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    Thanks Joe. Thats interesting. Cheers mate. ...

    Thanks Joe. Thats interesting.

    Cheers mate.

    Simon

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    Hi Joe, I'd be interested in the mechanism as...

    Hi Joe,

    I'd be interested in the mechanism as to how the titanium from Chernobyl becomes radioactive. Does it contain trace radioactive nuclide impurities?

    Simon

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    Thats looking nice. Bet you can't wait to...

    Thats looking nice.

    Bet you can't wait to crush some stuff!

    [emoji16]

    Simon

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  4. Hi there, I took the gearbox apart when I...

    Hi there,

    I took the gearbox apart when I bought mine too. Found similar issues. I didn't paint the inside but I did end up replacing all those cheap Chinese bearings with Japanese, Taiwanese...
  5. Thread: Brass Type

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    Our thermal imaging camera at work uses a...

    Our thermal imaging camera at work uses a Beryllium window for the lens of the ir camera.

    Beryllium, being a very light metal allows IR to pass through it.

    Simon

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  6. Its looking much better. The red oxide is a nice...

    Its looking much better. The red oxide is a nice touch. One thing, just be careful where and what you paint. Its not advisable to paint precision mating parts such as the column to base join. This...
  7. Like Michael said, it would fit in my BS. Only...

    Like Michael said, it would fit in my BS. Only challenge would be holding it. Most likely use Michaels idea with the angle.

    Not sure what postage would cost but its an option and the offer is...
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    Rumour has it that there was a tie down issue?...

    Rumour has it that there was a tie down issue? [emoji854]

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    Oh I'm so jealous! I thought about grabbing it...

    Oh I'm so jealous!

    I thought about grabbing it myself but I just don't have the room and I really don't have a need other than to admire Australian industrial history.

    I told my wife if no one...
  10. If you're very careful, a thin cut off blade on a...

    If you're very careful, a thin cut off blade on a 230mm angle grinder could cut the required piece off. If you scribe a line all the way around, you should be able to get it done with less than 5mm...
  11. Hi there, Parting off a piece that big would...

    Hi there,

    Parting off a piece that big would not be a fun exercise. Im sure it can be done by people with better skills than me though. If you have a bandsaw with the cutting capacity I would look...
  12. My pacific mill (lagun) Bridgeport clone came...

    My pacific mill (lagun) Bridgeport clone came with a servo brand power feed 90 series. I assume its 90 ft-lb torque.

    It no longer works but surely a 135 ft-lb for home use should be sweet.
    ...
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    Correction. Its a Macson. Circa 1940's Actual...

    Correction. Its a Macson. Circa 1940's

    Actual photos attached
    ...
  14. Hi Halifax, First up, terrible news to hear...

    Hi Halifax,

    First up, terrible news to hear about your accident. Glad to hear you are on the mend.

    As to your mill. Unfortunately your experience is not at all unusual. My first mill, a mill...
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    Free To Good Home

    I'm listing this on behalf of a friend, Machtool Phil. He has a mate who wants to get rid of a Waldon twin pedestal drill setup on a cast iron table.

    Free to good home. Its in Thomastown VIC...
  16. Thread: R u ok?

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    Hi everyone, Hey Cask, that's good news....

    Hi everyone,

    Hey Cask, that's good news. Hopefully we are on the up and up from here. Today will be the 13th day straight of double doughnuts but I wonder how long it will truely last. I would...
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    Make sure when you reverse that you withdraw the...

    Make sure when you reverse that you withdraw the cutter away from the workplace first. Other the backlash in the system will cut another thread next to your existing cut and ruin the job.

    Simon
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    Looks like you have an imperial leadscrew. You...

    Looks like you have an imperial leadscrew.

    You can still cut metric threads with the correct gear combination setup BUT you will have to leave the half nuts engaged otherwise you will not pick the...
  19. Thread: R u ok?

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    Hi PDW, Bob and Bruce. Great to hear from you all...

    Hi PDW, Bob and Bruce. Great to hear from you all and I hope you are all keeping well.

    Bruce, thanks for the kind words. Totally agree with your assessment of Phil.

    I would also like to thank...
  20. Thread: R u ok?

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    Hi RC, I couldn't agree more with what you...

    Hi RC,

    I couldn't agree more with what you said. I can't begin to imagine what you guys went through up there. Completely different to COVID but a source of huge stress and uncertainty.

    I'm not...
  21. Thread: R u ok?

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    None. But that was not my request. My request...

    None. But that was not my request.

    My request was to keep posts related to the thread title. The title reads "R U OK?"

    I'm finding it dificult to judge your tone or mood but you sound annoyed...
  22. My threading indicator is off too. I just make a...

    My threading indicator is off too. I just make a mark with a whiteboard marker and stick to that.

    If I was fussy, I would shim it out from the carriage to get it spot on but I'm not fussed.
    ...
  23. Thread: R u ok?

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    Gentelmen, with respect; Can we please keep...

    Gentelmen, with respect;

    Can we please keep contributions to this thread on point? Have a look at the thread title and if your post is outside the scope of the title then please start another...
  24. Thread: R u ok?

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    R u ok?

    Hi all,

    This year has seen some unique circumstances and challenges for all of us. Whether it be financial, social or spatial, educational or other challenges as a result of the raft of...
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    I assume its bowed across the thick section...

    I assume its bowed across the thick section otherwise you could just jump on it....
    You could weld a series of small beads along the convex side of the flat bar to induce an opposing stress. This...
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    Hi there, Cant really help with your question...

    Hi there,

    Cant really help with your question as its outside my area of expertise.

    I am keen to understand why an inverter welder is not an option for you.

    Simon

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    Ok I'm going to look into that. When I replaced...

    Ok I'm going to look into that. When I replaced the bathroom sink taps with ceramic, I needed access to the entire assembly underneath.

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    Definitely a convert to ceramic..... so far. ...

    Definitely a convert to ceramic..... so far.

    But how do you replace your bath/shower or laundry taps with ceramic without accessing the wall cavity or doing a complete shower makeover?

    Simon
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    No worries Grahame. I think Bunnings increased...

    No worries Grahame.

    I think Bunnings increased their stock of 10mm washers some time back because I remember them being difficult to find at one point.

    Simon

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    Well done Bob. Thats truly a work of art! ...

    Well done Bob.

    Thats truly a work of art!

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    My poor tap washers cop an absolute flogging from...

    My poor tap washers cop an absolute flogging from both the kids and the wife. No mechanical sympathy whatsoever!

    Got to the stage the taps in the kids bathroom needed a to be turned off with a 4'...
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    When I built my shed, the concreter told me that...

    When I built my shed, the concreter told me that if I wanted to be a bit fussy, I should coat the bottom of the colorbond sheets with a coating before doing the slab. So I coated the bottom ends of...
  33. Hi mate, No i have not. I don't really have...

    Hi mate,

    No i have not. I don't really have the capability to do that but I was thinking about a rough map using a precision level but yet to attempt that.

    Got a couple of other projects that...
  34. Yes you are correct. The grades are the other way...

    Yes you are correct. The grades are the other way round.

    Also, my plate is 1000mmx630x150

    Here's a thread I did on the stand i made for mine:
    ...
  35. I have an ETS plate. From memory it was...

    I have an ETS plate.

    From memory it was around $1200 delivered to vic for a 900x600x150
    grade 00

    Simon

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  36. Hi there, I think the measuremax plate from...

    Hi there,

    I think the measuremax plate from H&F is a grade 0 plate whereas the Vertex is a grade 00

    Whatever one you choose, forget the stand. Make your own. That stand from H&F is made from...
  37. Some of that stuff may actually be collectable...

    Some of that stuff may actually be collectable and worth more than its face value.

    Simon

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    Nice mill! Sent from my SM-G970F using Tapatalk

    Nice mill!

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  39. Thread: What is this?

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    So, i assume with a small amount of handiwork i...

    So, i assume with a small amount of handiwork i could convert to a standard single acting hydraulic ram?

    Simon

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  40. Thread: What is this?

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    Thanks for the link.. That makes a lot more sense...

    Thanks for the link.. That makes a lot more sense now.

    Simon


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  41. Thread: What is this?

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    What is this?

    So I've had this (what seems to be) hydraulic ram for a couple years. Got it for $20 and figured if no good then maybe able to use the parts.

    Anyway, got around to taking it apart and was...
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    Thanks tadpole. Yea I've come too far for it...

    Thanks tadpole.

    Yea I've come too far for it to just sit half finished in corner of the shed.

    I still have a fair amount of welding to do. The last pic shows everything test fitted together. Im...
  43. Wow, Did all that stuff sell for those prices...

    Wow,

    Did all that stuff sell for those prices mentioned?

    Crickey i would not have bought a single item at those prices and stated condition.

    Simon

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    Hi Vc, Thanks but its taken me much longer...

    Hi Vc,

    Thanks but its taken me much longer than it should. Its been a constant source of embarrassment for me because of how long its taken. I think I've learnt not to post WIP threads because it...
  45. Hi Michael & tadpole, Yep that's essentially...

    Hi Michael & tadpole,

    Yep that's essentially what I did. It worked well.

    I just thought id put it out there in case others had a better method. Being a self taught machinist, I just never know...
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    Hi VC, I think if I knew what was involved at...

    Hi VC,

    I think if I knew what was involved at the start I probably wouldn't have built a folder.

    Certainly not one this size. In reality a 600 or 900mm folder would have been more realistic.
    ...
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    Yea that's a great score Bruce. Nice pan brake...

    Yea that's a great score Bruce. Nice pan brake they make too.

    Ok course you could have offered to fix it for your workplace.... [emoji56]

    Simon

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    Well, It's been a while since I did any sort...

    Well,

    It's been a while since I did any sort of update on this. It became on of those projects that sat in the corner and gathered dust as I lost interest/got frustrated.

    In truth, I choose a...
  49. Hi PC, Thats a much easier option if one of...

    Hi PC,

    Thats a much easier option if one of the long sides were straight.

    On this particular piece, both sides were like a bread knife so impossible to use the opposite side as a reference.
    ...
  50. Marrying up the two cuts can be a challenge but...

    Marrying up the two cuts can be a challenge but with a bit of "feel" and a final spring cut climb milling i can seem to blend in the two.

    Also to save on milling cutters, I used a roughing cutter...
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