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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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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.


Thread: Shingle bells
17/07/2018 21:53:00

And very thoughtful of you to Martin !


17/07/2018 20:28:56

"I am sick of reading about your health issues"

Then why do you?


17/07/2018 16:46:02

"hides till you get rundown, then it comes back up hence the reason it hurts so much."

I got run down once and yes it hurt a lot thinking


Thread: reel mower sharpening?
16/07/2018 17:40:14

I have sharpened many cylindrical mower blades mainly on night shift and in the quiet hours but I did 'em all between centres on a variety of universal grinders. Foremen, supervisors and managers being my best "customers" I always turned down the odd ten bob or so as it ensured a look the other way when I wanted a "homer" doing!

I've never tried sharpening them on a lathe though (not a lot of point if a grinder was available). Bottom blades I did on something like a Cincinnatti T&C grinder using a universal tilting vice and a white cup wheel.

I have to admit though, I never heard of them described as "reel" until I read this thread.


Edited By Rik Shaw on 16/07/2018 17:41:14

Thread: Beware the dreaded GOUT
15/07/2018 09:17:02

There is no doubt, gout is a pain! I have had it on and of for 25 years but it has become less severe in recent years maybe because I have changed my diet from wine to whiskey.

Wife has more severe bouts than I. One of our trips away recently could have been curtailed when she copped for a badun'. What saved the day was our invalid buggy which we normally take turns on otherwise we would have cancelled.

Colchicine was prescribed but side effects made her feel very poorly for weeks after.

Someone recommended a daily drink of diluted Montmorency cherry syrup which we have both tried but the jury is still out as they say.


Thread: New application of Mole Grips
13/07/2018 17:45:51

I find plumbers pipe grips even better than the mole version when used as nut crackers. A pair have lived in our knife and fork drawer for many Christmas's.


Thread: fire warning
08/07/2018 18:32:44

"Other fire creators can be magnifying mirrors and bullseye glass windows."

Not forgetting crystal balls.

Some years ago I called into a hippy type shop in Bedford High Street for our joss (hides the curry smells right?). I told the proprietor that I had smelt smoke as I came in the door and it was definitely NOT joss.

On investigating we found that a 3” diameter crystal ball in the window display was focusing the sun’s rays and doing its best to ignite the ethnic drapes.

She was quite pleased that I had stopped her shop from burning down but looked at me a bit darkly when I told her that if the thing had been working fit for purpose she would have had prior warning.


PS. Her shop is still there and she will verify the above.

Thread: WARCO book
08/07/2018 16:56:14

This stuck out like a sore thumb on the charity shop book shelves earlier.......


........but as they say (don't they?), you can never judge a book by its spine.


Have to admit I have never heard of war correspondents being known as WARCOS. Never mind though, it looks like it has the making of a good read.


Thread: great youtub
08/07/2018 09:49:51

I would love a set of clamps like this albeit a bit smaller. The question is, can I afford the time it would take to make them while working at my normally relaxed "speed"? sad


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