Here is a list of all the postings John Reese has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Drilling cast iron - where did I go wrong?|
I agree with Mark. There is no need to pilot drill doe a 10.5mm drill unless your equipment is too light.
|Thread: Turning Cast Iron question - Health & Cleaning Up|
Think about what the upward force on the tool does to the cross slide and compound. It lifts those components creating clearance between the flat surface of the slide and the saddle. Similarly there will be clearance under the compound. Fine CI dust enters that clearance and acts as an abrasive when later you are turning with the tool facing up. Why cause premature wear on your machine just to escape a spray of swarf. Slamp a piece of sheet metal onto the tool to act as a chip deflector.
|Thread: How do I cut 6" dia bar?|
When I had a 1" lathe I parted as deep as I could then finished with a Sawzall. Now I have a 16" lathe and I am curious how deep I can part without sawing. I plan to use a lantern toolpost so I can keep cutting forces over the center of the cross slide. Previously I used an Aloris style parting tool and I didn't like the way the tool tilted left under load.
|Thread: Setting Milling-machine Vice|
My vise is keyed to the table. No tramming.
|Thread: Parting tool|
I have one like it. The inserts are FRAGILE.
|Thread: Does anyone know where I can source a Myford 34t change gear?|
Have you searched for vendors of "stock" gears. As long as the diametral pirtch and and pressure angle are correct you can modify the bore to suit your needs.
|Thread: A question about centre drilling|
I have not heard of this technique used with a center-drill. I know it is used with twist drills if the drill tends to shift off center when starting. Essentially it forces the drill to bore a true cone as it starts. If the center-drill were not perfectly aligned with the spindle centerline The technique would prevent an off center start.
|Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019|
I have been trying to figure out why smoke is coming out of the motor control of my Taft Pierce surface grinder. I checked with an ohmmeter and found infinite resistance from all 3 phases to ground. More investigation tomorrow.
|Thread: Dialect expressions|
Here in the US I was a bit startled when a Scottish lady told me to keep my pecker up.
|Thread: Brazing steel|
Not all free machining steels are leaded. Sulfur and phosphorus are common additives to improve machinability.
|Thread: "Screwing" a car round a corner!|
I used to steer corners that way on snowy or muddy or gravel roads. Drove my wife nuts. Modern vehicle stability controls pretty much prevent it and take a lot of fun out of driving.
|Thread: Coil binding tape = Empire tape? Suppliers?|
Damn. I should proofread before I submit.
I remember the term, varnished cambric, from the old days. I expect there aew newer and v=better materials..
|Thread: Machining a long part|
On the Bridgeport type machines one can swivel the turret and rack the ram in or out to cover both ends of a long part. Sometimes it is necessary to create a reference point on the part or on the machine table so work on opposite ends can be kept in register. I have often used a block with a bored hole as a reference and just clamped it to the table.
|Thread: Removing a grub screw|
You can machine Unbrako screws with HSS tools. Just keep the speed low. Yes, it does tend to dull the tool.
|Thread: Cheap DRO for Mill|
Many of the cheap DROs come without any instructions for mounting the scales and read heads. If you have not set up a DRO previously I suggest watching some of the videos from DRO Pros.
|Thread: Milling Machine advise|
In my experience Bridgeport machines are over-priced, even for badly abused machines. There are many great Bridgeport clones coming out of Tiawan. I have a Sharp machine that even has hard chromed ways. It is every bit as good at a real Bridgeport. For a table-top machine I suggest the Rong Fu RF45. I have one that I am just beginning to use. I am in the process of mounting a DRO and plan to adapt a two speed motor to it. I like the fact that it is a geared head machine so I do not have to fiddle with belts.
|Thread: Making Holes in Copper Sheet|
I have a set of these:
They work really well on sheet metal. For brass I had to dub the points. They will probably work as is for copper. Expect the holes to be a bit oversized due to runout of the cutter.
|Thread: How much can a chuck effect finish?|
+1 more on bellmouthed jaws.
|Thread: Poor finish using indexable lathe tools on steel|
If the chips curl back and contact the work it can mess up an otherwise good finish.
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