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Unread postAuthor: jimmy101 » Thu Dec 27, 2007 1:29 pm

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Unread postAuthor: gwoloshyn » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:29 pm

I have a Dremel with tons of attachments, scroll saw (for barrel/tank supports), drill, glue gun, all types of hand tools, miter box, 2 vises, 2 workbenches and 2 full toolboxes. I need a nice tap set but they are pricey.
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:37 pm

The 1/4" tap it truely priceless..I have to make due with a 1/8" tap, because ...well..the 1/4" is not only priceless...it's pricey too!!

But you are getting nowhere without a vice and some ( big) wrenches.
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:08 pm

jimmy101 wrote:A micrometer?
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$50 from http://www.amazon.com/Grizzly-G9786-Cal ... B0000DD0RW

A ruler or tape measure is more likely :P

I'm thinking of bagging a digital vernier for just under £10 at my local Maplin :)
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Unread postAuthor: noob of noobs » Thu Dec 27, 2007 7:08 pm

I'd deffinitly recomend a bench vice, but that's obviously already been stated...
Do you have a Menards close by? Instead of getting a real dremel, I got some red "rotary tool" there. It works great, is cheaper, and is compatible with all dremel bits. It does have a cumbersome cord, but I don't mind it.
Also, I also got some mini saw there that was labled as a "dovetail saw" made by Erwin. It's short, very light, the blade is flexible, and it cuts insanely fast. It takes about one and a half strokes with an 8 inch blade to get through a 1/2 inch dowel. It's probably not best for precision cutting, but it's good for average cutting. I don't think you can resharpen it though, but it's lasted me 2 years.
By the way, has anyone tried using one of those pipe cutters? They look like a C clamp, but have a blade that's supposed to cut pipe very cleanly.
Do they work well?
Other things you might want to get are:
A vaccum (for cleaning up)
A torch (if you're going to be welding)
Vice grips (...for gripping stuff...)
By the way, how do you turn a drill into a lathe?
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Unread postAuthor: pat123 » Sat Dec 29, 2007 11:44 am

thanks alot everyone I am probably going to get a bench and vice and go from there.

By the way, how do you turn a drill into a lathe?

I was wondering the same thing
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:13 pm

Lock it in the vise, lock trigger on, chuck work piece in drill chuck.
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Unread postAuthor: Carlman » Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:19 am

i turned my old router into a lathe, its 2 powerful and fast so i gered it down with belts. its really fun, just the other day i made a club waiting for the cane toad invasion...

hehe im all ready for the little barstards :violent3: :violent1: :protest:
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Unread postAuthor: noob of noobs » Tue Jan 01, 2008 1:16 pm

jrrdw wrote:Lock it in the vise, lock trigger on, chuck work piece in drill chuck.


Won't that only work on small pieces that fit into the drill?
And Carlman, what cane toad invasion? :shock:
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Unread postAuthor: Carlman » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:58 pm

noob of noobs wrote:And Carlman, what cane toad invasion? :shock:


The one that is moving across Australia from the east to west...im in the west, but im ready lol, maybe they shoud legalise spud guns to combat them...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUa1-MZU ... re=related

PS: dont watch if you happen to like this bloody pest...

EDIT: found a pic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Bufoinvasion.gif
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