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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



Thread: Gearing Myford S7
24/11/2017 09:33:07

Here's another set of tables, that cover a lot of extra pitches and TPI (goes down to 0.20mm pitch for M1.0 Fine)


Edited By Nick Hughes on 24/11/2017 09:39:28

Thread: Dro units
13/11/2017 11:38:46

Just tried 127 on my Sino readout and it accepted it with no problem. I used a pcd of 360mm. what pcd did you use, as that may be the limiting factor (if you post the pcd you used I'll try that in my setup)?

The maximum number of holes you can enter in the PCD function of the Newall DP700 readout (fitted on my Myford S7) is 999

Also the Anilam Wizard and Mini-Wizards I've used in the past are DRO's



Edited By Nick Hughes on 13/11/2017 12:05:17

Thread: D profile tube
29/10/2017 11:57:18

Have a chat with these guys:- **LINK**

Thread: Milling machine taper choice ?
22/10/2017 11:26:40

The key in R8 taper spindles is there only to prevent the collet rotating, as the drawbar is tightened or undone.

For the ISO/NT 30 thaper spindle, I have a set of these collets :- **LINK**

that I use on my Syil X5 and manual mill, when I need that little bit extra height capcity.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 22/10/2017 11:28:08

Thread: Centering square stock in the 4-jaw
20/10/2017 10:10:20

Here's the link to Joe Pieczynskys video:-



Thread: flexible tubing for steam
15/09/2017 11:33:36

Goodridge braided brake hose **LINK**


Thread: Surface grinding without coolant?
13/09/2017 09:56:09

You use a different wheel for dry grinding, usually a "White" Aluminium Oxide, with a softer bond compared to those used with coolant.

After all most manual cutter re-sharpening is done dry.

Check out the Norton Abrasives website for details **LINK**


Thread: Angular contact bearings 7201-2RS
07/09/2017 14:44:16

Hi Colin,

This video shows how they work.

If you needed to use the puller on an intact bearing, then it would probably require extra clearance machining in it, to clear the outer race.

Edited By Nick Hughes on 07/09/2017 15:01:32

06/09/2017 15:20:53

Hi Colin,

Use this type of puller

bearing puller.jpeg


Thread: Drill bits
02/09/2017 11:20:54

Hi Vic,

the smaller sizes have the HSS Flash Butt Welded to the softer shank and the larger (usually morse tapere shank) are Friction Welded.

It's also possible that some manufacturers may have Induction Hardened part of the HSS blank, to achieve the same result.

Searching for Flash Butt Welding, Butt Flash Welding, Friction Welding and Induction Hardening will bring up plenty of information on the processes for you.


Edited By Nick Hughes on 02/09/2017 11:24:19

Thread: UK company supplying knobs, handles etc?
15/07/2017 10:34:43

Company I work for use :- **LINK**


Thread: Braided hemp sash cord....
06/06/2017 09:40:45


Musketeers Slow Match available in the UK from here:-


In the USA :-

Edited By Nick Hughes on 06/06/2017 09:44:25

Thread: Cheaper Oxy acetylene source?
03/06/2017 11:30:33
Posted by Russell Eberhardt on 03/06/2017 08:17:54:
Posted by Nick Hughes on 02/06/2017 20:30:22:

Hi Russell,

It's Propylene.


Thanks. So, it's the same as the current formulation of MAPP gas.


I've just checked the label on my bottle and it's pure Propylene, not a mixed MAPP gas.


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