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SITE RULES & POLICIES (Please Read The Rules BEFORE You Register!)

Please read the rules and policies of this site! You agree to follow these rules when you register. We do enforce these rules rather closely.
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HELP REGISTERING ON H-M, SITE HISTORY, FAQS, HOW TO SUPPORT THE SITE
This section contains a special support forum accessible by guests, the history of the site, frequently-asked questions, and how to support The Hobby-Machinist

ABOUT THE HOBBY-MACHINIST, INC.

Read about our mission, our history, or tax-exempt status
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PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR SITE - THESE PEOPLE DID!

We gratefully acknowledge the donations of these people to keep this site running.
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GENERAL MACHINING DISCUSSIONS (Alphabetized)

GENERAL SHOP RELATED DISCUSSIONS

This is an all-purpose general shop related discussion forum, like the ones found on other forums. You can talk about anything that strikes you, but politics and religion. If you have specific comments, please try to put them in the specific forums.
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A BEGINNER'S FORUM (Learn How To Machine Here!)

This forum is for beginners and newbies to learn the skills they need to begin in hobby-machining. Do not be afraid to ask anything you want to know in here.
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1,553
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24,568

GOOFS & BLUNDERS YOU SHOULD AVOID!

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CNC IN THE HOME SHOP

If you have or want CNC in your home shop, this is the forum for you!
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688
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10,665

CONVERTING A MACHINE TO CNC

For discussions of converting manual machines to computer numeric control (CNC)
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23
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158
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DRAWING, LAYOUT & CAD

Discuss the layout and design of projects in this forum.
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ELECTRICAL ISSUES - POWER YOUR MACHINES & SHOP

This is our electrical section for discussions of power options for your machines & home shop.
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13,703
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13,703

MACHINE ACCESSORIES (Tables, Vises, Indexers)

Ask about rotary tables, dividing heads, indexers, vises and the like in this forum.
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13,383
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1,267
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13,383

MACHINE RESTORATION & WAY SCRAPING

Learn methods of restoring a machine to new or better performance through precision scraping of ways in this forum!
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519
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6,642

METROLOGY - MEASURE, SETUP & FIT

Metrology is the science of measurement. This forum is for discussions of using measuring tools, measuring projects, setting up work and machines.
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6,303
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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS (Get Help Fast Here!)

An open question and answer format for ALL issues that have to do with hobby machining. For questions on specific makes of machines, please go to the machine forum.
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SAFETY ISSUES & EQUIPMENT

Safety is important in the shop. Please use this sub-forum to discuss safety and safety devices required in the shop.
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TOOL JUNKIES - TOOLS & TOOLING (Love Tools? This Is Your Forum)

Do you live to buy tools? Then this is your forum!
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21,771
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21,771

GENERAL TYPES OF METALWORKING MACHINES
This section is for discussing different types of metalworking machines rather than specific manufacturers, which is the next section.

ANTIQUE & VINTAGE MACHINERY

Discuss any issues dealing with antique or vintage machines or other types of machines not covered by the other forums.
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ASIAN LATHES & MILLS

General discussions & questions on asian-made lathes & mills.
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DRILL PRESSES & SHOP PRESSES

Discuss issues relating to drill presses and shop presses in this forum.
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770

HORIZONTAL SAWS & BANDSAWS

We all have a horizontal saw (4x6) or band saw in our shops. Here is the place to discuss these tools.
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MINI-LATHE & MINI-MILL INFORMATION

Whether it is a 7x10, 9x12, or 11x26, discuss any issues on mini-lathes and mini-mill counterparts in this forum.
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SHAPERS & THEIR USES

General discussion of shapers and their uses in this forum
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37
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390
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37
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390

TOOL GRINDERS & SURFACE GRINDERS

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3D PRINTERS

Discuss the use and operation of 3D Printers in the home shop in this forum
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266
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26
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WATCHMAKER'S & CLOCKMAKER'S LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with watch & clockmaker's machines in this forum.
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21
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179
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SPECIFIC MANUFACTURERS (Alphabetized)
For discussions of specific manufacturers, and their machines. If you need help with a particular machine, parts, manuals, or other assistance, this is the place. Some forums contain sub-forums which are a "knowledge base" containing documentation you will find useful.

ACER LATHES

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ADCOCK-SHIPLEY MILLS

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8
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ATLAS, CRAFTSMAN & AA

Discuss any issues dealing with Atlas & Atlas-Clausing lathes, drill presses, mills, etc. in this forum.
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1,251
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AMERICAN TOOL WORKS

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20
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BENCHMASTER MFG. CO.

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BOLEY, MOORE, DERBYSHIRE, LEVIN, MOSELY, AMERICAN WATCH, BERGEON

Watchmaker's Lathes
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BOLTON LATHES

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BOYAR-SCHULTZ CORP.

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BOXFORD, MYFORD, DENFORD VICEROY, EMCO & UNIMAT MACHINES

Discuss any issues dealing with Boxford, Denford, Myford, Enco & Unimat machines in this forum.
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78
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544
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BRIDGEPORT MACHINES INC. & B'PORT CLONES

Discuss any issues dealing with Bridgeport and B'port Clones in this forum.
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BROWN & SHARPE MFG. CO.

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BURKE-US MACHINE TOOL & BARKER MACHINES

Discuss any issues dealing with Burke-US Machine Tool & Barker machines in this forum.
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97
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CHARTER OAK AUTOMATION MACHINES

This is the place to discuss any issues with Charter Oak CNC Mills & Little Machine Shop machines.
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88
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CINCINNATI LATHE & TOOL CO.

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CINCINNATI MILLING MACHINE HEAVY IRON

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563
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CLAUSING-COLCHESTER & BANTAM

Discuss any issues dealing with Clausing machines in this forum.
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407
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DALTON LATHES

Discuss Dalton lathes here
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DECKEL AND DECKEL TYPE MILLS

Dismiss Deckel and Deckel-type Mills Here!
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37
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DIAMOND MACHINE TOOL CO.

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DOALL SAWS

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ENCO & RONG FU IMPORTS

Discuss any issues dealing with JET, ENCO & RONG FU machines in this forum.
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233
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GORTON MACHINE CORPORATION

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GRAZIANO LATHES

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GRIZZLY INDUSTRIAL INC.

Discuss any issues dealing with Grizzly Industrial machines in this forum.
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687
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687
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HARBOR FREIGHT, CENTRAL MACHINERY & BUSY BEE

Discuss any issues dealing with Harbor Freight, Central Machinery, and Busy Bee machines in this forum.
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HARDINGE LATHES & MILLING MACHINES

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76
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HENDEY MACHINE CO.

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HERCUS LATHES

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JET LATHES, MILLS, SAWS, ETC.

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JOHANNSON MILLS

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K.O. LEE GRINDERS

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2
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17
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KEARNEY AND TRECKER

Discuss Kearney and Trecker machinery here
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47
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9
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LAGUN MILLS & LATHES

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49
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4
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R.K. LEBLOND MACHINE TOOL CO.

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34
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34
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297

LINLEY BROTHERS JIG BORERS

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11
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2
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LODGE & SHIPLEY

Discuss Lodge & Shipley equipment here
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6
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45
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6
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45

LOGAN ENGINEERING CO. & LOGAN WARDS

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362
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362
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MONARCH MACHINE TOOL CO.

Discuss any issues dealing with Tormach, Monarch, and Standard-Modern machines in this forum.
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91
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995
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91
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NICHOLS MILLING MACHINES

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2
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13
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2
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POWERMATIC MACHINE CO.

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5
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29
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5
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PRECISION-MATTHEWS

Discuss any issues dealing with Precision-Matthew machines in this forum.
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957
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957
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RIVETT LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with Rivett machines in this forum.
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28
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7
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28

ROCKWELL & DELTA & AAMCO MANUFACTURING CO.

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89
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RUSNOK TOOL WORKS

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56
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9
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SENECA FALLS LATHES

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7
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7

SHARP LATHES & MILLS

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SCHAUBLIN, MIKRON, POLAMCO, & MISAL

Discuss any issues dealing with Schaublin, Deckel, Mikron, Smart & Brown, Polamco Misal and other similar European machines here
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120
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120

SHELDON LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with Sheldon, Logan & Rockwell machines in this forum.
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174
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174
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1,805

SHERLINE, TAIG, TITAN & SIEG MINI-MACHINES

Discuss any issues dealing with Sherline, Taig & Sieg mini-machines in this forum.
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138
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SMART & BROWN

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SMITHY, SHOPMASTER, GRIZZLY & OTHER 3-IN-1 MACHINES

Combination Mill/Drill/Turn with these machines
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36
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358
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36
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358

SOUTH BEND LATHE WORKS

Discuss any issues dealing with Southbend lathes, drill presses, mills, etc. in this forum.
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1,319
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12,819
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1,319
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STANDARD MODERN LATHES INC.

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169
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18
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169

TORMACH CNC

Discus Tormach Personal CNC Machines Here!
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18
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230
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18
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230

TREE TOOL AND DIE WORKS

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4
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14
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4
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VAN NORMAN MILLS & LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with Van Norman & Cincinnati heavy iron in this forum.
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199
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199
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2,076
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4
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WARNER-SWASEY

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17
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3
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WEILER LATHES

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40
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WELLS-INDEX CORP.

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VARIOUS OTHER BRANDS OF MACHINERY

Discuss any issues dealing with brands of machines not covered by the other forums.
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RESOURCES FOR HOBBY-MACHINISTS (Alphabetized)

CALL-A-FRIEND

No, it isn't the million dollar answer. It's a list of people who are willing to have you call them on the telephone to get help with your machining problems. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER. DO THIS IN PM TO THE PERSON WHO CONTACTS YOU!
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CAN I BORROW A BOOK?

A forum for loaning, selling and discussing your old machining-related books.
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42
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228
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42
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228

CAN YOU LOAN ME A TOOL?

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80
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CAN YOU MAKE SOMETHING FOR ME?

You need a part or some tooling. You can't or don't want to make it. Maybe someone here can do it for you.
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15
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186
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15
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186

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND SOMETHING?

Are you looking for a part for your machine? A particular accessory? Ask in this forum.
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57
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333
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57
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333

HOBBY SHOWS & OTHER EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Post hobby, machinery, crafts and other shows and related events in this forum.
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43
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165
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43
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MACHINE PICKUPS & RIGGERS AVAILABLE & NEEDED

Request help or offer transport for picking up and/or moving machinery not local to you.
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31
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188
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31
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MENTORS & APPRENTICES -- SIGN UP HERE TO GIVE HELP OR RECEIVE HELP!

H-M is all about HELPING OTHERS. If you are willing to MENTOR someone less experienced in your area, please sign up here!
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60
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314
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METALS EXCHANGE

Want to exchange some brass for steel? Some steel for delrin? Do it here! NO SALES OR CASH HERE PLEASE! SALES ONLY IN THE CLASSIFIED SECTION PLEASE.
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7
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MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

Anything that doesn't fit into the above categories should be post here.
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59
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414
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PLACE CRAIGSLIST ADS HERE

Found a great deal on CRAIGSLIST? Please post it here!
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596
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2,990
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596
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2,990

PLACE EBAY ADS HERE

Place EBAY ads of interest to hobby-machinists in this forum!
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63
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305
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PLACE OTHER AUCTION SITE LISTINGS HERE

Place ads other than Ebay or Craigslist Here
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30
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81
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30
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WEB DEALS, COUPONS & DISCOUNT CODES

Visit this forum to save money on your purchases!
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223
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PROJECTS AREA (Alphabetized)

BOATS & WATER CRAFT

For those who make parts for their boats and water craft.
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39
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CLASSIC CARS & TRUCKS

For those who make parts for classic cars!
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40
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566
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40
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566

CLOCKS & HOROLOGY

Did you build a clock or work on another horology project? Show it off here.
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67
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896
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67
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896

GUNSMITHING & FIREARMS

Show us your gunsmithing & firearm projects and accessories here. Discuss any topics regarding gunsmithing here.
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537
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6,832
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537
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6,832

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES

Discuss internal combustion engines here!
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9
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56
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9
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56

MEMBERS PROJECTS - POST YOUR PROJECTS HERE!

Members, post your projects here! Over 10 projects, and you will get your own sub-forum, over 20 and you will get your own forum!
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777
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9,563

KNIFEMAKING

Show us your knifemaking projects and accessories here. Discuss any topics regarding knifemaking here.
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57
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548
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57
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548

MODERATOR PROJECTS

Projects and More Projects as done by the Moderator Team (only)
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126
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4,379

MOTORCYCLES & BICYCLES

Did you do a project on a motorcycle or bicycle? Show it off here.
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103
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1,041
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103
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1,041

PROJECT OF THE DAY --- WHAT DID YOU DO IN YOUR SHOP TODAY?

What project did you work on in your shop today? Please post it here!
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91
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91
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11,015

PLANES & HELICOPTERS

Did you do a project on a classic car, plane, train, helicopter or rocket? Show it off here. How did you do it?
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73
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840
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73
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840

PROJECT PLANS & DRAWINGS

Have you made a drawing for a project? Please share it with the rest of us here.
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61
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602
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61
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602

SHOP-MADE TOOLING

Did you make some tooling for the machines in your shop? Show it off here.
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693
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6,894
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693
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6,894

RC MODELS

For those who make parts for their RC Models.
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32
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RC ROBOTICS & AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS

Discuss RC robotics and autonomous robots here.
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2
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STEAM ENGINES - LIVE STEAM

For those who love the smell of coal smoke, and cinders in your hair.
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10
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66
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10
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66

STATIONARY & LIVE STEAM ENGINES

Did you build a stationary or live steam engine? Show it off here, and show us how you built it?
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170
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2,102
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170
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2,102

STIRLING ENGINES

Discuss Stirling engines here!
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1
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2
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1
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TRACTION & TROLLEY FANS

This forum is for those who like to work on and operate vintage trolley and similar vehicles.
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1
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2
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1
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2

TRACTORS & FARM MACHINES

Show off projects that don't fit into the other categories above here, including woodworking projects by our members.
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437
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4,409
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437
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4,409

WELDING & CASTING

Whether Mig, Tig, Acetylene, Brazing, discuss all aspects of welding techniques and projects in this forum. Also for discussions of sand and other casting techniques for making machine and project castings.
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441
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5,427
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441
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5,427

WOODWORKING PROJECTS

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656
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MEMBERS' AREA (Alphabetized)

A CHRISTMAS GIFTING THREAD!

This is a Christmas gifting Thread for giving gifts to those who need them. Rules: An Item offered is for those who need it. Value of the item is open to the gifter. All gifting is in open forum, no pm's unless to give personal info, shipping and Paypal info. No requesting or asking for specific items. Please receive 1 gift only, Give as much as you want.
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3
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28
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28

BUILDING A HOME SHOP ON YOUR PROPERTY

This is long time coming. Have you built or are you building a home shop? Let us see how you did it!!
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9
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87
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MEMBERS' WEB SITE LINKS (Post Your Site Link Here)

Members of Hobby-Machinist, list your personal (non-commercial) web site in this area so that others can visit your site.
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12
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91
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OUR SHOPS AND THE SPACES WE WORK IN (Shop Photos)

Where do you do your machining work? No, don't just tell us, SHOW us!
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176
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SITE HELP & ISSUES- FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS WHO CAN LOGON

If you are a registered member who can log on with a site issue -get help for in this forum We will also post site announcements here.
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834
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6,180
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6,180

THE MEMBERS' HANGOUT (OFF-TOPIC Discussions)

Post all off-off-topic discussions here. Please, NO POLITICS, and please be gentle! Otherwise, discuss whatever you like.
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1,812
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19,638
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1,812
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19,638

THE PRACTICE FORUM (Practice Your Posting Here)

Here is a place where you can practice posting messages or photos or anything else without limits.
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362
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1,189
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362
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1,189

THE PRAYER CHAPEL (Offer Prayers For Those In Need!)

This site is not just a site, it is a community of friends. This forum is not about machining or related topics, but for members to ask for and send prayers and special intentions, or those close to you who you feel could use some prayers (or positive thoughts). This is non-denominational. Everyone just needs a hand sometimes. Let's give it to them.
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96
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1,430

USER GROUP PROMOTIONS (Watch Your Group Advance As You Participate )

Postings of member group promotions will be kept here. You can watch your group advance.
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2,090
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2,095
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2,090
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2,095

Buying & Selling
Anyone may buy, only Premium Subscribers may sell here.

WANTED

This forum is for members who need items, either machines, tooling or other accessories. This forum is not for commercial ads or ventures.
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327
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1,346
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SERVICES WANTED / OFFERED

If you need a machinist to make a part, or do overflow work, please post it here.
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15
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84
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15
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84

THE TRADING POST

This is the place to TRADE machinery and tools you cannot use for ones you can, or give them away for Free. No sales in here please.
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MACHINIST JOBS WE HEAR ABOUT

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