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Old 03-29-2014, 12:34 AM   #21
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Great solution to the problem!! And now you've got this great lathe to play.....errrr...work with. Well done!

Pack Mule, maybe it's time to plan a little time off and a vacation in Gulfport!
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:01 PM   #22
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Hey Al
It's great place for boating. The recently but $40 M marina here is very nice. Fishing, beaches and great restaurants abound!!
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:42 PM   #23
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Still fiddling
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Steve's next attempt

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Old 03-31-2014, 08:27 PM   #25
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I bought a Clausing 12x36 lathe and a Bridgeport mill about 15 years ago. I don't use them that often (maybe once or twice a week), but when I use them, "coming in handy" is the understatement of the century!!!

Four super handy tools:

Engine Lathe
Vertical Mill
Plasma Cutter
Tig Welder

I was working in the shop one day and a buddy pulled up to the dock in his new zippy jet ski. He watched me work and stated that those cool machines had to be super expensive.

I said all four cost less than his jet ski!!

About $1000 to $2000 each, machine tools used, cutter and welder new.

Best purchases I have ever made.

And yes, and engine lathe makes quick work of wood. So does the mill. The cutter and welder, not so good!!
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Hey Ski
Man, you hit the other big 3 on my list. Plasma cutter, TIG for aluminum and the milling machine. I see milling attachments listed on ebay for my lathe and might consider one of those to save room in the shop.
AND, I'm gonna hopefully throw a few pictures in this post of my project that required the finger pulls. And a shout out to Craig (CPseudonym) for the help!!
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