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by liveaboard
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Leveling feet ?
Replies: 8
Views: 183

Re: Leveling feet ?

5/8" would be rock bottom minimum; for a machine like that I'd go bigger. I made 16mm [5/8"] feet for my workbench. It's a heavy bench, but featherweight compared to your mill. The rod only extends an inch or less. As you can see from the pictures, I threaded 30mm square stock for a solid attachment...
by liveaboard
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cutting plastic
Replies: 18
Views: 352

Re: Cutting plastic

As you will have a center hole, and presuming you have sheet material, a holesaw is fast and efficient. 25 years ago when I didn't even have a lathe to call my own, I made a tool for this; a short piece of 40mm rod to clamp in the lathe with a threaded hole, and a matching part with a hole to bolt t...
by liveaboard
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Flea Market Score.
Replies: 10
Views: 375

Re: Flea Market Score.

I think I'll go to the flea market next week.
by liveaboard
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PB Blaster is Snake Oil
Replies: 61
Views: 10208

Re: PB Blaster is Snake Oil

I concur; People say this one or that one really works, but I stopped believing any claims of penetrating oils long ago. If you can get it to move, however slightly, the stuff will work in fairly quickly. I took out some mild steel porthole bolts that had been installed 100 years earlier. They came ...
by liveaboard
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Setting the compound at 0* or 30*
Replies: 33
Views: 1356

Re: Setting the compound at 0* or 30*

The first power miter saw I bought couldn't cut a straight line in heavy stock; fitting floorboards was a disaster. The rods would just bend from the load during cutting. Better ones came out [expensive], so I used to just grab the thing in the shop and see if it would deflect with a little arm pres...
by liveaboard
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Something good about Harbor Freight
Replies: 54
Views: 8773

Re: Something good about Harbor Freight

We don't have HF in the EU, but I did buy a pair of heavy "5 ton" noname mystery jackstands, probably about the same thing. They're just lumps of steel; there's little to fail in them. I set my 4 ton tractor on them without a worry. When I was a pro mechanic I bought expensive tools, but I didn't ha...
by liveaboard
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: feeling stupid
Replies: 64
Views: 5507

Re: feeling stupid

Injured while asleep in bed; that just isn't fair!
But the chainsaw blade story... WOW. Ron, you're lucky something really bad didn't happen.

I've just ruined my good clothes with ammonia solution , but after you guys told your tales I'm proud to go around town with my bleached spots.
by liveaboard
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Setting the compound at 0* or 30*
Replies: 33
Views: 1356

Re: Setting the compound at 0* or 30*

It's dead easy to build a bracket to hold a long travel indicator. While my Graziano has a calibrated dial on the carriage feed, I still use such a setup. It's far more reliable, and lightning fast to adjust to the desired location. My setup allows for the use of longer than 1" travel indicators, t...
by liveaboard
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: corrsivity of cutting oil
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: corrsivity of cutting oil

Thanks; I didn't have the guts to spray diesel around before traveling. That stuff STINKS. But when I get home I'll do it.
The cutting oil looks and smells like a petroleum based product; clear and yellowish. Could be hygroscopic... I guess that would do it.
by liveaboard
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Welding
Topic: Annoying Movie Welding
Replies: 36
Views: 4655

Re: Annoying Movie Welding

the first emblem was probably a more accurate illustration of government 'innovation'; machine locked in place.
by liveaboard
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Setting the compound at 0* or 30*
Replies: 33
Views: 1356

Re: Setting the compound at 0* or 30*

I have no way to measure carriage movement; so I keep the compound at zero so I can use the dial to measure the length of a cut or bore. Since it won't be very accurate, I use the carriage for cutting once the dimension is established. this gets me to within +- 0.2mm quickly, which is usually close ...