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    Drilling hardened steel?

    The only work I ever did ( years back ) with hardened steel is grinding it.
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    Measuring

    Measuring anything requires a certain 'touch' or 'feel' to get it right. It is best to practice on something that is a known size, like gauge blocks. A lot of tools have a friction knob that does not allow you to over tighten the tool. Like anything you do in life - the more you do it, the...
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    My PM-1236 finally arrived

    Paper towels are better than cloth, Paper will tear into pieces fairly easily, Cloth - not so much. ( and yes - this is experience talking )
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    My PM-1236 finally arrived

    Just a quick thought concerning plastic sheeting or paper towels on the lathe ways to keep them clean. At some point in time, cutting something that does not chip, but rather comes off in a 'coil' that coil will eventually catch the sheets on the ways and spin them like you have never seen...
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    Need advice on a problem...

    I am going to guess on this - I don't know about stronger, but the heli coil will stand up better to multiple times a bolt is threaded in and out. Cast will wear out quicker than the insert. precisonworks can probably answer this better than I can. If this is going to be powder coated, make...
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    Need advice on a problem...

    Lithium grease is fine...
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    Need advice on a problem...

    I bought a floor drill press years ago. I really does come in handy for lots of different jobs. The one I have uses a belt system to change the speeds, I would suggest one that has a dial or variable speed motor to change the speeds. Also, when you start to use the press, put some grease on the...
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    Need advice on a problem...

    It took me a few minutes to figure out what I was looking at. The only pressure on the plate is downward, lifting the plate is minimal. The best fix would be the heli coils. I don't know the cost, second to that could be if a bottom tap is needed to get to the bottom of the blind hole. You...
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    Need advice on a problem...

    I have made up a number of booklets for some of my camera equipment. These range in size from 25 pages to over 150. I use 2 metal rulers that I clamp on the bound edge to squeeze them together, I just spread wood glue on the this edge. I then make a cover and back page that I fold around the...
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    replacing tail-cap with side switch

    This might be the easiest approach. You might be able to use one RCR123 battery instead of an 18650. make this adapter the same size as an RCR 123.
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    replacing tail-cap with side switch

    I think this would be a very difficult task, if not impossible to do with that light. Just one thing that comes to mind is a way to run a wire from the bottom of the battery tube to a switch. There is no room inside due to the close tolerance of the battery and the tube it rests in. Now, if you...
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    Shiny.

    I have a mini lathe and have polished lots of aluminum lights. I put the light on the lathe and sand it with 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper, then to 1000 grit, then 2000 grit. This gets rid of just about any mark on the body. Then for the polishing - cotton buffing wheels with different polishing...
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    Router milling aluminum, need advice

    I have done both metal machining and wood work. I have a router that I mounted in a table. I have a drill press and I use a vice whenever I am working with metal. Somehow - working with a router on aluminum just does not sound like a good idea to me. Most routers run at 20,000 rpm which may be...
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    Thinking of getting a small lathe...

    I might be wrong, but, isn't drill rod fairly hard? Might be beyond the ability of a 7x10 mini...
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    Thinking of getting a small lathe...

    The scroll saw should cut through cedar like a piece of butter. Does the scroll saw have adjustable speed? If you are cutting off 1/4 inch chunks to glue different woods, make sure the glue sides are perfectly flat. You won't get flat using a scroll saw. Additionally, you will most likely be...
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    Thinking of getting a small lathe...

    I agree with that. For someone just starting out and they have never done any machining before. I suggest getting decent tools, not necessarily the top of the line. Make sure this is something you want to do. I have a dial indicator on a magnetic base. I have never used it for measuring, just...
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    Thinking of getting a small lathe...

    I do lathe work as a hobby. I have mostly inexpensive measuring tools. Starrett makes quality tools, no doubt about that. If I was still working in that industry and using tools on a daily basis, subjecting them to all kinds of oil, chips etc.. I would go for the Starrett. As a hobbiest, the...
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    Thinking of getting a small lathe...

    Not sure what you mean by polish. I have sanded the wood objects while they spin on the lathe. I have used polishing wheels on a drill while spinning aluminum parts on the lathe. IF you polish aluminum using a buffing wheel - go against the 'grain' to remove cutter marks. Any sanding or...
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    Thinking of getting a small lathe...

    I keep mine fairly clean. I remove the chips, which are usually 'coils' by hand, or sometimes with the shop vac. The wood chips are picked up with the shop vac. Some of the wood I turn, I attach the vacuum hose right on top of the cutting tool to vacuum the dust as I am cutting. ( for sure when...
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