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by RickBarb
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: gunmetal?
Replies: 21
Views: 14151

Re: gunmetal?

Some time back, one of the regular posters on this site expressed an interest in making wine. I posted a link to a site that gave information about making spirits via distillation. This site also had information on winemaking which I thought might have been of interest to this individual. The poster...
by RickBarb
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Totally Off Topic, bug?
Replies: 11
Views: 1840

Re: Totally Off Topic, bug?

Try Googling "dog vomit fungus" i.e. slime mold.
Rick
by RickBarb
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Abrasive lapping media
Replies: 7
Views: 1517

Re: Abrasive lapping media

If I am not mistaken, McMaster_Carr sells a "sampler pack" of Timesaver Lapping Compound. It has 8 tins of compound. 4 grades for ferrous metals and 4 grades for non-ferrous metals. I purchased mine 10 years ago and it will last me until I am gone.

Rick
by RickBarb
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help with id
Replies: 6
Views: 1326

Re: help with id

I misspoke when I said it was Swedish. The maker is Suunto which is a Finnish Company.

Rick
by RickBarb
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: help with id
Replies: 6
Views: 1326

Re: help with id

It is a Clinometer used to estimate grades. You use it by looking through the eyepiece with one eye and your target with the other eye. Useful for laying out road grades and estimating slopes. If you want, google the Forestry Supplier catalog. They used to sell them. If I remember correctly, they ar...
by RickBarb
Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:19 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Heating duct (galvanized steel) for a boiler jacket?
Replies: 14
Views: 3152

Re: Heating duct (galvanized steel) for a boiler jacket?

George,

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co sells small quantities of Fiberfrax

http://www.aircraftspruce.com

Rick
by RickBarb
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help identify tool!
Replies: 12
Views: 1818

Re: Help identify tool!

I grew up on a farm in the midwest and remember my father using one to set the speed on the grain separator (threshing machine) when threshing oats. The separator was stationary and belt driven by either a traction engine or a tractor.
by RickBarb
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lead Screw Repair
Replies: 13
Views: 4496

Re: Lead Screw Repair

The lead screw is not hardened. It is a small lathe and the lead screw does not pull double duty. It is only used to move the carriage. The cross slide is hand fed only. The ways do not appear to be worn very badly. I have had the lathe since 1975 when it was new except for a 12 year period that my ...
by RickBarb
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lead Screw Repair
Replies: 13
Views: 4496

Lead Screw Repair

I have a 6"x18" Atlas Lathe with a lead screw that is badly worn for about 6" near the headstock. I checked with Clausing and they want nearly $150 for a new one. I have checked ebay and they are available for considerably less, but used and I do not want to buy one with the same wear pattern as min...
by RickBarb
Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: steel for black powder barrels
Replies: 9
Views: 5716

Re: steel for black powder barrels

Al, We decided to ride it out. It was really pretty much of a bust on our part of the Cape (East Harwich). We did lose power Sun AM and just got it back early Mon PM. We had virtually no rain, and the winds were gusty, but no damage to either the house or any of our trees. I was surprised at the amo...
by RickBarb
Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: steel for black powder barrels
Replies: 9
Views: 5716

Re: steel for black powder barrels

Al, His name was Hacker Martin. There is a nice little write up about him and other old time gunsmith's in volume 5 of the Foxfire series which was published back in the 70's.

Rick
by RickBarb
Sun May 08, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Black Oxide
Replies: 41
Views: 17119

Re: Black Oxide

Take a look at the following site. It has a good discussion about hot bluing.

http://yarchive.net/gun/bluing.html

It pretty well sums up what I know about bluing.

Rick