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by liveaboard
Sun Dec 15, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 10" Atlas Trouble Turning Unknown Steel
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: 10" Atlas Trouble Turning Unknown Steel

Is your lathe motor bogging down, or just the chuck?

What I mean is, did you check the drive belt[s].
I thought I needed a bigger motor until I tightened the primary belts.
by liveaboard
Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fire Danger
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: Fire Danger

I strongly suspect that neither cnc lathes nor titanium are in my future; but it sounds like a lot of fun.
by liveaboard
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fire Danger
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: Fire Danger

curtis cutter wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:18 pm
Simply a spark skitting across the floor and into light debris is a frequent culprit.
Most of my shop fires start that way.

Angle grinders start a surprising number; not to mention ruining windows far away and not at all in the line of the sparks.
by liveaboard
Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Undoing Pipe Fittings That Used High Strength Threadlock
Replies: 15
Views: 278

Re: Undoing Pipe Fittings That Used High Strength Threadlock

Americans might not know that 'mole grips' is English for 'Vise grips'.

There are several language that are referred to as 'English' by their speakers.
by liveaboard
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 3 jaw chuck
Replies: 23
Views: 1184

Re: 3 jaw chuck

When you can, that's best. For instance, yesterday I had to bore a collar, then press a bushing into it, then make the final bore on the bushing. The accuracy required for the whole thing is fairly casual. It could have been done by calculation, but it was easier to just take the part out of the lat...
by liveaboard
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 3 jaw chuck
Replies: 23
Views: 1184

Re: 3 jaw chuck

A trick I found; I mark the position of work before taking it out of the chuck.
If put back in the same position, it's usually close to where it was during the previous cuts.
by liveaboard
Wed Dec 11, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT: Building in isolated location
Replies: 572
Views: 103018

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

They said they could do my knee surgery [cruxiate ligament replacement] with a local so I could watch; I declined.
Put me out and let me know when it's done!
by liveaboard
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fire Danger
Replies: 21
Views: 536

Re: Fire Danger

I try to keep solvents out of the machine shop area, but of course there's always oils + greases. Welding cables, 220 + 380v wires, and torch hoses jostle for floor space with bits of sharp metal shavings. I suppose I should have a fire extinguisher in there, maybe even running water would be a plan.
by liveaboard
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drill Bit Storage for a Hoarder
Replies: 16
Views: 440

Re: Drill Bit Storage for a Hoarder

Mine is more chaotic; 1 to 10mm are in the case lower left, 10.5mm + plastic food box upper left, MT2 in the wooden box and MT3 in whatever space is left.

I buy smaller cobalt bits in packs of 10, because they're very cheap that way.
drill bit drawer.jpg
by liveaboard
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Power HACKSAW question
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Re: Power HACKSAW question

I have a dry saw I use for light stock; angle, tube, and mild steel rod up to 1".
The dry saw is fast. And the blades expensive.
Power hacksaw for bigger stuff, beams + heavier solid rod.
My saw came with a carbide tooth blade, but it was damaged. I've never seen another one anywhere.
by liveaboard
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Power HACKSAW question
Replies: 9
Views: 292

Re: Power HACKSAW question

SteveM wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:49 pm
reason to have a power hacksaw.
Steve
Because you can get them cheap; that's why I bought one.
Blade cost is far higher of course, so it depends how many cuts you make.

A bandsaw would have cost me 4x more than the hacksaw, and was not an option.
by liveaboard
Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT: Building in isolated location
Replies: 572
Views: 103018

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

They most always wand me too, and I haven't got a single screw in.
I have an airgun pellet in my jaw, but that's lead.
Anyway, my attitude is the stricter the check, the more I thank them for it; after all, I'm getting on one of those planes, they aren't.