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  1. That's what I got, thx. Good to know it's so...

    That's what I got, thx. Good to know it's so caustic, as I haven't used it yet.

    Do you think that with this stuff, there's no need for brake cleaner or acetone?
    (on some parts, I also need...
  2. I don't have compressed air, though I guess I...

    I don't have compressed air, though I guess I could use the output of a shop vac. - Or just use the hair dryyer, as I have been doing, maybe with a "concentration funnel" on the tip.

    But how do...
  3. Great idea, thx !

    Great idea, thx !
  4. How to degrease & clean a piece. (The ergonomics of it.)

    File this under: "There are no dumb questions..." :)

    So I'm getting ready to repair my broken, cast irom jointer fence bed.
    I need the metal as clean as possible, and I also want to completely...
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    Definitely. A 1mm deviance at the joint (or a...

    Definitely.

    A 1mm deviance at the joint (or a piece of dirt) could mean 1/8" or more at the end of a long track.

    With my EZ system, I bought 2 extra tracks so as to make a dedicated 10' long...
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    BTW- I'm surprised no one has mentioned one...

    BTW-

    I'm surprised no one has mentioned one part (heat cured) epoxy.

    From what I've read, it can be superior to 2-part in several ways. Oddly, the few I looked at carefully had lower tensile...
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    I'll post before / after pics once I do the...

    I'll post before / after pics once I do the repair (very soon.)
    - But it' just a clean break in cast iron. You seen one, you seen 'em all.
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    In one of the Leno videos, they had repaired and...

    In one of the Leno videos, they had repaired and engine block that had a huge piston blow right through the block. So they MUST have replaced that blown-off piece.

    Maybe the idea is to do...
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    Heck, I found it easily. It's called...

    Heck, I found it easily. It's called "Lock-N-Stitch" :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq0wfU4ZaKk


    Definitely for cast iron. Not quite as pretty a repair, in this video, than I saw with...
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    FWIW, there's another method for repairing...

    FWIW, there's another method for repairing metal, though I'm not sure if it works on CI.

    I saw this on Youtube, on "Jay Leno's Garage." There's a guy in CA that has repaired some super-rare,...
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    All true, but brazing makes an UGLY repair. ...

    All true, but brazing makes an UGLY repair. There's no getting around it.

    Again, my particular piece doesn't get much mechanical stress at all, so I'm going for the cleanest repair,...
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    Actually, after degreasing, I plan on soaking...

    Actually, after degreasing, I plan on soaking them in a rust solution overnight (Rust911) then a quick detergent bath, and then immediately doing the repair afterwards. That should give me as...
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    Not yet. I'm still weighing the various options,...

    Not yet. I'm still weighing the various options, & performance vs cost.

    I should get to it sometime this week. I'll report back & with pics.
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    Yeah, the problem with some of these more exotic...

    Yeah, the problem with some of these more exotic compounds isn't just the price, but the fact that they all have a pretty short shelf life. Typically as little as a year, to a luxurious 3 years...
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    Man, this got more complicated than I expected! ...

    Man, this got more complicated than I expected! lol... Too many choices!

    I greatly appreciate all the thoughtful responses, guys.


    Still no idea how I'll proceed, though I'm better armed...
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    Become a woodworker again, instead of a machine...

    Become a woodworker again, instead of a machine restorer. lol.....
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    In Canada? I'd be looking for a nice used...

    In Canada? I'd be looking for a nice used General.
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    I think tracks are expensive, because it's very...

    I think tracks are expensive, because it's very hard to manufacture long piece of extruded aluminum that are extremely straight. - Hence the insane prices for really good, long straight edges.
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    Thanks, Jacob, but I'm not sure what "wet out"...

    Thanks, Jacob, but I'm not sure what "wet out" means.

    Also, wouldn't this procedure make the epoxy layer itself too thick? Again, I want the crack to come back together as tightly as possible. ...
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    Cast Iron Repair - Best Epoxy?

    I have to repair a piece of cast iron that has a very clean break. This is the base of my jointer fence, so it doesn't get much stress in-use. So, since I want to make the repair as "invisible" as...
  21. Thanks, guys.

    Thanks, guys.
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    Great idea !

    Great idea !
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    My 3 cents: I have several long carpenter's...

    My 3 cents:

    I have several long carpenter's levels, but none match each other. So when I recently went to check / buy an 8" jointer, I purchased the Lee Valley 50" aluminum straight edge.
    It's...
  24. I'm late to the party, but in my experience, ...

    I'm late to the party, but in my experience, nothing bonds most plastics better than "Goop."

    That stuff is a miracle.
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    For me, the main difference, unless you get the...

    For me, the main difference, unless you get the Fe$tool, is cut depth.

    If your main goal is to cut sheet goods down to size, then I suppose a simple guide is fine. Personally, I'd still use a...
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