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Thread: Best vice
21/06/2015 14:08:51

I regret the passing of those lovely vice clamps that were fitted to the jaws by bending steel tabs around them, the modern equivalents that have magnets I find are useless as they can be knocked off so easily whilst putting work into the jaws. That`s progress for you!


Like these:- **LINK**


Edited By Nick Hughes on 21/06/2015 14:09:48

Thread: Flypress
10/06/2015 18:47:41

Try it on here:- **LINK** (it's not just a welding forum as you'll see).


Thread: Boiler Maker for 2 1/2" gauge
10/06/2015 18:37:58

Helen at **LINK** has a good reputation.

For a welded copper boiler, try these:- **LINK**


Thread: Basic steam fiirng instructions
22/05/2015 16:46:56

To unblock the blower nozzle/jet I use one of these:-

(I would think that a similar item is available over there), used with the blower valve just SLIGHTLY open or open at low (15 psi) boiler pressure, so that the blockage tends to get pushed out of the nozzle/jet, rather than in.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 22/05/2015 17:11:54

Thread: TIG welding
05/05/2015 14:46:06

Right,lets just dispel the myth that you'll get "Arc Eye" if the lens fails to Auto Darken, you won't!

For the same reason that you won't get a suntan when sunbathing behind glass, The UV rays are absorbed/blocked by the glass/lens in it's "Clear" mode

You can get the Dazzled blind spot from the arc brightness (that gives a good excuse for a brew while is passes), but not true UV (Sunburn) damage to the eye surface.

True "Arc Eye" when using an Auto helmet comes from the UV getting reflected back into the helmet from behind (passed your head), e.g.from light coloured workshop walls and low ceilings.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 05/05/2015 14:54:04

Thread: AC/DC TIG welders
25/04/2015 10:15:00

I've had an R-Tec 201 AC/DC Tig set for around 8 months with no problems. R-Tec also have a fantastic reputation for their customer support.

There's also a lot of helpful people and information, for ALL types of welding processes on this site:- 


Edited By Nick Hughes on 25/04/2015 10:17:51

Thread: TIG welding
23/04/2015 18:00:23

Lots of helpful people (for all types of welding) on this site:- **LINK**

Thread: Clarkson Autolock S Type Chuck
04/02/2015 19:52:18

The "Other method" on smaller cutters is almost guaranteed to burst the center hole in the cutter shank when the collar is nipped up!

04/02/2015 19:40:11

Did you get a copy of the assembly/tightening instructions with the chuck?

They are important and must be followed to get the best out of the chuck/ cutter assembly.

As a side note , I was taught the incorrect method during my apprenticeship at RR Shrewsbury in the late 70's and it was only about 15 years ago that I aquired a copy of the official instructions.

Here thay are (Just incase):-

Edited By Nick Hughes on 04/02/2015 19:47:50

Thread: Undercarriage making on a lathe
23/01/2015 16:37:51

Here you go:- **LINK**

But you'll need to build the airframe to 1/5 scale as well.

I seem to remember the construction was serialised in Model Engineer (During my youth).

As for the Oleos, I think you need to go down the Lost Wax Casting route


Thread: Slender rod turning for 8BA Studs
19/01/2015 19:44:25

Hemingway kits do a nice casting, that you machine and fit to the traveling steady mounting point on the Series 7 lathes:- **LINK**

Thread: ML10 Top slide base
16/01/2015 19:11:40

Can you get an adaptor made, that mates the base you have to the cross slide?

Thread: Knurling Delrin
02/01/2015 11:12:35


I've used this product :- **LINK** to dye natural colour nylon "p" cable clips black in the past.


Thread: Sino DRO Display fault, ideas for repair?
21/12/2014 13:23:22

Give these guys a ring:- **LINK**

Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
07/12/2014 11:45:09

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Edited By Nick Hughes on 07/12/2014 11:52:26

Thread: Using a radius cutter
03/12/2014 20:12:03

Hi Chris,

This is the procedure we use at work,

1, Set the end of the cutter to the top face of the job using a feeler gauge of your prefered thickness, set your Z axis Dial/DRO to ZERO.

2, Set the SHANK of the cutter to the side of the job (X or Y Axis) using the SAME thickness feeler gauge as in step 1. Set the axis used (X or Y) Dial/DRO to ZERO and watch out for backlash if not using a DRO.

3, Cut the trial piece untill youre happy with the result, then make a note of the distance moved from Zero, in both the Z and X (or Y) axis, together with the size of feeler gauge used in the initial zero setting. This information can now be kept with the cutter for future use.

Just be carefull not to introduce backlash during the setting and trial cutting phases if you don't have a DRO fitted.



Edited By Nick Hughes on 03/12/2014 20:12:30

Edited By Nick Hughes on 03/12/2014 20:14:35

Thread: MCB Types
02/12/2014 19:21:22

Hi Neil,

These look like the ones youre after:- **LINK**

If you click on the one you want, it gives you a side view that I think shows the blade that you are on about.


Thread: CovMac Lathes
12/11/2014 16:05:27

To undo the screws, try an Impact Screwdriver:- **LINK** (also available from other suppliers).

Or if you don't want to buy one of those, then a length of steel rod (the same dia as the screw head) is placed on top of the screw and given a "good whack" with a hammer, this should shock the thread loose.

Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
07/11/2014 20:29:33

Various threshold sealing systems are available here:- **LINK**

Thread: Cross slide handle
07/11/2014 20:18:28

From the Myford Ltd website:- **LINK** . Also available in metric and they fit the small vertical slides (That's what I've used them on).

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