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    That's a beautiful job, John

    That's a beautiful job, John
  2. For starters--I'm no welder! I was trying to...

    For starters--I'm no welder!

    I was trying to make a roof rack for a landrover 40 years ago out of (then) 1 inch X 1/16" steel RHS.
    Like you, I would have had better success swimming from Oz to...
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    Hi mate, The best material is "Lurethane",...

    Hi mate,

    The best material is "Lurethane", possibly a propriety name.
    Most current stock of washers seem to be from China, and are a similar material but in my opinion, not as good. The original...
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    Hi Hardcarve Welcome to the Forum. I'm on the...

    Hi Hardcarve
    Welcome to the Forum.
    I'm on the Gold Coast.
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    What a beautiful piece of work!

    What a beautiful piece of work!
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    Home anodising

    Hi fellow metalworkers.
    I'm exploring the possibility of home anodising some small parts---BLACK.
    They are knobs etc for rifle scopes.

    I can't find anywhere that sells small amounts of genuine...
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    If you are patient , and have the time, lay the...

    If you are patient , and have the time, lay the washer on a sheet of fine 'emery' paper on a flat surface and rub it back and forwards for as long as it takes to reduce the thickness. I know that...
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    Welcome to the Forum,Brad

    Welcome to the Forum,Brad
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    It's totally beautiful. A perfect and useful...

    It's totally beautiful.

    A perfect and useful reno.
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    Welcome to the Forum regards Brian

    Welcome to the Forum
    regards
    Brian
  11. Thread: Gunny1

    by Briangoldcoast
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    Welcome to the Forum, Vaughn. That's a serious...

    Welcome to the Forum, Vaughn.
    That's a serious project.
    regards
    Brian
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    Hi Rob, I have been in a similar dilemma needing...

    Hi Rob,
    I have been in a similar dilemma needing a gear for a small mill, I broke a few weeks ago.
    Being a tight ass Ive spent days exploring different ways I might achieve this.
    I found a lovely...
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    It gave me a good laugh, BobL !!

    It gave me a good laugh, BobL !!
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    They look so cute! I'd love to have a job where...

    They look so cute!
    I'd love to have a job where they would suit,and enjoy playing.
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    Hi Halifax from another Queenslander. Got a lot...

    Hi Halifax from another Queenslander.
    Got a lot of extended family spread across FNQ.
  16. Welcome to the Forum.Tris. A great bunch of Guys.

    Welcome to the Forum.Tris.
    A great bunch of Guys.
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    So I set the chuck up in the lathe and took a...

    So I set the chuck up in the lathe and took a skim off the outside .
    Careful examination showed a tiny lemish near the end so IU held it in the vice and eased it 'open'.
    Ah-ha! the back undid and...
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    Thanks Ray and Franko. Ray your pic is very...

    Thanks Ray and Franko. Ray your pic is very helpful because I figured the back of the chuck should screw off as yours does. Its just that I cant see a join line.
    I will take a closer look this...
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    I think Frank and Baron J are right Thanks both...

    I think Frank and Baron J are right
    Thanks both
    Brian
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    Baron J, You are right! But so am I. The...

    Baron J,
    You are right!
    But so am I.
    The eccentric Parrting tool is installed in the toolpost upside down (in the front of the lathe) and the lathe is run in reverse.
    Not that its...
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    Old Chuck--repair or dump?

    Hi Guys,
    I was scratching through some old junk the other day and rediscovered an old drill chuck,which cam in a tin of rusty odds and ends. Since I'm looking for things to amuse me and I've made...
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    HI Vic, .. I started several years ago in your...

    HI Vic, ..
    I started several years ago in your boat too, with the same questions.
    If I had my time over again as a hobby machinist, I would buy ONE diamond toolholder (RH)--(not the pair) and the...
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    Hi Nolan, I've made a few knives over the...

    Hi Nolan,
    I've made a few knives over the years,(as do some of the guys here).
    The first 'set' I made took me over a year.
    I am impressed on the work and effort you put into your first knife and...
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    Thanks everyone for your input. I systematically...

    Thanks everyone for your input.
    I systematically soaked it in shellite then Inox with a gentle wriggle in between.
    over a day the shellite leached all the 'brown stuff' out and with the 'gibs' out...
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    Mitutoyo vernier imperial

    Hi Everyone,
    I found this vernier in the bottom of one of my 'work' toolboxes, which I dont visit much these days.
    It was covered in a sticky substance---I have no idea what.
    It wouldnt move at...
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    The most work mine gets is to line up the parting...

    The most work mine gets is to line up the parting tool on the lathe
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    Hi Mark, It took me months to set up my chinese...

    Hi Mark,
    It took me months to set up my chinese lathe. A lot of reading and you tube and questions, and a lot of mistakes.
    Still not as good as a toolmakers lathe but that's to be expected.
    I came...
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    Teaching an old Dog a new Trick

    I guess, like most of you, I have several charts on technical details on my bench.

    I regularly use my digital vernier for converting mm to decimal inches, and refer to charts on tapping hole...
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    I cover my lathe and mini mill and all the other...

    I cover my lathe and mini mill and all the other odd pieces of machinery with old bed sheets which have absorbed oil over the years and now have a lovely patina.
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    Welcome Stefan, You have found a really friendly...

    Welcome Stefan,
    You have found a really friendly and helpful group of guys.
    Your mill looks like a huge beast, and I'm a little envious.
    warmest welcome
    :)brian
  31. Thread: Auction

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    Hahaha Harsh Kryn, Harsh!

    Hahaha Harsh Kryn, Harsh!
  32. Thread: Auction

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    Well , at least its driving distance for you,...

    Well , at least its driving distance for you, Kryn! I cant even get a flight!
  33. Almost a necessity when replacing a master...

    Almost a necessity when replacing a master cylinder in a car.
  34. What Toggie said.

    What Toggie said.
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    What a refreshing moment to see such a pretty...

    What a refreshing moment to see such a pretty self made reel.
    Its so easy to buy something from china, which works very well in spooling up a fly line, and often has quite adequate drag, BUT,...
  36. Two gone already!

    Two gone already!
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    Great stuff Bob. I haven't got one but Ive...

    Great stuff Bob.
    I haven't got one but Ive passed this on to couple of friends who have 3d printers
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    Here's a pic of my height gauge. The advantage I...

    Here's a pic of my height gauge.
    The advantage I find, is not having to hunt in a drawer for a 'centre'
    regards
    Brian
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    I have a diamond toolpost in my lathe. I made a...

    I have a diamond toolpost in my lathe.
    I made a tool height gauge a couple of years ago.
    Its a rare earth magnet, cylindrical in shape with a tapped hole through the axis. Size approx 12mm...
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    That counts My dream lathe!!!

    That counts
    My dream lathe!!!
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    Merry Christmas from Soriano nel Cimino Italy...

    Merry Christmas from Soriano nel Cimino Italy where the weather is 6 degrees and sunny with clear blue skies. My apologies , since I,m well aware of how dreadful the weather and fires have been for...
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    Saw a mate wearing a pair of Mongrel boots a...

    Saw a mate wearing a pair of Mongrel boots a while back .
    Bought a steel capped pair. Wore them for three months. Went and bought a non steel capped pair for casual wear, since I like them so much....
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    I tried to upload a pic from his email I suspect...

    I tried to upload a pic from his email
    I suspect that might be a bad thing so I've added it to my filda and uploaded from there
    Sorry Graheme!
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    A mate of mine made these for me a few years ago....

    A mate of mine made these for me a few years ago.
    I hope he doesnt mind me sharing the idea---but i doubt he will. He's a generous guy.
    Looks like the pic poted on its side
    Oh well there's your...
  45. Thread: Howdy

    by Briangoldcoast
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    Hi Kelem, Welcome to the best Forum with great...

    Hi Kelem,
    Welcome to the best Forum with great helpful and friendly guys.
    Next thing you know you will be looking for some metalworking tools!!
    Its very addictive.
    If you need help, ask. There's...
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    welcome to the forum---

    welcome to the forum---
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    PS they had a weird acetylene smell, (naturally)...

    PS they had a weird acetylene smell, (naturally) but not like the pure gas we burn in a cutting torch today
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    Hi Bob, What a great story albiet with a sad...

    Hi Bob,
    What a great story albiet with a sad underthread, and what great restorations. I was born in the 'bush' in far western queensland, and the sight of them transported me back to remember the...
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    Hi Crocky, while I'm no expert, I have made a...

    Hi Crocky,
    while I'm no expert, I have made a few knives over the years and have a butter box full of short lengths of 'pretty' wood, I have collected over the years to make handles for knives "when...
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    So it appears this might be a much more...

    So it appears this might be a much more complicated job than I realise/
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