Here is a list of all the postings Siddley has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Unimat 3 underpowered ?|
I only have the Unimat because I won it for 50EU in an auction....
It's a Unimat 3. The belts are new old stock, I fitted them myself. I know there isn't any slip because the motor was stalling. I'm pretty sure if I'd been brutal enough I could have stalled it completely.
The drills however...hmmm...I didn't have much space to work in due to the shape of the casting I was drilling so I used a short series drill. Specifically one of a bunch of expensive CNC spotting drills I bought cheap from a workshop clearance several years ago. It's the first time I've used a drill from this batch. I'd better check them.
Thanks for the help so far...
I have just set up my Unimat 3 and I'm using it to do a few little jobs until I get the larger machines installed. Or at least I was...
|Thread: Emco Unimat 3 price check ?|
A house isn't a home unless it's got a partially dismantled British motorbike in the living room....
I'm really starting to like these auctions Pete, went to one today and amongst all the usual rubbish like wonky garden chairs and VHS players was a boxed Chesterman 14" height gauge and a beautifully made 5" sine bar.
And best of all the missis has now agreed that I can use the downstairs spare bedroom as a workshop...
Well, thereby hangs a tale Norman - I was only at the auction because they had a 6 x 4 shed listed.
My machine tools can swear like a drunken sailors parrot Neil
I'd be pushing my luck if I used it in the house Jason, I already have four large toolboxes containing my mechanics hand tools in the living room and although my missis is a great girl, she has a limit to her patience
Next job is to find the memory card for the digital camera and unpack the lathe properly. It's 45C here today though ( inland Spain ) and I'm feeling a bit lazy....
Thanks a lot for the input guys. I would love to keep the Unimat for small jobs, but I have moved to a house where there aren't any outbuildings suitable for a workshop and need to raise funds to build one.
My Unimat is also in a wooden case, but it looks home built rather than a factory item ( really well made though )
There are several Unimat 3 specific books that came with the deal as well. One is authored by a chap called Gerald Wingrove who I believe is the same person who models classic cars to an incredible standard.
I'm going to have to ponder on what to do... which probably means trying to come up with a justification for keeping it rather than selling it on
I just bought an Emco Unimat 3 at an auction. In outstanding condition. It seems to have pretty much every accessory that was available for those lathes, many of them sealed in the origional packaging and unused. This includes the milling head etc.
I've got an interest in astronomy and have books on amateur telescope building dating back 50 years ( that's the books, not me )
One of the tips for making a 'graticule' for a telescope eyepiece, used to measure the angular seperation of things like binary stars and cloud belts on Jupiter, involves keeping a colony of spiders and using strands from their webs as the material to make the crosshairs. It's very strong for it's diameter apparently.
I have to say that spiders don't exactly thrill me too much. We don't have any deadly ones here ( Spain ) but there are some small ones with a nasty bite and some large ones which can scare you to death.
We have Geckos and other lizards living around the property. We regard them as being friendly pest control experts and try to make their lives as easy as possible. There are snakes too, but under the new EU ( Control Of Dangerous Snake Weapons Act ) they aren't allowed to bite you anymore - just pull funny faces and hiss.
In our Olive grove there are sometimes wild boar rooting around , but they don't sneak into the workshop ( makes a change from the junkies in the UK ). I'll probably shoot one at some point ( a boar not a UK junkie ) because they make good eating. Or maybe I'll train it to use a file and a hacksaw instead ?
We have Iberian Lynx in our area, but haven't seen one yet. They are going to be the subject of my next hunting trip ( done with a camera, not a rifle )
PS - My workshop in the UK was full of wolf spiders at one time. A good friend of mine came to help me clear it out prior to installing some new machines and as soon as we got underway the spiders were crawling out from everywhere. Now bear in mind that I'm a biker with a lot of tattoos and more than a few scars, I'm like an extra from that silly TV show 'Sons Of Anarchy' - my mate helping me is a really tough kickboxer and one of the hardest people I know. But he hates spiders too
Edited By Siddley on 09/01/2013 00:24:02
|Thread: Speed Dreams|
That's right up my street but I can't get the BBC iPlayer in Spain, I'll have a search on YouTube.
|Thread: Black hole|
The WW-2 perspective on them follows. It looks like the tribe became more numerous and jobs annoying RAF pilots became scarce, so they started picking on us as well...
This is the tale of the Gremlins
When you're seven miles up in the heavens,
When you're frozen blue like your Spitfire,
It's then that you'll see the Gremlins,
It's no good trying to dodge them,
White ones will wiggle your wing tips,
Pink ones will perch on your perspex,
They'll freeze up your camera shutters,
And that is the tale of the Gremlins,
|Thread: Medium carbon steels|
Bazyle - it is a bit ironic, living in a country that has a knife and swordmaking tradition, but not being able to get the steel easily. Spanish companies don't make much use of the internet so it's almost a word of mouth job. That can be very frustrating. Good call on the Santana leaf springs - the problem there is finding a scrapyard - they don't seem to exist. I can get leaf springs sent out from the UK though. I have a 21" Sirupati ( longer version of the Khukri ) which was made by a top Kami ( bladesmith ) in Nepal from a Mercedes truck leafspring and it is superb. I used it for agricultural tasks for years ( actually what the Sirupati is designed for, it's not primarily a weapon ) and it holds a fantastic edge.
Peter - Rebar isn't really suitable for monosteel knife making, it's too variable in composition. I know people who have tried and got pretty poor results
Michael - Gauge plate is a great knife steel but it isn't suitable for differential hardening. All the things that make it so good for industry and home workshop use actually work against you if are trying to get aesthetics of a Japanese style blade.
It looks like I have found a good source of steel in the UK thanks to a forum member though, good as in probably perfect
Edited By Siddley on 05/01/2013 16:13:52
|Thread: Black hole|
It's gremlins Bill - they used to live in the cockpits of WW-2 aircraft but the little swines have multiplied and now infest workshops as well. They steal anything dropped on the floor and mine have learned how to move the dials on the machines handwheels when I'm not looking and replace my expert marking out with centre pops in the wrong places.
Edited By Siddley on 03/01/2013 18:57:31
|Thread: Medium carbon steels|
Hi Russell - I did say 'semi traditional'
I forge knives in a semi-traditional Japanese style and I really struggle to get the medium carbon steel which is needed for this kind of work. Currently I'm importing it from the US, but the shipping, custom duty and IVA ( Spanish version of VAT ) is a real nuisance.
|Thread: Combined Mill/Lathe|
Honestly, a lathe makes a very poor mill. But I promise not to argue the point from now on,,,
hope no one is referring to this combo as a "load of garbage"
Round column ? no thanks. Been there, done that, pain in the fundament.
A lathe is a lathe and a mill is a mill, ne'er the twain shall meet unless you want to be very disappointed.
But what the f--- do I know, I've only been making my living from machine tools for the last 15 years
|Thread: Gasket Material for an Air Compressor|
I sometimes used to cut gaskets from copper sheet for my British bikes and that worked OK if you annealed the copper afterwards.
If it's OK for a pre-unit Triumph Bonny engine with 10.5-1 pistons it'll probably be OK in an air compressor
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