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    Chinese Engraver Problems

    I wish I could help you, Bob, but all I can do is warn the wanna-be pneumatic engravers looking for a bargain. Our Engravers Cafe and Ebay occasionally list used GRS equipment. You can download manuals and parts lists from GRS. Those units are not as cheap as Chinese, but replacement parts...
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    GRS Pedal continuous leak

    My 1997 Gravermax has worked well since I bought it used about 5 years ago. The foot pedal just began hissing more loudly when I pressed it. The handpiece seems to have less power in general, and occasionally suffers dramatically less power. The hose is relatively new, and I can find no leak...
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    "new" transfer method

    If you put a drop of water on the remains of the paper, it reduces the drag on the varnish, and reduces the loss of lines adjacent to the cutting. Better still, it makes the lines crystal clear!
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    Mayfly on rod tube cap

    Yes! Here's what I learned: 1) keep the varnish thin rather than thick; 2) worry more about removing all paper fibers and less about rubbing away the ink. The varnish was gummy and that would drag away some paper fibers that extended over adjacent image lines. The major lines were easy to...
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    Mayfly on rod tube cap

    I think I'll make a light box next.
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    "new" transfer method

    Monk, that's a good point about the segments. Thanks! The Xerox (actually Cannon) copier I used has a dry ink cartridge and toner fluid. I specified that to distinguish it from an ink jet printer. Sinterklaas, I cut some of it within 4 hours of rubbing off the paper. It was a little gummy...
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    "new" transfer method

    Rob, Um ... I'm not sure how to answer. The toner fluid and ink cartridge are inside the Xerox machine that produces the print. I never touch the toner fluid; I just coat the metal with water-based polyurethane and slap the print face down on that. Is that helpful? Grayson
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    "new" transfer method

    If you must call me professor, please spell it correctly: perfesser. Many thanks, JJ! -Grayson
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    "new" transfer method

    Well, it's a new method to me, even though it has been on YouTube for 6 months or more. I don't recall seeing it here, so I'll post it. I have often had trouble with image transfers, but this worked very well the very first time I tried it. The target is a gold-anodized Aluminum screw cap for...
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    GRS Acrobat Microscope Stand ---or--- Ebay Chinese knockoff????????

    I teach microscopy at a small university and have used steromicroscopes professionally since 1971. My favorite scopes were made in Switzerland (Wild), Germany (aus Jena), Japan (Nikon and Olympus) and America (B&L), in that order of preference. A colleague purchased an Oman (Chinese) with a...
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    JJ Roberts instruction

    Here in the NW corner of IN, we have bass, brim, steelhead (out of Lake MI), king salmon and cohos. The slow reply comes because I was fishing in TN and MI. I took a sketch book and drew as you suggested.
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    Firearm Metal Prep

    I've had Ray Cover schooling and ten plates and five cheap knives of practice. I'd rate my cutting skills as fair+ for production work and my drawing skills as execrable. Even so, I'm plotting my first gun engraving. I'll do my nearly-new (no pits) Heritage Arms .22 SAA (~$160) with a Mike...

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