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by RONALD
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Aluminum molds for ZA-8 casting?
Replies: 17
Views: 372

Re: Aluminum molds for ZA-8 casting?

When I was a kid in high school, we would "borrow" type metal from the school's print shop, and cast HO parts over the kitchen stove. We made the molds out of Wood Putty, the kind you can still get at many hardware stores, it worked great for making a few parts and was REAL cheap! Worth a try with ...
by RONALD
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Aluminum molds for ZA-8 casting?
Replies: 17
Views: 372

Re: Aluminum molds for ZA-8 casting?

When I was a kid in high school, we would "borrow" type metal from the school's print shop, and cast HO parts over the kitchen stove. We made the molds out of Wood Putty, the kind you can still get at many hardware stores, it worked great for making a few parts and was REAL cheap! Worth a try with Z...
by RONALD
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Milling a helix
Replies: 53
Views: 1456

Re: Milling a helix

FYI Simpson Mullers: Here is what a typical portable Simpson Muller looks like. The little guy trying to push it, while the Instructors gab, today, is approaching 60! Did he go for a career in metal casting? Today, there are no more shops at the school but that Simpson 5HP Proratable Muller sits in ...
by RONALD
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: nuts and bolts in scale
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

I have bought from this company for a long time.
They advertise in Live Steam & Outdoor RR.
Tho they may not be exactly to RR scale, their stuff will do fine in most modeling.

http://www.microfasteners.com/
by RONALD
Thu May 17, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First Post - looking for x y table for dremel workstation
Replies: 5
Views: 422

Re: First Post - looking for x y table for dremel workstation

Here is the outfit that has lots of stuff for guys like you.

They do have X-Y tables at reasonable cost:

https://www.micromark.com/
by RONALD
Sun May 13, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shaper forum??
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: Shaper forum??

Just a over a month ago the topic was discussed at http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/vie ... 4&t=106622

Again, my opinion is: A shaper is a "Dust collector" most would be better using their precious space for other machines; do not need any more forums added to an already long list.
by RONALD
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Locomotive Roller Test Stand
Replies: 15
Views: 1180

Re: Locomotive Roller Test Stand

This subject was covered in a post about a year ago:

www.chaski.org/homemachinist/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=104736
by RONALD
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I use a shaper?
Replies: 14
Views: 1312

Re: How do I use a shaper?

Most ye olde machines in my shop are painted a Rustolium Dunes Sand color with a Rustolium Olive Green or Leather Brown for knobs, levers, and other trim. If I wanted to be "period correct" real old machines would be all black, and the shaper Battleship Gray. The colors that appear in this jpeg, is ...
by RONALD
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do I use a shaper?
Replies: 14
Views: 1312

Re: How do I use a shaper?

As I have written here before, one of my big mistakes was acquiring a 16" Kelly Shaper. In the late 70's it was part of a deal where I got a B&S #1-1/2 1908 Mill, a Rockwell 20" drill press, and the shaper. I took it apart, lugged it down into my basement shop, put a new single phase motor on it, cl...
by RONALD
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could I get a history lesson and guidance about dro's?
Replies: 18
Views: 1020

Re: Could I get a history lesson and guidance about dro's?

If you want history, look at this site:

https://www.heidenhain.com/en_US/

They are the Rolls Royce of DRO's and also own several other brands.
by RONALD
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Request For Services
Topic: Shaper move from Dayton,MN to Asheville,NC
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Re: Shaper move from Dayton,MN to Asheville,NC

It has been a few years since I used these guys, but their prices were reasonable:

https://www.freightquote.com/freight-shipping
by RONALD
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: EARLY 4-6-6-4 CHALLENGER. FRAME
Replies: 38
Views: 2850

Re: EARLY 4-6-6-4 CHALLENGER. FRAME