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  1. I accidentally won about a tonne of HT steel in...

    I accidentally won about a tonne of HT steel in an auction, so just about everything I make now is out of 4140 or 316SS. I found the flutes on the P&N drills were wearing, so about 2 years ago I...
  2. I am surprised no one mentioned these...

    I am surprised no one mentioned these https://www.mag-pro.com.au/mobile/index/prodhttps:
    Cobalt drill bits, 1mm to 13mm or imperial. Only $55 plus freight.
    I have been using a set in my shop for...
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    Well I am in the same boat age wise, so I built a...

    Well I am in the same boat age wise, so I built a swingarm above the lathe and use a $20 block and tackle to change my chucks. It's manual, but if I had the room, I would have an electric winch,...
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    Would the Hare and Forbes copies be the same?...

    Would the Hare and Forbes copies be the same? Maybe they can supply parts.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I hate learning over machines no matter what...

    I hate learning over machines no matter what type. I raised my 1 ton Nuttall 75mm and I couldn't live without my duckboard.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Mine's the same, why bother it's only gunna get...

    Mine's the same, why bother it's only gunna get filthy. But if you are very neat and tidy, grey or blue is nice.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    As my daughter says to me, don't skimp on...

    As my daughter says to me, don't skimp on whatever separates you from the ground. Be it tyres, mattress, lounge chair or most importantly Footwear.
    For yard or shedwork I always lace up my Steel...
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    Well you're lucky. My local shop doesn't do cash...

    Well you're lucky. My local shop doesn't do cash sales anymore, no offcuts, have to open an account, order online , pay in advance and they ring you whenever it's ready. Not good for small time...
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    I know you are in the old country, but search...

    I know you are in the old country, but search Carmet. Local Brisbane company, but they have a good PDF on inserts. From memory they will be TPMR or similar.
    Rgds,
    Crocy
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    Same problem Bob, it was 6.45pm and I was...

    Same problem Bob, it was 6.45pm and I was desperate and only the big green shed was open. Grabbed an Ozito, cheap junk, but it was solid metal of some sort. Would not recommend it though.
    Rgds,...
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    Last time I looked, there was one for sale in...

    Last time I looked, there was one for sale in Atherton, but I don't need another machine.
    Regards,
    Crocy.
    Well I went to insert the link, but it's finally been sold.
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    Have a look at these guys,...

    Have a look at these guys,
    https://whitelawmachinery.com.au/product-category/new-machines/centre-lathes/
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I would go and have a look at them at least. My...

    I would go and have a look at them at least. My daily user is a 1963 Nuttall, bit of wear in the bed, but manageable and I still turn out reasonable work.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I use the same type as these, but converted them...

    I use the same type as these, but converted them to 22W LED downlights. They are a bit heavier so I just shortened the 4 springs on the sides to compensate.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  15. Personally I would try to find a panelbeater and...

    Personally I would try to find a panelbeater and get a quote to mig it up and grind it smooth. Ask if they work in the afterhours beer economy.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Ok I have the picture now and I totally agree...

    Ok I have the picture now and I totally agree with you. I am terrified of electrical gear going up in smoke. The Delta fan runs whenever it has power to it so I click off the power supply. It takes...
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    Ian, I am interested why the fan is a problem or...

    Ian, I am interested why the fan is a problem or not? Most electronic devices run internal cooling fans these days, the Delta VFD on my wood lathe does and it continues to run for 20 seconds after I...
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    Steve, when you are happy the lathe is level, if...

    Steve, when you are happy the lathe is level, if it's still measuring a taper, you may have to adjust the headstock. I had to on my Nuttall lathe. It's design has the right hand back bolt as a dowel...
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    China, the first thing you have to find out is if...

    China, the first thing you have to find out is if the motor can be made to reverse easily. If it's single phase it could be easy or nearly impossible. Three phase generally easier. You may need to...
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    Dave, that depends on what you get involved with....

    Dave, that depends on what you get involved with. I make way more imperial threaded fasteners than metric due to the old and/or American made earth moving machinery I repair.
    Imperial fittings will...
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    You do realise that you have raised a thread...

    You do realise that you have raised a thread that's nearly 13 years old?
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I really appreciate the offer, but Pete sounds...

    I really appreciate the offer, but Pete sounds like he can use them,
    Have fun guys,
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    They were what I thought they might be, was...

    They were what I thought they might be, was thinking about some projects, but Kryn and Pete probably need them more than me, so they are yours guys.
    Thanks,
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Hi Eskimo, any chance of a photo please? Rgds,...

    Hi Eskimo, any chance of a photo please?
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I have a Makita, same issues, but the shaft has 2...

    I have a Makita, same issues, but the shaft has 2 flats on it, found the appropriate open end spanner for it, it was too short, so added a pipe extension and then hit the 2 pronged tool with a wood...
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    Sticky: You need to get with the times and get some...

    You need to get with the times and get some spiral taps, magic little things.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I raised mine up by 100mm on hardwood blocks I...

    I raised mine up by 100mm on hardwood blocks I machined up and then shimmed it with sheet steel. I hate bending over machines. I realise your situation is different though.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Could you use some thin knurled locking discs on...

    Could you use some thin knurled locking discs on the stainless thread?
    Crocy.
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    I use a plywood protector just in case, but I...

    I use a plywood protector just in case, but I have a small block and tackle with a webbing sling to change my chucks as I don't want to risk damaging my back.
    Sadly I have a few friends that have...
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    I agree with everything Bob has written. When I...

    I agree with everything Bob has written. When I could use the forge, I had a large deep tray made of 6mm plate that I placed different sized cans, pineapple, beetroot etc into and surrounded them...
  31. Thread: Bead Roller

    by Old Croc
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    It is so nice to see people making offers to...

    It is so nice to see people making offers to fellow metalworkers like this.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    2 trips to the doctor's this year for sawdust...

    2 trips to the doctor's this year for sawdust blown in my eyeball, I wear a construction helmet with a polycarbonate visor on the metal lathe when machining brass and it lives on top of the drill...
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    That's interesting, I have done hundreds of Ball...

    That's interesting, I have done hundreds of Ball Pein and sledges of all weights and I have never seen one like that, only tapered both sides. So I guess one will come into the shop next week and...
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    No confusion, I was laughing at the comment about...

    No confusion, I was laughing at the comment about Spain. I have had a few samples of Spanish wine at friends dinners, tasted like strained through a Bushman's loincloth. I haven't been able to drink...
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    How come you don't support your former penal...

    How come you don't support your former penal colony, we have some of the best wines in the world! Not that I would know, I drink beer with XXXX on the cans.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
    P.S. interestingly some...
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    Sticky: Simon, most of us will admit to doing the same...

    Simon, most of us will admit to doing the same thing. After I wasted an expensive billet of Aluminium, doing that, I decided to always drill the tapping size first and then the clearance hole, so far...
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    I am much the same as most of the comments above,...

    I am much the same as most of the comments above, I was taught by dad very young to sharpen by hand. But as age has caught up with me I decided to buy a DD500 as Sydney Tools had them real cheap...
  38. Thread: Marble Slab !

    by Old Croc
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    Thanks for the detailed reply. I also hit the...

    Thanks for the detailed reply. I also hit the wrong button. I am only an amateur metal worker and I don't have or have the need for accurate measuring gear like a lot of you guys. The bits of metal I...
  39. Thread: Marble Slab !

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    Does anyone know how accurate or not, composite...

    Does anyone know how accurate or not, composite granite countertops are. I have a couple of sink cutouts that I use with wet and dry sandpaper to flatten and polish bits of metal on.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  40. Thread: RongFu clone

    by Old Croc
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    The photos indicate you have a faceplate for a...

    The photos indicate you have a faceplate for a metal lathe, the 3 pins are a quick change system. Somewhere recently there was a table to tell which one you have.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    I just noticed in Mag-Pro' s latest update they...

    I just noticed in Mag-Pro' s latest update they have a few straight edges, no idea of the accuracy, just saying.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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    Thanks for all the replies, I tried Kryns...

    Thanks for all the replies, I tried Kryns suggestion. I looked at how a spade bit is made and grabbed a bit of 12mm 4140, milled it to 4mm , then milled the angle. Ground the edge relief on the...
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    A tapered drill bit.

    Hi everyone, I have been tasked to make a quantity of file and rasp handles for a guy with a mild hand disability to a design that suits him. Fairly normal except that it takes me so long to drill...
  44. This is an interesting thread, good to see how...

    This is an interesting thread, good to see how others chop and change due to necessity. Mine is no different, I inherited a bundle of handsaws from Dad and an old family friend and I picked the 3 I...
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    Hi Frank, thanks for that, but I rang my mate...

    Hi Frank, thanks for that, but I rang my mate that told me about the link and he had a look and does not look like the one he saw in Kryns original post and as I never saw it I have no idea who I am...
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    Hey Kryn, I just found this and the link goes to...

    Hey Kryn, I just found this and the link goes to a guy selling wad punches?
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
  47. Thread: 350mm rule

    by Old Croc
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    A while ago Daiso were selling 400mm Stainless...

    A while ago Daiso were selling 400mm Stainless steel rules, so much better than the 300mm ones as described by the OP. I got so used to the longer one I bought all they had, now there is one on every...
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    It's easy to say don't buy from China but the $...

    It's easy to say don't buy from China but the $ rules. The dilemma I have is I need some Ratchet Lever Clamps, only made in China, I need 2 of the female threaded version. I searched and an Aussie...
  49. Grahame, your experience is totally different to...

    Grahame, your experience is totally different to mine. I have bought a lot of stuff from them, always been charged the correct price and they have always combined the items to reduce the freight. As...
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    Joe, that's just the sort of machine I am looking...

    Joe, that's just the sort of machine I am looking for, but the freight would be exxcy, plus it probably won't survive the journey. Good luck to somebody.
    Rgds,
    Crocy.
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