Here is a list of all the postings Michael-w has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Making Parallels|
I find what can be more useful (but more awkward to do) is to make a set of milling vice jaws that have a milled recess for a particular job. Seen lots of places do that.
|Thread: 3 in 1 Oil|
I don't rate the spray 3 in 1 very highly (that did seem to have little efficacy in the long term). But the regular squeezy bottles of it do seem to maintain their oiliness for a long time.
I would say things like linseed or vegetable oils are a no go, on the basis that they definitely do dry out quite quickly.
It's probably a little bit thicker than machine oil (not the slideway stuff, which is very thick), but I tend to use neat industrial cutting oil for most jobs now. So its use is mainly limited to mechanisms and the like for me rather than a cutting lubricant. WD40 is pretty good for most things mechanical and a superior rust remover.
3 in 1 also has a very low flash point, which probably means it's not the best for use as a high speed cutting aid.
Edited By Michael-w on 13/06/2018 19:58:38
|Thread: What did you do Today 2018|
Don't know if this is the right place to put this, but i'd recommend giving some of the popular woodworking magazines a go, if you happen by your local WH smith or newsagents. They have a lot of tips which could easily cross over into metalworking or just "general workshop practice".
I got one recently that showed you how you can make temporary vice jigs for large bits of wood or intricate work, with an arrangement of G clamps and studding.
|Thread: Carbide tool mirror finish interrupted cut|
I agree with some others that without experience of turning stainless 303, I treated it like any other piece of steel and used the wrong speed, which didn't work out too well with HSS tools =s (was fine once I adjusted it).
I think I've heard 316 being a very nice one to use. That might be only in plate/sheet form though.
I've certainly heard that .304 is the devilish one for sure . Might actually only be appropriate for welding or just wanting a plate that's dead hard.
Edited By Michael-w on 09/06/2018 15:15:40
|Thread: Paint for Colchester Lathe|
I've seen somebody use a paint called "one shot" sign painters' paint. It was used to paint a small machine vice and it looked like an excellent finish. I'm going to try it myself as I've bought a small tin of black.
As others have said, paragon is also a good go-to brand for quality paint.
|Thread: Are we Luddites?|
There's also the problem of the historical accuracy of the inventions that people have attributed to Leonardo Davinci. You will find on research that a lot of the things people think he made are actually just "he might've done that drawing". That's the trouble when evaluating claims made 500 years ago when documentation was scarce.
I don't believe he pulled his ideas out of the air myself and he must've based his ideas on what people had already tried.
I've seen workshops featured in the magazine that famously refuse to use anything developed after 1940 in their workshop, and I think it's fascinating, and frankly, good for them.
I don't however, i'm quite happy to embrace anything from cnc to stereolithography. I kind of just go with "what works" rather than excluding things, but I still think it's cool when I see other workshops that take a different approach.
Tradition and modernity side by side is the real future. Why choose one when you can have both?
|Thread: What's the best alternative to 'loctited'|
As I may have implied earlier, it's a little bit of a "what if" scenario,
We all know that joe bloggs who knows a bit about making is only going to understand you if you say "Loctite" or "thread/stud locker". And it seems to have taken convention, and it doesn't seem like it's going to change soon.
the best descriptor in my opinion, in a generalized technical capacity would be anaerobic adhesive, since that's the family that all the "Loctite's" belong to.
Edited By Michael-w on 23/05/2018 18:55:30
It seems rather a tour-de-farce?
|Thread: Show and Tell Event for Forum Members?|
Don't get me wrong it's a good idea though.
Edited By Michael-w on 17/05/2018 14:30:59
|Thread: 2 inch face mill problems|
I think the edges are too blunt for our machines, they're designed to be ploughed into with a Bridgeport, which would have the rigidity to do that.
The type of cuts you need to take with a hobby machine dictate that you can't go too fast into the work piece or take a cut too deep, it's just the nature of the machine for most of us.
A sharp pointed tool like jasons example show how you could get a far superior finish and real cutting action at low feed rates and cut depths.
Anyone wanna try sharpening the originals and seeing the results?
|Thread: Burglar alarm|
This is why the NYPD eventually changed it's tactics in the 90's because of rising crime, they adopted a zero tolerance policy, meaning that nothing could be treated as too petty to investigate, because people were slowly losing trust in their competence, which would set a reasonable precedent for vigilantism.
The only way to stop that was to show that they were still useful.
Edited By Michael-w on 06/05/2018 18:07:48
|Thread: Drinking and Driving.|
I agree that even my own Dad would admit to having been behind the wheel after the pub about 40 years ago.(He would never do that now)
I agree it's a different attitude to drinking in general that's brought about the change, also a good awareness of the number of deaths that have been high profile in drink driving.
The link boasting about helping people avoiding punishment is possibly bordering on the grey area of legality. It seems incredibly insensitive to the victims of their accused crimes.
Edited By Michael-w on 03/05/2018 12:53:05
To be fair, in those countries, especially north korea I don't think they would give you a full count of their real prison population even if that included the "re-education" camps where a lot of people die, for really stupid reasons, you can be prosecuted for just one of your family members doing something.
Edited By Michael-w on 02/05/2018 18:18:36
|Thread: The Workshop Progress thread 2018|
You can be very creative with those backplate castings! I'm sure I've got three 5" castings laying around waiting to be done with one purpose in mind or another...
I was a little bit uninspired by the selection of "engineery" magazines on offer this week at WH smiths, so I struck out and went down a different alley for a change, the "wood worker" magazine
and I'd say I'm glad I did, lots of good tips, even for this hobby to be found in them.
Edited By Michael-w on 02/05/2018 18:02:53
|Thread: Zeus infallible?----mmmmm!|
It may be a poor print but they should definitely change it slightly, it's still a very obscure looking 3. Compare it with the "53" 's 3 and that's crisp, and as plain as day a 3 and nothing else.
Edited By Michael-w on 02/05/2018 15:02:18
|Thread: Nickel Plating|
Just to clarify are we talking about chrome plating or nickel plating here? Because by the sounds of it, it's possible that chrome plating needs more sophisticated preparation than nickel plating.
With regards to nickel plating, I agree I've done it before, it's a bit hit or miss in terms of how well it does it at home, and you should expect to have to experiment with it. But I've got items I've plated with little signs of going anywhere sometime soon, without doing copper.
You can also keep doing the same plating process to build up the layer, and this then falls into the realm of electroforming.
This is all good and well if all you want to do is mess about with it, but if you've got a trophy you want doing, I would absolutely not tell you to go and get a home kit, you'll be very disappointed! Get the professionals for that.
Edited By Michael-w on 29/04/2018 21:10:27
|Thread: Phone Scam|
"Sir, we're contacting you about a car accident you were involved in the last 6 months"
"Well that's interesting, I don't own a vehicle, please go on"
phone goes dead
|Thread: Condensation Management|
I couldn't do this clever stuff, if I need to conk it on the head, I need a commercial product I can just use, like an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
|Thread: Home workshop fatal tragedy|
Yes, theres also a whole host of other (possibly bogus) claims about what HxOxH can do, which is precisely why they claim it because they want to monetise the technology, most mainstream science claims it's little more than a glorified hydrogen torch. The proponents swear by it.
But like you said, there's no such thing as a free lunch with energy, you can't expect to get more energy than the potential of the input.
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