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This email tip was sponsored by the 2016 CNC Workshop. Two "Key" Tips Dummy Keys by James W. Hauser From the moment I bought my home in Las Vegas, I had persisting problems with the front door locks. Strong winds blow sand and other grit into the lock, which gunks it up and wears [...]
By Tom Berry Having a dial indicator able to read lathe carriage travel is a pretty common accessory, but not everyone has heard of it, so I thought I would share a few photos of mine. Although you can’t see it well in the photos, a simple clamp attaches the indicator to the ways. It [...]
By Bob Ferry I was tired of trying to lube my lathe through the ball oilers. I could never seem to do it without making a mess and it was difficult to tell how much oil made it to where it was needed. While Rich Sedenquist proposed a good solution in his tip a [...]
Two Tips for the Shop Heavy Sliding by Charles Brumbelow I recently had to make space for some new bookcases in the back corner of my living room; I had to slide two recliner couches farther away from the wall and corner. To aide in moving them, I used a "Flooring Jack," designed to force [...]
By Mark Jachniewicz Winter is coming and it’s about time to drain the plumbing in various summer homes. I’ve found the threaded drain plugs on ball valves are always a pain to get off. Those who have dropped one know that it is difficult to find once it has inevitably rolled into oblivion. Fed [...]
A Collection of Tips for the Shop Soft Jaws by Howie Grunert Here is a simple idea. I have a few bench vises in my shop. On one I have aluminum angle plates with glued in embedded magnets for soft jaws, but on the other vise, next to the mill, I have gone one [...]