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    Welcome. I have a few nice tools that were made...

    Welcome. I have a few nice tools that were made in Sheffield. Do they still make tools there?
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    I can vouch for this. I used this method to tap...

    I can vouch for this. I used this method to tap M3 holes in titanium. It's a tedious process, but much less stressful.
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    I was hoping the "smart" part of the new VFDs was...

    I was hoping the "smart" part of the new VFDs was a better user interface. The hardest part about installing a VFD isn't the wiring, it's the tedious process of setting the parameters guided by a...
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    The Aloris (or a clone) in AXA size.

    The Aloris (or a clone) in AXA size.
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    There are TWO formulas. The original, with...

    There are TWO formulas. The original, with methylene chloride, which you can still buy and the new formula which doesn't contain methylene chloride. You said in a previous post you have the new...
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    In that case I'm going to grab a couple of cans...

    In that case I'm going to grab a couple of cans next time in Bunnings.
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    Fake news?

    Fake news?
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    According to the Bunnings website my local store...

    According to the Bunnings website my local store has 1L tins of original Polystrippa in stock. Says it has methylene chloride in it.
  9. Thread: Squirt bottles

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    My ten+ year old Inox bottle still works like a...

    My ten+ year old Inox bottle still works like a charm.
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    Actually I have a surplus inline ducted fan that...

    Actually I have a surplus inline ducted fan that I might press into action as Bob suggests. I'm actually more concerned about the acrid smoke that I get when making heavy cuts in steel with cutting...
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    On plastic? :)

    On plastic? :)
  12. Thread: Thread Chasers

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    some info here:...

    some info here: https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/antique-machinery-and-history/thread-chasing-tools-208542/
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    How about a mister with just water then? You'll...

    How about a mister with just water then? You'll get much more cooling action with a lot less air. Especially good for plastics.
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    A ball bearing nut might help with that if you...

    A ball bearing nut might help with that if you don't already have one. It shouldn't be difficult to tighten them.

    https://www.ausee.com.au/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1304
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    Lucky you. Is this what you are talking about?...

    Lucky you. Is this what you are talking about? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BH5Q8C0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3H367CBPE368U&psc=1

    You can get them locally in MT2 and MT3....
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    It doesn't really matter. They have a 1mm...

    It doesn't really matter. They have a 1mm clamping range.
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    I think it's worth mentioning that mist cooling...

    I think it's worth mentioning that mist cooling systems are meant to be used with water and water-based lubricants. I would want to see some evidence they are safe to use with non water-based fluids...
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    I have the Noga. It can be turned down to a very...

    I have the Noga. It can be turned down to a very fine mist. I use this stuff which has almost no smell at all. I got it in the USA. I don't know if it can be obtained here. I'm happy to give you some...
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    Thanks Greg. The draw bar/tube is on hold until I...

    Thanks Greg. The draw bar/tube is on hold until I hear from Peter tomorrow about what he has.
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    I'm happy to finish the taper. Edit: I guess...

    I'm happy to finish the taper.

    Edit: I guess I would need to cut the thread for the nut too?
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    Keep me posted.

    Keep me posted.
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    It fits!

    There's plenty of room for the fixed steady. What a goose I am. :- Shows how often I use the steady!



    I'd love to Peter. I keep checking Mal's website for ER40 chucks that fit the Hercus 260...
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    Thanks John. That's the reason I originally made...

    Thanks John. That's the reason I originally made a truing cut on the outside of the MT shank's end. But while looking at the setup I thought the fixed steady would interfere with carriage. I'll have...
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    Thanks Stewart. A hollow drawbar will allow me to...

    Thanks Stewart. A hollow drawbar will allow me to hold long stock in my ER collets. Currently I'm limited to the depth of the collet chuck.
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    Hollow Draw Bar

    I'm making a hollow draw bar for locking my MT4-ER40 collet chuck into my Hercus 260 spindle bore. I'm planning to use NB15 galvanised water pipe which has an OD of 21.3mm and an ID of 16.1mm. To...
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    Thanks Frank. I've had a play with the numbers...

    Thanks Frank. I've had a play with the numbers and NB15 gal pipe will work for me. It's 21.3 OD x 16.1 ID. I think I'll use 1mm thread pitch so as not to cut too close to the ID of the gal pipe. It...
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    Your timing is perfect Frank. I was going to...

    Your timing is perfect Frank. I was going to start making a hollow drawbar for my MT4-ER40 collet chuck this arvo. What did you use for the drawbar? I was considering using gal water pipe.
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    Even if McMaster shipped to Oz the postage on...

    Even if McMaster shipped to Oz the postage on steel would probably make it more expensive than buying local.

    R.C,
    Stressproof is lovely stuff to machine. The people who make it shipped me 3 feet...
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    And 5C collets have a smaller clamping range so...

    And 5C collets have a smaller clamping range so you need more of them.
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    Would a shrink fit be feasible?

    Would a shrink fit be feasible?
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    You can get ER40 collets up to 30mm.

    You can get ER40 collets up to 30mm.
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    I'm assuming he wants to use it for work-holding...

    I'm assuming he wants to use it for work-holding in the lathe, so ER40 will give him more scope.
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    ER40 is the go. This guy sells pretty good...

    ER40 is the go. This guy sells pretty good Chinese made stuff.

    https://www.ausee.com.au/shop/item.aspx?itemid=3839
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    I just noticed this. At first I thought they...

    I just noticed this. At first I thought they hadn't tightened the bolt, but I think the lug is bent. Quality control may be an issue. :rolleyes:
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    The bloke in the HMEM thread modifies the rollers...

    The bloke in the HMEM thread modifies the rollers to take 50mm belts. But I wonder if it has enough grunt to run 50mm belts.
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    Thanks. $13 each seems a little bit expensive for...

    Thanks. $13 each seems a little bit expensive for the belts.
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    So about 3mm wall thickness on the finished part?...

    So about 3mm wall thickness on the finished part? Would it be worth plugging the end that goes in the 4 jaw to prevent distortion when the jaws are tightened?
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    Baby Linisher/Belt Sander

    Hi All,
    Thought I'd share this.

    I saw this thread on HMEM: https://www.homemodelenginemachinist.com/threads/bazmak-a-chinese-mini-linisher.31326/

    Here's the machine in question:...
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    They are available if repairing doesn't work out:...

    They are available if repairing doesn't work out: https://australianmetalworkinghobbyist.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=back%20gear&product_id=192
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    Is it performing an auto-setup? They make that...

    Is it performing an auto-setup? They make that whine when they are measuring the motorís parameters.
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    Thanks eskimo. I did a bit of reading online and...

    Thanks eskimo. I did a bit of reading online and the consensus was it's a nightmare to tap it. I'm going to buy a scuba diver's weight and have a go at casting it.
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    I once had a chat to Joh Bjelke-Petersen's pilot....

    I once had a chat to Joh Bjelke-Petersen's pilot. He said Joh was like that.
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    This thread inspired me to make a knocker similar...

    This thread inspired me to make a knocker similar to that shown in the video. I used M10x1.5 thread. If I can find some lead I'll replace the ali end with lead. Can you tap threads in lead?
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    very droll. :)

    very droll. :)
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    Epoxy, but not very well and only if you really...

    Epoxy, but not very well and only if you really rough it up.
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    I think this is what you are intending making:...

    I think this is what you are intending making: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6X4HIDmJsA

    He puts the male thread on the Acetal. I would put it on the brass.
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    For me the workshop has to be nice place to be....

    For me the workshop has to be nice place to be. That means heating in Melbourne and a source of good quality audio. I love music, so an old tranny (radio, not person) won't cut it. So I built a pair...
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    Ray, sorry to hear about your experience. I...

    Ray,
    sorry to hear about your experience. I don't know how long ago that was, but I hope attitudes have changed since then. The office staff at the VIC organisation seem very good. The application...
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    I did use the blade on my TS a few times. It was...

    I did use the blade on my TS a few times. It was much more pleasant than the drop saw. I stopped doing it though because I was worried about getting metal chips into the rise/fall and tilt...
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    Hi Ray, I recently joined an organisation as a...

    Hi Ray,
    I recently joined an organisation as a technical volunteer. The organisation works with disabled clients who need specialised equipment that can't be bought off the shelf. Typically it...
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