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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.

Thread: Diametric Pitch
20/06/2017 08:57:57
Posted by richardandtracy on 19/06/2017 16:03:22:

I have BS 436: Part 1:1967 on my desk at the moment. It's 'Specification for Spur and Helical Gears... (diametral pitch series)'

So I can confirm it's been 'diametral' since at least 1967...



Since at least 1955, according to my earliest Machinery's Handbook.

Thread: Telescope mount
17/06/2017 17:23:26

Google "Stargazers Lounge", which is great site for amateur Astronomers; you will find a lot of good information about equipment there and advice from experienced observers.

Thread: Was in Penrith and this pulled up.
15/06/2017 13:02:58

Wow, what a jewel !

I remember seeing a Rolls similar to that for sale for ten thousand dollars at the Rose Bowl swap meet in California back in 1970. There was also a gull wing Mercedes for sale for fourteen thousand at the car show held on my High School's football field the same year. If one could only have speculated their future value and desirability in todays world.


Thread: Latest forum posts
13/06/2017 13:04:44

+ 1 for a longer list. It would be nice if "all" the advertising was on the Home page, with a bypass on the Toolbar to click onto to get to the meat of the forum.

Thread: Abergavenny Steam Rally
25/05/2017 20:40:21

Thanks for posting, I wasn't aware of the event; not too far away either.

( Take two wheelbarrows full of money. ) smiley

Thread: Workshop tips from long ago
24/05/2017 18:01:25

Use Lacquer Thinner to tap aluminium. Learned this 40 some years ago from an old machinist at Lockheed Aircraft.

Thread: Opus die filer
23/05/2017 15:36:25

And here is a view of crank and slider mechanism. It would be interesting to see an internal photo of Tractor Man's filer for comparison.

Opus 120 Die Filer

23/05/2017 15:31:55

Here is a photo of the filer's guide wheel & track.

Opus 120 Die Filer

23/05/2017 15:25:19

I had a look today and was able to see the elongated slot in the flywheel where the connecting rod is attached. There doesn't appear to be any index marks to designate stroke length, so I guess you just adjust it by trial & error. Here is a photo.Opus 120 Die Filer

Edited By Mike E. on 23/05/2017 15:26:16

Thread: Is Knurling a health hazard?
19/05/2017 13:24:22
Posted by ChrisH on 19/05/2017 13:02:40:

Rozalex Barrier Cream,

- if you can find it, Mole Valley sell it, or did, always used to be good. They do wet and dry versions. Used it for years when I was at sea in the MN in the engine room.


Thanks, I'll look for it ! yes

19/05/2017 09:58:11
Posted by ega on 18/05/2017 16:41:20:

Mike E.:

As a barrier cream for dry (ie not involving water) work I have found nothing to beat PR88; certainly not cheap but very economical used correctly.

Thank you. yes

17/05/2017 19:17:51

Posted by mechman48 on 16/05/2017 17:32:45:

At present I am using barrier cream; mainly as I'm working with cast iron on the Stuarts kit S50 & as we all know the cast iron gets into the pores & creases in your skin so it makes for easier clean up afterwards, I also use disposable latex gloves as first line protection with cast too.


What is a good economical barrier cream to purchase ?

Cheers, Mike

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