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by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Tue May 19, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Starrett combination squares
Replies: 9
Views: 1769

Re: Starrett combination squares

I bought one long ago because it was something you were supposed to have. Over 30 years or so it probably takes the award for the least used tool in the shop. Based on that, material wouldn't matter much.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grinding wheel question
Replies: 12
Views: 2825

Re: Grinding wheel question

Don't grind dry. That way the mess will be localized. Dressing the wheel goes everywhere but drops quickly and I just sweep if off the cement floor.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Proper way lubricants
Replies: 2
Views: 2082

Re: Proper way lubricants

I've used some pretty old way oil, but after a while I found it leaves a varnish. That's probably the time to dump it and buy new. There are lots of people bottling up the right lubes for SBs.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Winding springs
Replies: 16
Views: 7213

Re: Winding springs

I don't like winding springs on the lathe; seems dangerous. I use a fixture with a drill chuck and a hand crank.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Used endmills
Replies: 13
Views: 4783

Re: Used endmills

I bought a fixture to sharpen the ends on my surface grinder. The fixture works well enough, but you have to shorten the end mills a bit if you can't grind the flutes. Given the cost of a decent 1/2" end mill, I think it's worth it, but not every end mill can be saved. OTOH, "real" machinists will c...
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: marking tools
Replies: 15
Views: 5210

Re: marking tools

You can buy colorants for epoxy. Pick a good one and mark tools with that. You can get really creative and mill a small spot and fill it with color. Fairly hard to remove, at least harder than most paints.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Fri May 31, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which grease to replace old specification?
Replies: 10
Views: 4973

Re: Which grease to replace old specification?

Well known to people with old British sports cars having manual transmissions. They called out GL-4 lube back then. The problem is some gear oils started saying "suitable for GL-4 & GL-5 applications", but I was never sure if they were safe to use. Then there was a spec for limited slip rear ends, t...
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Tue May 28, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which grease to replace old specification?
Replies: 10
Views: 4973

Re: Which grease to replace old specification?

Obviously lubricants have to be chosen for the application, but in this case it would be hard to find a grease that wasn't up to the job. I seem to remember being surprised that one of my Kluber high speed spindle greases also mentioned open gears as an application. Seemed like an expensive way to g...
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Tue May 28, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drilling UHMW
Replies: 6
Views: 4022

Re: Drilling UHMW

I use that technique for all sorts of thin and hard to grip parts. Works great.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Mon May 20, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Gear Cutting
Replies: 9
Views: 5639

Re: Gear Cutting

FWIW, I make most of my gears out of Delrin. They hold up great, can be cut faster and the gear cutters stay sharp longer. I'm sure there are places where you really need steel, but maybe fewer than people think.
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Mon May 20, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drill shank hardness
Replies: 32
Views: 8998

Re: Drill shank hardness

you can fix that with a torch and bucket of water. Not HSS. Hardening HSS is a not a process available at the typical Home Shop Guy. I make cutting tool from broken HSS bit but the only useful part is the web which basically limit the design to small grooving tool. Opps! You're right. Probably only...
by Conrad_R_Hoffman
Mon May 20, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Drill shank hardness
Replies: 32
Views: 8998

Re: Drill shank hardness

I've never seen an HSS drill bit with a hard shank, cobalt included. If making something else, like a cutting tool, you can fix that with a torch and bucket of water.