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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

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Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
20/08/2017 21:23:08

Ahhh their cute, what breed are they? Are they French Bulldogs as mentioned by Roderick?

Thread: Level lathe set up
18/08/2017 10:33:44

Nick Hulme, David Standing is right, it was an unspotted typo on my part, sorry to have caused any confusion.

Thread: advice on choosing a milling machine
16/08/2017 19:56:42

Hi Giles,

Sorry that I can't really offer a finite answer to your question but bear in mind the following scenario that I find myself in.

I wanted a small to mid sized lathe and bought a far eastern one for about £1200, the lathe itself is ok and pretty accurate, it came with a 3 jaw chuck and a four jaw independant chuck as well as a face plate. I bought a collet holder chuck as well as I want to maintain a tight degree of accuracy where possible.

Once it was set up in my workshop I set about truing the 3 jaw chuck as this was already mounted and would often be used. After a very light skim of the back plate and some fine tuning I had it cracked, a couple of light c/punch marks for further identification should the chuck ever need to come off. The 4 jaw was also set up so as to be true, not wanting to disturb the now accurate set up I tried to buy back plates for both teh face plate and the collet chuck.

Firstly the cost of over £100 each from the supplier of the machine and secondly the the fact that they didn't have any in stock and no idea of when they would become available meant that the face plate and collet holder are not useable. My used, old British Mill came with just about everything I would ever use and is very solid and reliable in use. So do check out even the well known suppliers of these far eastern machines as they will tell you they have everything in the way of spares and accessories available etc, etc.

Thread: Level lathe set up
16/08/2017 19:39:23

Firstly I want to point out that I am probably no more knowledgable than David Thompson 1, however David ask yourself this question;

If I am going to bother making sure that there is now twisting, bending and distortion in the lathe once it is set up, why would I not make sure it was level as well?

Thread: Cast Iron query
10/08/2017 20:32:27

Quick update,

drilled it a little deeper (must have been close to breaking through the outer face, but didn't), then tapped it in have a go style with (Duncans advice about using UNF followed) a M10 Carbon plug tap, ground to be very flat to allow it to go as deep as possible.

I am sure it is more down to luck than skill but it has worked perfectly. If it does fail in the future due to lack of depth then I will have to use some of the excellent ideas put forward.

Many thanks to everyone for being so helpful.

Thread: Move to a Miller
10/08/2017 20:16:28

I don't normally recommend that well known auction site but I bought a Myford VMC for a very good price off it, it was a bit of a gamble but checking out the photos and asking a couple of questions helped to make the decision.

Long story short, it is a superb machine and looking at some of the offerings from the well known used machinery outlets I would say it was a very good bargain indeed, it more than meets my needs, so if your in no hurry, check out that site and see what comes up.

Thread: Polystyrene cutting
10/08/2017 20:06:28

For future reference, I have just finished cutting large 50mm thick sheets down to size to insulate my garage as it's going to become my workshop very soon. I used the flat blade heating element of an old toaster with a battery charger, worked a treat and cost nothing.face 23

Thread: Try Model Engineers' Workshop or Model Engineer for £1
05/08/2017 21:41:00

I have just gone and subscribed, thanks for the heads up.

Thread: Cast Iron query
04/08/2017 10:32:42

Mmm seems like my initial concerns are well founded, I like the idea of drilling through and tapping, then using a shouldered or stepped thread.

I will try to get a couple of photos up to show the problem in more clarity.

But in the mean time, thanks again to all of you for your help.


Thread: Total workshop clearance
04/08/2017 10:26:56

Firstly I do hope it all works out well for you John, it sounds more promising than your opening post.

Secondly I think in that posting your dilema on here was a good idea, I have found nothing but good advice and genuine, friendly and helpful people on this forum.

Thirdly, I still don't understand why (generally) there are no facilities available localy for would-be engineers and machinist's to get hands on experience with lathes etc, maybe local ME clubs could approach local college's and universities and eventually sort out some sort of facility. Or maybe there is??

Thread: I.T
03/08/2017 22:36:44

I use linux mint with LibreOffice, no virus's to worry about and no licences to pay through the nose for, LibreOffice will also run well on Windows.

Thread: Cast Iron query
03/08/2017 22:23:01

Ah both good ideas, in trying the insert first I can still resort to drilling through and using a bolt(s) if that doesn't work.

Many thanks for those ideas,


03/08/2017 12:37:43


A friend who is down on his luck atthe moment has asked if I could help him out, he has taken the front door off his old wood burning stove to give it a good clean and in trying to remove the glass he has sheered or snapped off one of the securing bolts, all of the others are ok.

I looked it over and it really does need something where the old stud/bolt was located to secure the glass to door seal so ignoring it isn't an option. He managed to remove the old stud/bolt himself but in doing so has opened up the hole and left it none uniform in shape and size.

Without wanting to make it a big task and costing me any more than was needed I ground one of my 8.5mm twist drills so that I could use a 3/8 unf tap for the full depth (only 3.5mm) my plan being to now ground a few of my cheaper 3/8 carbon taps flat to get to the bottom and then put a new bolt in.

I would like to ask if this seems the best way forward or am I unlikely to get a good result?

If a good result is unlikely, am I likely to be able to braze a bolt into this hole without distorting or damaging the door further, note that I don't have a brazing hearth just a very good plumbers brazing torch an dsome brass spelter and flux somewhere.

Thanks, Ian

Thread: CHUKY Flame Licker Build
30/07/2017 21:39:43

Nice one JasonB, I love the video of it running, nicely made flame gulper as well.

Thread: Get posting
27/07/2017 21:59:35

What makes them the courier of choice for me is the flexible way that I can both send or receive parcels without having to drive out to the couriers nearest depot to collect them, it has kind of limited the choice of suppliers I will use, but the conveiniance makes up for that.

Thread: New to this Forum
27/07/2017 21:55:16

Hi Brian,

Welcome to what must be one of the most useful and helpful forums on the internet. I'm afraid that I can't help in suggesting a lathe for you but I am sure there will be plenty of suggestings from those more knowledgeable shortly.

Best wishes, Ian

Thread: Get posting
27/07/2017 11:11:24

Firstly sorry if either this is the wrong place to mention this, or secondly if this has been mentioned before.

I have just bought a fairly large and heavy item from one of the well known suppliers, I could have bought the item just a little bit cheaper also from another well known supplier. What made me choose the supplier in the end was a very quick chat about posting my parcel out to me.

The supplier told me that they use DPD as their choice of courier and that the courier could arrange at no extra cost to me, to have my parcel deliverd to a nearby shop for me to collect at my conveiniance or any other nearby outlet that is part of the network.

As someone that works shifts this simple but very effective facility has been so easy and useful that I now look for anything I need with this supplier first, only choosing an alternative if it's not available. But here is the other useful information, I can also send parcels using the same method, and, it's no more expensive than using any other courier.

So if you need a bit of flexibility with sending or receiving parcels etc, google DPD. I have no connection with them or the chosen supplier other than being a very happy customer.

Thread: Singe Phase motors
24/07/2017 21:52:31

Wow Bernie that's a very generous offer, personally, I don't need a motor (well not yet anyway) but appreciate the kindness of your offer and wanted to acknowledge your generosity.

Best wishes, Ian

Thread: No win No fee scum warning !!!
22/07/2017 20:26:19

I change my insurance provider every time it come's up for renewal, having read this thread I think it may well be a beneficial thing to do in making this type of scam more difficult to perform.

Thread: Source for case hardening powder
17/07/2017 22:13:17

It could very well be old age dulling my memory but I (think) I remember case hardening components which were placed into a cement/ceramic type box filled with carbon and charcole and then a lid on top. Whole thing placed inside a large (industry type) oven and baked for about 12 hours. I do remember for sure that we would take a sample every now and then and test it's surface hardness and then cut through it to measure the depth of hardning.

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