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    I have no use for a scraper, but here's my 2...

    I have no use for a scraper, but here's my 2 cents worth:

    I worked in the Bunnings tool shop for six months when I was furloughed due to COVID. There's no way I'd use either an Ozito or XU1 tool...
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    I don't use one any more. If the HSS tool has...

    I don't use one any more. If the HSS tool has been accurately ground to 60 degrees (as in +/- 30* from the centre of the tool) then you only need to ensure the side of the tool is at 90 degrees to...
  3. Thread: Leaking

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    I didn't think soft solder would work on SS...

    I didn't think soft solder would work on SS either? I've only ever had success soldering SS with this stuff:
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    I think you mean "welcome back" Grahame.

    I think you mean "welcome back" Grahame.
  5. Thread: Lathe Oiler

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    I can't help sorry, but are you aware we have a...

    I can't help sorry, but are you aware we have a dedicated Sheraton forum below?
  6. Just curious- why not? Sounds a heck of a lot...

    Just curious- why not? Sounds a heck of a lot better than shims.
  7. According to Google, Grade 5 bolts are made from...

    According to Google, Grade 5 bolts are made from heat treated medium carbon steel. I think Elan is right to suggest 1045.
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    I think I would be Pete. But I'd be more...

    I think I would be Pete. But I'd be more concerened about the grade of steel used to make them. The combination of reduced thread depth and (potentially) softer metal might be a bad one. Perhaps buy...
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    OP is another one-post-wonder. Hasn't been back...

    OP is another one-post-wonder. Hasn't been back since the original post and hasn't even had the courtesy to hit Like for any of the feedback s/he's received.
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    Mine needed a bit of fettling to get the arm...

    Mine needed a bit of fettling to get the arm square to the grinder shaft.
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    Doesn't that prevent you getting a flat grind...

    Doesn't that prevent you getting a flat grind when grinding against the wheel?
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    I think the Multitool adjusts tracking by...

    I think the Multitool adjusts tracking by rotating the arm so the axes of the two wheels are not parallel. Steve's seems to use a different method.
  13. It still has the blood on it.

    It still has the blood on it.
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    Would this work? ...

    Would this work?
    ...
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    Are you ever likely to use it vertically? E.g. to...

    Are you ever likely to use it vertically? E.g. to cut wood? Or are you lucky enough to own a wood bandsaw too?
  16. You're going to need a tailstock. I can't see any...

    You're going to need a tailstock. I can't see any way around that. Here's a Hercus one: https://australianmetalworkinghobbyist.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=131
  17. Place a piece of round stock in the chuck and...

    Place a piece of round stock in the chuck and turn a point on it. Measure from the top of the compound to the point.



    I don't think a metalwork forum is the place to find the answer to that...
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    It does. But do you think I can find any...

    It does. But do you think I can find any reference to it? It's not in the ToT as I claimed, or any of the lathe textbooks I have. Clearly I'm losing my marbles.
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    The Hercus Textbook of Turning recommends the...

    The Hercus Textbook of Turning recommends the same grind for truing up a faceplate.
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    According to this source it's safe as long as you...

    According to this source it's safe as long as you don't produce dust:

    https://materion.com/-/media/files/alloy/brochures/ab0008-0611-machining-copper-beryllium-brochure.pdf
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    Welcome to the forum Bro.

    Welcome to the forum Bro.
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    That's what I linked to John (from a seller in...

    That's what I linked to John (from a seller in Melbourne).
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    Why butcher your test bar? Just grab a 3MT blank...

    Why butcher your test bar? Just grab a 3MT blank arbor. https://www.lprtoolmakers.com.au/blank-mt-arbors-blank-end-threaded-or-tang/

    edit: horizontal mill. I guess the arbor needs to be long?
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    Did you get that locally? I'm trying to avoid the...

    Did you get that locally? I'm trying to avoid the cheap eBay/China option these days.
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    No, but I've not tried it. I just found a...

    No, but I've not tried it. I just found a chemical resistance chart and it seems to handle petrol well.
    I'd still use brass for the reason racingtadpole gave.
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    Why not? Is there a galling issue? I love Delrin...

    Why not? Is there a galling issue? I love Delrin (acetyl), but I wouldnít use it in contact with petrol.
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    That motor looks like a substantial upgrade to...

    That motor looks like a substantial upgrade to the original Bob.
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    Crikey! :oo: :)

    Crikey! :oo: :)
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    My God, thatís appalling. Iíd be remaking the...

    My God, thatís appalling. Iíd be remaking the graduations so they gave some non-confusing millimetre readout.
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    That’s what I did on the whipper snipper motor...

    That’s what I did on the whipper snipper motor powered kart I made for my son when he was 4 years old. It worked well.
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    Looks like it's been well cared for.

    Looks like it's been well cared for.
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    Not missing anything Stu. The MPPT voltage of my...

    Not missing anything Stu. The MPPT voltage of my panels is 33V.

    John (Baron),
    An MPPT inverter will load the panels such that they operate at their optimum voltage (33V for my LG panels). I have...
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    John (shed), Sounds like a setup I could use...

    John (shed),
    Sounds like a setup I could use here. I've got 6.6kW of solar panels and the damn things disconnect when the power fails! I understand why, but it so frustrating to have no power when...
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    Thanks Bob. Good to see you back. Yes, an...

    Thanks Bob. Good to see you back.
    Yes, an expanding mandrel.
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    Are you living off grid now John, or just...

    Are you living off grid now John, or just prepping for the apocalypse? Iíve got a Honda EU22 on my shopping list because I foresee a long power outage in my future.
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    Trefolex cutting paste is loaded with sulphur,...

    Trefolex cutting paste is loaded with sulphur, which is probably why it stinks.
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    I had to cut two 10x1.5mm male threads yesterday....

    I had to cut two 10x1.5mm male threads yesterday. I had my solid toolpost on the lathe and was too lazy to swap it for the compound. So I just used the crossfeed dial and added on 0.1mm with each...
  38. Thread: Strange Pliers

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    Well that's disappointing. Now I'll have to buy a...

    Well that's disappointing. Now I'll have to buy a MIG welder to go with them.
  39. Thread: Strange Pliers

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    Strange Pliers

    Does anyone know what these pliers are used for and if they have a special name?
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    Amen to that!

    Amen to that!
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    On a light lathe like a 9/260, I reckon it’s all...

    On a light lathe like a 9/260, I reckon it’s all of the above. But the compound will be the weakest link.

    I have no data to back this up, but I reckon the improvement in rigidity gained from...
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    I think Nigel is better off replacing the...

    I think Nigel is better off replacing the compound with a solid block of steel as he suggested. The increase in rigidity is significant. Of course, the compound is still needed when angled cuts are...
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    Well it's just a guess, but the smaller the...

    Well it's just a guess, but the smaller the diameter of the cutter the less of a factor tramming is to the flatness of the surface?
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    Not here John. It's almost always steel. Probably...

    Not here John. It's almost always steel. Probably due to bushfire requirements in many areas.
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    I keep threatening to make a baby chuck key to...

    I keep threatening to make a baby chuck key to use on the back side when centring in the 4 jaw.
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    I bought one of the Lock Jaws today. It looks...

    I bought one of the Lock Jaws today. It looks well made. If it passes my rigorous testing regime (cough) I'll get a second one.



    I think they are aimed at the homeowner market. I reckon most...
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    Thanks. It's a subject near to my heart. I...

    Thanks. It's a subject near to my heart. I recently made a 3D printed chin cup for a woman with quadriplegia. She had been doing mouth painting, but was starting to find it uncomfortable to grip her...
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    Does it matter what the actual off-centre error...

    Does it matter what the actual off-centre error is? Aren't you just trying to make it zero?
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    Good luck. I hope you find a solution. I think...

    Good luck. I hope you find a solution. I think the ability to be able to 3D print your own perfectly fitting orthotics is fantastic.
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    I wonder how much error that introduces though...

    I wonder how much error that introduces though John?
    I use the method familyguy uses. It's very accurate when you want to centre a critical feature like a crankshaft bore in a model engine casing,...
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