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  • Posted in thread: Vertical I.C. Rupnow Engine on 01-24-2017 at 09:59 AM
    Thanks to a very generous fellow member, I got a piece of absolutely beautiful-to-machine cast
    iron and managed to carve a cylinder out of it. It was going very well and I'd virtually
    finished it when...

  • Posted in thread: Steam engine piston on 01-24-2017 at 09:28 AM
    I've never seen a piston like that (I'm not a steam guy) but it looks to be 2 pieces, held
    together with the 3 x 1/8 bolts, that hold a third piece (likely a ring or sealing material)
    captive between ...

  • Posted in thread: Very cheap inspection microscope on 01-23-2017 at 03:58 AM
    My wife bought me this 'microscope' from K-Mart for a whole $6 which clips over your smartphone
    camera. Surprisingly it does a very good job for the money. I've included a picture I snapped
    of the bal...

  • Posted in thread: Vertical I.C. Rupnow Engine on 01-23-2017 at 02:23 AM
    I'm still making some progress Brian. I'll post a proper update in a day or two. Like you, I'm
    eagerly waiting to hear Herbie has his running as well.

  • Posted in thread: Drugs and machining on 01-21-2017 at 12:38 PM
    So I've been doing a fair bit of machining, when able, over the last week or so and I think I'm
    starting to get used to the new meds (I don't feel quite so whacked out anymore). My biggest
    issue now i...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap DRO on 01-21-2017 at 12:28 PM
    As an acceptable alternative , how about one of these ? These are exactly the type I've had
    before (I thought these were the magnetic type but evidently they're not). For me they worked
    OK for a litt...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap DRO on 01-21-2017 at 09:57 AM
    Al, I wouldn't worry too much about the quality or reliability, most of the ones in your local
    shops and distributors come from China now. Thanks for the info John. I'll have to have a hunt
    around and...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap DRO on 01-21-2017 at 09:53 AM
    First thing - the scales in the EBay DRO that you're looking at are "magnetic" scales - Not
    Glass scales as suggested by another forum member. I'm confused here - the listing itself says
    the scales a...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap DRO on 01-21-2017 at 09:48 AM
    Al,I have seen those as well, the size of the scales(width) will be the problem I think. The
    read out will be about as good as any other. CheersAndrew In the fine print it says you can
    choose between ...

  • Posted in thread: Cheap DRO on 01-21-2017 at 02:45 AM
    I've been dreaming about a DRO for my mill, even though there's no way I can afford one, and I
    was having a look at the Chinese stuff on ebay. I've found a remarkably cheap 2 axis unit -
    $272 AU shipp...

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