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    Guide for K & D stake set?

    For K&D's Inverto stakes, all you need to remember is that corresponding round end hollows and flat end hollows are 30 numbers apart.
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    K and D Staking Tool Restoration

    This might be a lost cause as it is with most stakes that have a pivot broken off in them. The only way I can think of to remove a hardened pivot stuck in a die plate hole is to punch it out. If the plugged holes are at least 0.343mm diameter, you can try to use the shank of a wire drill as a...
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    Identify staking punch and size

    Dushan, Apologies for taking so long to reply. As you (gently) pointed out, I got it wrong on the punch diameter K&D used. You have it exactly right the the punches are 0.185" nominal or No. 12 Stubs' wire gage. I mic'ed a selection of punches from my newest, oldest and a middle Inverto, and...
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    Identify staking punch and size

    It's likely the HR is Hammel, Riglander & Co. Inc., a long time supplier to the industry out of New York. They had close ties to the European industry starting in the late 19th century. If I recall correctly, Hammel was the European end of the partnership and (Jacob) Riglander was the New York...
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    K and D Staking Tool Restoration

    Nice, quick customization. I'm surprised the staking sets I see around don't include shop-made accessories. Maybe they just get tossed in a drawer because there isn't a convenient way to keep them in the box.
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    New additions to the K and D Inverto staking tool reference site

    Bob, glad to hear that you are finding the site useful. Tom
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    New additions to the K and D Inverto staking tool reference site

    I've made a number of new additions to the K and D Inverto staking tool reference site including: Section for Inverto accessories 1958 version of the K&D tools catalog High-resolution photographs of a Inverto Deluxe 18R Two C.& E. Marshall staking tool catalogs (large format and small format)...
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    K and D Staking Tool Restoration

    Looks like a good start to your restoration. If you want to aim at restoring the set to original configuration (as opposed to making it most useful as a working tool), your best bet for a stake and stump list appeared on pages 32-33 of the 1910 "Staking Tools and How To Use Them". The entire...
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    K and D Staking Tool Restoration

    Kirk, glad to hear that you are finding the Inverto site useful. Looking at your frame, I'd say it is a 2nd state Inverto 17 (after the change to the die binding mechanism to remove the need for the pin spanner but still with the automatic punch ejection ramp). Best of luck with your restoration!
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    Updated K and D staking tool book and tool catalog

    I checked the links again and all seems to be well. I'm betting Dave is on the right track when he suggests some sort of traffic management is at fault.
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    Updated K and D staking tool book and tool catalog

    I've posted new versions of Kendrick & Davis's "Staking Tools and How To Use Them" (1910) and "Book of Tools" (ca. 1908). These new versions are full text searchable. They are improved from the previous searchable versions via use of professional OCR tools and manual verification of the OCR on...
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    New ebook: K and D Book of Tools Number 6, ca. 1908

    I've completed the creation of an electronic version of the Kendrick & Davis Book Of Tools Number 6 (circa 1908). This book contains some information about the Inverto staking tools that is of slightly earlier vintage than that found in Staking Tools and How To Use Them (circa 1910). The best...
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    Restore/stabilize plated lathe surfaces?

    Thanks topspy, I look forward to seeing the pictures. Tom
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    Restore/stabilize plated lathe surfaces?

    Jerry, Thanks for the clarification. Tom
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    Restore/stabilize plated lathe surfaces?

    Hi Jerry, Thanks for taking the time to reply to my question. I appreciate your perspective. Would you mind clarifying one detail? I understand that the ground surfaces on the bed ways as well as the undersides of the headstock, tailstock, carriage, etc. must be in good condition for the...
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    Restore/stabilize plated lathe surfaces?

    Dave, Thanks for the response. That's a nice looking finish on a nice lathe! I would call that finish more of a hammertone finish rather than a crinkle finish and it seems like an excellent option if I end up having to paint over what's left of the plating. Tom
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    Restore/stabilize plated lathe surfaces?

    All, I'm contemplating the purchase of a WW lathe. The plating has failed on most surfaces (typical spotty look from lots of small areas where the plating is gone and surface rust has formed). Is there a consensus on what can be done to restore this lathe? If the finish can't be restored, is...
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    Was this a waste of money? Staking set from flea market...

    EvapoRust and Scotchbrite/WD40 work great for cleaning the bulk of the surface rust and pitting off old staking tools as sharukh and firegriff describe. Then the question is "How much do I care about the surface quality of the working end of the tools?". Restoring the factory polish to the...
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    Was this a waste of money? Staking set from flea market...

    Looks a lot like a K&D "Special" on a low boy base. If so, exactly which one depends on how many punches are there. You might be able to tell by looking at http://kanddinverto.weebly.com/pages-41-50.html. Maybe a No. 506 or a No.509? Tom
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    Curator Lecture: Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking, by Martin Chapman

    All, Prior to the opening of the upcoming Breguet exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the co-curator will give an introductory lecture. Here's a snip from the museum web site: Curator Lecture: Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking, by Martin Chapman FLORENCE GOULD THEATER...
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