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by EOsteam
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Softjaw question
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Softjaw question

Ok, I'm sure this is going to be a stupid question but I'm drawing a blank, so here goes. A job requiring softjaws is about to commence. I have softjaws and a spider but how does one measure the diameter of the softjaw cut. All of my micrometers measure at 180 degrees whether they be calipers or mic...
by EOsteam
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Removing metal splinters
Replies: 10
Views: 219

Removing metal splinters

It seems I have a talent for picking up those little tiny shards of metal that penetrate the skin and rest directly upon a pain receptor in the skin. I'm sure you all have experienced the zing you get from a sliver of metal so small as to be almost invisible. So far, a a tiny tweezers from a Swiss A...
by EOsteam
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Suggestions for cutting fluids
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Suggestions for cutting fluids

I have lately been having really good results on the faux Bridgeport using carbide end mills and CRC TrueTap Aqua in a spray bottle. It's a bit awkward because I'm spraying with one hand and turning the crossfeed with the other. It's time to investigate better options. 1) Is there a better system th...
by EOsteam
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Brand new old school south Bend 10” lathe!
Replies: 16
Views: 656

Re: Brand new old school south Bend 10” lathe!

I had an older fella give me some,advice many years ago. He said, “It doesn’t matter what what the value is. It only matters what somebody is willing to pay for it.” Ebay is over run with sellers who do not seem to understand this simple fact.
by EOsteam
Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Counterbore tips needed
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Re: Counterbore tips needed

Thanks fellas. The counterbore pilot tip was measured at .1460” so a #26 drill (.1470”) was used for the clearance portion of the hole. A drop of oil was used and the operation went smoothly. Thanks Harold for the tip on modified drill bits. That will be used when a counterbore shoulder is needed an...
by EOsteam
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Counterbore tips needed
Replies: 3
Views: 285

Counterbore tips needed

I'm about to use a counterbore for the first time. The material is 6061-T6 AL and the counterbore is for a #6 socket head cap screw in 6-32. The hole is already drilled to a #36 for eventual tapping but now I have to counterbore down into the piece. The piece will eventually be slotted to create a c...
by EOsteam
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drilling and milling questions
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: Drilling and milling questions

On the Little Machine Shop page it lists under the “turning” section a range of ft/min for most materials. For instance under “Plain Carbon Steels” the range is from 125 - 215 ft/min for HSS. How does one know what value to use inside the range for a particular material? 1018 vs.1025? What about the...
by EOsteam
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hammermill has passed
Replies: 6
Views: 1227

Hammermill has passed

On November 2, Hammermill (Ken Long) passed. He was a huge community volunteer helping with many different organizations. His contributions to The Pendleton Round-Up and The Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show are not only large but difficult to replace. I particularly will miss his abili...
by EOsteam
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MEK sources
Replies: 30
Views: 3316

Re: MEK sources

“True Value” has it in our small town.
by EOsteam
Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bolt stretch
Replies: 47
Views: 3475

Re: Bolt stretch

Don't forget to have your torque wrench periodically calibrated. I think aircraft mechanics calibrate every 1 - 2 years depending upon use.
by EOsteam
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Tractor v. Diesel Pickup
Replies: 72
Views: 8834

Re: Tractor v. Diesel Pickup

I had a neighbor who removed a black locust tree stump and roots. It was about 2’ in diameter. He spent almost 2weeks of after work evenings digging and cutting roots. When the stump was really moving because all of the side roots had been severed he hooked up his 1 ton pickup truck with a heavy dut...
by EOsteam
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Should I grab this shaper?
Replies: 19
Views: 2855

Re: Should I grab this shaper?

I passed on the shaper. The money I would have spent will be dedicated to the purchase of more castings for the engine. Also, after much thought and an honest appraisal of how much it would be used, the purchase was not justified. The other drawback was the 500 mile one way trip to pick up the machi...