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Member postings for Chris Evans 6

Here is a list of all the postings Chris Evans 6 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Grinding wheel problem?
29/12/2015 21:05:59

I recently bought a cheap bench grinder from Screw Fix. The pressed steel discs for holding the wheel true left a little to be desired no matter how many positions tried. Turning some aluminium discs got the wheels running very close to true.

Thread: Keep snapping centre drills
28/12/2015 21:03:35

Once you are happy with the alignment try shortening the centre drill. I always grind mine back before using them.

Thread: Steel vs brick workshop
28/12/2015 10:18:17

The pre cast concrete structures are a nightmare for condensation and dam cold. My garage was added to the house when it was converted from a Victorian stable block. It is of conventional brick outer and insulated thermalite type blocks, (The ones with insulation in the centre of the block) Years later cavity wall insulation was added, The downside is that it is up to the full height of the house roof so very high to heat. Green oak beams where used to support the roof and an extra bedroom, these have shrunk and moved a bit and allow smells to enter from garage to house no mater how much sealing is done.

27/12/2015 20:02:41

Would a timber framed/wood clad effort look out of place ? Wooden buildings are nice and warm, may be a Heritage style oak framed thing if budget allows.

Thread: Motor control for Shaper machine
27/12/2015 19:58:11

I use Huanyang VFD on my 2HP Bridgeport mill, been on nearly two years now and trouble free. Only downside is the "Chinglish" instructions. A friend installed mine for me, he has five of them on various machines in his shop.

Thread: Cheap Coolant system for a mini-mill
27/12/2015 19:48:03

All makes my washing up liquid bottle filled with suds look a little low tech. It does however work on the lathe/mill and saw.

Thread: Excel Lathe
27/12/2015 18:23:34

Lambton, Thanks for the link, a few differences but enough for me to go with. I have just made a pattern to get a new beefed up cross slide cast and have ordered acme threaded rod to make a new cross slide lead screw, The lathe should be good again then. Chris.

26/12/2015 19:11:31

I have a Taiwanese 14"x40" lathe badged/distributed by Excel. The machine was made by Lliang Dei Enterprises. Does anyone know of a source of manual or spares ? Excel are still trading but do not bother answering any queries on a machine of 1996 vintage.

Thread: Raw angle plate
26/12/2015 10:26:09

My Brother in law has recently made patterns for a tilting/swivelling angle plate. I had a set cast off at the same time so that is a new year project. Works out dearer than buying one but so much better.

Thread: What did you do today (2015)
25/12/2015 23:36:25

Only managed a couple of hours workshop time before going to Daughters for lunch. After a good tidy up I cleaned the lathe ready for a major strip down tomorrow. I intend to make patterns and get a new cross slide cast so I can incorporate rear tool post, I will make (From threaded acme bar) a new cross slide lead screw and modify a pair of nuts from the same supplier. The cross slide will be beefed up a fair bit in the process. One other thing to sort is the traverse which has started to falter as it gets close to the chuck, not sure what is going on there but needs sorting.

Thread: New member - North Leicester
25/12/2015 10:38:57

Howard, welcome and Merry Christmas from another recently joined member. I retired over two years ago after a lifetime in toolmaking.

Thread: A QCTP question, or two
24/12/2015 22:18:31

Gosh, when I first mentioned that my pattern tool holder did not lock little did I realise how widespread a problem it was. I relegated my dodgy holder to the chamfering tool but think when I get more they will be used genuine Dickson or I take the tool post to the supplier and try a few for fit.


Thread: Dekel fp1
24/12/2015 18:02:18

If you go ahead with the purchase consider keeping the 3 phase. Chinese VFD inverters are around £100 and you get smoother running. I have used various Deckle machines, all very accurate. You may depending on spindle taper get an ER chuck for it, much nicer than the Autolock.

Thread: A QCTP question, or two
24/12/2015 09:49:34

Norman, Can you tell me the source of your Dickson style holders please ? The pattern ones I have bought do not lock up as they should and I could do with buying another 5 or 6 as I only have 4 at present. Genuine ones are to pricey for me. Chris.

Thread: Merry Christmas to one and all!
24/12/2015 09:37:43

Thanks for all your efforts on the board Neil. All enjoy Christmas, I hope to get some shop time in on Boxing day !

Thread: Prettiest Panther I've Seen
22/12/2015 19:45:16

I to lust after a Panther ("Big Pussie" One would go well with my BSA Sloper.

Thread: Terrier power hacksaw
22/12/2015 19:41:29

I have an "Excalibur" donkey saw and tend to put SAE 40 in it. It is so old it does need the heavy oil.

Thread: Harrison lathe oils
21/12/2015 20:26:27

Yes the smell of EP 90 gearbox oil pervades my workshop. Old Land Rovers tend to use rather a lot of the stuff.

Thread: myford Ml7 lathe problems
20/12/2015 20:36:46

I have not used a Myford lathe but your 0.18mm seems excessive. I would think 0.04/0.05mm to be about right.

Someone with Myford experience will be along to advise. It is normal to lose the centering after undoing the chuck, plus remember the chuck could be over 60 years old as well as the lathe.

Thread: Fuel Tap material
20/12/2015 14:08:03

Only downside that springs to mind is water contamination. The ethanol content seems to attract water but it would take an awful long time to pit and leak.

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