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    they sure are cheap though!

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    They are called "vernier" calipers or as the old timers call them "very nears" because that is what you have to be to read those buggers . All of my mics are vernier style and so are some of my calipers.
    On the drill bits, a full set of number, letter, and fractional are nice but I would research it and find out exactly which sizes you will need and spend the money to buy good American made bits. It is amazing how far off the cheap chinese bits can be. I recommend something like Chicago Lathtrobe (SP?) or Cleveland Twist and I prefer the split point bits as they don't "walk" around near as much if at all. You're going to want your trigger axis pin holes as snug as you can get them and you will find that spending a couple of bucks on a good quality bit will pay off big time in the long run. Look over at Enco, MSC, McMaster-Carr, Rutland tool, or go to the links page at mini-lathe.com. They will have a multitude of places where you can look at this stuff. In a pinch your local Sears will have what you need too.
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    I said it before and I'll say it again... You can't have enough sets of good tools AND cheap tools. I have at least 1 additional set of Chinese tools for each of my Stanley, Craftsman, and Mac sets. The good sets have a lifetime warranty and are replaced if you break something. The cheap stuff can be thrown away when it breaks and you don't worry about it. I have reservations about making custom tools out of high dollar stuff, but I don't have a problem taking torch or welder to the Chinese pieces.

    Harbor freight also has a digital multimeter for $3.99 and it comes with a battery. For that price, you can almost afford to throw it away when the battery dies. Telescoping magnet-on-a-stick was $1.99. Telescoping mirror-on-a-stick was $2.99. I can't get out of the freakin' store without spending at least $25.00 every time I go!

    Rat tail files and flat files will both be necessary for finishing off the magwell, trigger, and pistol grip nut holes. Ideally you should have coarse and fine tooth files of both types. A set of jewelers files would be nice, too. They're really small and can get into really tight areas.

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    Harbor freight may become a replacement for Wal-Mart soon. It sure will be nice to have all these tools that I've been needing for a while, much less to help me build so many fun toys. Luckily some of them won't absolutely kill me in prices. Another thing that's been occupying my mind lately is the rivet smasher that hcpookie has designed out of bolt cutters. This really is a cheap alternative to buying a $100 hand rivet gun, and/or a 20 ton press. With my budget, these things would be perfect. And from reading some of the results, this rivet smaher should really do the trick.

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    I think the days of guys knowing how to read I slideing scale are allmost over, gone the way of the slide rule to do complicated math. Good luck finding anyone that even knows how to read it. now they just look at the digital read out. not that I am saying that is bad but how to read I slideing scale is allmost a lost art now..
    P.S. I realy think my set are just a bit nicer than the HF plastic set, but that is the design, they are as accurate as you are carefull in reading them

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbarrel
    SNIPER69
    I think the days of guys knowing how to read I slideing scale are allmost over, gone the way of the slide rule to do complicated math. Good luck finding anyone that even knows how to read it. now they just look at the digital read out. not that I am saying that is bad but how to read I slideing scale is allmost a lost art now..
    P.S. I realy think my set are just a bit nicer than the HF plastic set, but that is the design, they are as accurate as you are carefull in reading them
    I'm sure the set you have, hotbarrel, is nicer than the HF set. It is probably one of the nice metal sets. I was just using the HF link as an example to show what they look like. I feel a lot of things seem to be a lost art. But then again, even though I love technology, I feel it is important to know how to do things in case of a lack of technology. It is amazing how many people can't measure without a digital readout (I worked with some guys that couldn't even read a dial caliper). But that is another story...

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    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47257

    This is the deal and they give the same readings as my high dollar US mfg. micrometers.

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    My Dad gave me his extra set of digital calipers. I don't know what I would do without them! I do have a dial set from HF and a 6 peice set of measuring tools from HF that do all kinds of different stuff.

    I would buy a set of digital calipers now if I had too. It makes it so much easier on the eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JA545
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=47257

    This is the deal and they give the same readings as my high dollar US mfg. micrometers.
    Agreed, you can't beat these calipers!

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