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    Scroll saw advice sought

    Yep, made one myself from an old jig-saw attachment to a drilling machine: Filing Machine Was also lucky that someone sold new old stock of Vallorbe machine-files in small sizes and various cuts. I think I spent about 200€ on some ten years ago for the 240 (packs of ten) or so for this...
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    Scroll saw advice sought

    A die-filer would be a good choice, but I only know of one Swiss company that still makes them. Otherwise it would be a kit or an antique, second-hand machine, which is difficult to find.
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    Source for spade-/flat pivot- and EUREKA drills Down-Under

    Oh, he just wants to drill holes into some parts made from thin brass sheet.
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    Source for spade-/flat pivot- and EUREKA drills Down-Under

    Thanks, Jerry, I am indeed very well aware of the merits of quality tools. I tend to look into industrial suppliers and shun model hobby suppliers, as they thend to sell low-quality tools at elevated prices to ignorant model-builders. On the other hand, when you do things as a hobby, price is...
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    Source for spade-/flat pivot- and EUREKA drills Down-Under

    Thanks. I have a set myself, but the issue is, where to find them in Australia ...
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    Source for spade-/flat pivot- and EUREKA drills Down-Under

    A modeller colleague in Australia is looking for a supplier for the above drill types. Any ideas and suggestion. Thanks on behalf of this colleague ! P.S. Do not suggest to make the spade drills yourself, as he does not have the equipment to grind the points of drills down to 0.3 mm diameter.
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    Making a Crystal

    Here you are, an image from a 1911 catalogue. Unfortunately, I only own one half of an orignal one ... it came to me in a box with odd lathe items many years ago. The face of it slightly dished.
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    Making a Crystal

    Nice piece of tool-making. In the old days there was a tool for this, consisting of two cork-hemispheres with metal fittings to provide two male centres. The crystal-blank would be wedged between the corks, the assembly run between two female centres and driven by a dog. I think they were sold...
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    Levin thread cutting

    I think the issue of rpms in turning is somewhat overrated and only really relevant in a production environment, where a specified surface quality has to be achieved in the shortest possible time. What is more important is the relationship between rpm and depth of cut. In our artisanal and hobby...
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    Levin thread cutting

    It seems that quite a few manufacturers of bench lathes made such attachments that drive the x-axis of the cross-slide through a universal shaft. Here is my own example from Lorch, Schmidt & Co.: When cutting threads, I rather drive it through the hand-crank that I have added to the main...
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    Levin thread cutting

    Ah, ok, that's kind of cheating with semi-NC ... ;)
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    Levin thread cutting

    How do you control the pitch without changewheels ?
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    Graver Sharpening Machines

    I gather, if you touch up a hand-graver with a diamond-wheel, thrust-bearings would not a big deal. I had been envisaging more serious grinding of lathe tools with it, which puts both, axial and radial stresses to the grinding wheel.
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    Graver Sharpening Machines

    Some 15 years ago I bought a bracelet cutting machine for exactly the same purpose, but then did not follow the project through, because I found its bearing arrangement not very convincing. There is no axial thrust bearing (which is not needed for the original purpose of the machine, of course)...
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    Mystery measuring tool

    A wild guess: jewels ?
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    Levin Hard Lathe Tailstock Alignment Issue

    You said, that the tailstock runs true, but is the tailstock axis actually horizontal? Just a fraction of a degree off, would cause quite a dip. You can test this e.g. by checking, whether the offset changes as you move out the runner/spindle.
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    Thread chasing Instrument lathe info/help

    Thread-chasing lathes were mainly used in the optical industries, where you would need precision threads of short lengths. Basically, there were two designes, one by which a rear steel-holder was moved along by a bar that is connected to the cartridege via the star and the second by which the...
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    Celluloid tool handles

    Looks, as if someone used pen-blanks to make them. Such pen-blanks can be found at speciality suppliers and, of course, on ebay & Co.
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    beginners lathe

    Just to note, when budgeting, that the basic machine typically is less then half of what you need to spend to make it a useful tool - chucks, collets, other accessories and lathe tools can easily double the price of the basic lathe. Another rule of thumb seems to be that one should buy a lathe...
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    What thread

    A Schaublin-catalogue with all the relevant dimensions is available here: http://www.schaublin.de/PDF/spannwerkzeuge/Gesamtkatalog-Spannwerkzeuge.pdf. You have to check wether your's are type B (thread nominal diameter smaller than shaft) or W (thread nominal diameter the same as the shaft)...

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