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Why can’t my way be done with a lathe? It doesn’t HAVE to be rigid for what I do, but just because it’s chucked in a lathe doesn’t mean you can’t put your finger on it. Wink I wouldn’t hesitate to hold a piece of 1000 grit paper to the product with my fingertip while it spun on the lathe, or flip the 1000 grit over and put some polish on the paper backside to finish the job.

I haven’t seen many Perfect plating jobs when it comes to that, there’s ripples, bubbles, chips, dings, swirls, orange peel, and that inevitable piece of dust under the finish. And get the perfect one then watch how long it takes to get a finger print on it that can’t be wiped off without destroying the perfection.

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@DSCtbm - If you want to hold your finger on a part in a lathe, I would be more than glad to watch. Wink and take a video. It's part of the four most famous last words in the South. "Hey y'all watch this!"

If plating is done correctly, you could put your fingers on it all day and it could wipe off. Same as any inclusions. The Chinese reflectors are not good examples of proper prep or proper plating. I worked for a few years at Schaeffer Pen and I know what proper prep, buffing and plating are. It's nothing like the crap we see on every Chinese reflector I have seen so far. Hard Chrome plating won't mark with your finger. The stuff they do to these reflectors isn't that.

Anyhow...   I haven't been posting much in the forums any more, so I need to keep my hand in and stir the pot once in a while...Sealed

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Yeah O-L, I guess I see your point. Being a native Texan, I forget how much damage my finger could do to a nice lathe if it decided to try and bite me. Wink

You should see how close I get on a 10” table saw…

And thanks for the perspective on how the cheap lights can be sold so low, if done right they’d be a couple hundred dollars as an entry point.

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DBCstm wrote:
Yeah O-L, I guess I see your point. Being a native Texan, I forget how much damage my finger could do to a nice lathe if it decided to try and bite me. Wink You should see how close I get on a 10" table saw... And thanks for the perspective on how the cheap lights can be sold so low, if done right they'd be a couple hundred dollars as an entry point.

Hi guys... I missed this! ha! I am writing this from Joplin, MO. I had to leave unexpectedly last evening to go to Sedalia to see a customer. Finally got done a fefw hours ago, made it as far as a Hampton Inn in Joplin and just called it quits. Time to play! I'll peddle more tomorrow toward home.

The thing about doing the reflector on the lathe is time. It just takes too long compared to buying a good reflector. At least for me it does. I'm slow!! Surprised I do like the idea of scaling some designs. This road trip has given me some think time...hours & hours of it!!   More tomorrow. Dan.

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Tomorrow somehow never comes
When it carries a promise of great things
We await perched on the edge of our seat
And anticipate what it might bring

But somehow the days march slowly along
And the promises made just aren’t kept
We glide along on the drifting waves
Of the rivers of tears we have wept

Days turn to weeks turn to months and then
After forgetting just why we were waiting
Along comes someone with a prize to win
All because someone was baiting!

Over 2 months of tomorrows….what’s up? Wink

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DBCstm wrote:
Tomorrow somehow never comes When it carries a promise of great things We await perched on the edge of our seat And anticipate what it might bring But somehow the days march slowly along And the promises made just aren't kept We glide along on the drifting waves Of the rivers of tears we have wept Days turn to weeks turn to months and then After forgetting just why we were waiting Along comes someone with a prize to win All because someone was baiting! Over 2 months of tomorrows....what's up? ;)

POOR BABY! If I felt any worse about this I'd cry!........ NOT! Tongue Out

Why... well... business! that's about as simple as I can put it. I walk past that project every day about 15 times WISHING I could stop & play.  No such luck!! Yell 

I'll get'er  done!!   Dan. ...OH... MORE TOMORROW! Tongue Out Just don't know WHICH tomorrow!!

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