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  1. And why not incorporate the boric acid treatment along with the charing ? Char it then boric acid (available at any pharmacy here (Chemist across the pond)). The boric acid comes as a powder - dissolve it in water and apply. Link to information about borate: What about the borax we use as flux ? Alan
  2. Thank You. And what could be a better wedding anniversary present (June 7th) ! Alan
  3. Despite experiencing 42 degree (F) overnight temps while tenting during the 2017 NEB spring meet, my wife said she will go with me to the 2019 spring meet on Cape Cod. However her boss is asking for vacation dates already and there is nothing to be found on the NEB website calendar. Have the dates been settled yet ?
  4. If I knew more about rebuilding I might look at a used Monarch, but the lack of that skill plus the size problem has lead me to look at imported lathes. The brand I've spent the most time investigating is Precision Matthews ( ). I keep succumbing to the features list of the next most expensive model and thus bracket creep keeps raising what I'll have to pay. In a way it is a good thing that I won't have the carport enclosed with a new poured floor until late next year (more time to save up). I'm now waiting for my electrician to pull wires so I'll have 240 volt electricity in the newly remodeled 1938 garage. My wife says I can use it for 5 years as a blacksmith shop. And that 5 years should be enough time to build a large shed to house my blacksmithing gear (she wants to be able to finally park a car in there and escape removing ice and snow in our New England winters).
  5. I read that you are leaving a 6' x 10' area for a lathe. I'm also in the planning stage for that. From what I've read on the machine tool forums the average time from buying a lathe to buying a milling machine is about three months ! You may want to reserve a bit more room.
  6. Are these in numerical order ? making them Ordinal Ordinary Ordnance Ordinances ?
  7. Average Joe buys the clear PVC cement and calls it good. But, if you look in the section where the PVC cement is sold you will also fins PVC cleaner, and you will find PVC Primer. The best joints are made by cleaner, primer, then cement. You can often get away without the whole process, but sometimes you won't. Not saying you're not above average . You just may not have known about the whole process. No one knows everything about everything.
  8. Glen, I think you are right about power tool interference to Bluetooth being too small a problem for manufacturers to worry about. As it is the level of background "noise" increases all the time. The FCC is charged with dealing with radio interference, but is so strapped with bigger problems that this problem will probably never see any attention. The switching power supplies in LED light bulbs and other consumer electronics are posing quite a problem for ham radio (Amateur Radio). Manufacturers seem to pay little attention to complying with FCC regulations, and the FCC is so under funded that they cannot deal with it all. I'm no expert at radio interference so don't know if there is any practical way to deal with it in regards to Bluetooth. The size of Bluetooth devices makes conventional avenues such as shielded cables and wrapping cables through ferrites impossible (at least at my skill level). Alan
  9. The first radio transmitters were arc based. And I think that I read that they are now banned due to the wide splatter of frequencies they output (there was no one else to share the spectrum of radio frequencies with back in those pioneering days). Every time you pull the switch you are creating a local radio transmitter. I don't think there is any practical way to prevent the Bluetooth interference. Alan -- K1ALN
  10. I would not go anywhere near a primer pocket with a center drill. Primer pocket uniforming tools come sized specifically for primer pockets (large and small), are flat bottomed, and have a shoulder to control the depth of cut.
  11. Elegant leather work to go along with beautiful knives !
  12. Ah, you bring back memories of the sixth grade and the hiss and steam when boys would try to quench the steam radiator in the bathroom on a cold New England day. While I never contributed to the effort the attempts of others made even a brief excursion into the bathroom extremely unpleasant.
  13. Thanks everyone for the replies. I've scrapped my plans for a thick bolster plate and will oil this well and put it with the "might be useful later" items. As to being less flat for the cleaning I might have chosen electrolysis if I had any inkling of what the block was, but as I said above there was so much rust on it that the cross hatch was invisible (which made it not flat in and of itself). I have carbide scrapers and a small surface plate in pristine condition, but restoring the lapping plate has too little reward at the present.