By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for Martin Dilly 2

Here is a list of all the postings Martin Dilly 2 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: The cultural status of engineers in the UK
10/01/2020 21:53:55

Only slight thread drift here. The media have a great deal to do with the average British person's perception of engineering. So often on radio or TV people refer to 'the creative professions' and you just know by that they mean theatre or art or music or ballet or literature, and probably think the chap lying under their car clutching a greasy rag is an engineer. In fact the one really creative profession, without which absolutely none of the rest could exist is, of course, engineering. Without it there'd be no theatres built, no paper or canvas, no musical instruments or recording, no dance floors and no printing presses.

Thread: Identifying Light Alloy
09/01/2020 10:44:23

Thanks for the suggestions, gents. I'm in the Croydon-Bromley area, in case an orderly queue wants to form to buy a couple of sheets of this. I'm pretty sure it's not Dibond, as it's consistent through the thickness and has no obvious surface treatment.

Is there any way, apart from paying a fortune for metallurgical analysis, that I can make an educated guess about what I've got? It produces more of a clunk than a ping when you drop a piece!

08/01/2020 14:32:20

I've acquired a couple of sheets 5mm x about 4 feet square of light alloy left over from a water-cutting job producing letters for a shop sign.

I'd like to sell this as it's taking up workshop space but have no idea how to describe it. It's a bit 'puddingy' when drilled or milled, so probably isn't anything high tensile. Any suggestions please as to what it might be (or indeed offers to buy!)?

Thread: Creating Heat for Hardening
22/10/2019 17:24:58

A bit of a pause there while other projects came along. However, I've made a fairly crude version of the two-bricks- and-a-torch hearth shown here:

However, I have a problem. When I fire up the propane torch and introduce it into the hole the flame goes out.The torch's air intake holes are outside and clear of the brick. The main internal width is around 2 inches, but it's not actually circular in section. I suspect it may be connected to the flame point 'bouncing back' from the wall it faces; if I leave the top half of the hearth off all's well till I put it back, at which out goes the flame. Suggestions welcome.

09/10/2019 22:33:17

Good idea, John, but sadly our Ideal boiler, which would have done the trick I'm sure, got the heave-ho in 1987 when we installed central heating.

Thanks to the rest of you, too. I suspect it's a case of chinesium, which may defeat my best efforts.

08/10/2019 10:52:14

Many thanks, gents, for your rapid and helpful replies (and for figuring out what on earth 'hedat' meant). It may well be a low grade steel, but I thought it worth trying to see if it hardens. At present you can scratch it with the tip of an X-Acto blade.

07/10/2019 23:16:04

I've bought a set of El-Cheapo woodcarving chisels and want to try hardening and re-tempering them. I need to get them to cherry red before quenching. I have a gas stove and a butane torch, but using both together doesn't quite get the metal up to cherry red. Any suggestions as to how to get things a bit hotter, short of building a furnace?

Thread: Changing a Password
10/03/2019 12:43:40

How can I change my password? I can't see anything on the homepage to help. Any suggestions please?

Thread: Milling Collet Jammed in Taper
09/03/2019 10:48:13

Success at last! A friend suggested a spot of heat might help. I gave the quill about five minutes blasting with a heat gun, applying it all round the circumference, and a light tap released the collet. The quill was barely warm but that did it.

So thanks, gents, for the suggestions, but there's another one to add in case anyone else has a similar problem.

06/03/2019 11:06:31

Thanks, Howard. I've just realised that, even if I can dislodge the collet from the taper it will still have the headless drawbar screwed firmly into its top end! Luckily the Hobbymat mill has a head that can be rotated to about 45 degrees, so it ought to be possible to get the whole thing out.

Thread: Newbie - Hobbymat MD65 Advice Required
05/03/2019 21:13:29

I know it's a rather old post, but I was a bit concerned too about the fan intake being so close to where I was producing a lot of dural swarf, which occasionally got sucked into the works of the fan motor. I ended up making a very crude sheet ali. shroud that held onto the grille with a magnet, so it could be easily removed if the work in the chuck required the outside of the jaws to protrude so they'd have hit it.

Thread: Milling Collet Jammed in Taper
05/03/2019 20:33:23

Many thanks again to those who've come up with more possibilities. One difficulty is that the drawbar minus its hex head is jammed in the threaded hole in the top of the collet taper, so the top of that is all I can tap, smite or batter. I suspect its slight flexing when hit may reduce the shock load on the actual collet.

05/03/2019 14:18:47

Many thanks, gents, for the replies, and so soon! I'll go and have another try later. Meanwhile a bit of belated Googling suggests that a Y-shaped wedge applied between the business end of the collet chuck and the quill might help to force things apart without applying hammers, lump, lead or otherwise.

05/03/2019 14:09:44

Thanks for the input, Bill. I should have mentioned that the cutter is still in the milling collet. As far as I recall each end of the collet is a blind hole anyway. I'll try to get the cutter out anyway; reducing the mass of the whole stuck unit may not be a bad plan anyway, and it'll avoid having to have something soft to catch the thing when/if it eventually comes out.

05/03/2019 12:03:37

I have a Hobbymat milling machine with a bit of a problem. After doing some work on a rotary table I now find the milling collet is jammed in the taper. I normally unscrew the drawbar a few turns and give it a slight tap and out it pops. This time nothing happened and when I unscrewed the hex nut on top of the drawbar a bit more the nut came off. I suspect the thread on the nut has stripped to some extent, as when screwing it back on it now just keeps turning.

I thus have only the end of the drawbar to tap. I'm reluctant to use anything harder than my lead hammer, and have left a good squirt of WD-40 in there overnight in the hope that it might seep down and free things up. So far no change.

Any suggestions that don't involve buying a new machine would be most welcome.

Thread: Hobbymat Saddle Adjustment
10/11/2018 15:40:45

That seems to have tightened things up a lot. Apparently there were two editions of the manual and mine does have the right screw labelling after all.

Next project is a possible fine feed adjustment for the Hobbymat mill; reaching round the back and cranking round the wheel at the top is a bit of a pain, and the pump handle's pretty unreliable.

Many thanks again for your help. You've made an old lathe very happy.

09/11/2018 13:13:41

Many thanks for the speedy reply. That seems to coincide with my manual, so maybe there was an earlier edition with the duff gen. I'll go and investigate after a spot of lunch.

09/11/2018 12:29:35

The saddle on my Hobbymat shows some vertical play when I lift the topslide. I have the Hobbymat manual but have a dim recollection that I was once told the forcing and clamp screws are numbered the wrong way in the text. It describes the centre Allen screw as the forcing screw (which I assume bears against the far side of the saddle casting) and the outer two as the locking screws (which would be tapped into the far side of the casting to close the gap when tightened). I'm a bit nervous about doing anything too extreme in the way of over-stressing what is probably a fairly fragile casting.

Can anybody please advise?

Thread: Repairing a Verdict Dial Test Indicator
05/05/2018 00:09:16


Very many thanks for that; should keep me occupied for the next few days. From a quick read it looks as if mine is missing some sort of friction element to make the direction setting lever to stay where it's moved to.

No wonder patent agents charge a lot!


04/05/2018 13:42:04

I just spotted a patent number on this, 468,243, and thought that might produce a drawing or some details. However, Googling it bought up several different Verdict guages with completely different mechanisms and no drawings. Another blind alley...

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Allendale Electronics
Eccentric July 5 2018
Eccentric Engineering
mid gard rail Jan 2020
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest