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    I must commend you on making something like you...

    I must commend you on making something like you are. Way beyond my capabilities.

    For one or a few holes telescopic gauges are fine...

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    For lots of holes.

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    Yes

    Yes
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    I have a theory that lost shed pencils are...

    I have a theory that lost shed pencils are conspire ring with lost socks from the washing machine to drive me nuts.

    Tony
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    I added a second fluid line to mine. Also changed...

    I added a second fluid line to mine. Also changed the worn fixed wire brush to wire wheel. The blade now stays a lot cleaner.

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    Tony
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    Good progress being made there. I your like me...

    Good progress being made there.
    I your like me constant adjustments will be made. 15 years mine has been up and I am still tweaking.

    Tony
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    I have not found any parts in my beard but am...

    I have not found any parts in my beard but am often digging out lost bits of swarf.

    An 8mm ball and spring flew out of an electrical switch I was cleaning/repairing. Waved the magnet around,...
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    I cannot remember the last time I used a keyed...

    I cannot remember the last time I used a keyed chuck.

    Interesting mentioning strap wrenches. I have been pulling some bits and pieces out of my work boxes that have been sitting on the garage...
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    Crude but effective. 387043 Tony

    Crude but effective.

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    Tony
  9. This one was a reject from the foundry I use to...

    This one was a reject from the foundry I use to work at 30 years ago. I rediscovered it a couple of weeks ago cleaning the back shed.

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    They were made for a company that made bar stools...
  10. Recycled part of the last chair I through out. ...

    Recycled part of the last chair I through out.

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    Tony
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    Going by the problems I found inside a perspex...

    Going by the problems I found inside a perspex cover was not going to save the operators for hurting themselves.
    One of the gears for the auto feed had been shredded. What I think was the electrics...
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    Its sad to see things like that. A friend...

    Its sad to see things like that.

    A friend spotted a drill press on the way to the scrap bin where he worked. No good to him, to big and 3 phase so a scrap value deal was done with the company and...
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    I have found the same thing. Pick up a spanner...

    I have found the same thing. Pick up a spanner and remove the swarf before its used. Annoying.

    Tony
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    That is one impressive tool chest. At the...

    That is one impressive tool chest.

    At the bottom of my pegboard I have a 200mm shelf. Handy for all sorts of things.
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    Some little shelf type things that can be moved if needed.

    Seal...
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    I`d be lost without my pegboard. 386909 ...

    I`d be lost without my pegboard.

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    I have never got into the shadow board marking as the system is in a constant state of flux.

    Tony
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    I use a hydraulic hand pump for testing. With the...

    I use a hydraulic hand pump for testing. With the receiver tank full of water it only takes a couple of pumps and your there. Not a lot of oil to waste.


    The reason I go to 3 x pressure is that...
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    I have had a copy of this on the wall for any...

    I have had a copy of this on the wall for any years. Goes from .1 to 25 mm. To go finer than .1mm I move the decimal point to the left.
    It sits right next to my P & N tapping chart that I have had...
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    I use one of these elchepo guns for all my...

    I use one of these elchepo guns for all my blasting. Hare & Forbes sell them.

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    The Sodium carbonate I buy from a horse place. 25kg bags. I think it was $40.00 a bag. Maybe less.

    I...
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    Good move testing an old tank. You just never...

    Good move testing an old tank. You just never know.

    I don`t know what the current standards are (specially as wall thickness on tanks seems to be getting thinner) but it use to be three time rated...
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    I find rulers like these frustrating. I pick up a...

    I find rulers like these frustrating. I pick up a ruler to measure something not convert something.
    The only thing worse are the ones that have measurements marked on one side and then a company...
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    Agree, No space is ever big enough. Push fit...

    Agree,
    No space is ever big enough.

    Push fit is the way to go. Easy to use and if you wish to change the layout it`s easy to do.

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    Lines are available in a number of different...
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    Been down to two comps (2 x 12 cfm) since my...

    Been down to two comps (2 x 12 cfm) since my direct drive went up in smoke. I like to run a little one to have general air around.

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    There out in a little shed extension I built years ago....
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    Old sheets is all I use. They have worked well...

    Old sheets is all I use. They have worked well for years.


    Tony
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    Don`t you just love machining rusty crap. ...

    Don`t you just love machining rusty crap.

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    Rusty 10mm plate now 8mm but it is going to do the job.

    Apart from those places already mentioned, farm actions is another one if...
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    That and its quiet when their outside. I`ve had...

    That and its quiet when their outside. I`ve had one back in the garage doing some repairs. Dam noisy things.

    Tony
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    As I am a lazy basted hate pumping levers up and...

    As I am a lazy basted hate pumping levers up and down I have built or converted several things to run either pneumatic or electrical over hydraulics.
    Engine crane, sheet metal rollers, press and...
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    I don`t mount anything on the compressor other...

    I don`t mount anything on the compressor other than a ball valve. I have seen to many brake because of having a whole heap of fittings hanging off them.

    I run flexible line to a collector then...
  28. Thread: Steel storage rack

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    Doing some nice work there. Something you might...

    Doing some nice work there.
    Something you might want to consider is putting some mesh between a couple of uprights.
    I used some scrap 25x25mm and 50x50mm on my rack. Great for putting all those...
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    All my metric ones are .01mm. Cannot say I have...

    All my metric ones are .01mm. Cannot say I have seen a .1mm dial gauge.
    I do have a .0001". Way beyond my capabilities. Only pull it out to check that it still works every couple of years.

    Tony
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    Looks pretty good. I`d go for 25mm first then a...

    Looks pretty good.
    I`d go for 25mm first then a 10mm. A set of tip extensions are handy to have as well.


    Tony
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    My geared head drill weighs about the same and I...

    My geared head drill weighs about the same and I moved that with a 2 tonne engine crane. With 2.4m ceiling height it was close. Need some short slings.

    Tony
  32. Thread: I need a bandsaw

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    My last one was Hare & Forbes. Surprised it...

    My last one was Hare & Forbes. Surprised it lasted as long as it did thought it was just home DIY stuff. The first 2 came from a small private company. They did a lot of work. Unavailable now.

    Tony
  33. Thread: I need a bandsaw

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    I am the same. 10-14 used to cut everything from...

    I am the same. 10-14 used to cut everything from thin to 200mm solid, Aluminium to steel. Speed is set to the second fastest and is never changed. I do use coolant and have hydraulic down feed.
    Over...
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    I was taught the same .001 for pushing bits...

    I was taught the same .001 for pushing bits together. Use .0013 if liquid nitrogen is being used.
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    Got a package from NZ today. Overnight express....

    Got a package from NZ today. Overnight express. Only took 14 days. Usually takes 2 or 3 days. Still waiting for stuff from the USA and that's been 3 weeks.

    Tony
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    Thanks for that. Sounds like marketing hype to...

    Thanks for that.
    Sounds like marketing hype to me. Though it has been along time since the foundry days.

    Tony
  37. It must be the season for braking parting tools....

    It must be the season for braking parting tools.
    Took out a 4mm parting tip on some 75mm mild yesterday.
    I was just about to pull out and do a clearance cut as I had to go down to 13mm hole. I...
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    Another couple of nice jobs and an interesting...

    Another couple of nice jobs and an interesting read.

    Could you tell me what "cast semi-steel" is?
    Being an ex-foundry person I find it an interesting term.

    Tony
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    Gazza as there are people on this forum that have...

    Gazza as there are people on this forum that have more patience than I have, don`t leave. You might learn something.

    I however after 4 or 5 threads that have basically gone done the same route now...
  40. Most of my stuff comes from Jaycar. When I got...

    Most of my stuff comes from Jaycar.

    When I got back into audio stuff I did pick up a set of leads that you could change the ends on. I don`t use them much anymore as I have more leads than I know...
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    Reminds me of the single leg boring machine I...

    Reminds me of the single leg boring machine I have seen. Use to sit them on the engine block and bore one cylinder at a time.
    Might have even had the Repco name on one of them.

    Tony
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    Fair call I think I am starting to take my...

    Fair call I think I am starting to take my frustrations out on others and for that I apologise.


    I truly would like to see how this project turns out if you go ahead.
    I watched the video you...
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    Digital angle finder, vernier calipers, 30mm rod...

    Digital angle finder, vernier calipers, 30mm rod welded to angle iron to within .05 over 900 mm in both the horizontal and vertical plain. Ok.
    Though in another 0.05mm for the cross slide.
    That's...
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    Actually I have got to stage where I would like...

    Actually I have got to stage where I would like to see this built.
    Will be interesting to see how many mm out of square, out of round the barrel ends up being. If it gets that far.

    GO FOR IT...
  45. Thread: Cinese Lathes

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    Question, How are you going to hone the cylinder...

    Question, How are you going to hone the cylinder to size when the liner is pressed in?
    Please don`t say you going to pick up a hone from Supercheap and have a go.
    Last time I looked a half descent...
  46. Thread: Cinese Lathes

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    My lathe weighs in at about 1200kgs and this is...

    My lathe weighs in at about 1200kgs and this is larger.

    Do you have 3 phase power? 3hp single phase is not going to cut it.
  47. Thread: Cinese Lathes

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    To small. At 210mm on the Z axis I doubt you...

    To small.
    At 210mm on the Z axis I doubt you will get the barrel and boring head to fit. Drill movement is about 50mm so its at least 2 maybe 3 goes at boring the depth you need. I bet every time...
  48. Thread: Cinese Lathes

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    My lathe is a 33 year old (I`ve had 20) 14"- 40"...

    My lathe is a 33 year old (I`ve had 20) 14"- 40" Microcut. Well used and at times abused. Its starting to show its age and needs some attention.
    Wear and tear is the sort of thing to keep in mined...
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    I get a similar wave effect when facing. I found...

    I get a similar wave effect when facing. I found that the leed screw on the cross slide had a bend in it. This combined worn gib and running the cross slide to loose after stripping and cleaning...
  50. Thread: Cinese Lathes

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    Be it $800 or $1500 spent on a lathe keep in mind...

    Be it $800 or $1500 spent on a lathe keep in mind the extras can add a lot to the cost.
    Bench to sit the lathe on, tooling, drill chuck..... It all ads up.

    Tony
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