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  1. #106
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    If you don't mind Stuart I will take you up on that. That way I can see how strong they are and what size to order.
    You bring up a good point about the swarf, never thought about it. I use scrap aluminum angle as soft jaws and am sick of picking them up off the floor halfway through a job.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisfarm View Post
    I do not have any plans.
    We only draw plans on the back of old envelopes in pencil
    This is not good eneough ..is it guys..lol
    we want detailed scaled drawings

    it is nice work but

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    On the way Dave.
    As an example of how strong these things are I put one on each side of my thumb 16mm apart and they stay there and even at this size they can pinch you.

    To get back OT. Hear is a pic of what I made this week.


    Stuart

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    Another source for some small but quite strong magnets are from old Computer Hard drives.

    bollie7

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    Here is a little thing I made for when I'm boring or threading blind holes. The bit that attach's to the ways I found in a box of junk and wasn't complete. The brass adaptor and thumbscrew I made from a tap stem and spindle (you can see the before and after in the picture). I had to silver solder the spindle into the stem to give me enough meat to work with.


    Here is it attached to the lathe.
    Cheers.

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  6. #111
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    Hi Vernon, Great work and thinking.
    You remind me of myself with using whats laying around. I think it gives me more satisfaction turning some scrap into a working, usable part.

    With the position, do you find it hard to see once something is in the chuck? Because usually they are on the outside of the ways at the front.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave J View Post
    I think it gives me more satisfaction turning some scrap into a working, usable part.
    Absolutely . My wife thinks I'm weird because if I find a bit of steel, I pick it up and take it home ... you never know when it might come in handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave J View Post
    With the position, do you find it hard to see once something is in the chuck? Because usually they are on the outside of the ways at the front.
    Ideally, in front would be better, however the micrometer stop wasn't originally made for my lathe (I don't know what it originally came off) and doesn't even come close to fitting the front (the front way has a completely different profile to the back). So the back will do for the moment - plus I would meed to be turning a pretty big part to complete obscure the dial gauge.
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stustoys View Post
    On the way Dave.
    As an example of how strong these things are I put one on each side of my thumb 16mm apart and they stay there and even at this size they can pinch you.

    To get back OT. Hear is a pic of what I made this week.


    Stuart
    Stuart, those pens come up nice. I should start doing them myself that way the wife would want me down the shed instead of complaining I am always down their.lol
    Also want to thank you for the magnets and let anybody know who is thinking of buying them, that they are really strong magnets for their size.

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave, they cost about $7 each for parts so they dont break the bank. If you used your own wood or plastic for the blank then rest only cost $3 each. Besides I got to spend $25 on polishing pads
    Stuart

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    Version.....Mark IV

    got it right this time....well at least until someone tells me I stuffed up .....yet again
    Last edited by eskimo; 30th Dec 2010 at 08:13 AM. Reason: spelling

  11. #116
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    Practice makes perfect, nice work Eskimo

    Dave

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    I've also made something new. This is a little steam engine made from castings and bar stock. The video is a test firing using a little steam boiler.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGqzMWjFm38&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube - Mill Engine under Steam[/ame]
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    thats gorgeous Terry..if a steam engine could be gorgeous that is

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    Nice work Terry.
    Cheers.

    Vernon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eskimo View Post
    Version.....Mark IV

    got it right this time....well at least until someone tells me I stuffed up .....yet again
    Very nice work Eskimo!

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