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by RMinMN
Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: CNC tolerances
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: CNC tolerances

The bed on my 3D printer isn't flat. I could do a "mesh bed leveling" and map out that curvature so the printer would "know" what that curvature was to some degree but instead I threw a bunch of money ($20) at it by installing a glass bed. Note that the first thing to do after installing the glass b...
by RMinMN
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parting tool holder
Replies: 34
Views: 1463

Re: Parting tool holder

How about something like this, a self-contained cutoff toolholder. The height will have to be changed if you need to extend or shorten the stickout to accomodate deeper cuts or for more rigidity. ... pe-107-axa
by RMinMN
Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: AlphaTIG 200x
Replies: 9
Views: 1398

Re: AlphaTIG 200x

All those knobs give you way more control of how the welder works. If you need that control you will want all of them. If you don't need all of them, find out the few you do and leave the rest alone.
by RMinMN
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: touch screen ghost touch
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: touch screen ghost touch

Set up voicemail and don't bother to answer the phone when you are working. If they want to talk to you, call them back when it is convenient for you, If they won't leave a voicemail maybe they really didn't have anything important like many of the robocalls don't, Your phone should have a record of...
by RMinMN
Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Parting made easy
Replies: 13
Views: 2587

Re: Parting made easy

In conventional parting if the parting tool digs in it tends to tip the toolpost toward the piece being cut, making the tool dig in more. By moving the parting tool to the rear and upside down, when the parting tool tries to dig into the workpiece the toolpost tends to tip away from the workpiece re...
by RMinMN
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: VFD setup
Replies: 28
Views: 4876

Re: VFD setup

If you have a smartphone or tablet, take a picture of the motor plate. It's easy to flip the picture so you can then read it. You can even magnify the picture to make it easier to read.
by RMinMN
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:28 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: Wood Shaper Cabinet = Welding Table?
Replies: 3
Views: 1842

Re: Wood Shaper Cabinet = Welding Table?

I think it would be nearly impossible to fit my tractor and plow up on that cabinet to do repairs. My cultivator might be hard to get through the door to get there and when the grain drill breaks at the far end of the field I don't think moving that cabinet to it will help. Otherwise I like the idea...
by RMinMN
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone know where I can find this roller?
Replies: 11
Views: 1914

Re: Anyone know where I can find this roller?

Could you replace the roller with a skateboard bearing? It might need the mount redesigned but that doesn't seem that difficult. Skateboard bearings are really cheap and the outer race hard enough that it would take a long time to wear out one. I see packages of 10 for under $10 on Ebay.
by RMinMN
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Unknown lathe
Replies: 13
Views: 4050

Re: Unknown lathe

The joke is on me being unable to read the small plate that is there. It is at an angle where I can't read it, plus I have astigmatism and can not read if my glasses are off, ie, turning my head. It does have a red outline that makes a cross on it, but unable to read anything, if any printing is th...
by RMinMN
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: New guy with a new used mill lots of questions.
Replies: 21
Views: 4866

Re: New guy with a new used mill lots of questions.

This Old Tony on YouTube did an excellent video a few years ago about how to properly check a mill vise and it's well worth searching that one out. Edit, it was easier to find the video than I thought it might be, Staple this to your forehead,:-) NEVER EVE...
by RMinMN
Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starrett #123 26" Vernier Caliper
Replies: 21
Views: 7377

Re: Starrett #123 26" Vernier Caliper

Opened the box of my Mitutoyo 8" Digimatic Absolute Vernier which I rarely use yesterday and found the screen has gone dark. Opened the battery compartment and the battery has leaked destroying the internals. Priced a new one, $230, can't justify buying one at that price, back to the old trusty mec...
by RMinMN
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Welding
Topic: Buy Acetylene Outfit for Both Acetylene and Propane?
Replies: 48
Views: 11642

Re: Buy Acetylene Outfit for Both Acetylene and Propane?

I have a Smiths oxy-acetylene welding set that has the plastic knobs for adjustment on the regulators. They are still original knobs from when I purchased the outfit some 45 years ago but I have it in my home shop and take care to not bang on them. You shouldn't bang on the knobs anyway since they a...