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    1. SITE RULES, POLICIES & MISSION (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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    1. 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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      Latest: Newbie Questions Re X2 Mini Mill MeredithJL, Apr 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      Latest: Resusitating Some Chinese Iron chevydyl, Apr 30, 2016 at 3:36 PM
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    5. 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. DRAWING, LAYOUT & CAD

      Discuss the layout and design of projects in this forum.
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      Latest: Drawing References In Pdf Nels, Apr 26, 2016 at 12:36 AM
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    7. PROFESSIONALS' FORUM

      For professional machinists to discuss their trade, and for the rest of us to learn from watching them.
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    8. CONVERTING A MACHINE TO CNC

      For discussions of converting manual machines to computer numeric control (CNC)
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      Latest: Easy Cnc Conversion Of A Small Mill thequietman, Apr 25, 2016 at 12:53 PM
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    9. 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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      Latest: Warco Wm14 Thread AdyNl, Apr 30, 2016 at 1:53 PM
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    10. 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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    11. MACHINE ACCESSORIES (Tables, Vises, Indexers)

      Ask about rotary tables, dividing heads, indexers, vises and the like in this forum.
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      Latest: Little Machine Shop 5" Mill Vise COMachinist, Apr 30, 2016 at 12:37 PM
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    12. 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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      Latest: Safety Switch uncle harry, Apr 24, 2016 at 5:11 AM
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    13. 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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    14. DRILL PRESSES & SHOP PRESSES

      Discuss issues relating to drill presses and shop presses in this forum.
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      Latest: Walker Turner Series 900 Help Needed. Billh50, Apr 30, 2016 at 10:22 AM
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    15. 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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      Latest: Home Made Band Saw + Modifications cathead, Apr 29, 2016 at 7:17 AM
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    16. TOOL GRINDERS & SURFACE GRINDERS

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    17. 3 IN 1 MACHINES

      Combination Mill/Drill/Turn with these machines
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      Latest: Anyone Identify This Machine? Mattm23, Apr 22, 2016
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    18. ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, & OTHER TYPES OF 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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    1. THE SOUTH BEND MACHINERY FORUM

      Discuss any issues dealing with Southbend lathes, drill presses, mills, etc. in this forum.
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      Latest: The New South Bend 10K rwm, Apr 30, 2016 at 4:38 PM
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    2. ATLAS & CRAFTSMAN MACHINES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Atlas & Atlas-Clausing lathes, drill presses, mills, etc. in this forum.
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      Latest: Atlas Mfc Mill Arbor Drawing ? wa5cab, Apr 30, 2016 at 2:39 PM
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    3. VAN NORMAN & CINCINNATI HEAVY IRON

      Discuss any issues dealing with Van Norman & Cincinnati heavy iron in this forum.
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      Latest: Finally Got A Slotter Attachment Jason Annen, Apr 29, 2016 at 6:39 PM
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    4. BRIDGEPORT & B'PORT CLONES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Bridgeport and B'port Clones in this forum.
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      Latest: Bridgeport Mill Rebuild By Kay Fisher CraigB1960, Apr 28, 2016 at 9:46 PM
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    5. SHELDON, LOGAN & ROCKWELL MACHINES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Sheldon, Logan & Rockwell machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Show us your Logan lathes! viper0222, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:42 AM
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    6. CLAUSING-COLCHESTER & LEBLOND

      Discuss any issues dealing with Clausing and Leblond machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Early Clausing Machine Serial Numbers wa5cab, Apr 29, 2016 at 12:43 PM
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    7. 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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      Latest: Central Machinery Dsl1237gh Lathe Manual Superburban, Apr 26, 2016 at 1:02 PM
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    8. BURKE-US MACHINE TOOL & BARKER MACHINES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Burke-US Machine Tool & Barker machines in this forum.
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      Latest: M newest aquisition ... A #4 Burke mill Glenn Brooks, Apr 28, 2016 at 2:41 AM
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    9. PRECISION-MATTHEWS

      Discuss any issues dealing with Precision-Matthew machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Pm25 Shield & Interlock RegisG, Apr 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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    10. 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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    11. GRIZZLY INDUSTRIAL INC.

      Discuss any issues dealing with Grizzly Industrial machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Dro Install Grizzly G1008 Knee Mill DoogieB, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:42 AM
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    12. SHERLINE, TAIG & SIEG MINI-MACHINES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Sherline, Taig & Sieg mini-machines in this forum.
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      Latest: My Taig Setup Hawkeye, Apr 23, 2016
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    13. JET, ENCO & RONG FU IMPORTS

      Discuss any issues dealing with JET, ENCO & RONG FU machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Really, Enco? Really? bluegrass-engineer, Apr 29, 2016 at 3:56 PM
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    14. SCHAUBLIN, DECKEL, MIKRON, SMART & BROWN, POLAMCO, & MISAL

      Discuss any issues dealing with Schaublin, Deckel, Mikron, Smart & Brown, Polamco Misal and other similar European machines here
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      Latest: Bought A Schaublin 135 samthedog, Mar 4, 2016
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    15. TORMACH, MONARCH & STANDARD-MODERN MACHINES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Tormach, Monarch, and Standard-Modern machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Standard Modern 1340 USNFC, Apr 29, 2016 at 12:07 PM
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    16. TREE, SMART & BROWN, WELLS-INDEX & B&S MACHINES

      Discuss any issues dealing with Wells-Index, Tree, Rivett & B&S machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Anyone Familiar With Tree 2uvrc? 4gsr, Apr 10, 2016
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    17. CHARTER OAK AUTOMATION & LITTLE MACHINE SHOP PRODUCTS

      This is the place to discuss any issues with Charter Oak CNC Mills & Little Machine Shop machines.
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      Latest: Charter Oaks Benchtop Mill tmarks11, Apr 22, 2016
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    18. HARDINGE, GORTON, RUSNOK & BENCHMASTER

      Discuss any issues dealing with Hardinge, Gorton, Rusnok & Benchmaster machines in this forum.
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      Latest: Rusnok Model 80 itsme_Bernie, Apr 26, 2016 at 10:39 PM
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    19. OTHER BRANDS OF MACHINERY

      Discuss any issues dealing with brands of machines not covered by the other forums.
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    1. MENTORS -- PLEASE SIGN UP HERE TO HELP OTHERS!

      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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    2. DISCOUNT CODES -- ENCO, HF & OTHERS

      Visit this SubForum to save money on your purchases!
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    3. 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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    4. GREAT DEALS ON CRAIGSLIST, EBAY, ETC.

      Found a great deal on CRAIGSLIST, EBAY or someplace else? Please post it here!
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    5. MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

      Anything that doesn't fit into the above categories should be post here.
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    6. 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. CAN I BORROW A BOOK?

      A forum for loaning, selling and discussing your old machining-related books.
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      Latest: Recommended books Fossilbones, Apr 19, 2016
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    8. 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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    9. 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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      Latest: Anyone Need (free) ( Gone ) Bill Gruby, Mar 29, 2016
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    10. HOBBY SHOWS & OTHER EVENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Post hobby, machinery, crafts and other shows and related events in this forum.
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      Latest: Bar-z Summer Bash 2016 NCjeeper, Apr 8, 2016
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    1. 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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    2. 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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      Latest: A Dividing Head By Wayne wayne.inspain, Apr 30, 2016 at 12:37 PM
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    3. GUNSMITHING & FIREARMS

      Show us your gunsmithing & firearm projects and accessories here. Discuss any topics regarding gunsmithing here.
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    4. SHOP-MADE TOOLING

      Did you make some tooling for the machines in your shop? Show it off here.
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      Latest: Show Us Your Shop Made Tooling! Backwoods 96, Apr 24, 2016 at 3:20 PM
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    5. 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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      Latest: Five Cylinder Radial With Ohc BRIAN, Apr 29, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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    6. MOTORCYCLES & BICYCLES

      Did you do a project on a motorcycle or bicycle? Show it off here.
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      Latest: Project - Fxd Dyna Super Glide Micke S, Apr 26, 2016 at 8:08 AM
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    7. PROJECT PLANS & DRAWINGS

      Have you made a drawing for a project? Please share it with the rest of us here.
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      Latest: How To Measure Hole Depth Tony Wells, Apr 26, 2016 at 7:23 PM
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    8. 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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      Latest: Ahp Alphatig 200x rwm, Apr 30, 2016 at 8:48 AM
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    9. CLOCKS & HOROLOGY

      Did you build a clock or work on another horology project? Show it off here.
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    10. TRACTORS, KNIVES, WOODWORKING

      Show off projects that don't fit into the other categories above here, including woodworking projects by our members.
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    11. CLASSIC CARS, PLANES, TRAINS, HELICOPTERS & ROCKETS

      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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      Latest: My Friends Shop Next Door grumpygator, Apr 29, 2016 at 6:40 PM
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    1. H-M GROUPS YOU MAY WANT TO JOIN (Check Out Our User Groups!)

      These are social groups of members who have something in common. You may want to join. Check them out.
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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. SITE HELP & ISSUES (Forum Issues & Announcements)

      Get help for any site problems in this forum (check out the stickies). We will also post site announcements here.
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    5. SITE SUPPORTERS - WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE YOU!

      We gratefully acknowledge the donations of these people to keep this site running.
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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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