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by TomB
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shop Uses for Scuba Tank?
Replies: 16
Views: 3156

Re: Shop Uses for Scuba Tank?

I could get my old tank refilled but only if they were within the tank certification date limits. Getting an old tank rectified was quite expensive. I believe the process involved removing the valve, inspecting the inside of the tank for corrosion and then pressure testing the tank in a water bath. ...
by TomB
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: S&H charges
Replies: 29
Views: 5744

Re: S&H charges

I was pleasantly surprised to see a McMaster-Carr order of bearing rod, cast iron, drills and a marking punch that was ordered on 8/14 arrive on 8/15. I did not know they had multiple warehouses so I could not figure how they possible got the stuff from Chicago to Vermont in 30 hours. But when this ...
by TomB
Sat Aug 10, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: how to use youtube?
Replies: 12
Views: 4080

Re: how to use youtube?

But both Google and Youtube are really in the business of focused advertising. I think the bottom line is that Google and Youtube aren't in the business of focused advertising, they have bills to pay, A companies product is not the bills they pay, it is not stuff they give away. A companies product...
by TomB
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: how to use youtube?
Replies: 12
Views: 4080

Re: how to use youtube?

Thanks for the inputs, I just wish it was a bit more positive. I am not concerned with some of the privacy loss things. I spent 50 years developing systems for NASA, US Air Force, US Navy… In those years I never meet an officer, enlisted, or civilian employee that was not strictly focused on getting...
by TomB
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gibs & Material
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Re: Gibs & Material

Thanks. I sent you a PM.
by TomB
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: how to use youtube?
Replies: 12
Views: 4080

how to use youtube?

In another thread I was referred to a youtube video about a man making gibs. Watch Keith Rucker on youtube making a cross slide Gib for his Monarch Lathe, very informative. Cast iron would be my choice. I was very impressed by what he was doing and wanted to watch the whole series. However I found t...
by TomB
Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gibs & Material
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Re: Gibs & Material

... Do you have a surface plate... Those still need a taper cut on the top and bottom to match the machines dovetail angle and the gibs width, but there still a whole lot easier to make and fit than the tapered type. Before milling machines were invented files and good hand / eye coordination skill...
by TomB
Wed Aug 07, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gibs & Material
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Re: Gibs & Material

Thanks for the references to youtube. (1) they convinced me that I need to make cast iron gibs. I had been thinking I needed to find stock in bars of sheets that was the thickness needed for the gib; it never occurred to me that I could band saw, then clean it up on mill and grinder. (2) I am so imp...
by TomB
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gibs & Material
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Gibs & Material

What is a good material for machine Gibs? The choices I see are corrasion resistant steel, some sort of plated steel, or oil filled bronze. Intuitively I seem to favor the bronze material as it would give very good sliding properties and it would be plenty straight and flat. However to make the gibs...
by TomB
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can't remember the name of a supplier.
Replies: 3
Views: 1649

Re: Can't remember the name of a supplier.

Thanks for the replies. As soon as I read McMaster-Carr I knew that was the right answer.
by TomB
Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can't remember the name of a supplier.
Replies: 3
Views: 1649

Can't remember the name of a supplier.

I admit it is age related. Anyway after my favorite supplier closed (or became MCI (or something) I reverted to a supplier that I think was in Chicago or a Chicago suburb. TheyI carried everything any shop could possible want and shipped within 24 hours. All I can recall now is JC Whitney but that i...
by TomB
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vise, Vise, Baby
Replies: 54
Views: 10123

Re: Vise, Vise, Baby

I have a smaller opening version (6") of the same vice but it is not a Craftsman. I does however look like it made from the same casting molds. I bought it new from as local contractor supply house in about 1968. They had somehow come across two pallets with the vices all in cardboard boxes and nice...