Even though there is a bunch of surface rust in this feed distribution unit, the

Even though there is a bunch of surface rust in this feed distribution unit, the gears themselves look good. Spraying everything I can with kerosene and scrubbing with nylon and brass brushes, where I can reach. Trying to deal with the worst parts. I’ve been spinning the gears and the bearings don’t feel bad at all. As much as I would like to take this thing completely apart, clean everything and replace all the bearings, it’s not really feasible. There’s no guide in existence on how this goes together, outside of the parts manual. It’d be a guessing game on proper sequence. Lots of taper pins I am sure. The risk of breaking something or it not going back together the right way is higher than the risk of cleaning it the best I can and running it. If I had 55 gallons of @evapo_rust, I’d build a vat and soak it. But, instead I’ll fill the knee with kerosene with frequent changes until what comes out is acceptable.
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The table gib for the K&T 2HL horizontal milling machine has a lot wrong with it

The table gib for the K&T 2HL horizontal milling machine has a lot wrong with it. Not only is it a banana, it has a lot of scoring and is worn about .013” as best I can measure. The bow is easy enough to fix quickly in the arbor press. And I would love to be able to grind it and scrape it but that is beyond my capability or budget. Or even make a new one. I’ll shim it when I put it back in. Maybe someday this machine will get a real rebuild but until then, I need to make it good enough.

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I spent a bunch of time machining this cast iron straight edge from Denis Foster

I spent a bunch of time machining this cast iron straight edge from Denis Foster for an upcoming class on machine scraping. First time ever machining something like this, especially the odd shapes. I got a lot of help from the maker, and others, and it came out great! There’s a link in my bio to the first of the two part video series I have up on YouTube.⁠
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