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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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Thread: Quality digital vernier calipers
29/07/2019 17:42:32

I have two of the WORKZONE make and apart from one small thing I am quite content with them. The one "small thing" is the flimsy battery cover on the "instruments" which over time on one of them has worn on one edge and fails to lock the battery in position without an unsightly winding of sticky tape.

I performed minor corrective surgery this afternoon using a thin alu strap and ended up so:


I used the hand held pin chuck to drill the plastic case as I suspected there would be circuit/components below the screw holes (2.5mm) and so it turned out to be

Only a piddling job I know but I no longer have to wince at that mess of tape.


Thread: Steam powered RC aircraft
28/07/2019 17:45:11

Kiwi Bloke - I made a tissue paper hot air balloon for the kids many years ago and read in the book of ‘structions that it was illegal to “take fire aloft” in some states across the pond. Here in the UK we are a bit more relaxed but some folk do take liberties. Vast quantities of hot air commonly rise over regional and central seats of government for instance.

I have never tried fitting my seven cylinder radial in an air frame but it CAN lift my spirits when I run it up. (I didn’t build it by the way.)


Thread: ARC NCIH Part Off Blade
23/07/2019 18:32:53

I use one of those generic insert holders that takes 3mm wide tips. I use an assortment of grades which I nab on ebay when they slip through in my price range. blush Sometimes with flood coolant but more often than not without. I don't have a rear mounted toolpost. Due to an enhanced sense of self preservation for both me and my kit I always feed in by hand. Using this tool holder I don't bother with HSS.

Lathe is Warco BH600G


Edited By Rik Shaw on 23/07/2019 18:34:22

Thread: Toyo MD-1 mini drill - drive belts needed
22/07/2019 20:13:06

Manfred - I took the little lathe to the firm in the link and they matched the o-rings to it. By the way, I tried polyurethane / hot knife belting route but it did not work - I recommend the o-ring option as the way to go. Good luck.


22/07/2019 18:53:04

Hello Manfred - I have a Record ML-210 mini lathe (Toyo look-a-like) which uses those o-ring type drive belts. I managed to obtain some spares local to me from here:



Thread: Surplus subjects learnt at school.
20/07/2019 10:24:11

OK not at school but at ten years old I actually BECAME a surplice subject when mother insisted I joined the church choir.angel


Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 17:59:42

Bye for now Andrew - enjoy your "vacation" and we'll look forward to your return, refreshed, invigorated and ready once more to join the fray and contribute as per your usual.


Thread: Learning Fusion 360
18/07/2019 14:57:59

Fusion 360 has now got one of those infuriating splashes on the “can” declaring “NEW, IMPROVED”. To explain, I have just watched a Fusion 360 vid about the NEW UI toolbar vs. the old one. I am quite pleased that I have not spent too much time learning about the old version because listening to the two vid presenters, the new toolbar is the way to go and I plan to go that way also.

Only problem is that much of the currently available tutorials / vids cater for the inferior taste of the old and not the delicious “NEW, IMPROVED”



Thread: Angle grinders - Dangerous or not
17/07/2019 18:24:51

I am never to happy when having to use an angle grinder. A chain saw even less so but in one workshop I have "fettled" in for a living the machinists would run a mile if a job came up for the grunty old Butler slotter. I know of at least two occasions when aforementioned machine demonstrated its taste for human flesh. vamp


Thread: Engineers blue alternatives
16/07/2019 13:42:54

Stuarts blue if I wanted to get a "witness" but for general marking out I use copper sulphate .


Thread: Best way to cut HSS tool blanks from bar?
16/07/2019 13:36:47

Jim, I use a similar abrasive disc for slicing HSS. Not sure whether it was ALDI or LIDL but I bought a stand to fit the angle grinder which allows it to be used like a chop saw - it works well.

The only tool steel I know that cuts when red hot is Stellite. I am not aware of any grade of HSS that would cut at those sort of temperatures. In fact, when referring to the cutting/shaping of HSS in the cutter grinding dept. where I laboured a spell the advice given was "if its brown its cooked, if its blue its buggered."

The above refers to the 1980's so apologies if things have moved on.


Thread: Any other bowmakers on here?
14/07/2019 17:23:42

I posted my previous without reading the thread (slaps forehead!)


14/07/2019 17:21:20

There is supposed to be a good crossbow on Antiques Roadshow @ 8.00 this eve. BBC1.


Thread: Recent threads
14/07/2019 10:23:59

Hello Martin - Can't say that I have noticed any increase in verbal "bovver" of late but that might be because I only read threads with titles that look interesting to me.

By the way, I looked for you and your engines yesterday at the Stow-Cum-Quy show but didn't spot you.


Thread: More mystery tools
13/07/2019 16:47:39

Real works of art, a pleasure to view. Interesting that the engraver has been thoughtful enough to depict your target just in case all that crusted port and vintage cognac has clouded your memory.


Thread: Curious
09/07/2019 15:01:41

Clive - Sorry to hear about your pain. I can sympathise. The disk at the top of my old spinal fusion op has prolapsed and has been giving me stick for many months. Neither Ibuprofen or Paracetamol will pacify it and Co-codamol and Tramodol only made my constipation so spectacularly chronic that I ended up in an ambulance on the way to A&E a couple of months back. A re-bore was avoided but it was a close run thing!

I have not conquered the back pain by a long way but after 4.30 pm of an afternoon I find a steady oral infusion of Scotlands finest brings me some peace. As for the other problem, the odd cabbage and onion curry can bring a little light relief (well it makes me laugh). kulou

Hope you bee sorted out soon.


Thread: Work Shop Talk - Tour of my Work Shop
09/07/2019 14:17:22

This thread has reminded me that I need to take photos in the workshop for insurance purposes. I have nearly finished taking the pictures (a lot) and would like to make them viewable on this thread for any one on here who might be interested.

Two things then:

1. What would be the easiest (free) prog/app to batch shrink the pics for upload?

2. What method to use to make a LINK which would make them viewable on here?



Edited By Rik Shaw on 09/07/2019 14:18:17

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
08/07/2019 17:13:38


Took a break this afternoon from a sweaty workshop and the fiddle of milling 1/8” steam ports. Logged on to a website that offers five free ebooks a month and selected “engineering” as my category and was offered this book authored by one Gints Jekabsons :

"Adaptive Basis Function Construction:An Approach for Adaptive Building of Sparse Polynomial Regression Models"

…………and wondered if they had steam ports as well. Then it dawned on me ---- hot air engines don’t have steam ports…doh! crook

Edited By Rik Shaw on 08/07/2019 17:15:47

Thread: Curious
05/07/2019 17:56:46

I think it was Clive the bee man who recommended scraps of leather as a good source of case hardening carbon so I have collected a small sack full ready for when things get serious! 

By the way Clive, how are the bees doing these days?


Edited By Rik Shaw on 05/07/2019 18:09:25

Thread: Source of plastic rod
03/07/2019 18:27:59

Good info from all - thank you. Donkey, you appeal to the cheapskate in me. I will checkout both of those salubrious retailers toute suite.


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