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  1. Hey Doc, I know you hate "Pearls" but...WATTERSON!!. Timberwolf, Jun 7, 2014
    1. That's just AWESOME! n/t. Snowtroll, Jun 10, 2014
  2. Wave solder machine, summer update. Hans, Jun 7, 2014
    1. You KNOW This, But . . .. Steve, Jun 7, 2014
      1. You're telling me!. Hans, Jun 7, 2014
        1. you ever think of running nitrogen?. uglydwarf, Jun 7, 2014
          1. Not needed on this one. Hans, Jun 7, 2014
    2. air system. irregular logic, Jun 7, 2014
      1. Nah, not necessary. Hans, Jun 7, 2014
  3. Metalwork art. Shalom, Jun 6, 2014
  4. A1 Freak back request. Jeff Pace, Jun 6, 2014
    1. Is this doable? n/t. Jeff Pace, Jun 9, 2014
      1. maybe.. Zach S, Jul 10, 2014
  5. Covering 100 years and 1,400 miles in 1,500 photos!. Doc Nickel, Jun 6, 2014
    1. Welcome back, looking forward to photos. Jeffrey Pace, Jun 6, 2014
    2. It sounds like. Zayden, Jun 6, 2014
    3. I'm on a business trip - vacation myelf. James Rice, Jun 6, 2014
    4. That sounds like a 'interesting' vacation.. MephitMark, Jun 6, 2014
    5. I think someone spotted you on your trip.... Chris Mader, Jun 6, 2014
      1. Trips n' photos.... Doc Nickel, Jun 6, 2014
        1. Guess you were never in the military then.. MephitMark, Jun 6, 2014
          1. You misunderstand.... Doc Nickel, Jun 6, 2014
            1. Cameras now are like clocks were a couple decades ago.... eddi, Jun 6, 2014
              1. And digital makes it a lot easier to get that 'just right' pic.... J.Cook, Jun 7, 2014
            2. Photos from Old Brownie Negatives. Maggie, Jun 9, 2014
              1. "135mm"?. Shalom, Jun 9, 2014
        2. Re: Trips n' photos.... Shadowydreamer, Jun 7, 2014
  6. Return to D-Day. OmniMech, Jun 5, 2014
    1. Greatest. Steampunkhawk, Jun 6, 2014
  7. Developing Nuclear Fusion in a Basement with a Reclusive Gunsmith. Dak-Attack, Jun 4, 2014
    1. Also, The forum url.. Dak-Attack, Jun 4, 2014
    2. A lot of people are building fusion reactors at home.... Snowtroll, Jun 5, 2014
      1. (not so) briefly:. Maker of Toys, Jun 5, 2014
        1. That's why.... Solar, Jun 9, 2014
  8. Making a barrel into a freak tip. Jeff pace, Jun 3, 2014
    1. Depends on the barrel.. Deus Machina, Jun 3, 2014
      1. Double lead. Jeffrey Pace, Jun 4, 2014
      2. Specifically. Jeffrey Pace, Jun 4, 2014
    2. Sure (probably). ydna, Jun 4, 2014
      1. Are you such a machinist?. Jeffrey Pace, Jun 4, 2014
  9. Quick note.... Doc Nickel, Jun 3, 2014
    1. someone got a photo of you day hopping. smorizio, Jun 4, 2014
  10. I just found my next bumper sticker "Bolt Actions Speak Louder than Words". Squirlly, Jun 3, 2014
  11. Okay Doc, this is worthy of you!. MephitMark, Jun 2, 2014
  12. Doc! Need input. . . (Roger and character height). tagcrea, Jun 2, 2014
    1. #2 seems right..... Bruce, Jun 2, 2014
      1. Isnt that kinda short for a polar bear IIRC. joecrouse, Jun 3, 2014
        1. In context. . .. tagcrea, Jun 3, 2014
          1. that would make all the humans. joecrouse, Jun 5, 2014
    2. Pic #2. MSquared, Jun 3, 2014
  13. Freak Back followup. Jeff Pace, Jun 2, 2014
  14. Anyone interested in delrin tipping a bolt?. Golite, Jun 1, 2014
  15. PGP in Inventor. Jaime, May 31, 2014
    1. I would suggest.... Tohri, May 31, 2014
      1. Re: I would suggest.... Jaime, Jun 1, 2014
    2. Might be a good starting point (link inside). Timberwolf, Jun 2, 2014
      1. Re: Might be a good starting point (link inside). Jaime, Jun 2, 2014
    3. hey, if you get any parts modeled up.... ydna, Jun 3, 2014
      1. Re: hey, if you get any parts modeled up.... Jaime, Jun 3, 2014
  16. Metric Key suppliers?. Nate, May 30, 2014
    1. have you called the OEM's?. sniper1rfa, May 30, 2014
      1. nevermind, though you were talking about hex keys -nt-. sniper1rfa, May 31, 2014
    2. McMaster-Carr has the stock.... Salda007, May 30, 2014
    3. Metric machine keys. Russ Kepler, Jun 2, 2014
  17. 2 PGP's w/ AGD Frames. RobAGD, May 29, 2014
    1. Glad you asked...!. Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
      1. KK. RobAGD, May 30, 2014
  18. More Scraps!. Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
    1. Fishing with explosives.... Snowtroll, May 30, 2014
    2. Re: More Scraps!. CTPatt, May 30, 2014
    3. dynamite fishing. Steve Ronin, May 30, 2014
    4. Fishing with Explosives.... CF, May 30, 2014
    5. I'm surprised.... Grumley, Jun 2, 2014
      1. Re: I'm surprised.... Shadowydreamer, Jun 6, 2014
  19. How do we bring up an old thread?. Renegade_Azzy, May 28, 2014
    1. We don't.. Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
      1. Not bumping..... Renegade_Azzy, May 29, 2014
      2. A possible forum option?. DanishLurker, May 29, 2014
    2. Just for you!. Le_KiD_Qc, May 29, 2014
      1. Beat me to it!. Ayleward2, May 29, 2014
        1. Thanks to you both! nt. Renegade_Azzy, May 29, 2014
      2. crud... not what I was looking for. Renegade_Azzy, May 29, 2014
        1. Francois Louvett (nt). ydna, May 29, 2014
          1. nevermind, i'm wrong (nt). ydna, May 29, 2014
            1. Not far off. Renegade_Azzy, May 30, 2014
  20. Old Victorian.... Daniel Meyer, May 28, 2014
    1. Judging a book by it's cover.... Hey_Allen, May 28, 2014
    2. That was good. Always leave rewiring to a pro..... eddi, May 28, 2014
      1. Heh heh.... Daniel Meyer, May 29, 2014
        1. That's why you leave it to.... tmk, May 29, 2014
        2. I think you need a new item in your tool kit.... eddi, May 29, 2014
          1. I think.... Daniel Meyer, May 30, 2014
            1. I just had to know Bactine MSDS.... eddi, May 30, 2014
              1. Strangely.... Daniel Meyer, Jun 1, 2014
    3. hells bells. skreemer, May 29, 2014
      1. Well our decor.... Daniel Meyer, May 29, 2014
    4. Been following for a while now.. MephitMark, May 29, 2014
    5. not bad.. uglydwarf, May 29, 2014
    6. Update link bar. Anonymous ~Hero~, May 29, 2014
      1. Will do!. Daniel Meyer, May 30, 2014
  21. You know... (re: Scraps). jwhouk, May 28, 2014
    1. Re: You know... (re: Scraps). digi_owl, May 28, 2014
      1. I'm surprised.... Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
        1. "Home Improvement" wasn't expected to last 2 seasons..... Squirlly, May 29, 2014
        2. On the topic of transformers.... digi_owl, Jun 1, 2014
          1. Holy crickeys!!. J.Cook, Jun 1, 2014
            1. Sparky is lucky to be around to be banned O.O n/t. eddi, Jun 2, 2014
            2. In My Younger Days.... GladMech, Jun 8, 2014
  22. Anyone scanning old slides and negatives?. Tenerec, May 28, 2014
    1. Re: Anyone scanning old slides and negatives?. Shadowydreamer, May 28, 2014
    2. here a retail scanner made for slides. smorizio, May 28, 2014
      1. old product here list of there newer scanners.. smorizio, May 28, 2014
    3. Not a dedicated slide scanner, but.... Anonymous Coward, May 28, 2014
    4. Epsons are pretty popular. icouldbeahero, May 28, 2014
    5. I'm using a Canon MP960 for that same task. Works very well. n/t. Glenn Webster, May 28, 2014
    6. I use..... Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
    7. On this topic, Software?. Deckmaster, May 29, 2014
      1. scanner software. smorizio, May 29, 2014
    8. For mixed media, a flatbed. CameraGuy, May 29, 2014
  23. Making a drill press taller. Renegade_Azzy, May 27, 2014
    1. Re: Making a drill press taller. Shadowydreamer, May 28, 2014
      1. Short Operator. Spike, May 28, 2014
        1. Har. Har. nt. Renegade_Azzy, May 28, 2014
    2. depends.... sniper1rfa, May 28, 2014
      1. easy fix ..... B, May 28, 2014
        1. Not so much.... Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
  24. Know what I did yesterday?. Doc Nickel, May 27, 2014
    1. Murphy's Law. Flying Wrench, May 27, 2014
    2. Hopefully.... jwhouk, May 27, 2014
    3. Give us a wave so we can see you (Landsat 7).... eddi, May 27, 2014
      1. Hmm.... Spike, May 28, 2014
    4. The Boys and Girls on the Funny River fire appreciate it!. Safari Bob, May 28, 2014
  25. One pic and a tough question. Doc Nickel, May 27, 2014
    1. I've seen several folks start using the new 9.7" Boogie Boards.. WolfWings, May 27, 2014
    2. I have an app for that. neocool00, May 27, 2014
      1. I use Evernote myself.. Peter Sadlon, May 27, 2014
    3. steno pads. MSquared, May 27, 2014
      1. They work good too. Peter Sadlon, May 27, 2014
    4. How electronic/discipled do you want to be?. Tristan Phillips, May 27, 2014
    5. It is pretty simple actually. Jarlath, May 27, 2014
    6. Evernote or OneNote. goldie, May 27, 2014
    7. re:Tough question. Phoex, May 27, 2014
    8. Flat bed scanner.. joecrouse, May 27, 2014
    9. Slight mod to your existing method. Maker of Toys, May 27, 2014
    10. Still keep them in filing boxes myself.... but. NZGene, May 27, 2014
    11. Great method I picked up at a pharma co. Rob, May 27, 2014
    12. Watching machines.... Chris Mader, May 28, 2014
      1. The part where.... TeflonSoul, May 29, 2014
        1. Spool-down related?. THAT guy, May 29, 2014
    13. Depends on what you want to forget.. Poe, May 28, 2014
      1. Re: Depends on what you want to forget.. Shadowydreamer, May 29, 2014
        1. Relevance and stress are also part of it.. Poe, May 30, 2014
          1. Re: Relevance and stress are also part of it.. Shadowydreamer, Jun 6, 2014
      2. Two things.... Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
        1. Ideas. Poe, May 30, 2014
    14. Evernote. OXX, May 29, 2014
    15. A little here, a little there, & a whole lot everywhere else.. MephitMark, Jun 1, 2014
    16. Why not post them?. Pirate, Jun 3, 2014
  26. Old & new references to some peoples lack of smarts.. MephitMark, May 26, 2014
    1. Surfing in Nebraska?. Snowtroll, May 27, 2014
    2. One ive used. OmniMech, May 27, 2014
    3. a few I've encountered. Maker of Toys, May 27, 2014
      1. A couple I like. James, May 27, 2014
      2. Re: a few I've encountered. Shadowydreamer, May 28, 2014
      3. not far enough back. GladMech, Jun 7, 2014
    4. Re: Old & new references to some peoples lack of smarts.. Shadowydreamer, May 28, 2014
    5. My Fave: A Few fries short of a happy meal n/t. Squirlly, May 28, 2014
  27. Best wishes doc, stay cool. Jeff pace, May 26, 2014
    1. I'm pretty safe.... Doc Nickel, May 27, 2014
      1. You also forget. jwhouk, May 27, 2014
        1. Re: You also forget. Shadowydreamer, May 28, 2014
      2. Re: I'm pretty safe.... Shadowydreamer, May 28, 2014
  28. My new Phantom setup!. Doc Nickel, May 25, 2014
    1. It's amazing what a difference just a few inches can make.. BigMatt-MadCustoms, May 25, 2014
      1. That's what my wife said...... Grendal50, May 25, 2014
    2. Re: My new Phantom setup!. Shadowydreamer, May 26, 2014
      1. Which angle?. Doc Nickel, May 26, 2014
        1. Re: Which angle?. Shadowydreamer, May 26, 2014
    3. nice work. newmaticarsenal, May 27, 2014
  29. Doc's Slipping. Chris "Foxx" Yost, May 23, 2014
    1. Doc's coffee eats thru cast iron. n/t. eddi, May 23, 2014
  30. the strip reminds me of the old joke about greatgranpa's axe.... eddi, May 23, 2014
    1. What really happened. James Rice, May 23, 2014
      1. Some of those older machines are better in part.... eddi, May 23, 2014
        1. Agreed for the most part. Peter Sadlon, May 24, 2014
          1. Wood handles.... J.Cook, May 24, 2014
            1. I garden a lot :D. Peter Sadlon, May 24, 2014
      2. To set the record straight. James Rice, May 25, 2014
  31. Where there's smoke.... Doc Nickel, May 23, 2014
    1. Doc stopped smoking and now Alaska had started.... eddi, May 23, 2014
    2. Smoker?. weber, May 23, 2014
      1. Ciggeretts?. caldaq, May 25, 2014
        1. Smokin'.... Doc Nickel, May 29, 2014
    3. fox news update....looking to get people to leave the fire zone. smorizio, May 25, 2014
    4. Sounds like Bruno has it under control. n/t. eddi, May 26, 2014
      1. That ploy never works. jwhouk, May 26, 2014
  32. Fascinating Search and Rescue project. Thru-Hiker, May 22, 2014
    1. Oh, that's funny.... Grackle, May 23, 2014
  33. doc you think these cam's were killed by the dunk??. smorizio, May 22, 2014
    1. Yup. First you file a Police Report.... Bruce Bergman, May 22, 2014
      1. Was that in the US?. Thru-Hiker, May 22, 2014
      2. a close, wide angle image looks WAY different than one with a zoom lens. spyder95, May 23, 2014
  34. Paging Lis... Listessa, please pick up the white courtesy phone.... Doc Nickel, May 21, 2014
    1. as you drive by lonely Ft Greely, stop in and say Hi. Pife-Ster, May 21, 2014
    2. Wait... Wut? We?. Der Alta, May 22, 2014
      1. More likely.... Jeb Hoge, May 22, 2014
        1. Not quite.... Doc Nickel, May 23, 2014
      2. We. Spike, May 23, 2014
    3. Things and stuff. Lis, May 25, 2014
      1. Thankya!. Doc Nickel, May 27, 2014
        1. Welcome!. Listessa, May 28, 2014
  35. Toilet Flush... This One is for you Doc. Colaer, May 19, 2014
    1. Must have been a government grant. Rocket T. Coyote, May 19, 2014
    2. Computers and light. Steve, May 20, 2014
      1. That's ... not entirely surprising. Stu Friedberg, May 21, 2014
  36. Promoting a group of frineds - crowdfunding a delta robot system and community. Renegade_Azzy, May 19, 2014
    1. Darn lack of editing! Doc, can you fix that title spelling? nt. Renegade_Azzy, May 19, 2014
    2. I remember watching that once before.. MephitMark, May 20, 2014
  37. 10 hours left... Hurry up!. Snowtroll, May 19, 2014
    1. Thanx for the heads up. Lee, May 19, 2014
    2. 5 hours to go, goal has been met :) n.t.. Lee, May 19, 2014
  38. Radial Armsaw Rebuild advice needed. Steve, May 18, 2014
    1. Re: Radial Armsaw Rebuild advice needed. Irregular Logic, May 18, 2014
      1. Thanks, but. Steve, May 18, 2014
        1. bearings are easy to install. Irregular Logic, May 18, 2014
          1. Machine shop. Ferratus, May 18, 2014
    2. local Electric Motor Repair shop..... fredb, May 19, 2014
    3. Where in MA?. Tim, May 19, 2014
      1. Across the river. Steve, May 20, 2014
    4. Its together - THANKYOU. Steve, May 20, 2014
      1. Thanks for inspiring more work.... Josh, May 22, 2014
        1. pretty good, really. Steve, May 22, 2014
  39. JIS spec'd Screwdrivers. SHAG, May 16, 2014
    1. I don't know. cwegga, May 17, 2014
    2. you don't really have many choices.... sniper1rfa, May 17, 2014
    3. choices here ..... B, May 17, 2014
    4. thanks so far.... SHAG, May 17, 2014
      1. KNow the feeling, and vessel works great. Renegade_Azzy, May 19, 2014
      2. Yeah, you can buy directly from Vessel's online store.. Grackle, May 20, 2014
    5. VESSEL tools are great. Grackle, May 20, 2014
    6. Just learned something from your question. Stu Friedberg, May 20, 2014
      1. JIS.... sniper1rfa, May 21, 2014
        1. Just placed an order. Stu Friedberg, May 21, 2014
    7. I bought a set. and a review.... SHAG, May 23, 2014
      1. A common complaint with field techs... J.Cook, May 24, 2014
  40. Solenoid theory (reversing operating) custom project. spec21, May 16, 2014
    1. No.... Doc Nickel, May 16, 2014
  41. Yep that will do it. Pretty girls always make the day better. joecrouse, May 16, 2014
    1. +1 Yep... (n/t). Daniel Meyer, May 16, 2014
      1. That is untill.... MephitMark, May 16, 2014
        1. Sorry mate I dont buy it. Looking is natural. joecrouse, May 17, 2014
        2. I'll bet Red's wife is even prettier.... eddi, May 17, 2014
        3. Re: That is untill.... Shadowydreamer, May 17, 2014
    2. Should they charge extra to observe?. Rocket T. Coyote, May 19, 2014
      1. That would be Reds' job.. MephitMark, May 20, 2014
        1. Re: That would be Reds' job.. Shadowydreamer, May 20, 2014
          1. Re: That would be Reds' job.. Shadowydreamer, May 20, 2014
            1. On the other hand..... Nohbody, May 21, 2014
              1. Or the gals could do an exchange with Red.. MephitMark, May 21, 2014
              2. Re: On the other hand..... Shadowydreamer, May 22, 2014
                1. Re: On the other hand..... Nohbody, May 22, 2014
          2. So you would aprove of someone my size and shape. joecrouse, May 21, 2014
            1. Re: So you would aprove of someone my size and shape. Shadowydreamer, May 22, 2014
              1. I have been described charitibly as a rather over weight Orc. joecrouse, May 22, 2014
                1. Re: I have been described charitibly as a rather over weight Orc. Shadowydreamer, May 26, 2014
  42. BE Cobra velocity help. Yonu, May 14, 2014
    1. I'll trade ya.... Doc Nickel, May 16, 2014
      1. Will give it a look. Yonu, May 18, 2014
  43. Punching the vise..... Doc Nickel, May 14, 2014
    1. Re: Punching the vise..... MSquared, May 14, 2014
      1. And to complete the experience.... Bruce Bergman, May 14, 2014
        1. Good blades are expensive. Peter Sadlon, May 14, 2014
    2. Vocabulary words. Donkey, May 15, 2014
      1. Something like the last panel here.... eddi, May 15, 2014
        1. Blarg?. M Squared, May 16, 2014
        2. Hardly her last tirade either. Peter Sadlon, May 29, 2014
      2. Don't you mean.... Colaer, May 19, 2014
  44. Memories. House, May 12, 2014
    1. touching. jereth, May 13, 2014
    2. Pretty thoughtful for a house N/T. Anonymous Coward, May 13, 2014
  45. Clausing 100 lathe. chris fort scott, May 12, 2014
    1. Take a look here. Russ Kepler, May 17, 2014
      1. Thanks but.... chris fort scott, May 18, 2014
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