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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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Thread: Invicta 1M shaping machine
19/09/2018 16:11:54

Thank you Brian. I brush painted it using an expensive new brush purchased special for the job. The grey paint is Crown Solo one coat gloss and the shade is "Silver Mine" - only its not silver, its ornery grey!

The red is Hammerite Direct to Rust Metal Paint. Suprisingly - to me anyway - this paint does not have the hammer effect I have come to expect from Hammerite. Good luck and enjoy.


18/09/2018 16:54:14

Brian - Have fun "doing up" your shaper and welcome to the club. Hope nobody minds if I flash mine again.


Thread: Beer and Grapefruit
14/09/2018 09:42:34

I used to love a pint of draught Abbot Ale from a barrel with a tap on. Heavenly stuff especially when the barrel was half empty. Sadly, these days, my old innards cannot handle such magnificence. Chardonnay and uisge beatha now rock my cradle.


Thread: Website Clock Times
12/09/2018 17:51:32

Hijack? What hijack? I only noticed folk trying to be helpful.

Rik sad

12/09/2018 10:06:14

I use this to set everything:



Thread: Canon Printer in Aldi
12/09/2018 09:57:23

"I have a prehistoric but rock solid HP1022 laser for B&W and an Epson Ecotank for colour, cheap as chips to run."

Same here, only difference is ours is an HP P2055d. The Epson Ecotank ET 2500 can sit for a month or so without being used but always prints on demand without any problems. Ink cartridges are now just a bad memory.


Thread: Come on you clever people
04/09/2018 20:40:56

I don't suppose one more pole is going to make any difference!


Thread: Never Throw Anything Away
03/09/2018 19:42:19

My wife often accuses me of being a hoarder. I am NOT a hoarder, just an enthusiastic guardian of the unwanted.teeth 2


Thread: ME taps and dies
03/09/2018 15:27:02

"taps and dies in HSS. I have never seen any advertised"

I've not either but I do have two or three old HSS ME taps in a drawer somewhere so they were available at some time in the past.


Thread: Tungsten steel taps and dies.
03/09/2018 09:24:09

I bought an unused 45 piece "tungsten steel" tap and die set made by HILKA from the boot a fortnight ago for a fiver. I have only used the 8mm tap once in a lump of MS by hand and it threaded the hole as well as a DORMER HSS would have. However, I would not expect it to stay as sharp for as long as a top quality HSS version.


Thread: Yesterdays Car Boot Haul! Odd items
03/09/2018 09:03:42

Ackworthie is tapping head, Matrix is a bench inspection micrometer and Boxford looks like a bore sizing gauge.


Thread: What a waste!
25/08/2018 16:54:33

"Is the blade any good?"

I haven't tried it yet but I'd need to attack a variety of materials before I could make a meaningful evaluation. Watch this space if interested.


PS. I only bought a single blade, I hate to think what size the delivery box would have been for a pack of ten.thinking

25/08/2018 14:31:24

I read about Vitrex radial hacksaw blades on here a couple of days ago and thought how handy one might be. It arrived this morn via Amazon courier. Is OTT packaging like this REALLY necessary? I think not!



Edited By Rik Shaw on 25/08/2018 14:32:04

Thread: WARCO WM-250 lathe family and WM16 mill - 001
14/08/2018 13:08:06


Sorry I cannot help with the weight as mine has never been of. Not sure I understand how gas struts are going to save your arms - where would you be thinking of fitting them?


Thread: This weeks offer at Lidl
12/08/2018 17:55:28

As of Thursday 16th they are offering more of those inverter welders at £59.99 with a 3 year warranty. At that price I will bag one.


Thread: Should every machine tool be bolted to a concrete floor?
06/08/2018 18:35:59

Wooden workshop and wood/MDF floor at this end. My quite heavy WARCO BH600G is bolted to its stand which is in turned bolted to a length of kitchen worktop which acted as a skid when I first installed the lathe and is still in place. The lathe feet at the rear are "braced" to the wooden wall with 2x lengths of !/2" x 1/8" MS strip mainly to reduce any topple effect.

All was OK until a few months ago when I strapped a slightly of centre casting to the face plate for machining. It would have been OK but I had forgotten to reduce the speed from fast to slow range. In the split second it took me to stop the lathe I came very close to a trouser job.

So if you have a concrete floor I would say bolt it down as one day you - like me - may forget as well blush


Thread: Prototype Mechanical Crab
05/08/2018 19:30:17

Nice work Steve and refreshingly different from model steam and mechanical engines (as much as I like both!). How about a nice big fiddler type claw on your next one. It could tighten up its own screws when they come loose laugh


Thread: What Is The Most Beautiful 'Thing' In The World?
04/08/2018 22:46:15

Marmite on toast.


Thread: Cast Iron Weights -Aldi
01/08/2018 10:16:26

I collect these weights along with cast iron scales weights etc if cheap enough at the local boot. So far I have machined about 10 per cent of my total stock without a problem. In fact it machines very well indeed. The only stuff that is variable is CI sash weights. Some of mine are "untouchable".


Thread: Tangential Tool holder
29/07/2018 15:56:28

I agree with John. Rather than grind though I use an abrasive stone and stone a small radius the full length of the toobit. Once done it need not be done again.


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