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    JRIowa, Jim Adams has passed away

    Bill- There is no doubt that Jim was a REAL man, and handled it all as such. I learned so much from just observing his attitude towards his situation. The strongest man I've ever known. What a blessing to have him as a close friend.
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    JRIowa, Jim Adams has passed away

    Mia appreciated all of the prayers and condolences. It helped her to know that Jim was so well though of by so many that had never even met him. Jim's service was planned by him, and was short, simple, and quite moving. My wife and I left feeling sad, but also relieved for Jim. Thank you...
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    JRIowa, Jim Adams has passed away

    Are any of you guys planning on going to Jim's service? It would be neat to shake hands and put a face with you characters.
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    JRIowa, Jim Adams has passed away

    Here is Jim's obituary- James Adams Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information
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    JRIowa, Jim Adams has passed away

    Thanks to PM, I gained a very good friend and mentor in Jim. Since I joined I always read what he head to say. It was always real, solid, and grounded. Being we were close geographically (30 miles) I thought I'd try meeting up with him. Schedule conflicts didn't let that happen until October of...
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    JRIowa, Jim Adams has passed away

    Fellas- My good friend and well known PMer JRIowa passed away this morning after a long hard fight with cancer. His wife sent me a text that I received on morning break today. My lunch break is about over, but I will come back with more information after I get home from the shop.
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    Best 6-32 tap?

    These...
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    Another fun micromachining job. Find me a vendor for production??

    Implmex- I have no recommendations for a production shop to run those little bastards, but if you decide to run them yourself and want a ground carbide form cutter for the job look at Cline Tool. ClineTool I work there and know what our form grinder can do. He's been at it since 1984 and...
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    A cool little fabricating project

    You're certainly a detail man Implmex. Always top-notch work. I could weld that job into a blob LOL. Looks like the penny was used as a cushion/conductor pad for a clamp jack screw on an EDM. When you dream, is everything in miniature? I think you have some rare talent.
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    CNC Carbide tool grinding reccommendations?

    I work for a shop that has Anca, Ewag, and Walter grinders. I work on a different side of the shop from those guys, but I do know that the Anca and Ewag do not have to have the machine repairmen working on them nearly as much as the Walters. Seems one of them is broken down at all times. The...
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    Holding mid sized rounds vertical in vmc

    I do a fair amount of long cylindrical work held vertically on a Bridgeport and VMC. I know it's probably crossed mind your already, but my standard setup when doing the long stuff is a pair of 2-4-6 blocks and an Anton V-block that will hold a 5" round. The blocks has two holes drilled...
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    Older Kurt paint

    Is that a D60 or a D675? I've used D60s that are kind of a dark green/blue (dark aqua?) color. That is if they had any paint left on them LOL. Some of the D675s were that color, but most were the same blue as the D688. Cleaning it i'd rough as much of the scuzz off as you can with scrapers...
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    MSC bought out Deco Tool Supply

    The last die shop I worked used Seco inserted mills, and the Deco rep was there every week to check in and give recommendations for our applications. Very good to deal with and reliable. Where I work now is a Sandvik Yellow Coat Elite distributor. MSC now carries Sandvik, so I get the hunch...
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    MSC bought out Deco Tool Supply

    Found this out last Thursday while having a few beers with a buddy of mine that works for a small Sandvik distributor (not Deco) in the Quad Cities. Looks like the news went public yesterday, they paid $42 million. I wonder how much this will affect the company I work for, as we are a custom...
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    Fixed Diameter Boring Tool for Mill

    Not a problem. I think you've got it whipped.
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    Fixed Diameter Boring Tool for Mill

    Jay- Sorry about my last post, I must have deleted part of it concerning making the pocket before I posted it.:willy_nilly: Sounds like you've got it figured out. At least with the boring heads you can get more use out of them if things change vs. having two cartridge bars with a very small...
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    Fixed Diameter Boring Tool for Mill

    You'll have no problem doing what you want with cartridge bars made for the jobs. Do you heat treat, OD grind, have a dividing head or indexer? You can get away with just making the boring bar out of 4140 prehard and turning the shank with no grinding, but make it straight and on-size. In...
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    Fixed Diameter Boring Tool for Mill

    Jay- I forgot to ask what depth the bore is, but if it's for a bearing race it'll be fairly shallow vs. the diameter unless there are details projecting. That means a short tool overhang, so even a bar held in a 3/4" or 7/8" collet on a Bridgeport type mill cutting aluminum with a small DOC...
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    Fixed Diameter Boring Tool for Mill

    Jay- I can't post pics of the cartridge boring bars I make because I make them on the clock for someone else. Wish I could, some of the shit is crazy. What's the machine and the spindle taper you're planning on running this job on? What mat'l, how much are you needing to bore diametrically...
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    Fixed Diameter Boring Tool for Mill

    Shelf mount cartridges are easier to make a pocket for than a Valenite EZ-Set or Sandvik equivalent. The shelf mounts you either set by trial, with bench centers, or a presetter. There are two adjusting screws to them, axial and radial. No graduations unless you go with a Rigibore UFP, and the...
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