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  1. wquiles

    Step by step guide to making a 1xD Mag host ...

    If you have access to a lathe capable of cutting threads, here a guide on how to make a custom 1xD Mag host: Step 1: Start with a "D" size host, colour of your choice. For this guide my customer asked for 2x Digital Cammo 1xD's, designed for a 32650 "D" size LiIon cell, which is right around...
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    Cool, homemade bandsaw blade sharpener ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0bysTbdkhE make sure to watch the later part of the video when you can see a close up in operation ... neat!
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    P60-type LED pill for FM Cooly ...

    I have had a FM Cooly host for a while now, and one of these days I will build a really high power LED pill for it, but for now, I wanted to get play with making my own P60-style LED drop in from scratch. Call it a learning project :) For this project I am using a new XML-2 in Direct Drive...
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    Custom DeWalt machining project ...

    After making this project, a forum member asked me to make him one to use at work. His main requirement was to make it brighter. So I looked back at the compromises I made with mine, and decided to see what can I do better in this one. So I started by buying a new host for this project at the...
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    Aluminum Walking Stick?

    Based on inspiration from Barry and his partially knurled walking stick and Will's awesome knurled, multi-piece spear, I made a walking/survival stick for my son to take camping. But before I post more details, build, pictures, have I already shared with you guys that project? Yes...
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    CAD drawings/dimensions for the PM12x36?

    I am working on a totally new base for my PM12x36 lathe, which I will weld out of 2x2x1/4" steel tubing, but I am doing the whole design in CAD, starting with the base of the lathe - the bolt pattern. This is what I have so far (sorry it is blurry - still learning!): 3D PDF draft Anyone...
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    Turning scrap and left-overs into something useful ...

    I have this Dewalt 18V incandescent "lamp" what plugs into the Dewalt battery pack this model, in case anyone wants to buy one for a similar project. I trade it/barter for it many years ago, and it has been sitting in a shelf in my home office - just sitting there, as I hoped to eventually do...
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    4x6 metal bandsaw stand/base and mods ...

    Here is my second welding project (first one was my welding table!), and one of my most used tools for working on flashlight mods. I have had this HF 4x6 probably since 2007 or so. Right when I got it, I discarded the flimsy folding "legs", and made a wood base for it. I later added a...
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    Tap wrenches ...

    I recently upgraded to a "nice" tap wrench, but I wanted to first share the crappy ones I have been using so far: I got two of these ones, one that broke right away, and a second one I have not used yet. These loosen up as you use them, and I hate them very much: This is the other...
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    Setting up flood coolant on my lathe

    I am having a few challenges drilling into Titanium and with my Dorian cut knurler, so Barry recommended I try flood coolant instead of my near-dry cooling system. So of course, I followed his advice :) The original cooling system that came with the lathe was of extremely low quality. But, I...
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    Yet another shop light LED conversion .....

    Nothing too exciting - just another LED conversion thread :-) This is how the lamp looked like when it was new: I used this lamp primarily in my belt sander, and although bright, the coverage was not even/smooth, and of course a little too yellow for my taste (now that I am used to the...
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    Just finished adjusting my Bison set-tru chuck ...

    I do this a couple of time a year, right before a new project in which I know I will be removing the part and put it back. As Barry taught me, I use a Thompson 1" shaft, and a dial indicator with 0.0005" markings. I got it to about 0.0002" TIR: http://youtu.be/83fs3CyXW9E Will
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    Somebody else like the "old school" vernier calipers ...

    Looks like Barry and I are not the only ones that like the old school tools :) http://blog.makezine.com/review/tool-review-mitutoyo-vernier-caliper/
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    Guess what the "bright" light is ...

    (all pictures on manual exposure) Baseline picture: SureFire M6 with regulated (PhD-M6) MN61 bulb: first pointed at tree, then closer to the middle of the house: My own MagnetoDrive (3x XP-G with 20mm triple narrow lens - still a floody beam): Mystery light, not fully warmed up...
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    CAD design for flashlights is awesome ...

    I am using Alibre Design Expert to design a custom LED light for a customer, and a cool feature of all of these CAD packages is the ability to create an assembly - virtually "see" how the parts would fit together. After I designed the tailcap, I created the assembly, and it was a tad short on...
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    new handle for my machining video recording setup ...

    I posted recently that I got the following setup for recording video and taking photos when both hands are occupied: But as good as the magnet and arm are in keeping things rock steady, there is almost no leverage for a strong way to move/re-position the magnet. So I decided to replace the...
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    Cut-off parts catcher ...

    How often are you working on a part on the lathe, you need to cut it off to size, and when the part falls, it bounces, and gets damaged? Sure, you can try something dangerous like having your hand close by to "catch" the part, but that is too risky, plus parting generates serious energy, and...
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    LED Shop Lamp using the Nichia 219 ...

    Several years ago I modded this WoodRiver LED Dual Power Shop Light (Item #149727, available from Woodcraft for $33) by using a severely under-driven P7 LED (200mA). But that light has not been "enough", and I knew that with a plastic head I was limited to how much current I could feed the LED...
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    Repairing my Electrix hotwire shop lamp ...

    I am a huge fan of having LOTS of quality light when doing machining work, and in the lathe, I typically have 3 sources: - a hotwire which is fixed, points down in front of the chuck - one fixed LED lamp that is bolted to the carriage - and one smaller, portable lamp that is usually mounted in...
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    Sunwayman V10R Ti+ Nichia 219 4500k 92 CRI conversion ...

    Thanks to a couple of forum members we now have access to the excellent Nichia 219 4500 (92 CRI) LED's. These have the same exact footprint as the Cree XP-G, this the boards from the XP-G work with these Nichia LED's - I don't know about you , but that makes them great for modding/LED swaps :D...
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