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1914 Dalton Lot-4-No 3053


September 28, 2016, 7:40 pm

If anyone is interested in this lathe please contact me. Read more »

Hazmat fees when buying supplies


September 27, 2016, 1:02 pm

Any way around these stupid fees? I got a $5.00 fee on some TIG welding rod. Cut me a break, it's just copper plated steel. Do online suppliers pull this crap? Maybe if I threaten to buy all my... Read more »

Is it a SCAM? How?


September 26, 2016, 10:38 pm

I bought an inexpensive air dryer off of Ebay recently. Well a few weeks ago. Its billed as NIB. A refirgeration style Harbor Freight model. The price was right anyway. Figured if it turned ... Read more »

fake air compressor aftercooler?


September 26, 2016, 9:48 pm

I broke the aftercooler off of my air compressor the other day. It's a 20c fm import aluminum pump with a cast iron jug. While contemplating fixes I thought about the usefulness of this aftercoo... Read more »

Curt is a COWARD

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September 26, 2016, 7:32 pm

That worthless City of Portland, internet abusing, gutless little pantywaist wussed out - AGAIN! Here is is dummy, be there or be know forever as a GUTLESS PUSSY: https://www.yelp.com/biz/jolly-k... Read more »

not really OT: Looking for mobile work station for factory floor


September 26, 2016, 4:30 pm

I seem to be spending an infinite amount of time as a controls consultant i n a busy metalworking factory. As of now, my tools & supplies are residing in various cardboard boxes, piled in the corn... Read more »

Your last DIY project


September 23, 2016, 9:00 pm

I want to know who thought this project can be a reearding experience. http://www.northwoodscasket.com/build-your-own-coffin/ -- Ed Huntress Read more »

WD-40 Advertisement


September 23, 2016, 8:23 pm

When WD-40 was ready to hit the market in 1958 one of the company's marketing kooks came up with an ad sign for it, which I doubt ever made it out the door. (No guarantee that this story is true.)... Read more »

Welding 4130


September 22, 2016, 1:56 pm

I mentioned a while ago that Fab Shop would be publishing an article about welding 4130 steel, written by a specialist at Hobart. It's in the current issue: http://magazine.fsmdirect.com/2016/sept... Read more »

AC switch in old Johnson Bandsaw.

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September 21, 2016, 1:43 pm

Hi all, we've got an old Johnson bandsaw https://www.dropbox.com/s/hqi6vnwjjoqsngk/Bandsaw.JPG?dl=0 There's a lever going to a switch that cuts off power once you hit the bottom of the piece... t... Read more »

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Important Weight Question about ANGLE IRON rating: 5

Hey guys. I'm getting ready to remove my rear bumper on my camper and attach angle irons directly to the I-Beam frame in order to haul my golf cart on the rear of the camper. I got the idea from a fe... Read more »

Please help identify a 9" steady and follow rest ? rating: 5

Hello all, I had the fortune of cleaning out some last remnants of a home machinists estate, and ended up with a surplus steady and follow rest in very good condition. Unfortunately they do not fit ... Read more »

Powdered metallurgy, how does it work? rating: 5

Hey guys, For some reason I've had a bug up my butt about powdered metals. (You know, thirst for useless knowledge as it applies to my job and life.) Would someone mind running me down the basics of... Read more »

Army issue 1942 model HK Smith-Drum Extension-Gap lathe with owner/parts ma... rating: 5

My boss had it in a storage shed. He was sold a small import lathe by a machinery company. The salesman told him you couldn't get parts or a belt for the old Smith-Drum. Anyway, I had vacations day... Read more »

Centec 2A vertical movement rating: 5

I have acquired a Centec 2A with vertical quill head and just finished generally cleaning it up, lubing and adjusting out the play in the slides. The knee doesn't seem to go down very far such that... Read more »

How to Clean Copper (oxides?) Telephone Network Interface Box rating: 5

Hi, Would somebody here possibly know how to get residue off copper washers other than filing or sandpaper and pass on the knowledge to me please. (I'm rewiring a single phone line into the house f... Read more »

Glassblowing torch design? rating: 5

I'm interested in experimenting a bit with scientific glassblowing. The glass in question is Pyrex. I've made a start with an oxyacetylene torch equipped with a heating tip and the whole clamped in... Read more »

Counterboring aluminum using a drill press rating: 5

This is uncharted territory for me. Done similar stuff with wood using Brad point and Forstner bits but never with metal. Basically, I need a counterbore (CB) diameter of about 3/4 to a depth of ab... Read more »

fire bricks, refractory bricks formula wanted rating: 5

Hello: I've seen a couple web sites that show how to make fire brick at home but having trouble coming across all the materials they list. And I'm not sure which, if any, are optional. Anyone have... Read more »

Paralleling phase converters? rating: 5

I have read here that some folks use more than one phase converter in their shops and just turn on more converters as the load increases. Are these rotary converters connected in parallel? If so, is ... Read more »

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