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

Member postings for jimmy b

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

Thread: Shipping delays and costs
23/01/2021 03:43:50

The impact on industry looks to a major headache.

one of my roles is ordering tooling at work, one way or another this is from overseas and has gone from 1-2 days too 1-3 weeks!

Same story with materials, 1 month has turned into 2-3 months! (surprising how much is not made here now)

The knock-on effect of this will be far reaching and inevitably end up with higher inflation.

As a previous poster said, I glad I have a very well equipped workshop!


Thread: How not to use a clamp
22/01/2021 20:40:27

Man that does, criticised by those that can't...


Thread: Coronavirus death stats
16/01/2021 07:28:22

It would appear that some people really do think they know everything.....

As NDIY says, stay in your shed.....


Thread: Yet another scam lathe sale on ebay to be aware of
08/01/2021 19:34:48

I'm sick of people like this!

I'm going to bid this to the celling!!!!


06/01/2021 19:32:26

I'd say genuine seller.

Boxford man clearly scammer.


Thread: Gloves and machine tools - my stupidity.
01/01/2021 09:27:55

I've had to wear nitrile gloves at work and at home for 25 years, after I got dermatitis. It took 5 months to clear up and has left me with hypersensitivity to oils!

I will say its nice to have clean hands!


01/01/2021 06:53:34


These are for use with machinery.


Thread: Threading Wires
16/12/2020 16:30:19


Excellent link, thank you.


Thread: Have You considered getting a 3D printer
12/12/2020 08:12:25

I've had 2 Aldi printers for almost 2 years.

I keep a log of the prints (this started as a bit of fun, but can't seem to stop now!), so far the totals on both printers are-

  • 1,152 prints
  • 3,812 hours
  • 7,804 meters of filament (23.4 kg)

in that time, I've used around 10 print mats, 20 bowden tubes/nozzles


I have probably had less than 10 prints fail.

Printed things range from workshop items (brackets, tubs, tools etc etc), house items (a surprising amount looking at the log), work items (makes it easier to quote parts when you can hold a physical item.


Mine get a check over once a month (oiled, alignment check and dust blown off).

If the wife would let me have another, I would get a dual extruder to add to the fleet.



Edited By jimmy b on 12/12/2020 08:16:48

Thread: Drilling addition holes for gib screws has caused distortions in the slide
12/11/2020 16:35:21

I did this mod on my SC4, well worth the effort


Thread: Workshop/Garage Insulation/Space Heating
06/11/2020 17:18:28

I just use a 2000W radiator.


Thread: bore measurement
31/10/2020 19:23:58

Hi James,

A lot depends on the end use of the item!

i use one/some of the following, depending on the job

Calipers (digital/vernier)

Telescoping gauge

bore/inside mic

comparator (John Bull etc)


Gauge pins

Slip gauges and accessory set.

Very much "horses for courses"!


Thread: DRO errors, or are they??
25/10/2020 09:26:12

I'd use a drop clock and check against that,. At least then you establish where the error lies.


Thread: Putting the clocks back
25/10/2020 08:01:02

Put mine back this morning



Thread: Bought a cheap Chinese Digital Micrometer, here's a bit of a review -
25/10/2020 05:15:28

I got my fingers burnt on a cheap digital mic, it now serves as reminder above my shed door, not to but cheap metrology stuff!

It was within 0.0001" measuring smaller and smaller slips, on the return out, it gained .002" every time!


Lesson learned.


Thread: Medical needles
24/10/2020 18:27:32

I buy my blunt needles, in quite a range of sizes, from ebay, along with syringes. very handy for oiling and gluing.

My doctor showed me the hypodermic trick fr getting splinters out 35 years ago, always kept some in my toolboxes since.


Thread: Reaming Holes in Fixture Plate - What Type of Reamer
24/10/2020 02:36:21

If you drill through, you'll still end up with "blind holes" to gather and trap swarf, once located on a flat surface.

Safest way to get the swarf out, is to poke an extended airline nozzle through a plastic/paper cup, put nozzle in hole and hold cup against the fixture plate, a quick blast should clear the thread.


23/10/2020 20:55:01

If i was to do this at work, I'd bore these to size.

Standard machine/chucking reamers will have a small lead, you will just need to chamfer the end of you dowels.


Thread: Dressing a diamond wheel
23/10/2020 19:24:35

I use a soft, white stone (Norton brand), I just push it in to the wheel and it cleans all the rubbish out, restoring the surface.

Same thing as the above from Axminster.



Edited By jimmy b on 23/10/2020 19:25:27

Thread: Milling attachment for Warco wm290vf
23/10/2020 19:18:31

I had a milling head on my SC4.

The powerfeed was great, but simply not solid enough.

I ended up selling it and putting the money towards a "proper" mill.


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
Eccentric July 5 2018
Eccentric Engineering
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