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    Cheap Stirling kit (Kids toy)

    I wish I had noticed this earlier..... a stirling model kit for $40 but it's only a one day deal.... hopefully enough time left that someone may get it. http://kids.woot.com/
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    My first shot at scraping

    I started with nothing but the very best of raw materials. ::) It's about the ugliest hunk of old window weight cast iron ever... LOL. But, it was of a decent size for what I wanted and it was exactly the right price. (Free) ;-) So, I did my best at milling a hunk of something usable from it...
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    "New"? site from Amazon.. www.amazonsupply.com

    At least, I hadn't seen it before and it says beta..... http://www.amazonsupply.com/ It seems to be similar-ish to McMaster or Grainger. Worth a look. I posted here as it's commercial even though I'm not selling anything.
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    Is Nickel Silver brazing the same as Silver brazing (sic*soldering)

    I haven't silver brazed yet, but I have done good old bronze/brass whatever brazing with the flux covered rods. I was brazing some carbide blanks on when my Oxy tank on my Oxy-Propane brazing torch gave it's last gasp (Like the torch... hate the llittle oxy tanks because they are just compressed...
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    Tool gloat.... .00005" indicator

    I threw a bid out on a Mitutoyo Digimatic indicator, not actually expecting to win with my paltry bid. ($40) I got it for what I think is a "song".. $36 It was listed as used, but it still had the protector film over the plastic and shows zero signs of use. .5" range, .00005" rez or 12MM/.0001...
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    Damn I'm cheap..... err, thrifty?

    I guess it depends on who you ask, LOL. Enco is running a promo where you get an entry for a $500 shopping spree for each item you review. I decided to "Go for it" and reviewed everything I ever bought from them. Looking back through the old receipts was kind of fun, each kind of "step" as I...
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    Machining wider than the travel of your mill?

    I have a 12" long hunk of cast iron I need to rough machine in preperation for making a precision straight edge and dovetail master for scraping. This means shaving one side flat, then the other side parallel. Then, the two opposing sides that remain will get a 60^ and 55^ angle I have a mill...
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    Free A2Z toolpost parts

    Some parts I have left of an A2Z toolpost. There's the toolpost itself (No mounting stuff) and 3 partial toolholders. The boring bar holder is in decent shape. One cutoff holder is complete but the bottom lip is cut off. (If you tighten the blade it cuts the lip off... never did figure out how...
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    Mini mill vise.... here's one I haven't seen before.

    I have a 3" "Precision milling vise" which has been very nice, but I do run into it's limits more than I would like. I'm thinking a 4" vise would be a nice improvement, but I have heard that size wise they might be pushing the limit on the Mini-Mill. What about this one, or one like it...
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    Awesome find and pleasant surprise! "Double Cut Saw" review.

    The DoubleCut saw is on sale at HF for $90, and with the usual 20% off Q it rings up at $72. I decided to take a risk on it based on decent reviews. http://www.harborfreight.com/5-doublecut-saw-68316.html It's a knockoff of an Infomercial product that was quickly picked up by Craftsman. I've...
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    To DRO or not to DRO, that is the question.....

    Well, in a sense I will be adding a DRO either way. I have a set of Igaging scales (2x 12", 1x 6") which I will be installing soonish to my mini mill. They have remote display heads, so they will be stacked on each other and fairly convenient to read. Now I am debating the Shumatech DRO 550...
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    Roughing end mill = Awesome!

    In my order from www.richontools.com I dropped a 3/4" roughing HSS end mill in the cart. I honestly figured it was too big for the mini mill, but what the heck, it was cheap. It is a BEAST, LOL. It works great in the mini mill and can take unimaginable bites of aluminium! I was roughing down...
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    Tapping drill rod/silversteel... is it just a PITA?

    I'm making up some short rails for a powerfeed out of 1/2 drill rod. The ends are tapped 1/4-20... or well, they eventually will be. I haven't broken a tap off in it yet, but this stuff is just not easy at all. Is it just the material? As far as I know the taps are OK...I've used them on other...
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    Boring flat bottomed holes?

    I recently got my first shot at using a boring head in my mini mill. It worked, after a fashion but I have some questions. I was trying to bore a flat bottomed recess for a large nut (Mini mill column nut to be exact.) and I was able to complete it but I chipped one carbide tipped boring bar...
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    TiAln end mill... superb, but what did I do wrong?

    I had some QCTP toolholder blocks I wanted to knock about 1/4 inch off. They are alloy steel, and hardened at least to some extent. I tried with a regular HSS end mill (4 flute... first a 3/4 then a 3/8 if I recall.) but they both kind of melted. (They were cheap.) So, it gives me an excuse to...
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    12v Drill hacked to powerfeed for Mini Mill

    Not a completed project... as a matter of fact it's just in the "Hmmm, I wonder....." stage. I already have a PC power supply hooked to my mill as an "Accessory supply" (Lights, maybe a coolant pump, power feed etc.) I finally got to take a closer look, and see what I have that may work for the...
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    CNC software... some questions (Uber-Newb)

    I have been contemplating using some expected "extra funds" to CNC my X2. If I understand the posts in the CNC forum I will need some software that will also impact the budget. I *think* I have a handle on what I need but I could use some advice. 1) CAD software.... Alibre looks like a decent...
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    DTI assembly diagram/tips/pics?

    So, I dropped my DTI... it was a SPI .0001 0-15-0 that I got at a local auction with a pile of stuff for like $30, so no great loss. (It was a great auction win for a newb, 2 DTI's, 4 decent mics up to 6", Mic stand $30 plus a couple bucks in fees.) Anyway... it was jamming and acting funky...
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    8x14 lathe mods

    I've done a ton, but i figured I'd post a couple that folks may find interesting. First up is the variable speed tradmill motor upgrade. The mechanics were dead easy... just drilled/tapped and put studs in to fit the new motor. Electronics took a bit longer... mostly just lots of wiring...
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    A small pile of X2 mods...

    In the welcome thread Carl (zeeprogrammer) mentioned I should post some pics of mods, so here ya go... First up is filling the bottom of the column with epoxy concrete. I used a piece of plumbing pipe to plug the "hole". I sealed the bottom with aluminum tape and filled it with about 50/50 30...
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