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: Warco VMC lamp bulbs|
Don't know about Warco stuff but I get bulbs for my lathe from local commercial vehicle place.
|Thread: Excellent machine lighting|
That looks a nice bit of kit, you can never have enough light. I recently fitted a T4 (think under kitchen cupboard) strip light in the lip on the lathe splash back, one of your style will enhance the machine light which is always in the wrong place.
|Thread: Grinder for end mills and drills|
Looking at all of those options I consider myself very lucky. A friend has a "Pratt & Whitney" cutter grinder as supplied with a "Keller" copy milling machine pre war or early 50s. It will do flute/ends/ball ends and internal radius work. Best of all I can turn up with a box of cutters and do them myself. Having said that making something is a nice project to add to the list.
|Thread: Elliott Juniormil|
Shimming Gib strips is common on older/worn machines and it works. Have you established why it is tight ? The shim will not cause tightness, maybe the slides need some re-scraping or the lead screw is worn in the middle and tight on the ends. Most machines end up like that.
|Thread: Trying to choose a diamond grinding wheel|
I run the 45 degree dish style on one end of my grinder with good results on the same things as you wish to do.
|Thread: Black 5 first steam up|
Being local I would have come to your Gala day but am going to Oulton Park for the Superbike meeting.
I have been following your problems Ron. Well done for perseverance.
|Thread: Stripped T bolt|
It is a quick and easy job to pull the cross slide off and make a correct tee bolt. Use EN24T if you have any or a Tensile bolt. The original most likely gave up from wear and tear, my lathe only has two bolts to hold the top slide on and I have added two tapped holes in the cross slide and made "L" shaped clamps to give a bit of extra security.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
Yes Windy, so much better than the TZ Yamaha engine outfits of the era.
|Thread: Parting Tools|
Jon. I am in Kings Bromley in between Lichfield and Burton on Trent. I use an old Jones and Shipman HSS blade tool at the moment. The cross slide issues I am attempting to overcome should Improve my parting off !
When the lathe goes back together it will have a new feed screw and nut so backlash should be minimal, as well as improved slideway fit.
|Thread: New member|
Welcome along Anthony, you will find some good info on here.
|Thread: Lifetime of Commercial Tooling Vs. Home-made|
I am not so sure that the home made stuff is treasured more, It just does the job so why change.
|Thread: Parting Tools|
MSC are only 20 miles from me, looks like I will call and look at 2mm stuff to start with. I am on the mailing list for the flyer. What I am trying to avoid is buying a system that uses a difficult to get tip. I used " Horn " parting and grooving stuff when at work but a bit pricey for home use.
I am well on with making a new Cross slide for my 14" x 40" Excel lathe, all beefed up to add tee slots and tapped holes on the surface.
My thoughts are now moving ahead to making a rear tool post for a parting tool. What is the preferred size of parting tips ? 2.2mm or 3mm ? Chris.
|Thread: Short morse taper drill bits.|
I tend to use a cut off wheel and shorten well used ones. It is usually the first couple of inches of flute that is worn.
If I am only "rough" drilling I will sometimes grind the drill a bit one sided to cut slightly over when the flutes are showing wear, tends to stop the rubbing.
|Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread (2016)|
Neil, I am going to make one of those knurling devises. What size knurl wheels did you use ? It will be on the list of jobs, I am still doing bits on making my new lathe cross slide in between other jobs. All squared up/tee slots and dovetails in. Hope to do the drilling/tapping/oiler positions today then on with the radial tee slot and angel engraving for the top slide.
|Thread: which lathe|
Jon, It sounds like you use your machines more/harder than the average hobbyist. I do a fair amount of work on the bikes now that I am retired. But actual spindle running time is most likely 4 or 5 hours a week on the lathe and similar on the Bridgeport mill. Add to that the sorting out and set up time plus assembly of parts I am doing around three days a week. My machinery should see my days out.
|Thread: Magnetic centroid|
Michael, I should read the posts a little better. My excuse is it was early and the coffee had not yet wakened me. Chris.
Will the trend to build aluminium cars trigger a rethink?
|Thread: which lathe|
Condition is everything. When I was working in a contract toolroom we ran Colchester Triumph 2000 machines. These where replaced every 5 years and believe me they where really worn out. 60 to 80 hours a week of hard work took its toll.
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