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Member postings for Mike E.

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Thread: Rotary table + cross slide ....... why ?
03/02/2019 15:01:25

I have a Palmgren rotary table with the x & y cross slides. When I was young, all I had was a drill press, and paired with the x/y rotary table served me admirably for light milling and making custom spool hubs for the chopped bikes I worked on back in the early 1970's. Would have loved to have had a mill back then.

Thread: Lunar Eclipse
21/01/2019 07:32:09

Nice photos. No luck in my neck of the woods.

Thread: Bending copper pipe
15/01/2019 21:08:11

An option would be to find a long coil spring with a 3/8" bore and slip it over the copper tube where you intend the bend to be. The spring will support the surrounding area to equalize the pressure around the bend and minimise the chance of a sharp kink. I have a set of commercially made ones are made for this purpose, but are not immediately available to post photos.

Thread: Angle checker
28/12/2018 21:37:53

If it were me, I would probably have put it where I keep my lathe centre gage tool for threading; because they look alike.

Thread: Todays Mystery Objects?
28/11/2018 16:12:37

possibly a chute connection for air dropping supplies for ground troops.

Thread: Solution found to the World's biggest problem . . .
09/11/2018 08:36:18

The DVLA already have. This year our 15 year old car cost us one hundred and ninety pounds road tax, yet the newer one we just bought now costs us thirty pounds.

Posted by Mick Charity on 08/11/2018 23:23:31:

………………... they'll just tax us heavily when it's past it's short design life & it comes time to throw it away.

Thread: what Christmas present
05/11/2018 21:40:26

A set of gear cutters would be nice.

Thread: Where to learn Gear Hobbing?
03/11/2018 08:57:17

Currently there is an old Koepfer gear hobber on the G and M tools site.

Thread: Pickle for Cartridge Brass
01/10/2018 21:44:29

Not sure how it would work on copper, but Apple Cider Vinegar will dissolve the worst corrosion imaginable on brass and leave it looking like new.

Thread: Today's mystery object
19/09/2018 14:18:24

Necessity being the mother of invention, it looks like an attempt at a home made builders level.

Thread: Tiny hoist designs?
31/08/2018 18:37:16

Consider a hand crank winch, the type used on small boat trailers to winch boats up on to them out of the water at a loading ramp.

Thread: Belt Driven Hacksaws -
22/08/2018 21:15:36

I have the larger model 90 Kennedy saw which had belt slippage when I acquired it. Oil was part of the problem, but slippage all but disappeared when I roughed up the small motor pully with coarse sandpaper.

Thread: A good quality oil can..?
22/08/2018 18:34:28

Here's a thought..... Why not make your own ?

I often see metal hip flasks for a couple of pounds in charity shops. Machining a simple drip nozzle replacement cap with an O-ring would make for a handy size oil can.

Thread: Correct name for this item please?
20/08/2018 12:08:18
Posted by Howard Lewis on 19/08/2018 20:54:44:

Mike E

Sacrilege to turn a precision instrument into a drilling machine derivative. You can make a Tapping Machine from some pipe fittings (Tee pieces)

Would you use a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud for ploughing?


Are you sure that you will have no use for it in the future?

If NO, make sure that it goes to someone who will respect it and use it for its intended purpose!


Although I have many fine quality tools, I never considered that they needed to be put on an Alter. To me there is nothing sacrilegious about using a fine quality item to make a fine quality tool, and yes, I would use a Rolls Royce for towing a plow if I needed to; but I don't, I have a Kubota. I take very good care of my tools and vehicles, but they are there to serve me in life, not me to serve them. Cobbling pipe fittings for a tapping machine would suffice if the need arises, but personally, I would prefer to make something a little more refined if possible.

19/08/2018 19:44:29
Posted by Martin King 2 on 19/08/2018 18:37:10:

Brian & Howard, Thanks so very much! Of no use to me so onto that auction site!

Cheers, Martin

Have you considered that it could be converted to a hand tapping machine ?

Thread: What Is The Most Beautiful 'Thing' In The World?
04/08/2018 22:18:24
Posted by Mick Charity on 04/08/2018 20:45:43:
Posted by Mike E. on 04/08/2018 20:24:44:

True reciprocated Love.

I guess you've already thought about it.

Can I ask "what was the best day of your life"?

The day my sight began to return after five months of blindness, 24 years ago.

04/08/2018 20:24:44

True reciprocated Love.

Thread: Digital Calipers
04/08/2018 00:09:01
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 03/08/2018 21:50:13:
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 03/08/2018 20:58:42:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 03/08/2018 19:24:30:

Just one... have you had them calibrated?

No. There's no manufacturer identification on them. So I suspect they were probably made by my father as part of his apprenticeship. So they will have been assessed.


That was an attempt a humour... how would you calibrate a plain caliper?

Lock it within a couple of thousandths, then carefully stone the ends to fit the sample you wish to duplicate.

Thread: Copper Solid Rivets
29/07/2018 17:03:58

Google "riveting aircraft panels".

Thread: Tom senior M1 horizontal arbor
20/07/2018 18:52:31
Posted by Philip Slater on 19/07/2018 19:22:38:

…………………………. My home made vertical head (which is in a bad way) uses the 2 drive grooves for drive. Is that correct?

Not sure about your vertical head, the one on my mill has an MT-2 taper.

Hope you and Durhambuilder work out an equitable swap.smiley

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