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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

Here is a list of all the postings Ian Skeldon 2 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Workshop insurance
17/03/2019 16:59:41

Do WM have a website? I have googled and come up with only one address that is actually Walker Midgely and that returns a bad page??

Thread: Soba rotary table
13/03/2019 20:04:58

I have seen lots of the things you have made, so in the right hands they're very useable.

Thanks Jason

13/03/2019 18:29:17

Does anyone here use a Soba roary table without any issues? As already covered it depends on the level of accuracy the user is trying to achieve but it would be interesting to hear from owners of such tooling.

12/03/2019 20:14:12

I don't think I will ever have to worry that a shaft or bearing face is one hundredth of a millimeter out, and if I did I am really sure I don't have the time, equipment or skill to improve it, so maybe that vertex would be a good item for me to buy.

Ketan, do you sell Vertex?


Thread: Slitting Saw Arbor
22/02/2019 21:37:18

Thanks for sharing, great video although I don't think it needed the music.

Thread: Threading a bar for 6ba
08/02/2019 20:45:23

Thank you Benjamin, IanT and Nick, I will check out both of those suggestions.


07/02/2019 19:25:43

Firstly my apologies is this post is considered to be hi-jacking the original thread (there's a pun in there somewhere).

What is considered to be the best way to create very small diameter threads ( 1mm for instance) both internal and external, can you buy taps and dies in that sort of size?



Thread: 3 cyl Pip engine
20/01/2019 17:03:32

David I bow to your ingenuity and machining skills, not to mention your patience.

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 20/01/2019 17:04:33

Thread: For discussing the merits of alternative 3D CAD programs.
15/01/2019 20:36:35

Could be I am looking at the wrong thing, this is all I found **LINK**when looking for Onshape. As I am not a student or an educator it would seem that there is only the trial version available?

14/01/2019 21:14:51

Turbine Guy,

I have looked at Onshape a couple of times but unless your a student (or I have missed something), it seems pretty expensive $1500 a year.


14/01/2019 20:59:12

Hi Martin,

It does have some fine drawings in the gallery, like I said it would seem that you know your way around it pretty well.



13/01/2019 16:42:59

Martin (or should it be Eddie ?) anyway, you do make it look easy with MOI, you certainly seem to know your way around that particular package, out of curiosity, what does it cost to buy?

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 13/01/2019 16:43:31

Thread: Short technique, set-up and problem solving articles for MEW
01/01/2019 21:36:29

I don't think you can go wrong for a tenner as long as it's accurate enough for the intended use, I will have to take a look around for a Lidel, thanks Bazyle.

Thread: Completed Twin Inline IC Engine
01/01/2019 21:26:15

That's lovely mate, nice one.

Thread: Lathe crash!
01/01/2019 17:09:46

ChrisB I had a nightmare getting my lathe to cut the thread I wanted (internal and external imperial on my metric lathe).

Thankfully there was an answer and pretty much all of those involved in this thread helped me to sort it out, looks like your issue is going to be more difficult to resolve, maybe buy a load of bushes and hope you never need them wink


Thread: Short technique, set-up and problem solving articles for MEW
31/12/2018 23:22:45

Crikey, is that the some old horse etc, etc. That takes me back some 40 odd years. Has anyone used the cheap (around £20) chinese digital angle guages? if so are they accurate?


Thread: Lathe crash!
31/12/2018 23:04:02

I read somewhere on line but not on this forum about a DIY adjustable stop that disengaged the tumbler gear, I wish I had book marked it as I can't find it now. IIRC it would allow pretty fine adjustment but until I can find it I can't say much more about it.


31/12/2018 19:50:26

Hi Jason,

On various websites there are several DIY projects showing various ways to knock the machine out of autofeed using a stop type bed clamp. I also remember being told as a lad that shearing the leadscrew pinion would cost me to have it replaced whereas running a saddle into a running chuck would end my apprenticeship. I can only assume that that was because either it was more costly or more dangerous, or maybe both.

Best regards, Ian

Thread: Short technique, set-up and problem solving articles for MEW
30/12/2018 17:36:11

A couple of very simple tips for absolute beginers.

On my bigger lathe I have a QCTP and a conventional TP on the smaller lathe.

TIP : My preferred method of setting the tool height is to simply face the work piece, when the small nub has gone tool is at correct height.

TIP : I have lots of cheap feeler guage fingers to allow me to get the tool bang on, I can very quickly shim up a tool to get it right using these for final adjustment.

I have made brass GIB strips for the older lathe to replace the worn steel ones, the carriage is now slop free but movable.


Thread: Lathe crash!
30/12/2018 17:29:27

Hi Chris B,

I am sure your last sentence was tongue in cheek, however in order to help prevent another crash which may cause more serious damage or even worse hurt you, why not look at making a carriage stop, nothing elaborate. It will allow you to work with gaps of thous between your chuck and tool post knowing that it cannot creep into the chuck.

Please don't take this advice as criticism, we have all done or nearly done what you have done at some point.


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