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Post by DancingBear on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:50 pm

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I've been fixing and repairing everything from KC-135's, spectrum analyzers and ion implanters but old radios gave me my first love. I probably tore my first stacked selenium rectifier around 1960. I soon realized there was more to them than neat air-skimmers and they sucked me into every trash heap for miles around. I went away from it for awhile but came back recently when someone helped me gather together the equipment needed for another good work bench. I prefer Zenith products.

Before my re-entry into the world of sparks and smoke I worked on the wood and cabinets. I'm a pretty good woodworker. After a 30 year career with HP I did some proto-design work for a ma and pa furniture factory. I now make small wooden automobile models, tele and kaleidoscopes, furniture, chess sets, intarsia and just about anything else you can think of (made with mostly hardwoods).

I look forward to the site. I have finally gotten my mind tuned back into the circuitry and am nearing the completion of a huge Zenith S547 Tombstone that I've been working on for six months.

I'll be back later to surf around. We finally pulled above freezing and I need to do some chores. I'm slow and awkward due to some health problems but I "get er' done" as many others experiencing difficulties manage to do.

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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:59 pm

Hi DancingBear, welcome to TRF! Very Happy

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Post by Tony V on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:08 pm

Welcome to TRF Tony!
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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:19 pm

Where are you located DancingBear?

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Post by N7ZAL on Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:39 pm

Welcome and you have found a great forum with a bunch of helpful members.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:57 pm

Welcome to TRF, Tony..........
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Post by Ken g on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:53 am

Sounds like you are good at making small wood parts . Have you tried making radio knobs ?

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Post by atwater10 on Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:28 am

Good to have you here Tony Cool
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Post by DancingBear on Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:39 pm

Thanks for the nice welcome. I'm in Willamette Valley, Oregon and yes, Ken, I can make knobs but there are limitations. I have two lathes and can duplicate most of the circular patterns quite easily. It's the "flutes" and "wings" that make it difficult.

But, I can honestly say i've never seen anything I cannot duplicate given the proper supply of duct tape, Gorilla glue, popsicle sticks and wire ties.

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Post by Resistance is Futile on Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:33 pm

I tried to spit and bite my tongue at the same time, still couldn't make radio knobs that away, OH well! back to super glue for me I guess. drunken
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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:20 pm

Red Green, we love you.................
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Post by DancingBear on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:15 am

I think the size of the lathe has a lot to do with it. I began with a larger Delta lathe and had a difficult time with anything less than about two inches. The bed was 42" (I believe). I bought a Record with a 12" bed and the slop is almost nil making it capable of going down to a tiny piece.


Is there a gallery where we can post other-than-radio pics like word projects we work on? I need to surf around in here and get acquainted with everything but haven't had any time. I should later tonight and tomorrow. At first glance I'm a little confused over what seems to be two "intro" threads. I'll check deeper.
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Post by Bill Cahill on Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:17 pm

Hi. We have a gallery, but, it isn't large, and, everytime I buy space from the companny that owns this software, they give it, but, it's only good for one month.
I'd reccommend using the clubhouse, and, making posts with photos there.
On the two threads, One was for general people, and, that's in the welcome section, where I intended everyone to introduce themselves. But, someone started their own introduction thread elsewhere, and, before I could move it, it turned into a conversation, so, I left it alone.
Sorry for the mix up. Welcome to TRF.
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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:37 pm

Welcome! Looking forward to your pics!

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