• Project South Bend – Cleaning 80 years of grime
    When I picked up the Project South Bend 9A lathe from its previous owner, it was in perfectly servable shape. But... it was dirty. There was no rust, the ways were clean but there was a layer of oil and grime on it which gave the lathe a dark greenish-brown…
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  • DYI Equatorial Mount -Turning Axles
    Since deciding I wanted to start a DYI Equatorial Mount for my budding astrophotography career, I have been going searching for parts. As luck would have it, my brother was rebuilding his patio and gave me a mount for his old satellite dish antennae. The piece is not perfect, but…
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  • DYI German Equatorial Mount planning
    As a photographer, I have long understood the need for a good tripod and camera mount when operating in low light and thus a need for a DYI German Equatorial Mount for my tripod. Recently, I have started thinking about pursuing my love of photography again. I love taking landscape…
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  • South Bend Lathe is upgraded with new tool post
    Last year, I was fortunate enough to acquire a 1945 South Bend lathe Model 9A. Prior to the 1960's the history is known, but after the 1960's this lathe served as a hobbyist lathe, and saw very easy use. The ways were straight and after a bit of clean up,…
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  • Project South Bend 9A – Aging “The General”
    Getting Closer to Chips on the South Bend 9A AKA "The General" In July, 2018 I was gifted a South Bend lathe, model 9A which I have named, "The General" due do a red badge found in it, which reads: THIS MACHINE CONFORMS TO THE ORDERS OF THE WAR PRODUCTION…
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  • Project General – Relocation
    In July, 2018 I received a phone call offering me an old South Bend 9A lathe and a mill. I will not go into the details here, but it was a extremely generous offer which I would have been foolish to decline. The only issue that I had was that…
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  • Destination4x4.com start up
    Destination4x4.com I own and operate a website called Destination4x4.com.  I started the website about two years ago with the primary goal of keeping my website skill set at a cutting edge of website development.  My past projects include a lot of LAMP based database driven content and custom built shopping…
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