absolutely loved my Lovejoy Tool xr45 indexable...

    absolutely loved my Lovejoy Tool xr45 indexable mills on my 10 x 50 "Bridgeport". octagon, .19 ea octagon face, 8 edges is great. remove material at surface footage feeds and doc that really...
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