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    Sticky: You need to get with the times and get some...

    You need to get with the times and get some spiral taps, magic little things.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I raised mine up by 100mm on hardwood blocks I...

    I raised mine up by 100mm on hardwood blocks I machined up and then shimmed it with sheet steel. I hate bending over machines. I realise your situation is different though.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Could you use some thin knurled locking discs on...

    Could you use some thin knurled locking discs on the stainless thread?
    Crocy.
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    I use a plywood protector just in case, but I...

    I use a plywood protector just in case, but I have a small block and tackle with a webbing sling to change my chucks as I don't want to risk damaging my back.
    Sadly I have a few friends that have...
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    I agree with everything Bob has written. When I...

    I agree with everything Bob has written. When I could use the forge, I had a large deep tray made of 6mm plate that I placed different sized cans, pineapple, beetroot etc into and surrounded them...
  6. Thread: Bead Roller

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    It is so nice to see people making offers to...

    It is so nice to see people making offers to fellow metalworkers like this.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    2 trips to the doctor's this year for sawdust...

    2 trips to the doctor's this year for sawdust blown in my eyeball, I wear a construction helmet with a polycarbonate visor on the metal lathe when machining brass and it lives on top of the drill...
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    That's interesting, I have done hundreds of Ball...

    That's interesting, I have done hundreds of Ball Pein and sledges of all weights and I have never seen one like that, only tapered both sides. So I guess one will come into the shop next week and...
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    No confusion, I was laughing at the comment about...

    No confusion, I was laughing at the comment about Spain. I have had a few samples of Spanish wine at friends dinners, tasted like strained through a Bushman's loincloth. I haven't been able to drink...
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    How come you don't support your former penal...

    How come you don't support your former penal colony, we have some of the best wines in the world! Not that I would know, I drink beer with XXXX on the cans.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
    P.S. interestingly some...
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    Sticky: Simon, most of us will admit to doing the same...

    Simon, most of us will admit to doing the same thing. After I wasted an expensive billet of Aluminium, doing that, I decided to always drill the tapping size first and then the clearance hole, so far...
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    I am much the same as most of the comments above,...

    I am much the same as most of the comments above, I was taught by dad very young to sharpen by hand. But as age has caught up with me I decided to buy a DD500 as Sydney Tools had them real cheap...
  13. Thread: Marble Slab !

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    Thanks for the detailed reply. I also hit the...

    Thanks for the detailed reply. I also hit the wrong button. I am only an amateur metal worker and I don't have or have the need for accurate measuring gear like a lot of you guys. The bits of metal I...
  14. Thread: Marble Slab !

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    Does anyone know how accurate or not, composite...

    Does anyone know how accurate or not, composite granite countertops are. I have a couple of sink cutouts that I use with wet and dry sandpaper to flatten and polish bits of metal on.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  15. Thread: RongFu clone

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    The photos indicate you have a faceplate for a...

    The photos indicate you have a faceplate for a metal lathe, the 3 pins are a quick change system. Somewhere recently there was a table to tell which one you have.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I just noticed in Mag-Pro' s latest update they...

    I just noticed in Mag-Pro' s latest update they have a few straight edges, no idea of the accuracy, just saying.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Thanks for all the replies, I tried Kryns...

    Thanks for all the replies, I tried Kryns suggestion. I looked at how a spade bit is made and grabbed a bit of 12mm 4140, milled it to 4mm , then milled the angle. Ground the edge relief on the...
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    A tapered drill bit.

    Hi everyone, I have been tasked to make a quantity of file and rasp handles for a guy with a mild hand disability to a design that suits him. Fairly normal except that it takes me so long to drill...
  19. This is an interesting thread, good to see how...

    This is an interesting thread, good to see how others chop and change due to necessity. Mine is no different, I inherited a bundle of handsaws from Dad and an old family friend and I picked the 3 I...
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    Hi Frank, thanks for that, but I rang my mate...

    Hi Frank, thanks for that, but I rang my mate that told me about the link and he had a look and does not look like the one he saw in Kryns original post and as I never saw it I have no idea who I am...
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    Hey Kryn, I just found this and the link goes to...

    Hey Kryn, I just found this and the link goes to a guy selling wad punches?
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  22. Thread: 350mm rule

    by Old Croc
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    A while ago Daiso were selling 400mm Stainless...

    A while ago Daiso were selling 400mm Stainless steel rules, so much better than the 300mm ones as described by the OP. I got so used to the longer one I bought all they had, now there is one on every...
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    It's easy to say don't buy from China but the $...

    It's easy to say don't buy from China but the $ rules. The dilemma I have is I need some Ratchet Lever Clamps, only made in China, I need 2 of the female threaded version. I searched and an Aussie...
  24. Grahame, your experience is totally different to...

    Grahame, your experience is totally different to mine. I have bought a lot of stuff from them, always been charged the correct price and they have always combined the items to reduce the freight. As...
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    Joe, that's just the sort of machine I am looking...

    Joe, that's just the sort of machine I am looking for, but the freight would be exxcy, plus it probably won't survive the journey. Good luck to somebody.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Yes that's the set I bought, like I said they are...

    Yes that's the set I bought, like I said they are performing well.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Hi Michael, for the top one I would take it to a...

    Hi Michael, for the top one I would take it to a motor rewinder and get them to check it and give it a test run, should only cost a few $. Then you will be sure and if all is ok get the VFD Bob...
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    Phil, it seems like you have done most of the...

    Phil, it seems like you have done most of the usual checks. You said one of the wheels is dished, so, try marking a clock face on it, I.E. 1,2,3 etc. Put a short bit of 6mm rod in a vice, get it...
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    Gazza, here are the 2 best bits of information...

    Gazza, here are the 2 best bits of information from this whole saga. I have a set of Mag-Pro Cobalt drill bits and they work very effectively on SS and Hi-Tensile steels that I use. I also have that...
  30. Thread: Fatigue Mats

    by Old Croc
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    I have had a wooden duckboard in front of the...

    I have had a wooden duckboard in front of the metal lathe for 40 years and about a month ago I made one for the wood lathe. Only thing I did was used narrower boards and wider spacing for the...
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    I wish I could be there when the hot chips start...

    I wish I could be there when the hot chips start flying, just to see how fast he will be Wheelinround, 🤣
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Large straight edge.

    https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/yarraville/hand-tools/precision-straight-edge-camelback-8ft-long-x-3-5inch-wide/1217263913
    This appeared under wood lathes on Gumtree,
    rgds,
    Crocy.
  33. Thread: Jabsco Pumps.

    by Old Croc
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    I have no idea what has gone wrong with the multi...

    I have no idea what has gone wrong with the multi quote, but it will only let me do 3 at a time,
    BTS, It is only doing about 70 RPM, so I can now really step it up, I will just add a relief bleed...
  34. Thread: Jabsco Pumps.

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    Thanks for this reference, the 2nd one looks like...

    Thanks for this reference, the 2nd one looks like a near identical one,
    rgds,
    Crocy.
  35. Thread: Jabsco Pumps.

    by Old Croc
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    Jabsco Pumps.

    Hi guys, I have an old Parkanson Power Hacksaw with a Jabsco Impeller pump for the coolant supply and the V belt keeps stuffing up. It is a major job to clean and readjust the pump as the belt...
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    Have you got enough room for the drawbar? rgds,...

    Have you got enough room for the drawbar?
    rgds,
    Crocy,
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    I don't use my anvil all that often, but went to...

    I don't use my anvil all that often, but went to use it one day and it had disappeared under the mulberry tree, cleared the overgrown branches and there it was laying on it's side. The termites had...
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    As Grahame and others have said, there is no...

    As Grahame and others have said, there is no right or wrong when it comes to hammer weight, handle length and diameter. My dad was a blacksmith, his business was in our backyard and one of the skills...
  39. DM, the QCTP looks like a copy of an Algra, but...

    DM, the QCTP looks like a copy of an Algra, but your photos don't show the top view. I think there is a chart on Hafco's site with the dimensions of the different sizes available. You may be lucky...
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    Simon, Mag-pro in Melbourne has them @ $290, good...

    Simon, Mag-pro in Melbourne has them @ $290, good starting point. BTW, anything out of China/eBay, is now taking 2-4 weeks.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  41. Brad, sounso like you could have a 2" UN8 thread...

    Brad, sounso like you could have a 2" UN8 thread on that lathe, only real way to know is to use thread wires and check the online tables. You can also get onto YouTube and look up thread cutting by...
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    Michael, have you considered doing one end at a...

    Michael, have you considered doing one end at a time using a pair of scissor jacks. I recently jacked one up like that to get a pallet under it to move the lathe out with a pallet jack and reversed...
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    Google Carmet in Brisbane and give him a call,...

    Google Carmet in Brisbane and give him a call, has been very helpful to me, he carries a lot of older stuff.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I have been watching this show for a while, some...

    I have been watching this show for a while, some good segments on metalworking. Does anyone know who pays for the repairs?
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  45. Thread: Welding HSS

    by Old Croc
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    I have TIG welded HSS to other various steel to...

    I have TIG welded HSS to other various steel to make woodturning chisels using 316 filler rods and have not experienced any cracking.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  46. I have like most of what has been posted, so the...

    I have like most of what has been posted, so the only thing I can add is if possible make 1 post nearest a large door extra strong and install a swingarm crane with a chainblock or an electric hoist....
  47. Thread: Knife handles

    by Old Croc
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    Knife handles

    Any knife makers on here? If so, what constitutes a good piece of wood for a handle? Does it need coarse or fine grain, light weight or heavy?
    The reason I am asking is I am cleaning out 35 years of...
  48. Thread: File handles.

    by Old Croc
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    Thank you Ray, Crocy. Thank you Eskimo, I...

    Thank you Ray,
    Crocy.


    Thank you Eskimo, I don't think that's actually the article I was looking for, but it is good, so I will study it in depth, then hit the wood lathe and knock a few out and...
  49. Thread: File handles.

    by Old Croc
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    File handles.

    Hi all, hard drive died, lost my favorites. I am fairly sure there was a thread on here where someone did up a drawing of a good file handle and the reasons why it was better. I have done advanced...
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    [QUOTE=caskwarrior;1952641]The 5xx series...

    [QUOTE=caskwarrior;1952641]The 5xx series machines all seem to be pretty average to me, I have used one and wasn't impressed. I'd go for one of the proper Bridgeport clones like the 22 or 23. Or a...
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