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Thread: Cheap ER collet advice please
15/10/2019 11:15:33
Posted by Charles R on 15/10/2019 01:29:05:
Posted by old mart on 14/10/2019 21:58:26:

Unless you want to use a full range of twist drills, you don't need a full set of collets as milling cutters come in much more limited shank sizes.

A complete ER25 set would be great but I don't want to spend lots on something I may not use that often.

As ER collets can be used for both tool and workholding, not buying a set is a false economy.

I bought an ER32 chuck to use on the mill, and intending to get a bolt on chuck for the lathe, bought a full set of collets. The collet chuck was such an improvement that I quickly gave the Clarkson clone away, and bought the lathe chuck. 12 years later, only one of the collets is still in its plastic wrapping. Some of the rest haven't been used much, but it beats having to stop work for a few days to get a £5 part that should have been bought as part of a set.

I use the collet chuck for drills when doing jobs that combine milling and drilling. I'm tempted to buy extras of the common ones I use to keep with particular tools, like the edge finder, to speed up changes. I find the idea that hobbyests don't need to work quickly and efficiently very strange.

Arc's Stevensons collet blocks really simplify milling/drilling operations on round parts.

The ball-bearing nuts are such an improvement that I bought another pair so that each chuck has its own and the blocks share the third.

I have a set of ER11 collets to use with my toolpost spindle lashup; I'm very tempted to convert one of my MT blanks into a holder to use small drills in the tailstock.

Thread: An interesting repair to an Hour Wheel
13/10/2019 12:44:15

Unsightly not hideous, but certainly clever.

I wonder how long it has been like that?

Thread: A cord of Ash
11/10/2019 11:04:29
Posted by julian atkins on 10/10/2019 23:46:26:

Straight grained Ash of UK origin rather than American Ash, is quite sought after for making the wooden 'stays' for bellringing installations in most UK Churches that have 'full circle ringing' and 'rings' of bells.

I know of one local ringer who makes their new stays out of ash trees he cut down some years ago.

We're currently paying about £20 per blank, but they're Hastings stays on big bells.

Thread: Metrication of models
07/10/2019 11:47:31
Posted by DMB on 06/10/2019 11:49:09:


This is the stupidity, 8ft long board easily visualised but if "they" go and "metricate" that to 2,400mm or even worse, 2,440 or 2,450, that would be awful. Just like the 19ft new car quoted as being 57,912mm long! I would like to see my restricted to less than 1m, then go on to use say 1.4m or 2.9m or whatever, applicable to all industries, "no ifs, no buts."

What utter drivel! No one's eyes and brain are naturally calibrated in inches/feet/whatever, they're just trained to do so. 2400mm is as visualisable as 8 feet, it just takes the same amount of practice. And bumping it up to the next used measurement(there's a good reason to go straight to metres from mm) doesn't need any calculation either.

Thread: nutcracker
02/10/2019 15:05:15
Posted by Cornish Jack on 01/10/2019 17:04:44:

For those with deck shoes and a a white-topped peaked hat, maybe?img_0057a.jpg



I hope that's high on Neil's list for the bag of nuts.

02/10/2019 15:04:07
Posted by Cornish Jack on 01/10/2019 17:04:44:

For those with deck shoes and a a white-topped peaked hat, maybe?img_0057a.jpg



I hope that's high on Neil's list for the bag of nuts.

Thread: Worried
27/09/2019 13:06:38

Metric fuel consumption is measured in litres per 100km not per km, because it gives a sensible, rational number. Just like miles per gallon, rather than gallons per mile.

Thread: Any interesting lathe projects for beginners?
17/09/2019 22:38:12
Posted by Jim Dalton 1 on 17/09/2019 21:35:11:

Jon, in that case I would make a complete mess of it! Thinking about it further, there's no way I'd manage to file a flat surface on the V.

My filing skill level is limited to getting rid of sharp pointy bits!

It's just making an internal sharp bit!

Seriously, that would be a good reason to make one(two, three -however may it takes to get a satisfactory part), and you'll use it most times you turn on the lathe. First thing I made for and on mine.

17/09/2019 10:56:55

Why not have a look around the house?

New handles and knobs for missing/broken ones on furniture are a good start, either to match existing or replace them all. Not long after I got a lathe I made a new handle from aluminium bar to replace the broken plastic one on the chest freezer; it had been broken for years so won me some brownie points. I'm currently fixing a damaged waiter's friend for my sister; it's not worth doing, but it's part of a set that was a present. Bazyle is right about the G-cramps, we have lots that were thrown out because the pads were missing, it only takes a few minutes to return a £30 Record clamp back to use. And because it is already well-used I have no qualms about putting it to rough use.


My 80 year old Dad still opens letters with the opener he made at school, and they make tea with the caddy spoon I did.

Making parts that don't matter is a good way of improving skills and learning what the tools can actually do.

Edited By Nicholas Wheeler 1 on 17/09/2019 11:00:16

Thread: Stuck oil filter
12/09/2019 16:57:27
Posted by charles hodgson on 12/09/2019 16:53:24:

Wrap a chain (old bike chain) around it, then through a ring spanner, use the ring spanner like you would a strap wrench. chain should bite in slightly to give you more grip.

A stout leather belt and doubled up sandpaper is another way.

Thread: How to upset the neighbours!
09/09/2019 11:27:00
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 09/09/2019 10:52:37:
Posted by JasonB on 09/09/2019 09:25:35:

Looks like Airoquip fuel line rather than nitrous hoses to me.

That's disappointingly normal. sad


Perhaps you would prefer this:


3.0l V6 and manual gearbox from a Vauxhall Omega.

Thread: Tool post project
06/09/2019 00:29:10

I think you've gone backwards: that's added a lot of extra machining to each toolholder - you need a lot of them, so that's important - that doesn't justify its existence. That's why I like John Stevenson's suggestion to reverse the dovetails on a more traditional style post, and put the male dovetail on the holders.

05/09/2019 09:59:04
Posted by Laurent VIDAL on 04/09/2019 21:31:21:

A bit of outside the box thinking here.... Tell me if I am being stupid here but....

The main reason for using a QCTP is to get the tool at the right height without needing shims.

The main reason for using a QCTP is to quickly swap lathe tools. Even a simple part could need 3 tool changes(face and turning, chamfer, parting tool). Height adjustment is just a natural part of the drop in design of most of them. The OP's design doesn't have that, so the tools will need shimming the first time they are fitted. This will be much easier to do than trying to machine each holder to suitable dimensions.

The thing that makes them quick change is having enough tool holders handy, so that once a tool is set up, you don't need to take it out of the holder. I have 13 for my Dickson copy so far, and buy a couple more each time I buy anything from the various suppliers.

If the post needs to lift to change each holder, why not replace the mounting post from a nut to a cam operated lever like a bike axle?

Thread: Mini mill or handtools for this job (rectangle with slots)
03/09/2019 09:17:08

They're fairly simple to make, but on such a small mill will take ages compared to the cost of buying them. Time better spent on actually using them.

Thread: Help milling an angle
29/08/2019 11:06:04

Interesting that you think 3mm sheet is 'thin'

I reckon you're going to struggle bending it with the design you're building, which does work well on the 0.8mm I use for most car bodywork repairs. Your vice won't 3mm either!

Thread: How useful is a 2inch machinist jack on my Sherline?
28/08/2019 14:56:24

I made a pair when I bought the mini-mill because they looked useful. They never have been.

You're over thinking this. Buy some material, and make some of it smaller and round. That will teach you what you need to know, and what you ought to make/buy.

Thread: Things I should know cutting various materials on lathe
27/08/2019 18:28:43

You'll find it a lot more efficient to buy a few pieces of the material you're likely to use and just try them on your machine, with your cutting tools. Brass, steel, aluminium and whatever plastic you have in mind of about 25mm diameter won't cost you much. And once you've made a few cuts you'll be able to make something, rather than just worrying about it.

Thread: M4 x 0.75mm pitch CSk machine screws
22/08/2019 23:58:59
Posted by Keith Long on 22/08/2019 21:44:17:

Tracy tools list the taps and dies for these if you don't fancy screwcutting them.

Is anyone really going to screwcut such a thread when they can buy taps and die?. Anyone who gets work done, that is.

Thread: Home built trailer
14/08/2019 19:44:58
Posted by Plasma on 14/08/2019 19:32:07:

Oh and I sympathise with anyone who has been affected by untested trailers or vehicles but bear in mind, the MoT is not a guarantee of safety for 12 months, a wheel could fall off on the way home from the test centre. Any number of bits of paper prove nothing in the real world unfortunately.

It's not a guarantee, but it does mean that the trailer(car, van whatever) has been inspected by a disinterested party and so have any necessary repairs once they've been made. This is one of many reasons why the MOT exemptions for classic cars is a terrible idea, although not as terrible as some of the repairs that owners do only when forced to. Having such a test would also force some of the maintenance that many trailers have never had - I recovered several that wouldn't have caused their crashes if simple jobs like greasing the wheel bearings or replacing time expired tyres had been carried out. Expensive caravans or car carriers aren't immune to that either.

Thread: Flat bottom hole 3/16 o/d
11/08/2019 11:54:35

I normally use a milling cutter for flat bottom holes, but none of my 3/16 cutters are any where near long enough for a 1" deep hole

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