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    Good to hear! Which vice did you end up...

    Good to hear!

    Which vice did you end up getting - the swivel base style or the base-less CNC style?

    Steve
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    Thanks Phil. I think I'm going to build along...

    Thanks Phil.

    I think I'm going to build along those lines, which is like the "Artful Bodgers" furnace design that PeteO has built.

    Inner layer of castable, then the ceramic blanket between that...
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    The only graduated bar I can think of is the...

    The only graduated bar I can think of is the likes of a drill press quill stop or saw guide but they generally arenít that long and likely not cheap to buy as a spare.

    Could you glue a 300mm rule...
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    Awesome news Elan. I was sure after this long...

    Awesome news Elan.
    I was sure after this long it was going to be gone for good.

    Steve
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    Swing gantry for the workshop

    Got the back brace for the post done tonight. Iíve run out of silver gal so will paint it another day.
    The flat bar is welded to the post at the top and free to slide over the short strut behind...
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    Swing gantry for the workshop

    Fitted the tie rod for the lifting arm tonight. Fitted nicely, and easy to adjust.
    I put the good solid stepladder under the arm (still supported by the temporary lifting sling tie) and packed it...
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    Swing gantry for the workshop

    I thought more about making a U shaped clevis as DaveJ suggested with a nut for adjustment but the different ways I could think of making it with the materials at hand were all going to look very...
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    My head still thinks that you're going to end up...

    My head still thinks that you're going to end up bell mouthed with clamping those jaws on the outside - and the manufacturer saying that the jaws are made with a slight taper to account for clearance...
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    Welcome aboard. Looks like a two axis machine...

    Welcome aboard.

    Looks like a two axis machine vice. There are a few listed on eBay (different brands).

    Steve
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    Damn - your drawing is much more professional...

    Damn - your drawing is much more professional than mine!

    I get what you mean now - thatís nice and simple.

    Made up this clevis for one end tonight.
    BaronJ - I reckon this will be good for a...
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    Hi John, I've no personal experience, but have...

    Hi John,

    I've no personal experience, but have always understood the jaws needed to be loaded in the usual direction before grinding - ie need to be pushed out rather than pulled in like you have...
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    Swing gantry for the workshop

    Thanks Dave.

    So you mean the threaded rod would be free to turn in the hole of the clevis, and would need some sort of head or flange to stop it pulling through? Then the outboard end of the...
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    Thanks :) Not sure if it qualifies as creative,...

    Thanks :)
    Not sure if it qualifies as creative, but hopefully an acceptable recovery of my initial mis-design !!

    Getting closer to finished now - just the support stay to make, and then decide...
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    Swing gantry for the workshop

    So I poked and prodded it, attacked it with MIG, grinder and a few bits from the scrap bin.

    Ended up with this:
    Pivot moved to line up with the cable drum, support on the motor end that holds the...
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    I know its easier to buy or get someone else to...

    I know its easier to buy or get someone else to make one, but it shouldn't be a big deal to make your own - you've got a lathe after all!!
    Plenty of reasonable options for indexing to mark the...
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    Thanks Pete - probably lucky for you that I AM on...

    Thanks Pete - probably lucky for you that I AM on the other side of town or you'd never get rid of me!

    Think I recall your furnace build, but I'll dig up that thread and refresh my memory.
    I'm...
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    Thanks Dave. Iíve made a newbie mistake there...

    Thanks Dave.
    Iíve made a newbie mistake there and hadnít thought much about the actual load point - stupidly assuming it would be midway between the factory mount brackets.

    Iíll have to look at...
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    Needed some way of connecting the electric hoist...

    Needed some way of connecting the electric hoist to the carriage.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200522/aaa2cbd8098ce251f26ac1c053a0da0b.jpg

    The hoist comes with two 3mm pressed steel...
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    Thats along the lines of what I was thinking. ...

    Thats along the lines of what I was thinking.
    An alternative would be a purely tension brace ie some 20mm flat or 10mm round to the top and bottom of the post with a short strut on the back of the...
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    There was a thread a few months back on 3D...

    There was a thread a few months back on 3D printing larger dials. Might be an option if you want to replace yours.

    Steve
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    Ever removed a round stake from the ground by...

    Ever removed a round stake from the ground by pushing it offcenter and then stirring it in a circular motion?
    I think the same is happening here.
    Jaws aren't good, likely bell-mouthed a bit, force...
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    Now Iím starting to get an elephant complex. The...

    Now Iím starting to get an elephant complex. The boss just brought over my coffee... :)

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200521/3890819333c753d31bc7c9f1d28b90b4.jpg

    Steve
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    It coped fine with me swinging on it - Iím not...

    It coped fine with me swinging on it - Iím not quite elephant class but could perhaps benefit from a bit of social distancing from the fridge ;)
    The beam is way over built for my purpose but the...
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    Grabbed the beam from out the back. ...

    Grabbed the beam from out the back.

    https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200521/22ce9ff63dc64d3e674f741fbf4edc1f.jpg

    Made up a couple of attachment lugs and glued them on with the MIG
    ...
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    Is it a dry or wet clutch? Generally a multi...

    Is it a dry or wet clutch?
    Generally a multi plate clutch only needs about 20 thou or so clearance when disengaged. Is there any way to adjust it?

    Steve
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    Thanks. Some more info would be great once you...

    Thanks. Some more info would be great once you can get to have a look at it again.

    Steve
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    Recommendation for first furnace

    Making a furnace suitable for alumium (and ideally brass/bronze) has been on my project list for ages. I recently had to shell out some reasonable dollars for a couple of short pieces of larger...
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    Sorry to hear - glad youíre still able to post...

    Sorry to hear - glad youíre still able to post about it. Nasty but sounds like it could have been much worse.
    Very keen to hear what the actual issue was as i think itís the first gas regulator...
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    Unless they are available off the shelf, you're...

    Unless they are available off the shelf, you're probably going to be making one out of bronze I'd say.
    I'm not familiar with that lathe, but unless its on the layshaft and you can remove a...
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    Thanks Dave. I can't remember what flavour signal...

    Thanks Dave. I can't remember what flavour signal comes out of the existing scales, but its definitely crossed my mind that a new readout might be the way to go. Realistically with the way I work...
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    Possibly looks bigger in that photo that what it...

    Possibly looks bigger in that photo that what it actually is. Its roughly 100 long with 75mm flanges.
    I'm sure I'll find a use for it - might even get keen and square it up a bit!
    Loving the...
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    Making Strap/Hold Down Clamps

    Yes, some spiral taps are on my list to buy, but havenít got there yet.

    I actually managed to power tap the 8mm holes in the tee nuts, but just had the hand tap in the drill chuck on the mill....
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    Definitely not a button with that function, but...

    Definitely not a button with that function, but itís still possible that it has the functionality.
    DRO is a Hiedenhain of 1980s vintage. Old style LED segment display..
    I printed out the manual...
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    About 3 passes John. I ramped it down as I...

    About 3 passes John.
    I ramped it down as I turned the rotary table until I had a couple of mm or so depth then finished going round at that depth - rinse and repeat until it cut through.

    Yes,...
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    By coincidence I actually made some tee nuts...

    By coincidence I actually made some tee nuts tonight for my rotary table. Turned out that the 19x19ish hot rolled bar I had was good for width and height so I just ran a roughing endmill down each...
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    Drilled the 5 holes for the studs, then scratched...

    Drilled the 5 holes for the studs, then scratched my head a bit about how best to cut out the hole in the middle to go over the hub.

    Considered cutting it out with the plasma cutter but that...
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    I donít think it will make much difference, so...

    I donít think it will make much difference, so Iíd make it out of whichever is easier to source.

    Steve
  38. The ones I recall looking at didnít mention water...

    The ones I recall looking at didnít mention water in the grease gun, just prefilling the tank with water first. My assumption was that you just used whatever grease was in the gun. Any residual...
  39. Good work on doing the test. I've seen references...

    Good work on doing the test. I've seen references to filling the receiver with water then using a grease gun as the pressure source, but hadn't seen or thought of using a pressure washer as the...
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    Swing gantry for the workshop

    Some progress on the top mount...

    Cut a flange out of some 16mm plate and turned a step in it for inserting into the pipe. Beveled the edge of the step to make the welding easier.
    Bored the...
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    Just adding that Felix is back in Australia and...

    Just adding that Felix is back in Australia and was at the warehouse when I went there last week. As Joe says - a thoroughly nice guy. Heís quite passionate about his products and definitely not just...
  42. Thread: Tig welding

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    You could also try outside corner welds, or just...

    You could also try outside corner welds, or just 2 pieces flat together with edges aligned clamped in the vice and no filler. Just practice getting the weld pool to run.
    Something in the 2-3mm...
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    That's a great freight price - almost TOO good. ...

    That's a great freight price - almost TOO good.
    M&G's website sucks. I'd suggest getting hold of them directly to confirm total freight etc rather than ordering based purely on the website.
    FWIW...
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    As a relative newbie to the world of a decent...

    As a relative newbie to the world of a decent size mill - here's my experience with cutters...
    I've had a bunch of Chinese HSS endmills/slot-drills that I bought a while back. Been slowly working...
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    Have you actually bought one of the Vertex vices...

    Have you actually bought one of the Vertex vices Karl?

    I picked up one of these from Magpro last week: Precision Milling Machine Vice 6" with swing base_Machine Tool Access._M&G Productions
    I...
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    Fierce and cunning. Fiercely disobedient and...

    Fierce and cunning.

    Fiercely disobedient and cunningly lazy ;)

    Making sure nobody steals my compressed air.....

    Steve
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    Mine generally get covered - old doona covers or...

    Mine generally get covered - old doona covers or bed sheets. The Van Norman mill and the shaper prefer fitted sheets as they pull in around the base and don't leave you with excess material that...
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    External compressor enclosure

    I'm in a similar situation Simon - similar sized block, currently no neighbours on the boundaries so no real noise constraints although that may be changing with proposed developments etc. I try to...
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    Not planning to weld the slug to the pipe,...

    Not planning to weld the slug to the pipe, there's only a couple of mm clearance in the diameter so it can't tip over and I don't expect the slight lateral movement will cause any issues in...
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    That's the perfect path I reckon. For me -...

    That's the perfect path I reckon.

    For me - definitely value in having new, known stock. Particularly if its for a specific project. Finding a supplier that will happily cut to length for a...
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