> You can also make 1/4" couplers in a few minutes with a lathe. In fact,
> you can make a whole handful of them.
> Saving $9.00 on a coupler is a great reason to spend a couple of thousand
> dollars on a lathe and accessories. I use justifications such as this to
> buy all sorts of tools. I bought my own milling machine so I could make my
> own $40 telegraph key. A $400 air compressor saves you from having to spend
> a quarter to pump up your tires.
> Saving money is a passion of mine. I just put out $45,000 for solar panels
> and lots of hardware all over the garage to save about $800 in electric
> bills each year.
Man after my own heart. I've been working toward a good lathe and floor
mill plus the accessories.
Just think of the money I can save. Just the other day I needed a tool
to roll the ends of copper tubing down in size over coax. Instead of
using a $20, hand held, knurling tool I could build one using smooth
rollers, or even ball bearings for maybe half again that much, but it'd
be a *good* one. <:-))
Oh, and I'm building a 360 MPH Plus airplane so I can save the
construction costs. I have over 1300 hours in it and it's almost
beginning to look like an airplane. Give another 3,000 or 4,000 hours
and it may be flying. I figure I could sell my old, but nice, higher
performance, complex, retract for enough to get the instruments for the
> 73, Colin K7FM
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