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Thread: Sodium Nitrite
06/06/2020 09:17:00

Out here I can only get it from an industrial chemical supply place, and have to have a current chemical handlers licence to purchase and use.

Thread: Surface Plate & Height Gauge recommendations
05/06/2020 12:17:30

Well out of curiosity of looking at the new Kitchen counter top, engineered stone. With the light and reflections looks fairly flat. I set up a dti and a plate with 3 point and moved it around the place. The whole area is better than 0.04mm. The majority of the centre area is well better than 0.02mm. So instead of buying a 1m granit plate for the shop,when she is not home, the kitchen top will work just fine. Thanks for the heads up on that. I have no idea how they even get them that good. Not often I am marking out pieces longer than 300 mm. But when needed have ample space as long as it is not heavy, oily or will not scratch the top. Just have to make sure the height gauge base is clean first.

02/06/2020 11:11:09

I bought a few years ago a digital height gauge. One of the cheaper ones. About 1 weekend after using it a lot that weekend, wish that I bought the type with a hand wheel like Mitutoyo make. Did not need to be Mitutoyo but that type. My friend did pick up a brand new Mitutoyo for a rediculously cheap price, because they were no longer going to be stocking that model any more. Ahhhh

Sometimes you can spend more time getting what you want from inferior gear, and the right gear allows you to have Sunday free to enjoy a nice meal and glass of wine.

Thread: internal grooves for o rings
01/06/2020 20:15:36

With internal O ring grooves, I use a tool with 0.4mm corner radius and is 1.5mm thin. On the last pass, move it along to make a finish pass. A 3mm groove I take in 3 passes and leave 0.1mm for the final clean up on along the diameter. Having a vfd and finding the best rpm is the easiest way. Having the tool slightly above centre I found is needed for internal grooving, around 0.1mm usually does the trick. At centreline, as the tool drops, it is actually taking a deeper cut. Above centre line the tool as it drops, takes a lesser cut, unless it goes too far and then gets deeper clearly.

Thread: DIY dial test indicator holder.
30/05/2020 09:44:10

They are a great little tool. Many years ago, Tesa were offering them with their finger dial indicators in a promotional offer. The kit came with shims to adjust the centre line of the indicator ball. It is a great exercise to make one as well. It is interesting seeing the different approaches to making the parts.


Thread: Lathe Erratic Surface Finish
03/05/2020 06:34:22

Some materials are difficult to get a good finish on. Sometimes having the surface shiny may actually be a worse actual surface finish than one that looks dull but has no tearing. In general , a depth of cut of 1/4 the radius of the tool ,and a feedrate of 1/4 to 1/8 feedrate. So with a 0.4 radius tool, a 0.1mm depth of cut (0.2mm diameter) and a feed rate of 0.1mm to 0.05mm per rev .Sometimes an oil can help improve the surface finish, sometimes a soluble coolant can help as well.

Thread: Mill Wobble
22/04/2020 20:14:15

Use a marker pen, on the outside of the spindle. Mark where the high side is and the low side and 1/2 way between. Now keep rotating, to see if it is consistently high on the high side and low on the low side. If it is, then the bearing is unlikely the cause. You can tilt the head over, and reskim the inner taper of the spindle to get it true on the front taper. If you snug the gibs and raise and lower the column, should be able to make it as round as the concentricity of the spindle bearings. The more difficult part to test is the concentricity of the parallel register, further up inside the spindle. If that has a run out of 0.02mm, that error will show about 75mm below the spindle .


Thread: Grinding rubber
14/04/2020 07:44:22

You need to dress the mounted point with a sharp diamond, not a dressing stick. Looks like I did not mention that important part. Sorry. You can easily see if the wheel is dressed sharply or not,by just putting a scrap piece of the material to be ground, against the wheel, or mounted point.


12/04/2020 21:53:16

I grind cork and rubber with a Dremel on my lathe. I use the hand extension and made a simple clamp to hold it .I use the sanding drums, 120 grit or 80 grit for a fine finish, and the 40 or 60 grit for the roughing. I use a vacuum cleaner hose very close to the set up , mainly to suck away any rubber off the sanding drum, to reduce it from being blocked. This turned out to be quite important and keeps it all cool as well. The fine grades, need to be very sharp, and for my set up, they do not take a lot of volume of material . The course grade will take away a very large volume of material. I did make some 38mm drums that screwed onto the handpiece, and used the pre adhesive commercial sanding belt material. It worked very well. I quickly learnt why they have a spliced joint arrangement. Contact adhesive worked very well for using carborundum wet/dry paper. The carborundum paper in eiether the sanding drums, or on my 38mm drums, worked the best of the various paper types available. For smaller holes in urathane, I use the cheap open structure mounted points. The white ones were best, but the pink ones also worked quite well, Use the coursest grit available. The course desic diamond wheels also work, but will block or clog quite easily. Using just some water with a small amount of dish wash water to break down it's water tension worked quite well. Small holes being around 3mm to 12mm ID.

Hope this helps some people out..


Thread: Will cash become obsolete ?
07/04/2020 08:10:12

Out here during this corona virus lockdown, places are not taking cash. Supermarkets are refusing to accept cash for the groceries. Cards or go hungry.

Thread: Four Jaw chuck
26/02/2020 09:32:09

To indicate stock accurately with the 4 jaw chuck, I like to use Aluminium or brass pads ,between the jaws and the work piece. These do 2 things, prevents damage to the work piece, and allows an area to squash up a little to allow you to get the very last little bit out of the alignment of the part. In general it should be quite easy to get a part indicated to 1 thou , especially when you pre dial with 2 short keys. Then use the main key for the final micro adjustment. Realise that some jobs , just require light cuts to get the best results over all.

Sometimes using 2 dial indicators can make the setting up of a part much quicker.


Thread: Cylinder bore measuring
22/02/2020 19:15:14

The 4 point ball comparator will show the error of a 3 lobed hole and a hole reamed with a standard reamer that is not round. Plus if careful you can use a micrometer or a slip stack to set the gauge with. The concept of the Russian style ball and pin style gauges, is that you can have differing arrangements of the ball orientation. The one I have, the pin slides in the assembly is quite a neat fit, but slides. The ball is also a very close fit to the mandrel. It works really well. Of course, there are many options to try and measure something, and what you are looking for will determine the type and style of bore comparator or bore micrometer being used. The more accurate you are trying to get, the more difficult it becomes to measure. The greatest difficulty is not the exact temp of the work environment, but the stability of that temp. To get back to a standard size, you can calculate how much bigger the item should measure from the standard of 20 deg C.

Thread: Myford ML7 headstock diameter
20/02/2020 06:01:24

less than 5/8 of an inch is how my S7 came, so most likely the 19/32. I have since made a 16 mm carbide tipped reamer and pushed that through the spindle. I did bore it first for the 1st 20 or so mm past the taper of the MT2 when the 10mm starts. I really should have made the reamer 16.2mm oe so to allow for metric bar. I can get 5/8 bar through no trouble, and straight slightly under sized 16mm bar bar stock at a push.

Neil L

Thread: Effect of Tensioning a Boring Bar
07/02/2020 10:23:23

I can't do the math, but liken it to a plastic bag tube. Put pressure in it, and it is substantially more rigid than when the pressure drops, etc

Sandvik did boring bars with oil and a piston. As it is being used, (in a lathe) you can adjust the pressure and tune it to the situation it is in. I have not made one yet, am thinking about using it to fix a bar and see what happens.

When I get it done, will post the results here. The bar I am going to try has a 12mm diameter shank and a min bore diameter of 14mm. It would be great to be able to do the math t hing and figure out that if it has 120psi it becomes this rigid for example.


Thread: Superglue chucks
28/01/2020 08:57:04

Sometimes freezing can remove super glues as well. Tap it with a piece of wood and hammer while still frozen.

It just takes longer unless you have dry ice handy.



Edited By Neil Lickfold on 28/01/2020 08:57:44

27/01/2020 07:42:44

It depends on the super glue being used. There are higher temp super glues that will hold to about 150 c or so, and others can only hold to 100c to 110c.

Thread: Reamer specifications ?
20/01/2020 09:14:27

You can buy a standard tolerance reamer, and carefully lap the OD to make the closer tolerance hole. The better reamers I find are the ones that have un even flute distribution. For accurate holes, I pre bore with a undersize reground end mill or I make a single point cutter that effectively will bore the hole in the correct position. Then ream.

For important hole sizing, I make a test hole and measure it. Then if needed, lap the od some more and re test again. I am finding that the hss reamers that are readily available out here from the tool merchants, are on the upper limit of the H7, rather than lower limit.

Different cutting fluids etc will vary slightly the result , and so will the cutting allowance etc. Castor oil can make a hole smaller than the reamer, but only by 2 to 4 um. But is not absolute guarantee though. Castor oil will allow oversized parts to assemble that would other wise be a press fit. Down side, castor oil makes an ugly mess over time.

Some places that make carbide reamers, will often ask for a size limit or the size you want with the maximum and minimum size. Like a Ø4.494mm reamer with an upper limit of Ø4.496mm , these will cost like 60 to 70 pounds each like the example I gave .

Thread: Myford super 7
14/01/2020 09:09:01

I always use the clutch, unless screw cutting a thread. I use the motor switch and leave the 1/2 nut engaged. Now that I have a programmable VFD, the start is softer and the stop is softer as well. Another advantage of the VFD is the ability to slow down the spindle before turning off, very helpful with the odd large work piece. With the clutch, you can also slowly engage or disengage on large work pieces.

Thread: Australian Bush Fires
14/01/2020 04:47:33

New Zealand has provided Wallabies in the past to help out their inbreeding problems. They are around the Rotorua area, and are a wild population with little predators. Maybe more will be sent latter in the year.

Thread: Making a superglue chuck adapter for brass wheel
26/12/2019 18:46:17

Super glue to hold thin parts has been around for a very long time, it was used in industry in 1982 when I started my apprenticeship. We made the mandrel from similar material to the part being made. we put the mandrel and part into the tempering oven set at 120c . the part seperated, and the mandrels soaked in acetone to clean off the glue and start again. So we had brass, steel and AL mandrels. Sometimes the mandrel was skimmed , depending on the setup. When cylindrical grinding, or surface grinding, it was important to have a fresh dressed sharp wheel that did not have too much width. The part needed to be cut as cool as possible.

I remember when we had some thin parts being made from Delrin, and it did not glue at all. So be careful when using the cyano holding method.


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