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Uglydog

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Richard,
Thank you for your expertise, experience, an candor!
I have much to learn.
If someone really wants/needs a box I'll make you one. However, it sounds unessesary and inappropriate in light of Richards post.

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I don't need a box for shipping, UPS appears to be shipping it "commando" if your pic is any indication.

I appreciate the thought behind the boxes, however.
 

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Its pretty simple to find the balance point. Lay the ST. Edge on its back and slide a pipe or rod under it to find the balance point. That's a heavy duty rib but I would suspect it is in the bottom mass about 1 1/2" up from the bottom of the flat and eyeball the center of the front to back. No need to be exactly perfect. You can also use a c-clamp and hang it with a 1/4" nylon rope to find the approx. center-line too.
If you see any Brown & Sharpe Straight-edges around, they sat on a board with edges around it with 1/4" felt on the airy or Rotation of points. I use 30% from the ends. They had 4 little flippers that you turned to clamp the ST Ed to the board. If I find a picture I will add it.
 

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Yesterday I received one PM with a gentle request that I build a box for him.

Anyone else?
 

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Hi All,

I am reading the questions, but am leaving some of the answers to the students to answer. I wanted to show you a pic I took at Busch where I taught a class last week and for Chris in Madison, the fellow who wanted to host the Wisc Scraping class and I helped him scrape his Atlas. Rich

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I talked to the Mike the President of Busch Precision today he asked me to thank you who order a straight edge casting. He also asked me to tell you they will quote on grinding and machining your beds that need to be cleaned up from wear. They now are switching or going a new route to spend more time rebuilding machinery and working with small to large users.

Bob also said hi and wanted to thank everyone too. He said they are coming up with a new list that will include surface plates. They like everyone else has to reduce their inventory for tax purposes. Mike said the company just celebrated their 106 years in business and will be in business for another 100 years. It is so cool to tour their plant, if you get up to Milwaukee WI sometime, give them a call. http://www.buschprecision.com/about.cfm?id=18
 

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What is that long bed used for in the photo at Busch? The one with the indicator on it?
 

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What is that long bed used for in the photo at Busch? The one with the indicator on it?

That is the Atlas lathe bed. I stopped to teach Chris in Madison to scrape and I helped for 2 1/2 days to scrape his machine. I guess I could have said more then this:

" Chris in Madison, the fellow who wanted to host the Wisc Scraping class and I helped him scrape his Atlas."

Chis had got a quote from Busch of $500.00 to grind the bed and thought the .004" would be easy to scrape off, but he and I discovered $500.00 would have been cheap as I scraped on it at least 10 hours and lifting it on and off his surface plate was no fun either.
Rich
 

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The lathe bed looks heavy! Sounds like a lot of hard work moving it around.
Ray
 

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The lathe bed looks heavy! Sounds like a lot of hard work moving it around.
Ray
It took 2 of us to safely pick it up. I would guess it weighted 120 pounds. He had a engine hoist, but it took to long to use it.
 

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Here is a email I sent to a guy on another forum after he asked me about where to buy a straightedge for scraping his Harding cross-slide.

I recently did a scraping class at Busch Precision in Milwaukee and here is what I wrote on another forum.

I checked with Busch management and here is what they have in Raw castings that will need to be machined:

1) 6630C 30" camel back with 45 angle $260.00 3 available
2) 3338C 36" camel back................ " " 340.00 4 available
3) 6648C 48" camel back............. " " 150.00 5 available On Clearance sale now (Really good deal)

These are pretty big for a Hardinge, but they do have smaller sizes, but they did not tell me they were on sale. You could ask them.

More info I posted:

I bet they take credit cards too. Those 48" are not a big seller for them. The Foreman said, the buyer could saw it in 1/2 and have 2 - 24"ers....

Ask for Bob Behnke he is the foreman I talked to. 414-362-7300

http://www.buschprecision.com/precision_tooling.cfm


Please tell Bob or who ever you talk to you spoke to me to get a special price and tell him the size of the way you need to scrape.
Bob was one of my scraping students if you tell him what you need he can help you I am sure.

A couple of other options is other option would be:

Gregory Dermer
2945 NE 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97212

503-805-0680

Greg was one of my students in the Minneapolis class and has some sweet smaller sizes and I think up to 36" I think he sells castings and machined.


also:
A couple of students bought some from Craig Donges, 8389 State Route 534, Berlin Center, Ohio 44401. Tele. # : 330 502 0066 about 3 yrs ago,

There is a place here in MN that has used ones called Polar Tool that you can Google.

Some times on those small ones I buy Dura-Bar and make something.


I used to make straight-edges and have discovered the majority of folks looking to buy them wants a deal and when you do tell them a respectful price that you can make a profit the complain highway robbery. So to me it isn't worth the time and effort to me .


Rich
 
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