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Thread: Boxford 3C collets
05/09/2017 11:43:15

I have a Boxford AUD lathe, 327 marked collets, and a collet closer for them. The couple of odd 3C collets I had from overseas awhile back had a different thread size and would not fit the closer.

Thread: What Material for 5C collet Rack
21/08/2017 10:23:50

Another solution might be to get a cut off from a piece of PVC facia board or window sill, etc., from a local supplier.

If no supplier is nearby, you might be able to find what you need at the recycling centre in your area, or at a building site skip.

20/08/2017 13:37:46

Get some plastic cutting boards, check out the Pound shops, Sainsbury, or similar shops.

Thread: advice on choosing a milling machine
16/08/2017 13:03:37

Currently there is an Elliott vertical milling & boring machine listed on the " " site which might fit your purpose.

Thread: Mill / shaper dilemma
02/08/2017 00:53:11

I love my shaper, so much so, that It was one of the few machines that I shipped half way across the world. Wish I had also brought my Clausing lathe and other tools here; but that's another story. If you have the opportunity to acquire a good shaper, go for it. They're not making them any more, and like other quality machinery of yesteryear, becoming more difficult to find as time goes by.

01/08/2017 23:24:10

A milling machine can also double as a drill press. Do you have a drill press taking up room in your shed ?, If so, that space could possibly be used for a Shaper instead.

Thread: Move to a Miller
01/08/2017 14:06:58

A Dore Westbury mill was listed on the GandMtools site when I was browsing this morning.

Thread: Swarf Trivia
31/07/2017 16:07:21

Sad I know, but I wonder..... is there a Guinness Book world record for the longest swarf chip ?

Thread: Collectable Antiques
26/07/2017 12:34:21

You can get a better hammer for "free" in a packet of Walkers Toffee. wink

Thread: 2040 deadline for Diesel and Petrol cars.
26/07/2017 10:55:37

Follow the money trail. As long as there is the ability to produce diesel & petrol fuel, it will be sold and consumed somewhere. The world air currents don't recognise borders or government bans.

Edited By Mike E. on 26/07/2017 10:57:02

Thread: Sash weight value
22/07/2017 19:04:19

As for a good use, I remember back in California my Dad use to sell them on the cattle boats when he went Rock Cod fishing, it covered the cost of the trip. He would roll a cigarette while walking around the boat seeing what everyone else was using for a weight, then put a sash weight that was marginally heavier on his line. At the first drop, his jigs hit the bottom first, and rarely got tangled as he was winding up the fish while the other lines were still on the way down; the torpedo shape probably helped. Funny thing, he just about always won the jackpot for the most or largest fish. All I ever won was a bout of sea sickness, lol.

We also tried machining the sash weights, but without luck, there seemed to be a lot of slag in them.

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
20/07/2017 20:35:23

Took apart the as new Etalon height gage I was fortunate enough to acquire, cleaned what I could in the ultra sonic, and painted the base my favourite green from a treasured tin of very old stock "One Shot" brand sign painters paint.

Etalon Height Gage

Thread: Looking for a light fitting
19/07/2017 22:45:27

A little stainless steel bowl with a hole punched in its base could make a very nice reflector.

Thread: Tooling for Centec2 mill
12/07/2017 17:55:16

If the arbour you have fits your machine (?), then consider having a keyway milled in the shaft to match the keyway in the horizontal cutters designed to fit the diameter of your arbour. You may also need to have several spacers cut or broached with keyways.

Edited By Mike E. on 12/07/2017 17:57:03

12/07/2017 13:39:11

A key, or a keyway in the arbour ?

For a key, consider looking at lathe tool bits, and you can always grind one to suit. I've had good luck finding the right size to use on motor pulley shafts when nothing else was available.

Thread: getting a mill over to Ireland
09/07/2017 16:06:32

Consider taking the Ferry from Rosslare Harbour to Fishguard, and enjoy a road trip to pick up the machine of your choice. I travelled across country in my van with my Wife to inspect, purchase, and pick up our Tom Senior mill; we made a mini holiday of it.

Edited By Mike E. on 09/07/2017 16:11:28

Edited By Mike E. on 09/07/2017 16:12:33

Thread: What Lathe Sould I Buy?
09/07/2017 15:53:48

Check out G and M Tools. They have a few lathes listed on their site. I have bought a lot of tools and machine accessories from them. The quality and price for used tools was better than most anything I've seen on the "bay". Depending on where you are located, it might be worth your while to visit their shop.

Thread: A bunch more puzzling tools
08/07/2017 00:09:55
Posted by michael potts on 07/07/2017 19:44:52:

According to Salaman's dictionary of woodworking tools the hammer is a shackle pin maul used in dockyards and on ships for knocking the pin out of a shackle. Do you live anywhere near a port ?

The second item is a hand saw set from the same reference. The tip is a screwdriver blade for tightening screws holding the blade in position.

Salaman's dictionary of woodworking tools, published in 1975, is a godsend for identifying tools of all sorts. I have had my copy for many years. One dealing with metal work tools would be considerably larger, but nothing exists.

Regards. Mike Potts.

I didn't know about this book. Thanks for posting ! yes

I just ordered a copy from Amazon. smiley

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
02/07/2017 19:50:04

I installed handles on a used tool cabinet I bought, and rearranged my storage unit to make room for it. Got to fill the space up to get my money's worth for the rental. smiley

Edited By Mike E. on 02/07/2017 19:51:15

24/06/2017 22:00:25

A little late with a reply, but here's a suggestion. Farmers use large quantities of hydraulic oils in their tractor's, and could be your source for acquiring the smaller amounts needed. I talked to a local Farmer and was able to purchase a couple of litres ( Tellus 37 ) from a large drum he had; it was a better purchase than could be had than buying from a dealer. It worked for me.

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