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    Must have hand tools?

    This one is showing out of stock right now but I have seen those free shipping with Prime. Cant speak to PO box but kind of makes sense. I usually get an email notificationits being delivered in 3 hours, then a pic of it on my doorstep...
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    The least expensive power feed I've ever come across

    I hope it works. There have been a few other too good to be true deals like that where the seller subsequently invoked the random excuse generator - it shipped (but didn't), temporarily out of stock (never to be re-stocked), price/shipping 'correction'.... Your correspondence is tracked in Ebay...
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    Anyone have experience preventing de-carb during HT?

    I'm glad you posted that Brian. I've seen that product but assumed it could only be used for water quenching. I know its maybe hard to judge but about how thick is the coat when applied? How long does it take to dry...
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    Anyone have experience preventing de-carb during HT?

    torinwalker I dont think the link you attached is the intended one. I'd like to read up on that just out of interest. I don't know much about this other than I think the blade guys use sealed foil with inert gas, or their ovens have provisions to add inert purge gas in. One guy I talked to was...
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    Knee mill riser - most useful height?

    Nope it’s a rear dovetail column that power head travels on. Table height remains constant. Referred to as bench top mill
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    Auction pickings

    Nice score. Those are quality tools in decent shape. I love your last sentence LOL. I found a scabby rusted pair of steel dividers among my dads stuff. I wanted to try this de-ruster solution anyways so gave it the treatment. It cleaned quite up well but still had some pitting. So a few...
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    Fly Cutter Tool Geometry

    Janger I like your little square, what brand is it?
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    Fly Cutter Tool Geometry

    My experience has been once you have a decent facing mill, the flycutter stays in the cupboard. The FM can take decent cuts but actually finishes better than a flycutter. It only makes sense, 3-4 times more cutters at work given the same feed, heavier tool, integrally balanced, typically more...
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    Knee mill riser - most useful height?

    Its a function of the work you do but its surprising how certain setups can gobble headroom in a hurry. 15" from quill bottom to end of spindle sounds like a lot but.... a typical mill vise can use 4" from the table top, more if it sits on a swivel casting. Or a typical rotary table (5-6") plus...
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    Finally got a surface plate

    The cost to verify it far exceeds the cost of the plate. They are counting on that! LOL Some guys on another forum tested some of the clones when they had their own big boy plates tested. Some were surprisingly good & within spec. Then, the odd blooper.
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    Complete Newbie - need help!

    Nice thing about CNC is you could have almost any crazy pattern. Now whether it improves or degrades putting performance is anyone's guess until scientifically proven (or professionally endorsed). How about a 'sweet spot' where the swirl gradations are slightly denser in the 'hit zone'? Then of...
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    Complete Newbie - need help!

    Hopefully someone CNC will chime in because I'm not one of them. Another lower tech solution might be something like a pantograph. You can buy inexpensive 500-600 watt spindle motors complete with AC>DC power supply. Essentially this is what people are using for smaller, lighter duty home brew...
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    Complete Newbie - need help!

    Metal is really tricky to photograph well. Even very minor micro-scratches (thing 1000 grit paper) can look much more aggressive in digital pics. So hard for me to judge the depth of grooves. Anyways, your second picture almost looks 'too good' like maybe computer driven such as CNC. So in that...
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    Complete Newbie - need help!

    It almost looks to me like what we would call a 'bad finish with an out of tram mill head'. LOL. Hopefully this sketch makes sense. The blue work represents the part face. Something like a single point fly cutter tool has its axis deliberately angled slightly so it cuts an arc only on the...
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    Pretty interesting old Colchester video

    What a great video. Really gives you a feel for what went into those machines.
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    CAD Recommendations for Mac?

    John, so you are saying you can build parts & assemblies, save them on your own device & there is no risk of them becoming 'read only' lock-down by not having a commercial/paid version of F360? I get the cloud for collaboration & storage, but it seemed to me (at least once upon a time) they...
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    CAD Recommendations for Mac?

    So you guys who are happily running hobby/freebee version of Fusion, whats the bottom line when it comes to files? Initially I thought I understood 'cloud based' which, beyond some marketing speak was kind of code word for 'not resident on your local drive'. But variations of paid subscriptions...
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    Cool Milling Vise

    Its probably more of multi-functional drill press vise but Bison is good quality. The cam lock & multiple orientation vee block are some nice features.
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    Sine Plate Roll Pin Enagement

    Nice. You are equipped miles beyond my shop. I look forward to what you ultimately come up with. I think making your own tooling & jigs has to be one of the more rewarding aspects of the hobby (or business if it turns into that). ps you might like Doug Ross stuff. His YouTube is kind of sparse...
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    Sine Plate Roll Pin Enagement

    This (Tom Lipton) vid isn't the one was I trying to recall, but another take on a specialized sine block with some cool design features. It kind of depends on what you want to do with the tool. Is it just to set up stock in a mill vise at shallow angles dictated by your gage blocks? Or if you...