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  1. Large end in chuck, small end in fixed steady....

    Large end in chuck, small end in fixed steady. Because of the taper the steady points might wear slightly but adjust to suit.
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    Laser cut from 5mm mild steel. Firstly cut the...

    Laser cut from 5mm mild steel. Firstly cut the "F" to your required size then take another cut but 3mm or 4mm larger all round. So you now have a top & bottom die for stamping The "ORD" then follows...
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    Edcon aren't cheap but it's the convenience of...

    Edcon aren't cheap but it's the convenience of being able to buy just about any material & have it cut to your required sizes.
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    Edcon carry brass sections

    Edcon carry brass sections
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    Great info Grahame, many thanks.

    Great info Grahame, many thanks.
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    Zirconia belts I love but finding it for my 18"...

    Zirconia belts I love but finding it for my 18" disc linisher isn't happening. Does anyone know of a supplier who could supply 40 grit X 18" dia Zirconia discs?
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    Now we know you're using black bar and a 1/2"...

    Now we know you're using black bar and a 1/2" bolt to hold it in place then there's really no need for a perfect hole. A 16 mm drill will do or even a 41/64" for a bit of clearance ... reduced web...
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    Spot on with everything you say regarding the...

    Spot on with everything you say regarding the type of rod being used BobL although bright bar is pretty consistent in size and ovality, albeit the diameter is always a thou or two undersize. Black...
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    Your choice whether you use a Morse taper or...

    Your choice whether you use a Morse taper or reduced shank drill but if you need an accurate 16.0 diameter hole you'll have to ream it after drilling a 15.5 or 39/64" hole. A badly sharpened 16mm...
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    Look up this site & go to web thinning. Drill...

    Look up this site & go to web thinning. Drill Terminology and Cutting Characteristics | MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORPORATION

    In 50+ years as a toolmaker I've never heard of a reduced shank drill...
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    I don't know what your point is with the material...

    I don't know what your point is with the material thickness. It wouldn't matter if it was 1.6mm thick or solid you only have to drill then ream. Save yourself a trip to Brisbane because H & F will...
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    Is this machine so weak you have to drill a pilot...

    Is this machine so weak you have to drill a pilot hole? My way would be to get an old 15mm/15.5mm drill that's only about 3" long & drill both sides in one setting. No centre drill required with the...
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    Shame it's not 3/8" then you could weld a T piece...

    Shame it's not 3/8" then you could weld a T piece to an old 3/8" drive socket.
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    Seeing you've got the lathe then you can turn up...

    Seeing you've got the lathe then you can turn up a holder that fits in the tailstock chuck.
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    Google Scotch-Brite silicone carbide wheels....

    Google Scotch-Brite silicone carbide wheels. About 10 times dearer than the one you're replacing though.
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    Don't they have steel supply companies in...

    Don't they have steel supply companies in Argentina?:doh:
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    $153 for a 20mm end mill. There's a lot of money...

    $153 for a 20mm end mill. There's a lot of money sitting in my cupboard then & that's not half of the collection.380839
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    Maybe I'm too old to change but using ER collets...

    Maybe I'm too old to change but using ER collets is a last resort. I like to take heavy cuts with the knowledge that the cutter will finish the cut in the same place in the collet that it started....
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    The bigger the better

    I'd look for the biggest machine that fits your workshop. With the smaller hobby type or bench lathes you're limited with the size of work it can handle. A decent size hollow spindle is what I look...
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    Agree with the previous two comments regarding a...

    Agree with the previous two comments regarding a used Bridgeport or similar but in saying that I find the Chinese machines are pretty good once fine tuned. One aspect of the machine you're looking at...
  21. Thread: Paint stripper

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    There has definitely been a change in the formula...

    There has definitely been a change in the formula because the lacquer used to lift as you painted the stripper on and the brush would remove it as you worked. I don't see any paint crazing now and...
  22. Thread: Paint stripper

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    That MIGHT work on a brushing enamel but on a...

    That MIGHT work on a brushing enamel but on a single coat of lacquer it's about as good as using water.

    I bought that stuff from Bunnings because 10 years ago I used it on the same lacquer and...
  23. Thread: Paint stripper

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    Paint stripper

    It wasn't that long ago that paint stripper did just that ... strip paint. Not any more. Apparently methylene chloride was the ingredient that did the stripping but legislation has had it banned so...
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    Of course it's going to be confusing because it...

    Of course it's going to be confusing because it has a "B" in the name ... meaning British. I'm yet to see a British measuring system that makes sense. Even their money is a cock up.:?

    Getting back...
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    Goggo memories

    In the late 1960's I knocked around with a bloke called John May. When Bill Buckle ceased his involvement with Goggo's it was John who bought the complete stock of Goggo spare parts. John died many...
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    379750You guys go to a lot of trouble with your...

    379750You guys go to a lot of trouble with your bashing instruments. These two do me although the lead could probably do with re-melting in to it's original cylindrical shape.
  27. Thread: Astoba UW1

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    I've never seen or heard of such a machine. What...

    I've never seen or heard of such a machine. What a great project to restore it to working condition. Totally useless if you want to do anything substantial but no doubt a perfect universal machine...
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    This machine is around 2000kg so way too heavy...

    This machine is around 2000kg so way too heavy for most trailers. Just the main body stripped of most parts is still too heavy for all but the strongest tandem trailer.

    That size machine is a job...
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    Look up crane truck hire on Gumtree. They can...

    Look up crane truck hire on Gumtree. They can pick up & drop off if there's access but for that weight you'll need professionals to move it to your position once delivered. Mind you, I'd talk to them...
  30. Sorry Michael but I can't help you with 22 or...

    Sorry Michael but I can't help you with 22 or 20.5. A couple of imperial sizes go close but I don't have them either.
  31. Thread: Bandsaw blade

    by Snapey
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    Bandsaw blade sorted

    Many thanks for your help guys. Grahame sent me a link to United Products in Qld who were only too please to help out.
  32. Sold

    All of the new drills have been sold. I'll list sizes of the used ones soon but they'll be pick up only.
  33. Thread: Bandsaw blade

    by Snapey
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    Thanks for the offer Steve but I've still got a...

    Thanks for the offer Steve but I've still got a couple of 14tpi blades. I've got near full rolls of 1/4 x 24, 3/8 x 10 & 1/2 x 6 so I'm not desperate. I just thought I'd buy a roll to put on the...
  34. Thread: Bandsaw blade

    by Snapey
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    Bandsaw blade

    It's a long time since I bought any bandsaw blade and things have certainly changed. I'm after a 30 metre coil of Starrett 1/4" x 14 tpi flexible back but finding that size seems impossible unless...
  35. New & used metric & imperial drills for sale

    Over the years I've accumulated a lot of taper shank twist drills that are now gathering dust so they're all for sale. Most of the metric stuff is Chinese HSS so I'll be selling those at half the H&F...
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    Almost done

    Now for the body work which luckily is pretty good so no paint was required there ... except the tank that had a bad spot at the back. I can work around that with a black stripe but widening at the...
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    It surprises me that the cutting stroke pushes...

    It surprises me that the cutting stroke pushes against the moveable vice jaw. I could set my old Taiwanese clunker to cut the same way by rotating the lifting cam so I'm wondering if your hacksaw has...
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    Count the number of threads over a longer...

    Count the number of threads over a longer distance on the lead screw, say 150 or 6". If it's 6mm pitch you'll count 25 over the 150mm and imperial 1/4" then the count will be 24 over the 6".
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    Katana part 2

    I was happy with the way the frame turned out and I know the engine internals are good so all that needed doing was an external clean up & polish here & there. I made a rough cradle then got to work...
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    My Suzuki 1100SZ Katana

    I bought the Kat from a mate a couple of years ago with the intention of a ground up original restoration but for certain reasons originality didn't eventuate. This is the bike as purchased. ...
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    There are some interesting tools you blokes have...

    There are some interesting tools you blokes have but I think a fly press is so much more versatile. With a bit of simple tooling you can punch, bend or crop up to 10g mild steel. I bent some of these...
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    Sure What postcode & I'll get a cost. EDIT; PM...

    Sure What postcode & I'll get a cost.

    EDIT; PM sent.
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    Mill holders & arbors for sale

    NT40 collet chuck and ER40 collets. M16 draw bar. $75 SOLD TO PDW
    Sizes are 4-3, 5-4, 6-5, 7-6, 8-7, 10-9, 12-11, 13-12, 14-13, 15-14, 16-15, 18-17, 20-19, 22-21, 24-23.379388

    NT40 arbor with...
  44. Thread: Tips and tricks

    by Snapey
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    I've never bothered with rag or a pilot hole on...

    I've never bothered with rag or a pilot hole on the lathe with something as small as a 20mm drill Bob. I'd use the 20 as a pilot drill for something over 32 maybe but my lathe is not a toy. If you...
  45. Thread: Ebay Mill

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    I started my business in 1980 with a drill/mill...

    I started my business in 1980 with a drill/mill from H&F and it's still going strong today. I think if it was a geared head machine I'd have cooked it years ago but with cast iron V pulleys & a lot...
  46. Thread: Tips and tricks

    by Snapey
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    Drill chatter

    So you've drilled a pilot hole & now for the 20mm dia drill to finish but when starting to drill you get a lot of chatter. You'd swear it's trying to drill a triangular hole.

    Easy remedy & you'll...
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    We said the same thing 57 years ago but many...

    We said the same thing 57 years ago but many times in those years my basic training in the use of hand tool has come in to play. Quite often when in the field & away from all the nice machines you...
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    Ah the memories of chiselling the block as an...

    Ah the memories of chiselling the block as an apprentice. To me it was a great exercise in the use of hand tools and I loved every part of it but a lot of the other blokes really struggled,...
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    My suggestion would be a fly or screw press with...

    My suggestion would be a fly or screw press with a series of "V" tools. With the right tools you can get perfect bends on just about anything.
  50. Thread: Test

    by Snapey
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    What happened Kryn was that I spent about an hour...

    What happened Kryn was that I spent about an hour doing a detailed article on the restoration of my Katana only to have it go to cyber space because I didn't have ten posts up. There is no article on...
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