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  1. CalgaryPT

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    I'm actually really pleased with my tools for sheet, but was just curious about your experience with the cir saw as I never used one on metal. But thanks for the offer. On a side note I have a old fashioned abrasive cut off saw for steel. I don't use it much anymore, but I oddly love the spark...
  2. CalgaryPT

    Light bracket

    Lots of vids if you Youtube "Enlarging a doorknob with a hole saw." But here's two examples: I get that you are not enlarging a hole, but the principle is the same. You are using the wood to guide the hole saw and reduce wobble/chatter.
  3. CalgaryPT

    12" Bench Disk Sander

    Just got back from Princess Auto (NE). They have a 12" Disk Sander on sale for $119.99. It's rated at 3/4 HP, but as most of you know this is suspect: likely 3/4 HP as measured using a really old horse. Anyways, I know most of these are rated for wood, but the name on this is "Mr Blacksmith,"...
  4. CalgaryPT

    Mini-mill crash and burn

    Isn't there a safety factor here in having a sacrificial gear on these little machines?
  5. CalgaryPT

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    I think we've all used an angle grinder sideways with a thin cut off wheel. I was just thinking to add a caddy so it could roll, but the wheel would be about 1/4 inch above the material held up by a spring...then you start the grinder, put pressure downwards to contact the wheel to the material...
  6. CalgaryPT

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    Don't think they make them anymore but I have a 20 year old Makita 4" (not 4.5") grinder. I put a 1/16" cutting wheel in it for thin stuff. Some smart machinist person should make a caddy with roller bearings and a spring that allows it to glide across a sheet and cut. Works like a charm.
  7. CalgaryPT

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    Yup....I think those cutters are fun. I got a killer deal on a Milwaukee shear but it can only do to 20 gauge I think. Get tool for thinner stock. But I am in love with my stomp shear (even though it is the smallest width made it still does 16 gauge manually)...I love the square edge it gives...
  8. CalgaryPT

    Small generator project

    If they did we'd kick you off the forum. He probably made this vid over and over and edited out his mistakes. I'm sure your machining skills are 100 times better than mine. I suspect perfection is pretty boring.
  9. CalgaryPT

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    Russel and Varsteel have the same issue, so you're right. Get your timing wrong and you're stuck behind a semi for hours. The staff have treated me poorly because I am a hobby guy on multiple occasions. Even Calgary Metal used to be better when they sold metal as well as recycling it, or...
  10. CalgaryPT

    Frozen screws

    I grew up on Glendale in SW Calgary in the 1960s and 70s. We once had a friend do some reno work on our house. He wasn't very handy, but more so than my dad I guess. Anyways, by accident he plastered in our wall cabinet where my mom kept all the medicines and First Aid stuff—including a HUGE...
  11. CalgaryPT

    Group Sourcing Metal Ideas

    My 2 cents worth.... I do have an account with them and buy for a couple of reasons, but not price. For me, the staff have been great. I've found them friendly, and the girl who works there has a sense of humour. Free coffee is nice too. The rust on their sheet stock is almost non-existent. I...
  12. CalgaryPT

    Light bracket

    A trick used by carpenters to enlarge a door knob hole that was drilled too small is to clamp a piece of sacrificial wood behind it. It gives the drill bit something to guide it and prevent the hole saw from wandering. You get a cleaner hole. Also, if possible, never use a hole saw vertically...
  13. CalgaryPT

    Old navy tools

    When analytical minds turn to inventing and building machines, the results are amazing. I certainly respect people who learn by experience over "winging it," but people who think up solutions for problems that have yet to present themselves or have to be anticipated, are on a whole other level...
  14. CalgaryPT

    Great Tutorial on Tap Types

    Must because our first names and last initials are the same...Google thinks we are one. I love these educational vids that make me think I'm smarter because I watched them, and didn't waste my time. Dislike the ones with too much drama. When I rule this planet I intend to ban exclamation marks.
  15. CalgaryPT

    Great Tutorial on Tap Types

    I don't know how I find these guys...I think they find me. But this guy has a great tutorial on when to use which tap. You know he's knowledgeable because he has his name embroidered on his shirt.
  16. CalgaryPT

    Old navy tools

    Just noticed how on the top of the machine room runs a curved I-beam. I've seen similar ones on submarines. If I am not mistaken it's a dolly trolly (rail) used to transport heavy parts to the machine room. Cool enough in the foresight that needs to go into the design and routing of the cables...
  17. CalgaryPT

    Old navy tools

    Love how organized, neat and clean everything is. Thanks for the pics.
  18. CalgaryPT

    Let there be Light

    News to me as well but will look into these when mine go. By then we'll probably be looking at laser retrofits though.
  19. CalgaryPT

    Must have hand tools?

    When you do get some Brian, make sure you get a case for them. Unlike drill bits, chucking reamers have a lot of exposed cutting edges and can chip and dull if kept next to each other. You want to separate them so them don't bang into each other. The set I show is off Amazon is rebranded by a...
  20. CalgaryPT

    Frozen screws

    That's fascinating. Never heard of that. Also never heard of an old farm trick that didn't work...so I may try that. I guess it has the ancillary benefit that if you slip with the screwdriver and cut your knuckles, at least you have a disinfectant handy. Learn something new everyday. Thanks.