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Member postings for Roger Provins 2

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Thread: DAB workshop reception
11/01/2016 17:52:09

Dunno, all I can say is it's a bin job if it stops. I couldn't get mine repaired anywhere.

11/01/2016 16:24:45

I used to listen to the Test matches, all day long, on the LW. Do they still do that?

Thread: Do you finish every project before moving on ...
11/01/2016 16:19:02

Since retirement I have less time than when I was working.


Thread: DAB workshop reception
11/01/2016 16:14:35

I live in an area with superb DAB reception. all the signal bars are at maximum without an external aerial, unfortunately since my Pure Evoke 3 broke (and no one will fix it) I don't have a DAB receiver. With internet radio I can't see me buying another and if I did it most certainly wouldn't be a Pure after their total lack of help - even communication.


Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 11/01/2016 16:15:30

Thread: Xmas present
10/01/2016 14:09:54

You could have a look at the RDG gift page - might give you an idea.


Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 10/01/2016 14:10:21

Thread: Use By/ Best Before Dates
08/01/2016 16:56:57

Many manufacturer's original and replacement cartridges are chipped to limit printing but re-manufactured one can be had where all this nonsense is switched off. Also on the web there is information on ways to override even manufacturer's chipped cartridges.

I run my printers on third-party replacements and the prints are every bit as good as those done with the original genuine ones

Thread: Do you finish every project before moving on ...
08/01/2016 16:14:09

.... to another one?

Or put another way. Do you have several (many) build projects running concurrently?

Thread: MEW 237 Three Jaw Chuck Mount
08/01/2016 10:17:55

It's fine as is for me. I wouldn't want a journal just full of learned articles. I do enjoy some lighter content amongst the more serious stuff. Plain facts are easy enough to find on the web.

What I would like is the forum cranky software sorted out!

Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 08/01/2016 10:18:25

Thread: Which files should I buy
08/01/2016 09:58:29

This is something I must tackle. I have a great many files but many (most) are worn out, it's time they were recycled and I bought some nice new ones but I keep putting it off. Seeing those 4" Vallorbes at Axminster I think I'll make a start by getting a set of those as I know I'll use them all and it'll spur me on to sorting out a list of what I need of the larger ones. That's the plan anyway

Thread: Health and Safety Gone Mad...
06/01/2016 21:28:22

I bought a small cased set of twist drill bits from Irwin 1.5-10mm and modified them all (except the two smallest) for brass. Took just s few minutes and now drilling brass is a pleasure.

06/01/2016 20:13:15

View this YouTube...


Edited By JasonB on 06/01/2016 20:16:32

Thread: Rotary Table
06/01/2016 18:07:30

I went for this little one ..


06/01/2016 16:43:54

Thanks, the Sherline publication answers all of my questions. Nice as it is I can't afford or justify the spend on Sherline rotary at the moment so have gone for a much cheaper Warco one which will at least get me going and maybe I'll then better be able to know what bigger and better mill I need to aim for in the future.

Either that or I'll go back to stamp collecting.

Thanks to everyone for the great inputs.

06/01/2016 15:26:39
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 06/01/2016 14:57:52:
Posted by Roger Provins 2 on 06/01/2016 07:54:09:

... (me) with only a small mill ...



Before this thread goes much further; it might be useful if you told us what you mean by 'a small mill'.

... Make & Model, or relevant dimensions would help.

There's not much point discussing 6" rotary tables if you have a Taig mill.



Nicholas beat me to it.

Edited By Michael Gilligan on 06/01/2016 14:59:45

Thanks everyone for all the replies.


Michael et al,

It's a "micro mill" I suppose. It's a Proxxon BFW 40/E Mill/Drill Motor and Controller. A toy I guess compared to the machines folk here have but works quite well for the miniature things I do.

It is very similar to this but with a much more substantial and stronger stand and xy table. There is about 40cm maximum headroom between table surface and machine collet chuck. I would post a photo but I'm not at my workshop location for a couple of days.


Edited By Roger Provins 2 on 06/01/2016 15:28:53

06/01/2016 11:36:38

Thanks David, that's what I thought but just wanted to make sure.

06/01/2016 10:09:07

Thanks Michael, I'll have a search through previous rotary table threads. As for my "other" posting, it seems to have developed a life of its own probably because I didn't express my self properly in the first place. I'll certainly investigate stepper motors if get a rotary table but I'm going to have a rethink about the whole business first.


06/01/2016 07:54:09

Rotary tables come with a variety of slot arrangements. Which would be best to buy as a starter for a beginner (me) with only a small mill and making model engines?

Thread: Time for a name change?
05/01/2016 21:07:47
Posted by John Stevenson on 05/01/2016 20:38:58:

Certainly wasn't having a pop at you Roger, in fact I went back and re-read the post to be sure and yes I didn't mention you at all. No Roger Provins of this parish was mentioned at all. wink

However you read my post from your point of view only, starting each point with Never, and then said " we're all different" a point I have stressed a few times.

Edited By John Stevenson on 05/01/2016 20:54:37

I know you weren’t John, if it sounded that way I'm sorry.

Referring back to earlier posts by several members: I actually agree with a lot that been said and I'm not anti CNC at all it's just that having worked with computers and programming a good chunk of my life now I'm retired I really don't want any more

Thread: Nick from Cheltenham / Gloucester
05/01/2016 16:23:29

Hi Nick, I'm just up the road a bit in Gloucester (Tuffley). I'm fairly new to metal working but been woodworking most of my life and I find many of the skills needed are similar. Having fun anyway.


Thread: Time for a name change?
05/01/2016 15:18:15
Posted by John Stevenson on 05/01/2016 14:35:39:

If say 15 to 20 years ago you had gone to the Model Engineering Exhibition at Wembley or Ally Pally and some one had stood up and given a lecture and said that in 15 to 20 years time into the future a Model Engineer could easily have a CNC lathe, CNC milling machine, laser cutter and a 3D printer in his little shed he would have been burned at the stake as a heretic.

And before someone pops off about cost, add all those 4 things together and it's less than I dare say many on here, me included have spent on a new car, or in my case "The Donald ™"

Another 2 years and that will be ready for the scrapyard whereas all 4 items I have mentioned will probably well outlast me.

The most valuable commodity we have now is time. Without getting personal or morbid as you get older it runs out quicker. There is no longer 24 hours in a day as they were when we were younger.

When we were younger we could do a lot in 24 hours, but as we get older and slow down then we can't fit it all in a day. Some days I only manage a 5 hour day wink

We have more trappings around us that require attention. Two cars to clean instead of one. I'll bet many of us can remember early on living in rented accommodation where it was the landlords job to do the upkeep.

Now we have bettered ourselves from the two up, two down, arse on the step putting your boots on on the pavement. However it all takes time.

I'll bet we can all remember skiving off into the shed [ never had workshops them ] 4- 5 nights a week and probably part of the weekend. Doesn't happen now does it ? And we won't mention IKEA or Dunhelm Mills.

This is where the new technology can help. Take CAD, many here use it and it's not got the Darth Vader reputation like CNC although it's only 2 steps away. So you sit there at night whilst DeadEnders is on the BBC because if you skive off again it doesn't go down a bundle. So even if you have drawings, transposing them into CAD gets the part in your mind and you do all the mental moves ready for when you cut metal by what ever method. This will probably save you time in the shop and also you should be getting good at spotting pratt falls before you scrap a part.

With the greatest respect John you have depicted one live style, probably yours, but this is not representative of us all. Certainly bears not relationship to mine.

I can still mange 10 hours a day when needed, I'm 73.

Have only one car not two and the rain cleans that.

Never had rented accommodation.

Never had a two up two down.

Never had to skive off to a shed, my wife never complains – she has her own hobbies.

Never shop at Ikea or Dunhelm.

Never have watch TV if I don't want to and I can't imagine my wife watch Eastenders or other crap.

So, as has been said, we're all very different.


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