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by Bolster
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:37 pm
Forum: Sheet Metal Fabrication
Topic: Why is my lid jig a miserable failure?
Replies: 13
Views: 12282

Re: Why is my lid jig a miserable failure?

Thanks, guys. My jig sounds like a dead-end project. I should have checked with you guys before starting, and saved the fabrication time. So now, I guess I chalk this up to "practice." Interesting about the flashing being too hard to work--I had not thought about that. I'd been using flashing to mak...
by Bolster
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Sheet Metal Fabrication
Topic: Why is my lid jig a miserable failure?
Replies: 13
Views: 12282

Re: Why is my lid jig a miserable failure?

Thanks--I should have specified the speed at which I was working. Going around in a circle, I'd take maybe 20 very small presses (the slightest bend appears), then the next rotation, 20 more (a little more bend), each time pressing only the amount that the metal seemed willing to give. I think I gav...
by Bolster
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: Sheet Metal Fabrication
Topic: Why is my lid jig a miserable failure?
Replies: 13
Views: 12282

Why is my lid jig a miserable failure?

I want to make a lightweight lid of aluminum flashing (.010 thickness) for an aluminum mug (an Imusa mug which is 3.9" ID). I'd like to take the mug and lid backpacking, and be able to boil a bit of water in the mug for rehydrating meals. The lid is the sort that sits down into the mug about a quart...
by Bolster
Sun Feb 06, 2011 12:44 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Choice Between These Two Mills
Replies: 7
Views: 2987

Re: Choice Between These Two Mills

If size and weight is no issue, I'd go with the bigger machine. I own the X3 because size and weight IS an issue for me--small crowded garage, I move frequently, I don't own a forklift, cherry picker, my rafters won't support a half ton. Do you have any ability to check the machines for square and p...
by Bolster
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:20 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: PM25, 30, or a PM45
Replies: 11
Views: 4418

Re: PM25, 30, or a PM45

Uninformed comment retracted. :oops:
by Bolster
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Ordered Grizzly G0619 (SX3)
Replies: 7
Views: 3018

Re: Ordered Grizzly G0619 (SX3)

Perhaps my long-winded X3 partial teardown would be helpful in parts. http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=83378 A fair amount of my dissertation is devoted to how to move the little beastie without bringing the roof down on yourself. PS: The non-fitting collets was a known issue...
by Bolster
Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Opinions of Sieg's new SX4?
Replies: 4
Views: 2850

Opinions of Sieg's new SX4?

What's your opinion of Sieg's SX4 which is becoming available here in the States? Why would anybody buy it instead of a Rong Fu 45, which weighs +200 lbs, is made in Taiwan instead of China, and sells for less? http://www.siegind.com/product.php?id=78 http://www.grizzly.com/products/Heavy-Duty-Bench...
by Bolster
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Why scraping ?
Replies: 42
Views: 5894

Re: Why scraping ?

Watch the Nick Müller scraping videos on YouTube...here's one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1eOQa1g ... r_embedded
by Bolster
Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: A Small Mill: My Sieg X3 Saga
Replies: 101
Views: 54274

Re: A Small Mill: My Sieg X3 Saga

Found this cool video of an old-world master scraping a Chinese cross slide. Love how subtle he is with his opinion of Chinese workmanship. Very interesting that he actually corrects geometry with scraping, which is above and beyond just getting mating surfaces flat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D...
by Bolster
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:23 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Help me make decision re: Grandfather's Lathe
Replies: 40
Views: 6476

Re: Help me make decision re: Grandfather's Lathe

Thanks guys. I'm going to clean it up a bit and investigate it for wear, etc. Who knows, this may be a keeper. I had planned to buy a newer more modern lathe, but thanks to Obamacare, my health insurance premium just went up $60 this month...$720/yr increase ...so the amount available for a lathe ju...
by Bolster
Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Help me make decision re: Grandfather's Lathe
Replies: 40
Views: 6476

Re: Help me make decision re: Grandfather's Lathe

spro: Thanks for the info re the cross. And here I thought gramps was just a very religious dude. Will look around for a miter box...think I saw one in there somewhere... Sny: I still havent' made up my mind. It may stay in the family yet. My grandsons may be cursing my name if I do, just as likely ...
by Bolster
Wed Dec 29, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: She's finally home...went and got my new 11" Logan.
Replies: 15
Views: 2224

Re: She's finally home...went and got my new 11" Logan.

Nice!! What does a Logan 11" weigh?