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    Wolfcreek Steve. a lathe does not have to have...

    Wolfcreek Steve. a lathe does not have to have gears, aamf, the first lathes didn't. On the other hand, a milling machine is not so rreat for making pulleys and shafts.
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    Hey Glumpy, I have been to your beautiful country...

    Hey Glumpy, I have been to your beautiful country down under and loved it. That being said I think that you are whistling in the dark when it comes to a lot of what you posted. Most of the...
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    Ron, so sorry to hear about your medical...

    Ron, so sorry to hear about your medical problems. My Mother-in-law always said getting old is not for sissies! Just a note about depression. It takes many forms and what you describe is the normal...
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    I worked on electric hi-los for the last fifteen...

    I worked on electric hi-los for the last fifteen or twenty years of my time at Chrysler and can attest to the corrosion issue with lead acid batteries. You will have this with either brass or...
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    Makes sense to me, Richard

    Makes sense to me, Richard
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    The passing of a genius

    I wonder how many more of you were as saddened as I was by the passing of Robin Williams. He was a true genius, both in comedy and serious drama. How sad it is that a person who brought so much...
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    If you had an employee who would do what ever any...

    If you had an employee who would do what ever any one told him/her no matter how stupid it was would you consider them to be a good employee? You would no doubt fire them after the third or fourth...
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    First off I will have to say you are starting off...

    First off I will have to say you are starting off pretty big. 500 lbs is a lot of refractory. For my first furnace/melter I used 1/2 a bag of Cast-o-lite in an old helium tank. I didn't have any...
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    Moore's law is not an actual law, therefore it is...

    Moore's law is not an actual law, therefore it is impossible to graph and document data as to its fulfillment. Originally Moore stated that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit would...
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    Anon, I didn't forget about you, I just got...

    Anon, I didn't forget about you, I just got hornswaggled into helping with my wife's yard sale. ( yes, that is a word, at least where I grew up I went thru all of my bits and the closest I could...
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    Anon, I have a raft of carbide drills , both...

    Anon, I have a raft of carbide drills , both solid and tipped, that I was able to scrounge while I was still working. I don't know if there is a 1/4" among them but I will check and see tomorrow. ...
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    How many of you are even aware of what Moore's...

    How many of you are even aware of what Moore's law is and that this (13) was the first year that it did not even come close to being fulfilled?
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    I use a piece of 3/16" brake line for the feed line in my Brute. It is readily available most anywhere, is easily formed to whatever shape you require and is, most importantly, cheap. As Rasper...
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    Hey Jesse, I've missed you. I have been dealing...

    Hey Jesse, I've missed you. I have been dealing with life myself so I can relate. I loved the boat, if you need more flotation you can just add more pipe. A friend and I once built a pontoon boat...
  15. Sticky: Richard, that is one great post. I plan on...

    Richard, that is one great post. I plan on getting back to casting and need a pyrometer. I plan on making one according to your directions as soon as possible and I will let you know how it comes...
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    A Simple ? Question From A Simple Guy

    I have access to a couple of medical oxygen tanks and was wondering if any one knows what the alloy they are made of is? Kudos in advance.
  17. Hi Jamie, I am in awe of your metal forming...

    Hi Jamie, I am in awe of your metal forming skills. The stamping plant I worked in made finish body panels for various Ford cars and trucks. Draw dope is/was a slimy concoction that we sprayed on...
  18. Jami, I missed your thread more than any of the...

    Jami, I missed your thread more than any of the others while the forum was down. You are indeed an old world craftsman. As I worked for a while in a stamping plant I am particularly awed by your...
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    So far I haven't been burned with hot metal bad...

    So far I haven't been burned with hot metal bad enough to write home to Mother about but I did have an interesting mishap when building an experimental furnace with some home brewed aerated concrete....
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    Phil, I have never cast handles onto steel pins...

    Phil, I have never cast handles onto steel pins for my tools but as the plastic is always breaking I just remove the steel pins and cut threads on then with a die. I then center drill a piece of...
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    Robert, my $.02 worth. It has been my experience...

    Robert, my $.02 worth. It has been my experience that while sand, or glass bead blasting is very good for making a piece of ally look clean and pretty it is not that great for pre weld cleaning. ...
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    Here's a caveat on Craftsman. Sears has seemed...

    Here's a caveat on Craftsman. Sears has seemed to have adopted a policy of renigning on their lifetime guarantee. I took a worn 1/2' drive ratchet in for exchange at the Lincoln Park, MI store. ...
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    Some time ago, right after we moved into our last...

    Some time ago, right after we moved into our last house, we had a huge snow storm. A lot of people had to abandon their cars on the expressway and then they were covered up with snow. The National...
  24. Mike, I have read your entire thread with a great...

    Mike, I have read your entire thread with a great deal of interest. I think perhaps we may be kindred spirits as I to abhorred the amount of waste I saw when I was stil working. I also scavenged a...
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    My advice is to stay away from magnesium. If you...

    My advice is to stay away from magnesium. If you are a real hard head then you can convince yourself quite easily. Just take e small piece, and by small I mean a few ounces, dig yourself a pit far...
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