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    Hi Rowdy, I can 3D print something for you if you...

    Hi Rowdy, I can 3D print something for you if you can give me STL files.
    Iíd normally be happy to have a crack at the design side for my own learning, but donít have that time to commit right now. ...
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    I just use a home made arbor like MichaelG posted...

    I just use a home made arbor like MichaelG posted earlier.
    Not an issue for 16mm but if you make one make sure the locking bolts/grubscrews tend to pull the cutter shoulder against the end face of...
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    Nothing to say that mine is turning the right...

    Nothing to say that mine is turning the right way. It was definitely cutting on the pull stroke and lifting on the return (push stroke). That was how I connected the motor up - definitely worked well...
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    I had one for a while, but sold it last year when...

    I had one for a while, but sold it last year when I got my big horizontal bandsaw.
    Here's mine running https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHEMVzLvJjM
    Looks to be about the same speed as yours.

    Steve
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    In case nobody else has already mentioned it, I...

    In case nobody else has already mentioned it, I find the FSWizard phone app really useful to get ballpark feeds and speeds (thanks to Elan for suggesting it originally).
    Itís a great tool although...
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    Drill a line of holes across it and then smack it...

    Drill a line of holes across it and then smack it with a FBH.
    You can keep the swarf so no wastage.

    Steve
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    Out of interest, if youíre planning to use the...

    Out of interest, if youíre planning to use the old CMM granite table to scrape in the straightedge have you checked how flat it is?

    Steve
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    Yes, it happens. PITA and Iíve pretty much...

    Yes, it happens. PITA and Iíve pretty much stopped using magnets for that reason.

    Steve
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    Brilliant. A great example of what can be done...

    Brilliant. A great example of what can be done with basic tools and a bit of ingenuity.

    Steve
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    Slightly off topic - but since you mention the...

    Slightly off topic - but since you mention the brand - the Lightening hand cleaner with lanolin is one of the best I've used..
    I've currently got a 4L of the "scrubber" version with gritty stuff in...
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    Whatís the practical working life of Simple...

    Whatís the practical working life of Simple Green?
    Do you need to change it periodically regardless, or does itís cleaning ability just degrade depending on the workload?
    Does the oil from parts...
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    Hi John. I must be misunderstanding what you...

    Hi John. I must be misunderstanding what you mean, as can't get my head around how that could work.

    If you squeeze the slit end while threading won't you take more material out of the split...
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    Angle on the upper die/knife is about 60deg, the...

    Angle on the upper die/knife is about 60deg, the material is 16mm hot rolled.

    The lower die is 40x4 angle.

    Havenít tried anything thin on it but going by the rule of 8 (die opening should by...
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    No - he definitely said the blue primer. I did...

    No - he definitely said the blue primer.
    I did some digging - go to 10:48 in this vid.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pahM-ErKxa4

    Steve
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    Same for me. Only issue I can recall was when I...

    Same for me.
    Only issue I can recall was when I painted a bit of my gantry with some leftover Rustguard Epoxy Enamel (full roller from painting something else). I'd built it a couple of years...
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    Not 100% sure it will work in the free Tapatalk,...

    Not 100% sure it will work in the free Tapatalk, but give this a try:

    Click somewhere on the post (not on the link) and you should get this menu...
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    That would be my thought too. Turret lathe...

    That would be my thought too.
    Turret lathe style.
    Possibly a form tool that would finish a chamfer and counterbore in one pass.

    Could also be used for repetitive short OD finishing in the...
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    Not sure what you mean by having to pay. The...

    Not sure what you mean by having to pay.

    The link was to one of the EcoGoo brand 220v input, 380v output VFD's on AliExpress.

    Steve
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    Post up the exact model number of the VFD for a...

    Post up the exact model number of the VFD for a start, and ideally a photo of the data plate on the motor you are trying run.

    Have you configured the motor connections for 240v?

    Steve
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    IMO you need to check what the supply voltage is...

    IMO you need to check what the supply voltage is when you try to start the compressor.
    Iím sure the Phase Changer guys will want to know anyway for troubleshooting.

    Iíd start by checking...
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    Sounds like you might be wanting to know about...

    Sounds like you might be wanting to know about fastener locking in general rather than just lock washers.

    Hereís a few snippets from my knowledge/experience.

    Locknuts (there are different...
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    When you say that the compressor wonít start,...

    When you say that the compressor wonít start, what actually happens when you try?
    Does it try to start then trip a breaker/overload somewhere?

    Do you run any other gear off the converter? If so...
  23. Linssed oil, Penetrol, Ankor wax on old paint

    Penetrol is one of my favorite products. Definitely penetrates well and seals up rust etc.
    It does give a bit of a varnished look with a slightly brown tinge to what you put it on though, so you...
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    Glad it worked for you! Yes, clean metal is...

    Glad it worked for you!

    Yes, clean metal is everything with TIG - the cleaner the better.

    Steve
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    Bugger - yes I think youíre right. My...

    Bugger - yes I think youíre right.
    My experience is back about that far too, but my memory not so clear.
    IIRC the kero ones started squirting as soon as you started to pump them, and to stop you...
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    PM sent Steve

    PM sent

    Steve
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    Something else Iíve just thought of that might be...

    Something else Iíve just thought of that might be an alternative is the old pump up primus type blow torches. They already have the hand pump built in, filler hole, a handle and pickup tube etc. Add...
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    I keep looking at the couple of empty Mapp gas...

    I keep looking at the couple of empty Mapp gas cylinders I have here thinking that they would make a great pressurized cylinder for liquid dispensing.

    With a few bits donated from an old engine...
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    I donít know if it applies to the smaller saws,...

    I donít know if it applies to the smaller saws, but I find that if I have to move the blade guide support arms it really needs to be done with the tension off the blade or it tends to end up out of...
  30. While Iím not a fan of cheap MIGs, Iíd say for...

    While Iím not a fan of cheap MIGs, Iíd say for that price grab it.
    Unless it completely craps itself youíd likely only lose $100 or so if you want to upgrade later and decide to sell it on.
    ...
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    The tray on my larger HAFCO BS is just a folded...

    The tray on my larger HAFCO BS is just a folded and welded mild steel affair - painted on the outside and raw inside.
    No issues with the tray rusting out etc. SS would be nice but definitely not...
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    H&F Bar Benders

    Your current press should do a pretty decent bend. I just ducked out to shed and bent this bit of 3Ēx1/4Ē flat on my 6T Supercrap press.
    Lower die is 3 bits of angle welded back to back in a ďMĒ...
  33. Thanks For the info. Not sure what brand the...

    Thanks For the info.
    Not sure what brand the one Iíve got here is - but itís definitely not ground. Iíll check it out.
    First one Iíve done but I have at least one other to do. I hadnít clicked on...
  34. For anyone interested - this was the job I wanted...

    For anyone interested - this was the job I wanted the facing function for.
    Cutting a counterbore for a repair bush in the transfer case of my Landrover Ute. Had to make a short boring bar and...
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    In case youíre not aware, Blue Point is/was the...

    In case youíre not aware, Blue Point is/was the economy brand of Snapon.

    Steve
  36. Yeah - I might pass on that one ;) Steve

    Yeah - I might pass on that one ;)

    Steve
  37. You will need to get the whole piece up to a...

    You will need to get the whole piece up to a decent temperature before you will be able to get that effect.
    The dark blue patches occur at about 300degC.
    Heat the whole piece up before you...
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    Sticky: I've had a couple of things from them - an ...

    I've had a couple of things from them - an internal threading bar and an ER20 nut (to replace one on a ex-China chuck that was absolute garbage). Currently have a boring bar in the post too....
  39. Thanks Greg. I'm OK for now - its working fine...

    Thanks Greg. I'm OK for now - its working fine as-is but I happened to get to the bearing shop today for something else and was able to get a couple of 2mm balls while I was there.
    Since I haven't...
  40. Found a lock from an old equipment cabinet at...

    Found a lock from an old equipment cabinet at work - pretty much the same as your average toolbox lock - a barrel with a small locking arm attached to the back.
    It donated a 1.6mm diameter spring...
  41. Thanks Greg, it might come to that yet! Its...

    Thanks Greg, it might come to that yet!

    Its been niggling me all day as I know I've come across a bunch of small coil springs recently but couldn't remember where. Finally clicked tonight that it...
  42. Narex VHU36 boring and facing head - how to get facing mode

    Think I've got it worked out. Here's crop of the exploded parts diagram from the Narex manual: (full manual is here)

    391242

    The ring with numbers (7) is locked to the lower control ring (47) by...
  43. Thanks for the info. The number ring on mine...

    Thanks for the info.
    The number ring on mine seems locked with the lower knurled ring, but thereís a tiny bit of backlash between the two.

    Iíve given the whole thing a good dose of penetrant...
  44. Narex VHU36 boring and facing head - how to get facing mode

    I've got a Narex boring and facing head that I've only ever used for boring.

    I'm trying to set it up for facing, followed the instructions in the manual but just can't get it to move from zero...
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    Very nice. Unless you already have suitable...

    Very nice.
    Unless you already have suitable 240v motors Iíd seriously look at using a VFD instead of converting them. About $150 delivered for the EcoGoo 240-415v ones.

    Steve
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    Awesome work Dave. The simple swing gantry I...

    Awesome work Dave.
    The simple swing gantry I made was a reasonably amount of work so I can imagine the amount of time and effort that went into yours.

    Steve
  47. Thanks Snapatap - appreciate the info. Steve

    Thanks Snapatap - appreciate the info.

    Steve
  48. Thanks Bob. Tailstock is MT3 and I don't...

    Thanks Bob.
    Tailstock is MT3 and I don't currently have an adapter to #4 or #5 so I'll need to get one. Thought I'd hold off and see what shanks I end up with first. I'm sure if I buy one in...
  49. WTB - Couple of larger taper shank drills

    Looking for a couple of larger taper shank drills for the lathe - actual size isn't critical as its just for making larger initial holes prior boring.

    Biggest I've got at the moment is 32mm, so...
  50. Thanks for that - gives me a benchmark to work...

    Thanks for that - gives me a benchmark to work with.
    I was using 680RPM, 1mm DOC, .13mm/rev with a 20mm WNMG boring bar - no coolant.

    The WNMG tool definitely isn't good for boring, particularly...
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