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Precision-Matthews - Quality Machine Tools

Discuss any issues dealing with Precision-Matthew machines in this forum.
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Richard King - King Way Scraping Consultants

A forum for people who would like to learn about machine reconditioning and scraping by Richard King. Come here to find out when a class is near you.
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This is a sponsored forum for Plastiblocks to demonstrate and sell their products.
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INSIDE THE HOBBY-MACHINIST...

This is the front page of The Hobby-Machinist, and features a sampling of the information that we offer here.

THE MAIN DISCUSSION SECTION In this category are the main topics of machining, along with the General Forum, Questions and Answers, Drawing and Layout, Electrical, and other major issues.

GENERAL HOME MACHINE SHOP DISCUSSIONS

This is an all-purpose general shop related discussion forum, like the ones found on other forums. There are no subforums or partitions here. It's an open machining forum. You can talk about anything that strikes you, but politics and religion. If you have specific comments, questions, or information on machine brands, 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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ALL ABOUT MAKING GEARS & HOBBING

This forum is all about making gears and hobbing.
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ABOUT METAL FINISHING, SANDBLASTING & COATING

Interested in metal finishing. sandblasting, anodizing, plating, painting, powder coat or just polishing? Let's discuss finishing touches to the metal here.
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ALL ABOUT 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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ALL ABOUT ELECTRICAL ISSUES

This is our electrical section for discussions of power options for your machines & home shop. If you want to know about wiring, motors, VFDs and other devices, this is the place to ask.
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ALL ABOUT MACHINE ACCESSORIES

Ask about rotary tables, dividing heads, indexers, vises and the like in this forum.
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ALL ABOUT 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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ALL ABOUT 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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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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ALL ABOUT 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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GENERAL TYPES OF METALWORKING MACHINES This section is for discussing different types of metalworking machines rather than specific manufacturers, which is the next section.

ASIAN LATHES & MILLS

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

Discuss issues relating to drill presses.
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SHOP PRESSES

Discuss issues relating to shop presses in this forum.
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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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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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WATCHMAKER'S & CLOCKMAKER'S LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with watch & clockmaker's machines in this forum.
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SPECIFIC MANUFACTURERS OF MACHINE TOOLS

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. If you do not see your brand here, check "Less Popular Manufacturers".

ATLAS, CRAFTSMAN, DUNLAP & AA

Discuss any issues dealing with Atlas & Atlas-Clausing lathes, drill presses, mills, etc. in this forum.
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BENCHMASTER MFG. CO.

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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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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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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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CINCINNATI LATHE & TOOL CO.

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CLAUSING, COLCHESTER, JOHANSSON & BANTAM

Discuss any issues dealing with Clausing, Johansson & Bantom machines in this forum.
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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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DIAMOND MACHINE TOOL CO.

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DOALL SAWS

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ENCO & RONG FU IMPORTS

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GORTON MACHINE CORPORATION

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GRIZZLY INDUSTRIAL INC.

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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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HERCUS LATHES

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JET LATHES, MILLS, SAWS, ETC.

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LAGUN & NICHOLS MILLS

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KEARNEY AND TRECKER

Discuss Kearney and Trecker machinery here
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R.K. LEBLOND MACHINE TOOL CO.

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LODGE & SHIPLEY

Discuss Lodge & Shipley equipment here
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LOGAN ENGINEERING CO. & LOGAN WARDS

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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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POWERMATIC MACHINE CO.

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RIVETT LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with Rivett machines in this forum.
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ROCKWELL, DELTA & AAMCO MANUFACTURING CO.

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RUSNOK TOOL WORKS

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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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SHELDON LATHES

Discuss any issues dealing with Sheldon, Logan & Rockwell machines in this forum.
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SHERLINE, TAIG, TITAN & SIEG MINI-MACHINES

Discuss any issues dealing with Sherline, Taig & Sieg mini-machines in this forum.
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SMITHY, SHOPMASTER, GRIZZLY & OTHER 3-IN-1 MACHINES

Combination Mill/Drill/Turn with these machines
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SOUTH BEND LATHE WORKS

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

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TORMACH CNC

Discus Tormach Personal CNC Machines Here!
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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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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

CAN I BORROW A BOOK?

A forum for loaning, selling and discussing your old machining-related books.
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CAN YOU LOAN ME A TOOL?

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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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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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POST YOUR GROUP'S EVENTS HERE

Post hobby, machinery, crafts and other shows and related events in this forum.
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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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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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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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MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

Anything that doesn't fit into the above categories should be post here.
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METALWORKING CLUBS & GROUPS

A listing of area metalworking clubs. Add your club here!
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START A NEW METALWORKING CLUB HERE!

Want to start your own metalworking club or group? Here is a place to do it.
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PLACE CRAIGSLIST ADS HERE

Found a great deal on CRAIGSLIST? Please post it here!
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PLACE EBAY ADS HERE

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

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

Visit this forum to save money on your purchases!
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THE PROJECTS AREA

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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MODERATOR PROJECTS

Projects and More Projects as done by the Moderator Team (only)
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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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PROJECT PLANS & DRAWINGS

Have you made a drawing for a project? Please share it with the rest of us here.
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SHOP-MADE TOOLING

Did you make some tooling for the machines in your shop? Show it off here.
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WEAPONS

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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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WOODWORKING PROJECTS

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THE MEMBERS' AREA

LAYOUT & BUILD A HOME SHOP

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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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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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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REGIONAL MEMBER GROUPS (You May Want To Join These!)

These are social groups of members who have something in common. You may want to join. Check them out.
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THE MEMBERS' HANGOUT (OFF-TOPIC Discussions)

Come and hang out with the gang. Post all OFF-TOPIC discussions here. Please, NO POLITICS, and please be gentle! Otherwise, discuss whatever you like.

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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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THE PRAYER CHAPEL - 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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SITE ISSUES / HELP ACCESSING THE HOBBY-MACHINIST

If you are having difficulty accessing this site, please report it here. A staff member will respond to your issue as soon as possible.
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WANTED / FOR SALE FORUMS - BUY & SELL HERE 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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SERVICES WANTED / OFFERED

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