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    Thanks John, yes this saw came mounted on casters...

    Thanks John, yes this saw came mounted on casters too but they are hopelessly undersized for the weight of the saw bench. I will make a frame from angle iron for the saw bench to sit in and put heavy...
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    Thanks John. I just googled your saw table to see...

    Thanks John. I just googled your saw table to see what they look like. Yep they are very similar setup. Aussie made too.

    Question is, should i sell the triton and keep this? Not enough room for...
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    OK. Thankyou very much Bohdan, there is what...

    OK. Thankyou very much Bohdan, there is what appears to be a chuck with drill bit attached. I was trying to work out what that was for.

    Makes sense now.

    Cheers,

    Simon
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    Gibro Tablesaw/Planer

    Hi all,

    Today I scored a Gilbro tables/thicknesser for very cheap, in fact it was free. I person I know has had it for many years and wanted it to go to a good home so he thought of me.

    While...
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    Are you camping folk or strictly hotels/motels? ...

    Are you camping folk or strictly hotels/motels?

    Sent from my SM-G900I using Tapatalk
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    How p

    How p
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    Interesting reading. Not sure if it's the...

    Interesting reading.

    Not sure if it's the correct thing to do but I have used super glue to grind non mag stuff like brass. It has worked out OK but you need to be very, very careful with heat...
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    Hi Andre, I too saw that on ebay and thought...

    Hi Andre,

    I too saw that on ebay and thought it was a nice looking lathe. Good work!

    Edit: Spelt too with a single o

    Simon
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    Nice work Michael. I never thought of soldering...

    Nice work Michael. I never thought of soldering with a heat gun!

    So, what's the going price on a used Rega oil can? Is $15 a super deal? I see a few from time to time at our local market, the...
  10. Thread: Unstable tacho

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    Hi there, I run 2 of the same units, one in my...

    Hi there,

    I run 2 of the same units, one in my mill and one in my bandsaw. When set up correctly they produce very reliable and stable results. I can't remember exactly the setup but when used in...
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    Nice work Bill, It's an amazing journey when you...

    Nice work Bill, It's an amazing journey when you buy your first mill. Looking forward to seeing you tackle the boring head when you get to that part of the book.

    Simon
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    Nice, but they should have cleared the tracks of...

    Nice, but they should have cleared the tracks of follage before sending the loco through! :U

    There must be a few steam whisperers up north that kept the original loco in such good nic.

    Simon
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    Yep. You're right. Thanks

    Yep. You're right.

    Thanks
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    I would be inclined to spend some time on it to...

    I would be inclined to spend some time on it to long before deciding to throw it!

    Simon
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    Buy a bigger lathe. Thanks PDW, what would I do...

    Buy a bigger lathe. Thanks PDW, what would I do without you? :B

    Thanks KB, I think that's a good idea.
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    Wow, you guys are quick! Hi Stuart, Well I...

    Wow, you guys are quick!

    Hi Stuart,

    Well I was about to say that my steady is no good so close to the chuck because of the gap bed. The TS V ways finish when the gap starts which is what the...
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    Making Bronze bushes

    Hi all,

    One thing that I struggle with (and it annoyes me that I struggle given the simplicity of the task) is using bronze hollow bar to make bushes. I usually buy it in 12" (300mm) lengths from...
  18. Thread: surface finish

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    Maybe try increasing the surface area, same...

    Maybe try increasing the surface area, same reason as Michael says, to hold or trap the fuel long enough for you to get a reading. A knurled finish sounds like an idea worth trying but nore sure how...
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    Crickey. I think I just watched a lot of money...

    Crickey. I think I just watched a lot of money disappear!

    Simon
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    Hi Michael, I had never read the write up from...

    Hi Michael,

    I had never read the write up from lathes UK on the grinder until now. What an amazing piece of machinery. WRT powering it up, you certainly haven't taken the easy way out!

    I can't...
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    I would loop the endless sling through the bed...

    I would loop the endless sling through the bed and attach to a large piece of heavy bar. Make sure this bar captures much of the bed underneath and not just between a webbing. I would also run...
  22. Thread: Poor Mans DRO

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    Fair enough. I know for a fact that my Z axis...

    Fair enough. I know for a fact that my Z axis does not conform to convention. My Z increases when I extend my quill, not retract it. It doesn't really matter to me but when I'm boring a hole, I...
  23. Thread: Poor Mans DRO

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    Hi! Does it really matter which way the...

    Hi!

    Does it really matter which way the numbers travel?

    I honestly cant tell you off the top of my head which direction my DRO works, i just use it.

    Simon
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    Talk it up why don't you. All you've done is...

    Talk it up why don't you. All you've done is tighten a few bolts..... with a shifting spanner! :;
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    Looking forward to more pics then if no video....

    Looking forward to more pics then if no video. Yes, you may well finish before my folder. But then you're fixing a machine, I'm building one! :q

    Simon
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    Thanks for posting Phil. It's very interesting....

    Thanks for posting Phil. It's very interesting. I'm interested to know why the key ways look a "golden" colour. Is that the metal left from the mig weld?

    Simon
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    No, not yet. It's a big project and other things...

    No, not yet. It's a big project and other things always get in the way but I'm back on the wagon! I have till Sep 20th to re-bump the thread which I will do shortly.

    Michael, I wouldn't mind...
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    Coming along nicely Michael. The feeling you get...

    Coming along nicely Michael. The feeling you get when you make something that fits or works so so well, never gets old in this hobby!

    I thought of you today Michael, when I recommenced work on my...
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    Daniel, Looking good. Thanks for posting your...

    Daniel,

    Looking good. Thanks for posting your scraping. It's been a while since I have seen those nice blue dots. I kinda miss them!

    Hi Joe, WRT scraping flat or perpendicular to the axis,...
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    That's great news about the lathe Mike. Sounds...

    That's great news about the lathe Mike. Sounds like you did really well. Did you know when you bought it that it was that good or did you just get lucky?

    Simon
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    Hi PDW, I never mentioned it was capable straight...

    Hi PDW, I never mentioned it was capable straight out of the box. It suffered from the same issues that other Chinese lathes have, sand, rubbish and other impurities in the HS which over a short...
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    That's a snug fit! Looks like you may need to...

    That's a snug fit! Looks like you may need to take advantage of the thermal expansion coefficient after all. Simon
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    Hi Andre, This maybe a stupid question so...

    Hi Andre,

    This maybe a stupid question so forgive me; Is there a chance that you lucked out and have created a small burr on the shaft when first pushing on the gears?

    It seems unlucky that it...
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    Thanks Chris. The reason I ask is because I...

    Thanks Chris.

    The reason I ask is because I remember reading one of Harold Halls books relating to lathe work and one of the projects is a cylindrical parallel. He describes using only a 3 jaw and...
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    OK I have a question for the machine tool...

    OK I have a question for the machine tool inspection gurus;

    WRT lathe alignment bars, they all quote a runout figure. A typical figure is 0.01mm, I assume this would be at the extreme end of the...
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    Hi Stuart, I was wondering whether it was...

    Hi Stuart,

    I was wondering whether it was something to do with that. I will forge ahead with my initial idea and see what results I get with the finish. Reading Bob's thread on his TP grinder...
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    Hi Moa, I can very much appreciate wanting to...

    Hi Moa,

    I can very much appreciate wanting to use the items you have available. Sometimes though it's easier to buy the proper item in the first place instead of modifying what you have. BUT, it...
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    Very nice work Bob. Same question and AB how...

    Very nice work Bob.

    Same question and AB how does 4130 compare to 4140?

    Simon
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    Hi Kryn, That's what I intended to do. I have...

    Hi Kryn,

    That's what I intended to do. I have been unsuccessful in identifying the thread on the collet nut on the trimmer though. It appears to be a 1mm pitch but the major diameter is an...
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    Hi Mike, thanks for your input. In my case i...

    Hi Mike, thanks for your input.

    In my case i would disagree on the S/H worn out lathe being a better option to a new Chinese. My Chinese lathe is far more capable of accurate work to a worn out...
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    Hi all, Well with the spindle together and...

    Hi all,

    Well with the spindle together and feeling quite nice I redid some spindle runout readings. Pretty much the same as with the old bearings at about 5 - 6 um or maybe 2 tenths. I readjusted...
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    Crickey! I just wanted to know about buying a...

    Crickey! I just wanted to know about buying a test bar.... [emoji1]
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    Hi Eskimo, glad to see your replacement...

    Hi Eskimo,

    glad to see your replacement arrived and in good order. Kryn might have a good idea there too.

    Simon
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    Thanks for the advice and general discussion...

    Thanks for the advice and general discussion everyone. It was never meant ot be a discussion on headstock alignment, since I know this has been done to death here and other forums but it's difficult...
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    Well I had made the decision to buy a test bar...

    Well I had made the decision to buy a test bar and now you guys come up with some very good reasons why I don't need one. Pete F. (nice to hear from you, been too long) mentions wasting money, well I...
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    I dont think so Rob. Maybe one day will can...

    I dont think so Rob. Maybe one day will can upgrade to a Toyota.... [emoji1]
  47. Hi PC, I don't own a 3mt er collet chuck but I do...

    Hi PC, I don't own a 3mt er collet chuck but I do have a 8" vertex RT and have used other 3mt items in the RT without issue and a good, positive fit that required a gentle tap from behind to release....
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    Michael, this is the rwason why I think a ...

    Michael, this is the rwason why I think a smaller 3mt tool would have more purpose than a 5mt even if there was a tradeoff in some accuracy. Thanks Techo. Yes a 2 collar test would be a good way to...
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    Hi Chris, I hate borrowing tools. If it were...

    Hi Chris, I hate borrowing tools. If it were hundreds of dollars then borrowing would be more attractive. No I never want to remove the HS again. Probably shouldn't have done it last time but I did!...
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    Everyones a comedian! Actually I have never...

    Everyones a comedian! Actually I have never polished a METAL part before. I was happy with the finish straight from the lathe but then got a little carried away, It's fun polishing on the lathe! I...
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