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  1. It's not the machine accuracy, it's the process....

    It's not the machine accuracy, it's the process. The cylindricity of the hole is affected by deflection, axial misalignment of the tool shank, taper error of the endmill, or something as small as a...
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    I just don't get this amazed frustration with the...

    I just don't get this amazed frustration with the post office. In every meaningful sense it's an agency of the federal government. No business owner in his right mind should be shocked by its...
  3. I'd quit trying to interpolate the bore. We...

    I'd quit trying to interpolate the bore.

    We make a very similar part with about the same proportions, and the mass around the bore is unevenly distributed on top of it. Get a boring head with the...
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    Before we relocated this shop I actually built...

    Before we relocated this shop I actually built balsa-wood and paper scale models of the machines and used 1/4 inch desk-blotter grid as the floor. At the time you could buy plastic models of all...
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    I can't believe Frank actually took the time to...

    I can't believe Frank actually took the time to come on here and explain why that clown's order didn't get there when he wanted. He sure doesn't owe any explanations to anybody. Best service and...
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    Mario, not too many people on here can advise you...

    Mario, not too many people on here can advise you on bidding machining jobs in Croatia. You would do better to hire a business consultant with some knowledge of local conditions. Such as: what sort...
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    I concede absolutely that at some point inventory...

    I concede absolutely that at some point inventory management requires a specialist. I once devoted about three months of meetings, organizing employee buy-in, database organization, etc., in order to...
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    Anybody wondering, a few years from now, whatever...

    Anybody wondering, a few years from now, whatever happened to that Practical Machinist website wouldn't need to look beyond this thread or the various parallel examples in the badly misnamed...
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    In a word, no. A startup owner/machinist is...

    In a word, no. A startup owner/machinist is unlikely to have much time to devote to managing his or her inventory because he or she is too busy loading parts. And a successful one would not even have...
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    This is long overdue. It's only a matter of time...

    This is long overdue. It's only a matter of time until this becomes an accepted condition of doing business.
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    There's a general principle that shortages and...

    There's a general principle that shortages and delays (like the covid shutdown) cause a pent-up demand for products, and when the strictures are released consumers go hog wild. In business, timing is...
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    That sure is a clean and efficient-looking shop.

    That sure is a clean and efficient-looking shop.
  13. Or maybe the employee will think, "Gee, somebody...

    Or maybe the employee will think, "Gee, somebody apparently thinks I'm worth entertaining."
  14. Research many years ago on the most...

    Research many years ago on the most productivity-enhancing color to paint the walls revealed that productivity went up when the walls were painted and then fell off until they were painted again,...
  15. Oh, this is absolutely the best thread to have...

    Oh, this is absolutely the best thread to have ever run across on a Monday!
    Our employees are all smart and well-enough read that they appreciate irony. So in acknowledgement of that I favor ironic...
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    Somewhat ironically, horse dung in the streets...

    Somewhat ironically, horse dung in the streets was responsible for a shit-ton of ailments (not to mention the general unpleasantness) although that factor wasn't recognized by any political platform...
  17. LMAO, but it wouldn't surprise me. Last week...

    LMAO, but it wouldn't surprise me.

    Last week four of us from work attended a funeral at a local church. Out of about 125 people we were the only ones masked. Of course most of the people were...
  18. But if yours is such a towering intellect, why is...

    But if yours is such a towering intellect, why is my composition and spelling better? Is all that froth causing your fingers to slip on the keyboard?
  19. Your breathless flight of hyperbole does not...

    Your breathless flight of hyperbole does not refute the fact that the Left has historically had to build barriers to prevent the flight of its citizens to the greener pastures of intellectual and...
  20. Okaaay...so the walls separating the aptly named...

    Okaaay...so the walls separating the aptly named Iron Curtain countries from the free world either (1) didn't exist, or (2) were really built to keep out all those deprived individualists clamoring...
  21. I think the most depressing aspect of the...

    I think the most depressing aspect of the political forum on PM is being forced to confront the intellectual failing of people who as machinists might ordinarily be presumed to possess some...
  22. BadaBOOM!:bowdown:

    BadaBOOM!:bowdown:
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    No, it would be Boeing (or any other thread...

    No, it would be Boeing (or any other thread title) thru the "Politicalmachinist.com" filter...
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    Depending on the direction of rotation, the...

    Depending on the direction of rotation, the helices might try to push the halves apart—so I'd definitely include bolts along with the dowel pins.
    There's nothing inherently wrong with making gears...
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    'Bout spit my coffee reading that. One of the...

    'Bout spit my coffee reading that. One of the biggest mental hurdles a shop owner will ever face, right there. But attitudinally liberating? You can't beat it.
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