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    Was that 'need' or 'want'? With your lathe and...

    Was that 'need' or 'want'?
    With your lathe and mill you don't need a shaper.
    Wanting a shaper because they are old school, fascinating to watch and make wonderful rhythmic noises is very...
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    FWIW 4 or 5 years ago I bought a cheap ($200 odd...

    FWIW 4 or 5 years ago I bought a cheap ($200 odd including DHL delivery) 2 axis reader and scales off aliexpress to replace the Easson ES8 on my Hafpos AL340. The Easson was reading only on one axis,...
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    3/8 - 16 LH taps are on aliexpress, Tecla&Chiara...

    3/8 - 16 LH taps are on aliexpress, Tecla&Chiara is one store China Precision Tools is another, $8 or $16 posted.
  4. I find Tecla & Chiara on Aliexpress useful for...

    I find Tecla & Chiara on Aliexpress useful for odd size taps and dies.

    https://teclachiara.aliexpress.com/store/230702?spm=a2g0o.store_home.pcShopHead_8333042.0
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    Belt driven power steering pumps are cheap at the...

    Belt driven power steering pumps are cheap at the wreckers. More recent cars are being fitted with all in one electric power steering pumps rather than belt drives.
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    I don't claim to be an expert in this field (or...

    I don't claim to be an expert in this field (or probably any field come to that) but my understanding is that electrical products for general sale in Australia have to be submitted to an Australian...
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    I have a 20mm and a 16mm insert end mill that I...

    I have a 20mm and a 16mm insert end mill that I use where ever possible. They have their limitations but they are cheap to run, they use the APKT etc inserts.
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    Its a channel with a boss, 2 threaded holes and a...

    Its a channel with a boss, 2 threaded holes and a plain hole.

    If it were me I would mill a functionally similar item from a suitable piece of mild steel and never have to worry about the quality...
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    Sticky: Bolts and Industrial (bolt.com.au) send me an...

    Bolts and Industrial (bolt.com.au) send me an email on specials now and then, this one is for Quaker-Houghton STA-PUT 68 way oil.
    ...
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    One of the articles of faith of the home...

    One of the articles of faith of the home aluminium caster is to only melt items that were made from molten aluminium - no extrusions, no aluminium cans.
    Pistons work well because they have a high...
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    Home cast aluminium (at least my home cast...

    Home cast aluminium (at least my home cast aluminium) is never as good as the proper 6061 etc from a supplier. The grain is always coarse and there is always a degree of porosity.

    For low tech...
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    The main health problem with 2 pack PU paints is...

    The main health problem with 2 pack PU paints is the hardener which is typically an isocyanate, isocyantes have an affinity for water and there is plenty of that in the lungs. The isocyante hooks...
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    Clough42

    For those contemplating DIY electronic leadscrews Clough42 on youtube has a very in depth series of videos about the process.
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    Thanks guys, 3.3Ω 20W resistors it shall be. ...

    Thanks guys, 3.3Ω 20W resistors it shall be.

    The horns are Klaxon brand made by Delco Remy but they aren't 'aooogha' motor driven klaxons. US car makers had pretty much moved away from the...
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    6V car horns on a 12V car

    I have a pair of 85yo 6v car horns on that I need to run on 12V without stressing the 85yo internals.

    The resistance across the horn terminals is 3Ω. According to my rudimentary electrical...
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    Best to get a quote from a customs agent on the...

    Best to get a quote from a customs agent on the landing costs, they can be eye watering. As an illustration this is a story I've told on here before.

    The shipment is 100kg from Hartford...
  17. If the head moves instead of the work does that...

    If the head moves instead of the work does that make it a mini planer rather than a mini shaper?
  18. Very interesting, possibly made from a casting...

    Very interesting, possibly made from a casting kit many moons ago when such activities were common, Trustee in the Toolroom era?

    I'd pay a hundred or two for it because its cool and unusual.
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    It would be a brave or foolhardy Australian...

    It would be a brave or foolhardy Australian company nowadays that outsourced to China.
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    I've been making simple multi piece moulds and...

    I've been making simple multi piece moulds and casting a few different grommets for an old car project. Small quantities of PU rubber liquids come from Rowe Trading in Adelaide.

    A crude sketch...
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    Old car steering boxes were typically filled with...

    Old car steering boxes were typically filled with thick oil. When the steering box seals wore and the oil leaked on the garage floor owners would solve the problem by filling the steering box with...
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    I'd guess it is for grinding tapered work.

    I'd guess it is for grinding tapered work.
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    For a small spring such as you are making I would...

    For a small spring such as you are making I would be bending it cold. There are any number of youtube videos on spring winding/making, this is one of the many.
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    This is a welcome discussion. A couple of...

    This is a welcome discussion.

    A couple of things I'm not sure of with oxy/LPG cutting. The oxy/LPG cutting nozzle is of course different to an oxy/acetylene cutting nozzle but why is it so,...
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    45.23mm is suspiciously close to 57/32" from an...

    45.23mm is suspiciously close to 57/32" from an era when everything in Australia was still being made in imperial sizes.
    My CC Eng TCG was originally a bronze bush version and was converted to...
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    For a handful I'd be machining them from round...

    For a handful I'd be machining them from round (1045?) and parting off.
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    Spring wire / music wire / piano wire

    I bought 2 x 1 lb rolls of music wire, 1.4mm and .8mm to make some springs. The packaging is well thought out so that the coil of wire remains contained/restrained safely in the box and the required...
  28. https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/beve...

    https://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/general/bevel-gear-cutter-156045/
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    Nothing to do with repairs, but I've always...

    Nothing to do with repairs, but I've always thought that whoever makes the DD 750 is very short sighted when it comes to pricing the 240V version. Seeing that 90% of the world runs on 240V 50Hz...
  30. Somewhere I have a copy of Building the Shay by...

    Somewhere I have a copy of Building the Shay by Kozo Hiraoka which details his build of a live steam ride-on size version of a Shay steam locomotive. The Shay was a US narrow gauge engine of...
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    Interrupted cuts are a good situation for using...

    Interrupted cuts are a good situation for using up the 100 corners on CCMT inserts.
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    I think I've seen these long skinny centring...

    I think I've seen these long skinny centring devices called a pump centre?
  33. I'm with the 'bandsaw a slice and mount it on a...

    I'm with the 'bandsaw a slice and mount it on a mandrel' crowd.
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    Sticky: Suttons taps on special

    Offers for tooling etc from Bolts & Industrial arrive in my inbox from time to time.
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    A functionally similar brass extrusion is...

    A functionally similar brass extrusion is available, its a copy of what Australian body builders were using in the 30s to make hinged windscreens. Overall size is 9/16" x 3/4". This extrusion was...
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    Cutting that profile from the solid would be a...

    Cutting that profile from the solid would be a doable but slow and tedious job, a day or 3 on a manual mill including planning, making the work holding jigs that will be required, and a couple of...
  37. I use shipito.com for items that don't post...

    I use shipito.com for items that don't post economically or items from suppliers that won't send to 'furrin countries', there are other similar services. When you sign up (free for the basic service)...
  38. FWIW I buy CCMT inserts and tools from...

    FWIW I buy CCMT inserts and tools from AliExpress, I wear out the inserts they don't chip prematurely.

    I've settled on these guys and bought from them for a few years, there are lots of other...
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    Bear in mind that manufacturers can and do make...

    Bear in mind that manufacturers can and do make whatever size/thread fixings that best suit the application. They usually follow the thread charts but not always. A Japanese screw with an OD of...
  40. Thread: Toolex lathe

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    For threading up to a shoulder a footbrake is...

    For threading up to a shoulder a footbrake is almost essential.
  41. Thread: RongFu clone

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    That could be useful for transferring a job back...

    That could be useful for transferring a job back and forth between mill table and lathe, assuming you had a D1-4 socket on each tool.
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    Maritool in the US make good stuff.

    Maritool in the US make good stuff.
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    I can't give the link at the moment, for some...

    I can't give the link at the moment, for some reason I can only get the Russian version of aliexpress.
    I have bought from my usual aliexpress tooling supplier straight and RH 3mm parting inserts,...
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    If your lathe can use 16mm holders - CCMT09...

    If your lathe can use 16mm holders - CCMT09 holders tend to come in 16mm shank and up - definitely use the bigger inserts. If you poke around you will find holders that use the big corner for turning...
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    That is an impressive and presumably homemade set...

    That is an impressive and presumably homemade set up.
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    Very interesting, thanks for sharing. I think if...

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing. I think if I was going to set up and make gears on the shaper I would use this method rather than the wire method, it seems more solid and reliable somehow,...
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    Changing the rotation of a cap start cap run...

    Changing the rotation of a cap start cap run single phase motor is accomplished by swapping the power supply at the ends of the start winding. It can be done manually in the terminal block for a...
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    I keep 4mm brass round on hand. To make it into a...

    I keep 4mm brass round on hand. To make it into a shear pin I cut a piece, squish one end, thread the other end M4, install the pin and nip up an M4 nyloc. Importantly the job can be done without an...
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    This is a light duty trolley for a parts washer,...

    This is a light duty trolley for a parts washer, beef up the dimensions and materials as needed.

    40x40x3 perimeter frame, outriggers on each corner to take the castors, incorporate a jacking bolt...
  50. I discovered a similar discrepancy on my 2006...

    I discovered a similar discrepancy on my 2006 metric lead screw AL340D 4 or 5 years ago when the y axis on the DRO pooed itself, up until then I had taken no interest in the hand wheel markings.
    It...
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