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    Would you believe

    Check the pitch on the threads. They could actually be IMP. I have some of those. Or they could be such poorly stamped hex heads on the screws that just so happen to fit another non-standard wrench. I just bought nice set screws & replaced them. Some of the more recent tool blocks I bought (from...
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    Cutting Aluminum

    I think you would stand a pretty good chance of cutting aluminum with a router as long as you had the cutter, rpm & rigidity established. From a power standpoint there isn't much difference between a handheld router & cnc spindle motor, sometimes they are one of the same. But cnc router likely...
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    Tool box organization

    my legacy is still alive on www dot internetland haha http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/scratch-building-aircraft-design-3d-cad-174/256678-foam-wing-honeycombing.html
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    Tool box organization

    This place shows some good schematics & offers the better (nichrome) wire & has an online calculator which is quite accurate. You might still be able to get small quantities of thin gauge nichrome wire at the hobby shop, I recall like 6 ft length or so...
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    Looking for a someone who can cast and manufacture items from Brass

    If you do find a small, local, reasonable casting outfit please let us know. On other (model engineering) forums I frequent this is the #1 issue - very few places that have the capability without charging a fortune on low batch quantities. It is very labor & consumable materials intensive. I'm...
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    Tool box organization

    I was curious about laser cutting foams because similar materials typically have issues diffusing the beam. This YouTube vid suggests specific kinds of foams work. There are other google hits with keywords 'laser cut foam'. Water jetting is another option but I've heard mixed reviews depending...
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    OKay...who scooped the Atlas lathe for a song?

    Nice score. I guess on one hand wood turning means light, inconsequential load. OTOH, sawdust + oil or grease can make for some nasty mung. I'd wash every nook & cranny with degreaser & give it a close inspection. A buddy of mine bought a piece of machinery that was real bad that way. The...
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    MIlling machine advice

    What does a NMTB taper shank have to do running an ER32? ER collet chuck systems are available on pretty every common shank standard, no?
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    Anyone own a GH1440W lathe from Modern Tools or a PM1440HD from Precision Matthews?

    And a taper attachment and wider selection of speeds & feeds and wider bed and higher wattage motor and a beefier tail stock and I think flood coolant?... There is a lot to like in this package. Sadly the only thing its lacking is the J.C. "Zamboni oiler bar upgrade" so he will have to make due...
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    MIlling machine advice

    How long have you had yours? Still liking it? Any issues?
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    MIlling machine advice

    Those of you who were at the last meetup at Modern Tool, was that not a dovetail 'RF-45' looking mill that Alex demo'd? (As opposed this round column mill on the website). http://www.moderntool.com/products/modern-model-md-930-drilling-milling-machine/ I don't see a dovetail on their website...
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    Enco 8.6 lathe - mill combo

    I'm pretty sure that is the same machine that Kozo Hiraoka built the vast majority of his locomotives from. He is kind of a legend in the live steam community. Very complex models, wrote several books, tireless enthusiast etc. I remember reading some interview with him with a few pics back in...
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    Miniature Guns

    There is just something really cool about miniaturized objects. Or maybe I am just strange that way LOL. I've seen this fellow on other forums but gives a bit of insight what goes into developing them. In many respects its similar to miniature engines or miniature locomotives or... he touches on...
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    Travers sale flyer through Feb-28

    Sorry I don't have any direct Cle-Line experience. I've heard they are good but also heard country of origin varies by set. This link says owned by Chinese but made in USA. The plot thickens. Opinions seem to vary & of course what Americans have access to & what they pay is often different than...
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    Travers sale flyer through Feb-28

    I remember you mentioning that now. I agree, confusing. Here is the bookmark I keep which is traverscanada dot com (as opposed to first link travers dot com). Shows 167.67 CAD. But I seem to recall a similar issue on some order when I called them & they changed some default switch? I used to...
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    Travers sale flyer through Feb-28

    hmmm youre right. Sorry, then I didn't successfully load the what was mailed to me as a paper flyer which does state 'all pricing in Canadian dollars'. Here is an example. Shows up as 167.67 (CDN) in my flyer.... which would work out to 7% fx from the dot com. Sheesh. Confusing. I guess you...
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    Travers sale flyer through Feb-28

    Just to point out some pretty good discounts on higher quality USA drill sets like Precision Twist &Rushmore... at least relative to their own list price. As per usual - shop around to compare prices. BTW I think their flat shipping is now 12.95...
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    Cutting Aluminum

    Apparently the drill technique has been around the medical field for a while too! haha
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    Cutting Aluminum

    There is better info in InternetLand but this shows example aluminum burr. Its kind of like end mills, the helix & rake is meant for that material & shouldn't be used on steel. Wear protection because they make very painful swarf/slivers/daggers...
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    Cutting Aluminum

    Typical nibbler, come in pneumatic & electric. Rent one maybe?