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  1. Grahame, have attached a couple of piccies to...

    Grahame, have attached a couple of piccies to show the two different styles of worms that I was familiar with...I tried the make the second type single screw type but could never get any benefit over...
  2. Grahame, that's about the thread shape of the...

    Grahame, that's about the thread shape of the screw I used but not as deep in the point..some old tools I have seen use a small cork screw type attachment but I think you'd run damaging the barrel...
  3. Grahame, haven't done any ML for a while so...

    Grahame,

    haven't done any ML for a while so this may be old hat, but I did make a rod tool such as you suggest out of brass rod and brazed a long self tapping metal screw into the end which I cut...
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    I use a needle oiler bottle for the smaller...

    I use a needle oiler bottle for the smaller fiddly bits....obtainable from most places but usually get mine from Brownells in the US - 3 small bottles in a pack for US$8 - plus freight etc...works...
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    Speaking from experience, the arthritis will be a...

    Speaking from experience, the arthritis will be a problem that probably won't get any better with time and that will certainly affect your future purchase and the type of tool you can manage - my...
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    From my understanding, basically in these type of...

    From my understanding, basically in these type of importations, duty is calculated on the FOB (Free On Board) price of the goods...that is all those charges incurred on the goods up until it is...
  7. I have numerous types of air and leckie sanders...

    I have numerous types of air and leckie sanders and do heaps of sanding, mostly wood these days but occasionally metal being mild steel, cast iron, aluminium and brass and would say the leckie ones...
  8. Last time I tried UNGARS, several years back they...

    Last time I tried UNGARS, several years back they weren't that helpful unless they had an off cut the size you were after and would not cut to size for me.....most of their off cuts are out in the...
  9. Frank, Try ROBOT Trading in Notting Hill -...

    Frank,

    Try ROBOT Trading in Notting Hill - just off the Freeway in Ferntree Gully Road have had various steel cut by them previously, inc RHS..... give them a call first and ask the question 9543...
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    Kevin, Also have the same lathe and few years...

    Kevin,

    Also have the same lathe and few years ago went through the problems you now face....there are previous posts on this thread about setting up a mill attachment for that lathe which are...
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    I'd be interested to how the Boyds stocks shape...

    I'd be interested to how the Boyds stocks shape up fxst - am also looking to change my stocks on some 96's and 98's from the full wood.....from what I understand there's minimal work as mostly just...
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    Just a suggestion, did you make sure that the...

    Just a suggestion, did you make sure that the drive speed handles are fully engaged in position on whatever speed you select before starting it up? ....with my AL320 unless they are set tight, it...
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    Thanks Chris for the explanation and the...

    Thanks Chris for the explanation and the links.....I have been oil blackening for quite a few years and never achieved a consistent result that would say I perfected the process.....now I know...
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    As an interesting comment, yesterday I purchased...

    As an interesting comment, yesterday I purchased some high tensile 1/2"x20 bolts from a bolt supplier - length was 6"- they were similar coated as per the oil quench shown.....I asked the bloke what...
  15. Thread: Barrel Vice

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    Thanks Ben, Appreciate the photos.........I...

    Thanks Ben,

    Appreciate the photos.........I like that idea very much and it would solve all the issues indeed - wouldn't mind similar but unfortunately my bench vice doesn't compare to your Dawn...
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    What's a Tap cost these days?

    I need to tap half a dozen blind holes in 1/2" UNF......I didn't have any taps that size so I called into the local Australia wide tool supply merchant this morning (name withheld) ...simple enough...
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    Allan. What you have appears to me to be some...

    Allan.

    What you have appears to me to be some rough cut Silky Oak blanks...the attached photos of Silky oak blanks I have are identical material but they have been slightly dressed more than the...
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    Allan, It's Silky Oak as previously...

    Allan,

    It's Silky Oak as previously mentioned.......same as this Slimline I made some time ago - sorry about the backdrop........... put it on the chair to take piccie on

    Regards.....Lee


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  19. Thread: Problem?

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    Graham, Being from the "dark side" namely the...

    Graham,

    Being from the "dark side" namely the metalworking forum :cool:, and just getting into pen turning I saw your post and thought I may be able to help....

    I am assuming you are using a...
  20. Thread: Leather

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    Ken, Aside from the leather, they also carry...

    Ken,

    Aside from the leather, they also carry a huge range of fasteners like copper rivets (bifurcated and normal) and studs which come in handy in metalworking....you are right, it's an eye...
  21. Thread: Barrel Vice

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    Thanks John, Michael, Ben and others.....I am...

    Thanks John, Michael, Ben and others.....I am well familiar with barrel vices (and a few other vices:B unfortunately) used a few different ones now and then..you are correct, there are a multitude on...
  22. Thread: Barrel Vice

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    Barrel Vice

    I need to remove a few old rifle barrels and thought I would try and knock up some type of barrel vice that won't ruin the old barrels like the footprint and stilson approach of old....:no: likewise,...
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    Leroy, Congrats on the new lathe......I notice...

    Leroy,

    Congrats on the new lathe......I notice you purchased the H&F stand package as well....most users including myself find it way too low for continued use so you may have that problem also if...
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    Ordered several consignments last week from two...

    Ordered several consignments last week from two different US suppliers on the East Coast of the USA...one sent via FedEx was delivered to me 4 days later, the other sent on the same day with USPS...
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    Well I never knew this Forum had so much...

    Well I never knew this Forum had so much International clout ........I actually received a parcel yesterday which was posted in New York on 4th Aug and sent via USPS so they must be following this...
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    I occasionally harden punches and cold chisels...

    I occasionally harden punches and cold chisels I've made using the odd bit of tool steel and find that generally the cherry red then quench in oil method (I use old gear oil) works most of the time...
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    Been watching this thread with interest as I had...

    Been watching this thread with interest as I had also noted an increased time delay recently in stuff I ordered ex US sent via USPS............Interestingly, way back in mid May I ordered parts from...
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    Mike, If you are using Microsoft then they...

    Mike,

    If you are using Microsoft then they have a very good freebie program called Microsoft Mathematics which covers trig functions and heaps more ....essentially means you don't need log...
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    Sorry rookie1, all my metal tables are bog...

    Sorry rookie1, all my metal tables are bog standard welded with rigid braced legs and wooden tops covered in sheet metal - some learned persons have commented my welding looks like pelican droppings...
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    rookie1, Welcome aboard............:D Not...

    rookie1,

    Welcome aboard............:D

    Not sure if these are what you are after being nickel and not stainless - but should last all the same if treated Card Table Leg Brackets - Rockler...
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    BT... Ray (wheelinround) put me onto this...

    BT...

    Ray (wheelinround) put me onto this crowd for mounting feet....I dropped in on them a while back and found they had heaps of mounts in stock, but they also do mail orders.......they have the...
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    BT, Have the same issue trying to level my...

    BT,

    Have the same issue trying to level my lathe on the standard cabinets it came with....mine are similar to those shown in an earlier post. Being made in China, they are a good 6" short of...
  33. Grahame, That recipe you mentioned earlier is...

    Grahame,

    That recipe you mentioned earlier is very similar to a brew called Ed's Red, which I use in shotgun (as distinct from spray gun) cleaning - see this link Ed's Red

    I've not tried it...
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    Bollie7..................not sure what the second...

    Bollie7..................not sure what the second picture is of, but the first one is a copy (or perhaps an original?? Stanley Dowel Jig with various dies to suit different bit thicknesses... needs a...
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    Jim, I'm certainly no expert on this but to try...

    Jim, I'm certainly no expert on this but to try and answer several points....case hardening will generally not penetrate as far depending upon a lot of different things...I only mentioned it to draw...
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    Jim, just to clarify your last point about...

    Jim, just to clarify your last point about hardening mild steel.....it can be done by several methods and there are different applications for each.........but for what you want to achieve most would...
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    Jim, there's heaps of them around some better...

    Jim, there's heaps of them around some better than others no doubt - I have no idea which are the better brands/features etc ...just a quick link... Buy ROK 850w Reciprocating Saw | Read Reviews |...
  38. Thread: Brass Hex

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    Ray, not exactly what you are after but Off Cuts...

    Ray, not exactly what you are after but Off Cuts Galore has some 9/16 x 500mm here Brass Hex 9/16" A/F x 500 mm-Lathe-Mill-Hobbie-Model-Weld for sale | quicksales.com.au item 13208588 may be worth...
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    BMS = Bright Mild Steel.......apologies, should...

    BMS = Bright Mild Steel.......apologies, should have realised
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    Jim, I found that the ultra thin cutting blades...

    Jim, I found that the ultra thin cutting blades usually run a fraction quiter than the thicker blades on BMS - still noisy though and they don't last as long either - you need ear (and eye)...
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    Jim, I have also seen farmers building up the...

    Jim,

    I have also seen farmers building up the faces of plough and sheer blades with various rods to face harden the edge and prolong the life of the tool by arc as well as oxy torch.....some even...
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    toglho, Ditto as Michael stated.........I...

    toglho,

    Ditto as Michael stated.........I think you may be reading too much into the chart....your lathe has a metric lead screw and whatever combination of Imperial thread you are after, you will...
  43. Thread: Woodlee

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    Further on Big Kev, ......... Dave,...

    Further on Big Kev, .........

    Dave, Wheelinround posted the latest a few threads back and no doubt got an earful for his troubles from the lad who's not a happy camper being away from his shed for...
  44. Thread: Whisperings

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    Here's one of the lead alloy hardness chart I...

    Here's one of the lead alloy hardness chart I mentioned...not the one I was looking for but it does show various compositions and harness levels all the same.......as you can see, pure lead is only...
  45. Thread: Whisperings

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    Joe, also think you'd have probelms trying to...

    Joe, also think you'd have probelms trying to guess composition of babbits based solely on melting point - probably easiest and roughest way for hardness test is the fingernail test if you don't have...
  46. Thread: Whisperings

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    Phil, Without knowing the work you have in...

    Phil,

    Without knowing the work you have in front if you and the requirements of the job etc, if you are after a source of tin for the babbit, then I recently obtained a 3 kg ingot of 99.99 tin...
  47. Thread: Woodlee

    by barkersegg
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    Woodlee

    Just to let the members here know that young Kev, aka Woodlee; is having a few medical issues and currently residing in Hospital for a time - he'll be offline for a bit so hold the emails...
  48. Retailers will adapt to the changing market as we...

    Retailers will adapt to the changing market as we consumers become more literate in our purchases - either that or close up......as an aside, I purchased some tools direct from the US last week - the...
  49. Previous poster summed it up...

    Previous poster summed it up nicely.............the retailer will sell a commodity at a price he thinks people will pay for it - the more $ the better for him.....I'm not talking manufacturing as...
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    Michael, If the box originated in Asia, then...

    Michael,

    If the box originated in Asia, then I'd hazard a guess and say the odour is probably from some type of oil used to stop it twisting and warping along with to kill any acidic leaching from...
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