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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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Thread: Poor finish using indexable lathe tools on steel
16/04/2019 11:26:36

That tool is stuck out way to far. Bring it back inboard till the shoulder behind the insert is level with the toolpost and have another go.


Thread: Dialect expressions
13/04/2019 14:33:12

Around here "a young old boy" refers to someone who is the same age or younger than yourself.

I int a'gewing = I am not going

Wurny = Wasn't he

A mistake = A Bedfordshire clanger ( and if you have ever eaten one you might know what I mean) laugh


Thread: Hi from Bedford
12/04/2019 11:14:50

Hello John - nice to see another neighbour on the forum. I needed an 80 tooth gear for my newly acquired lathe about a year ago but as gear making is not something I yearn to learn I bought a ready made job and customized it to suit. It was something between £30 - £36 but I have mislaid the delivery note and cannot remember the name of the company who supplied it.

I went to the DERA auction at Thurleigh when things came to an end. I remember parking the car on the scorching hot concrete apron and being amazed at the width of the never ending runway disappearing over the horizon.

I also recall dad teaching mum to drive at the Tempsford airfield before all the concrete was dug up. As you know we had more than our fair share of WW2 air bases in this small area the history of which makes for interesting reading as in for instance "The Bedford Triangle".


Thread: Folding Bike design & build
09/04/2019 17:43:54

Lovely piece of design Allan - well done. What does it weigh?


Thread: Ebay - BIN watchers
08/04/2019 16:57:00

"Why do people want to watch - is it just curiosity ?"

There must be lots of reasons. My main reason for doing it apart from wanting to buy it is to find out the potential value of my gear . lts also a good way of bookmarking similar BIN items when looking for a good price.- shopping around as it were.


Thread: Bread Board Wire
07/04/2019 09:25:19

I have not used my breadboard in thirty years since I made my first metal detector. I used to strip the thin multi coloured wires from telephone cable and solder a Veropin on each end - very handy those colours when identifying what goes where!


Thread: Soft Feel Finish on Radio
01/04/2019 15:13:44

I used to own an early digital SLR camera and the rubber hand grip became sticky. I tried all sorts without success until finally the problem went away. (Thank you Ebay)


Thread: Tap and Die
29/03/2019 09:38:20

I have drawn a blank on that size - perhaps it is a special. These people will make specials in 24 hours but I suspect the price will make your eyes water.



Thread: Anyone recognize this?
27/03/2019 09:15:55

I built one of these forty years ago from a set of castings that were advertised as for a "sensitive drill". The foundry was somewhere in Lincolnshire.


Thread: Collet Chuck or not ?
26/03/2019 11:19:54

The thing about ER collets in particular is their versatility. Yes they are very handy for holding milling cutters both imperial and metric but they are also indispensable for holding finished machined surfaces on materials like PB, gunmetal, brass etc. without leaving marks.

In my case I originally bought ER25 but since then I have upsized my lathe. So in order take advantage of its larger capacity I had to choose between ER40 and 5C. I decided on 5C simply because a cheap job lot of new collets became available. I still use the ER25's on my WM16 mill and very accurate they are - am I allowed to say they came from RDG?


Thread: DraftSight no longer free
25/03/2019 17:54:44

"Heaven help the Fusion 360 users if Autodesk pull the same stunt"

Just a matter of time I suppose. Sooner or later they are going to want some cash from you. Can't blame them - they are not a charity.


25/03/2019 17:48:09

I also got the message. I've deleted with win 10 uninstaller but ioUninstaller reported lots of rubbish left behind and it very kindly deleted it all for me. Glad I did not invest to much time in THAT one.


Edited By Rik Shaw on 25/03/2019 17:49:28

Thread: cutting the bar of a digital calliper
24/03/2019 18:14:12

I cut WARCO supplied DRO scales with an abrasive disk in an angle grinder on a stand after finding that my best hacksaw blades would not look at them. I have been using IKEA 2032 lithium cells for the xy readout and they go flat in no time. 4 sets of two in 12 months crying 2


Thread: Making split bronze bearings [ silver soldering ]
23/03/2019 11:20:12

Quite understand what you are saying Jason and I understand that not all crankshafts are equal. However, and as you point out, the DT design does allow for solid journals. My only other engine also had journals from solid. Maybe I'll try another model in the future with the split variety but until then it will remain a "pleasure" to come.



23/03/2019 10:08:19

For historical accuracy split brasses are a nice touch but I will make mine differently. I shortly need to make 4x PB journals for the crankshaft on my current Double Tangye in progress. They will be made from solid bar, no splits, no soldering! The feed spigot on the oil cups will stop them rotating.

The only splits found on this model are between the CI standards and journal caps. The completed journals will be slid onto the crankshaft then the standard caps will be fitted holding the crankshaft in position.


Thread: Cap head screws
21/03/2019 14:01:18

Dave - I usually buy a box or two when either Aldi or Lidl have them in. I have not seen any lately though. To be sure, they are not as good as something like Unbrako but they are quite acceptable for much of what I do in the workshop. I would not use them though on safety critical fittings - on a motor bike for instance.


Thread: I want one!
19/03/2019 17:49:15

"You'll be wanting a rat for that"

Rats only do files of small tail types I'm told

But in practice these vermin keep learning

They always start small but as they get old

A big bastard ratty is yearning.

Thread: Doncaster ME show 2019
17/03/2019 10:05:35

Lots of useful pointers chaps - thank you. We have only booked for two nights at our hotel near Bakewell so will fit in whatever time allows.


15/03/2019 17:52:27

Since the expo at Sandown ground to a halt some years ago crying (my wife loved going there) we have just stuck with the Midlands show at the Fosse Way simply because its not so far from us in North Bucks.

However, this year I have bought tickets for the Doncaster ME "do" and we'll stop a few days and explore the Peak District as well.

So, for those who have been to both events in the past how do the two compare?


Edited By Rik Shaw on 15/03/2019 17:55:44

Thread: Soba rotary table
14/03/2019 10:52:34

I bought a WARCO 6" couple of years ago. Does that make it a SOBA or VERTEX?

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