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Member postings for Nick Hughes

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Thread: Simple Ball Turner Attachment for the Lathe
25/08/2018 09:18:06

Not ball turning, but for larger rads this publication gives some interesting methods:-



Thread: Lead acid battery charging
10/08/2018 18:37:45

Any use? :- **LINK**

Thread: Milling Table "fault"
04/08/2018 11:01:07

If the OP was holding the DTI in the spindle and then rotating the spindle by hand, then the error would be the column, but as he is not and just moving the Y Axis then the error is in the table.

0.010" is nothing to worry about IF you're happy producing wedge, or parallelogram shaped parts. However if you want to produce accurate, square work then it needs correcting (and THEN also check the Column alignment, shimming if needed)


Thread: Help needed getting a Triac up and running
21/07/2018 13:25:29

Hi Dan,

There will probably be more help for you on the MYCNCUK forum, regarding a conversion e.g:- **LINK**

Even though I use Mach4 to run my Syil X5, if you do decide to convert, I would suggest looking at UCCNC **LINK**

rather than the no longer in development Mach3.


Thread: Vauxhall Omega Aircon
02/07/2018 21:53:30

Replacement coils and clutch kits are available

Just had the compressor replaced on my astra and started looking at my options, just in case it was'nt covered under the warranty.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 02/07/2018 21:59:57

Thread: Magnetic mill vice
20/06/2018 22:27:05

Electro magnet, a bit like the maglock the OP was referring to!

The Turbomill Chuck obviously has a market, otherwise it would not be in production, PLUS I only posted the clip,

in response to earlier posts.

Speculation as to their use/usefulness I'll leave to others.


Thread: metric screw cutting Myford Super 7
20/06/2018 11:16:10

A bit more information (and alternatives) in a previous threat here:-



Thread: M-Machine
20/06/2018 10:54:19

+1 for M-Machine

Bought all of the copper for my Castle boiler from them, as they have 10G copper sheet (With certificate if needed) in stock (actually 3.3mm) and so could keep to the published design without any issues, that may be caused by using the more easily available 3mm sheet.


Thread: Magnetic mill vice
20/06/2018 09:14:46
They are oviously no use at all for milling!

Edited By Nick Hughes on 20/06/2018 09:33:25

Thread: Help with TurboCad Architectural
19/06/2018 10:15:10


Have you tried contacting the new Alibre (No longer owned by 3D) team about your old version?


They have been very helpful with others in a similar situation.


Thread: Mill vice position?
30/05/2018 14:41:21

At home and at work, I try and use the vice, fixtures etc, on alternate sides of the table, in an attempt to even out the wear.

Always avoided the centre, unless (as said by others) I need the travel.


Thread: Display track
28/05/2018 12:27:14

Did you find these:- **LINK**

on your search?

Thread: dro
09/05/2018 22:14:10

Give Darren at Goodwin Technology **LINK**

a call, to ask if they can help.


Thread: Diamond grinding wheels
28/02/2018 11:59:32

Use Diamond for Carbide and CBN for HSS.

Also use good quality wheels (we used Norton Abrasives for our standard grinding wheels).


Thread: Garage Workshop Subsidence
24/02/2018 16:21:42

You could also look into having the sub base Pressure Grouted to stabalise and strengthen it.

Thread: Regulators in Taper Barrel Boilers
14/02/2018 11:34:50

Hi Bruno,

It's usual to put a Joggle in the steam pipe as per your third option.

There is also an alternative method of sealing the steam pipe at the smoke box end, that eliminates the need for two threads of equal pitch and instead uses an "O" ring seal. Discussed here:- **LINK**


Edited By Nick Hughes on 14/02/2018 11:49:50

Thread: Hello. From wrexham
09/02/2018 19:52:50

Hi Allen,

I'm also in the Wrexham area (Llay). If you need any help give me a shout, either on here or via the "Message Member"


Edited By Nick Hughes on 09/02/2018 19:54:41

Thread: Mach 3 64 Bit computer
25/12/2017 22:24:26

HI Peter,

There was some reports of fake UC100 controllers on ebay and there is a thread about this on the CNCdrive forum here:- **LINK**


Thread: A cantilevered bookcase.
23/12/2017 10:46:02

A quick Google search would help you, with sites such as **LINK**


Thread: Square socket chuck keys
18/12/2017 21:50:57



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