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    I suppose the plaster reverses the surface finish...

    I suppose the plaster reverses the surface finish from the sand mould to the lost foam instead? I think you need to have a go and show us all how it went :2tsup:
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    Hi Eskimo, I have not tried this myself yet but...

    Hi Eskimo, I have not tried this myself yet but in a YouTube channel I follow called 'Makercise' he was able to get a very smooth surface finish on his aluminium parts by painting his lost foam with...
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    PM sent!

    PM sent!
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    5" Burnerd chuck backing plate

    Hi gents,

    Anyone have a spare backing plate laying around with 1.5x8 TPI threads to suit a 5" Burnerd chuck? Or maybe even a junk chuck that could be parted out? I just acquired a nice Burnerd...
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    I'm also a novice Hercus owner, and although I...

    I'm also a novice Hercus owner, and although I have a full set of Armstrong tool holders for use in the lantern post I ended up buying a chinese knock-off AXA quick change tool set and haven't looked...
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    I built a simple naturally aspirated gas burner...

    I built a simple naturally aspirated gas burner not too long ago for use in a forge similar to what you are doing, and I found that the key was ditching the BBQ regulator and getting an LPG gas...
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    That's a big help Simon, thankyou! I reckon I...

    That's a big help Simon, thankyou! I reckon I can probably run with it based on the pic but if I'm getting stuck I might get you to run a mic over it for me.
    Cheers!
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    Taper turning attachment - setup help

    Hi guys,
    I have a project which requires a taper longer than I can cut with the compound so I need to use my taper attachment, however I haven't used it before and I think I'm missing a part. Can...
  9. Thread: Brass hammer

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    I bought a 1 foot piece of brass round bar from a...

    I bought a 1 foot piece of brass round bar from a local supplier for about $40. Also been collecting scrap brass so that I can cast some myself one of these days.
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    Yeah it will never look that good again, rust and...

    Yeah it will never look that good again, rust and work scars will take over in no time I'm sure. It was a really enjoyable project actually, I'm tempted to make another smaller one, god knows what...
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    Brass hammer

    Hi all,

    Decided it was time I produced a soft blow hammer, on account of me using a regular claw hammer and brass drift for things like tapping end mills into the head-stock and removing chucks...
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    I don't know actually I haven't tried disengaging...

    I don't know actually I haven't tried disengaging the belts, will do tonight and see what happens. Are you suggesting that maybe a belt misalignment could produce the vibration? I would be chuffed...
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    Update on this - So the motor continued making...

    Update on this -
    So the motor continued making popping sounds accompanied by blue spark flashes until it did a big one, which tripped the circuit breaker for the garage. I decided that was enough...
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    Thanks CliveD I'm more than happy with how it...

    Thanks CliveD I'm more than happy with how it works, been a long project too being 4 months from start to finish! Once I get time again to play with it then yes I think a steel ball will be the next...
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    Well its 99% complete and works great, very solid...

    Well its 99% complete and works great, very solid and smooth with no chatter! One thing I will say though, and I'm sure other people will probably attest to, there was a fairly decent learning curve...
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    Small update since last time, I made the handle,...

    Small update since last time, I made the handle, just a straight bar with threaded ends and some flats milled on it for tightening. And I may put a bend in it but I want to see how it goes first as...
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    So I managed to get past the tapping/threading...

    So I managed to get past the tapping/threading issues and have the toolpost almost done. I still need to make one more screw and also need to attach the toolpost to the slide. I'm quite happy with...
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    When I first got my model A i did a test over...

    When I first got my model A i did a test over about 400mm of aluminium using a very slow power-feed and it was out about 15thou from memory. I managed to bring that back to between 1-2thou with some...
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    Yes I forgot to mention, had that tap out in no...

    Yes I forgot to mention, had that tap out in no time, got a pair of pliers onto it and it came free without too much hassle. I was using trefolex too, spray-can variety, but you need to see this tap...
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    Well the threading actually turned out OK thank...

    Well the threading actually turned out OK thank goodness, I set the pulleys at the slowest speed + engaging the back gears so it was perfectly manageable speed-wise, although I know what you mean...
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    OK so I had a go at threading on the lathe.. Put...

    OK so I had a go at threading on the lathe.. Put the metric change gears on and went for it. Resulting in confusion and frustration! Trick for new players I suppose, the thread chasing dial and...
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    Yes that is correct, 3mm X 0.6, sorry I didn't...

    Yes that is correct, 3mm X 0.6, sorry I didn't represent it clearly. I also have the 3mm X 0.5 but the problem will certainly be the same, total garbage tap & die set. My only real option is to buy...
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    I have hit a snag.. The carbide inserts pictured...

    I have hit a snag.. The carbide inserts pictured above use a proprietary size hole and are held in place normally with a pin and clamp arrangement. The hole is 3.8mm and there is no machine screw...
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    Some more progress made! The toolpost is not far...

    Some more progress made! The toolpost is not far off done, just need to drill and tap for the carbide fastening screws. I also drilled and tapped for the set screws that hold the slide, although I...
  25. Thread: AR Restoration

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    That's bloody nice work mate! Well done.

    That's bloody nice work mate! Well done.
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    I used the lathe for about 40 minutes last night...

    I used the lathe for about 40 minutes last night and after that session the noise was considerably less than before. It's still there but I would say perhaps whatever was catching and making the...
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    Electric drive motor issue

    Hi All,

    So I made a bit of a mistake yesterday, I engaged the back gears so that I could remove the headstock chuck and insert a milling cutter, and when I was ready to go I hit the power but...
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    Nice work scottyd, I did originally think to do a...

    Nice work scottyd, I did originally think to do a dovetail slide myself but frankly my skills probably aren't up to it and also I have found that milling on the Hercus can be troublesome, lots of...
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    Thanks for the advice Bob. I think I have a...

    Thanks for the advice Bob. I think I have a little bit of leeway with the base height still so I might be able to turn it further down for more clearance. I'm starting to see the light at the end...
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    Some more progress made, I have milled out a slot...

    Some more progress made, I have milled out a slot and made a matching toolpost slide. Due to sort of making it up as I went along a bit, I didn't realise I wouldn't have enough material in the top...
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    Update- In the spirit of 'using what you have' I...

    Update-
    In the spirit of 'using what you have' I decided to re-use the old spindle thrust bearing which I replaced in the lathe headstock last year. Still serviceable when I took it out but was...
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    Nice deal with the boss buying you some tooling! ...

    Nice deal with the boss buying you some tooling! In regards to the QCTP, I recently just purchased a BOSTAR AXA wedge type toolpost kit, came with a bunch of various holders and a knurling tool. ...
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    Hercus radius turning tool - project

    Hi all,

    I have started making a radius (ball) turning tool for my Hercus 9A and phase one is complete, the base with the round dovetail is done and fits snugly in place in the cross slide.

    I'm...
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    Congratulations on the inheritance! I was in a...

    Congratulations on the inheritance! I was in a similar situation to yourself about a year ago, got myself a Hercus lathe with lots of accessories and no idea what to do with most of it. The members...
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    I have actually really surprised myself with what...

    I have actually really surprised myself with what I have learned simply by watching youtube videos and reading lathe books, including 'The textbook of turning'. I refer to that a lot and it seems to...
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    Hi Kodiak, About 6 months ago now I purchased...

    Hi Kodiak,

    About 6 months ago now I purchased my Hercus Model A 9" lathe. And im REALLLLLY glad that I did, because I was also like you and looking around at things like Chinese lathes and...
  37. Thread: Bearing noise

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    OK a bit of an update - I bought a new...

    OK a bit of an update - I bought a new replacement thrust bearing, and also the fibre disc replacement roller bearing upgrade.

    Only problem now is, I am struggling with the bolts that hold the...
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    OK so I did play with the adjustment as per...

    OK so I did play with the adjustment as per pipeclay's instructions, and certainly taking up a small fraction of play has quietened down the bearing chatter to almost nil, but I do still suspect the...
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    Thankyou pipeclay for taking the time to explain...

    Thankyou pipeclay for taking the time to explain that. I will have a look this evening when I got home from work and see what the result is. At least by hand the spindle feels very tight I cannot...
  40. Thread: Bearing noise

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    Bearing noise

    Hi All,

    Need some advice on a new noise from my Hercus. Over the last couple of times I used it a clicking or chattering sound began to develop and it was kind of difficult to pinpoint but...
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    Well I am feeling just a little bit chuffed...

    Well I am feeling just a little bit chuffed today, I learned some new things and made a thing :)

    I found an old bunsen burner at the local scrap yard which still had the old bayonet style gas tap...
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    David, you hit the nail on the head! Yes there...

    David, you hit the nail on the head! Yes there was a 20 tooth gear being used as a spacer on the lead screw. I took the lead screw gear off and then removed the smaller gear and its stamped 20. I...
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    I will have a look tonight and get back to you,...

    I will have a look tonight and get back to you, might post a pic as well. I have only used the power feed on a very slow feed rate, not doing .048 cuts sorry if I'm confusing you but I'm quite a...
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    I have only used the power feed on the lathe for...

    I have only used the power feed on the lathe for some basic cutting tasks not threading as yet, I kind of got stumped at the 20 tooth gear being missing. It seems only very coarse threads can be cut...
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    There is a 40 tooth stud gear on the lathe at the...

    There is a 40 tooth stud gear on the lathe at the moment. Where can I get a new gear for $22 + post? That seems very fair and reasonable to me!
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    Well believe it or not, it turns out I am missing...

    Well believe it or not, it turns out I am missing a critical part of the lathe. I decided to dive into the art of thread cutting and so read some articles and also watched some videos, but when it...
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    Well, I was meant to be out doing last minute...

    Well, I was meant to be out doing last minute Xmas shopping today but instead just had a good old play on the lathe and am very happy to report that I was able to align the tailstock turning only...
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    Well I won't give up an exact figure but it was...

    Well I won't give up an exact figure but it was more than $1000 and less than $1500, so you can put it in that ballpark somewhere :) I think the machine on its own is probably worth the price I...
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    OK this one I now believe may be a worksheet...

    OK this one I now believe may be a worksheet holder of some kind, as has been suggested to me by someone who has seen the lathe and associated bits. Sound about right? It's the best guess at this...
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    I think perhaps it would be the duplex pulley...

    I think perhaps it would be the duplex pulley setup, the pulley directly attached to the electric motor has 2 sizes.

    Actually during some of my readings I see speed recommendations in RPM and SFM...
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