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Old 02-02-2013, 01:54 PM   #31
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Yes, it is a rewarding hobby. Just remember to water down before drinking!

Hmm, went to Hare and Forbes today to grab some countersink tools.

Ooops!!! Also came home with a stand for the AL320G (L141) lathe

The new lathe will follow when it comes into stock in a week or so.

It was the biggest I reckon I can fit in my shed and with 38mm spindle is definitely an upgrade from what I have. I figured the pick gears for threading I can live with because I have yet to cut a thread since I have had a lathe.

Once it is here my 3-in 1 will be up for sale to fund the purchase of a Seig X3. Probably during the Hare & Forbes March Sale. As my nice stand/cabinet has to go to make way for the new lathe (which is too big to fit on it), I will let some tooling go as a package so it will be a good starter pack for someone.

Sing out if you know someone that may be interested.
Hi Rod,

My Aussie Boss and his Aussie partner had a very tall Stainless Steel Distill Column erected and running in his walled backyard in Saudi Arabia for three years and was never caught.The police sometimes passed by w/o realising alcohol was being produced. The "Partner" sometimes had to climb up on a ladder to fine tune column and would wave hello to the unsuspecting police.Very high grade drinking alcohol produced in Saudi.


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Old 02-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #32
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Managed to get my QCTP fitted today



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http://www.homemodelenginemachinist....78/#post209450

So on the shed front, I am pretty happy to get this far since getting everything installed. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow evening since I bought the lathe home in a crate so to have managed to get a toolpost out of Hong Kong, fit it up and make a carriage lock (and a few boring parts), is not a bad effort.

I think the next step will be to have a go at fitting a DRO and expect to order one in a couple of weeks. Still deciding on which one.

The help and advice from forum members has been awesome so far!


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The last couple of orders from the US seem to get stuck in customs for a while before they leave the country. (it took 3 weeks last time vs 4-5 days a few years ago).
Rod, if you want anything from the US you have to pay premium prices for shipping. UPS Expedited gets here in 5 Days as they have their own customs clearing proceedures. I have used UPS a number of times and never had a problem with them. It's usually only a few dollars more than the others too.
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So on the shed front, I am pretty happy to get this far since getting everything installed. It will be 2 weeks tomorrow evening since I bought the lathe home in a crate so to have managed to get a toolpost out of Hong Kong, fit it up and make a carriage lock (and a few boring parts), is not a bad effort.
Rod, have you considered adding another 'shed' the same as you have now?

It would give you all the storage space you need and plenty more space in the 'workshop'.

Just a thought. Nice QCTP BTW
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Rod, have you considered adding another 'shed' the same as you have now?

It would give you all the storage space you need and plenty more space in the 'workshop'.

Just a thought. Nice QCTP BTW
Now don't start giving me ideas, my wife would never forgive you! I have thought of it, I really wanted a 6x3m one but it would have been a major job in a different part of the yard. I have a garden shed behind and this one is the biggest you can get without council approval, but you've made me think maybe I could knock out the end wall and extend what I have using another identical kit shed which could be all workshop. I had never thought of that before!
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When I put my 3.9m x 3.0m shed up I reserved 1m of it as a bird aviary for my cockatoo. I simply ordered an additional end wall with door on one side of it and used the original to divide off the aviary. I cut a huge window into it and then covered it with heavy mesh. Fred, the cockatoo was not that thrilled about it though, so he decided to leave
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Grrr, just found out the drawbar on my Seig is 1/2" and I bought an M12 ER32 collet chuck and a M12 facemill. I really didn't want to have to make another drawbar, but I can't for the life of me find a MT3 facemill arbour with an 1/2" thread!

Looks like I will have to make do with some threaded rod for now. Does anyone know where I can get some hex rod is Aus?
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Bohler Uddeholm at Darra can supply hex stock in steel or brass. You may have to buy full lengths though. They wont cut anything under an inch/25mm.

Minitech at Brendale carry BMS hex in 12inch lengths and brass hex.
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Bohler Uddeholm at Darra can supply hex stock in steel or brass. You may have to buy full lengths though. They wont cut anything under an inch/25mm.

Minitech at Brendale carry BMS hex in 12inch lengths and brass hex.
Thanks Trumpy,the last one I made from hex I got from Minitech, this time I need a longer piece. Thanks for the Darra source, a length would not be out of the question as it is handy to have, the other local source is Hobby Mechanics which is also only 12" long, see http://www.hobbymechanics.com.au/categories/Materials-/

they are at Sunnybank and offer a quick service if you order online.
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Hey Rod, maybe they will sell you a few 12" lengths before they cut them up :-)

Just A thought...

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