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Member postings for R Johns

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

Thread: The cultural status of engineers in the UK
10/01/2020 10:30:03

Moons ago as an apprentice we were told that because we got our hands dirty we were well down the social pecking order. Later on I worked as a gofer in an office in one of our major naval bases and the office workers who dictated policy and passed paper around all day were certainly looked upon much higher by management than the people who actually did the manual work. We seem to have our priorities completely wrong in this country.

Thread: Is Model Engineering in Decline
19/10/2019 14:12:00

Interesting posts here. I am planing on taking my 6 year old to Alexandra Palace in January for the model exhibition. He is well into airfix and builds with meccano. We have done some woodwork together but he now wants to do engineering. I am always in the shed making steam engines etc.

He has used under supervision my small unimat lathe to make a couple of components for his models but the thing really stopping progress is his age and wanting something complete after a short session. I am currently toying with the idea of a mamod kit for him to get really started although these do not actually involve making anything.


Thread: Axminster SU1 Horizontal Mill
15/10/2019 15:53:10

I was interested in this mill but there appears to be little headroom for use as an end mill when used in conjunction with a rotary table etc. The Axminster video only shows a 45 degree cut being taken in horizontal mode, again there appears little space for a 90 degree cut.

Also disappointing was Axminsters lack of knowledge when I asked about horizontal cutting tools. They directed me to a link of their cutting tools that had the slitting saw (as appearing in their video) as the sole horizontal tool.


Thread: Worried
27/09/2019 14:38:07

And to throw the spanner in the works I do miles per pound. My car does 9.45 miles per pound at today's price.

26/09/2019 06:19:05

Forget what I was buying. I was given the weight by a kid in grams. I asked "what's that in English" to which I just got a blank expression.

Thread: "I'm calling about your accident" - how does this scam work?
28/07/2019 22:03:57

The best one of these I had began with the statement that "our records tend to show that you may have been involved in a qualifying accident".

Thread: Norton anti virus
10/07/2019 05:43:46

I had similar issues with Norton. I am now with another company.

10/07/2019 05:43:45

I had similar issues with Norton. I am now with another company.

Thread: Spotted in Pewsey
01/07/2019 05:36:39

Nice little shop that one. I always peer through the window.. Did you spot the Pewsey museum? It is down the road more or less opposite that shop. I have been meaning to pop in again to see a very old lathe (cannot recall the make). It is on display with some items including a traction engine built by the lathe owner. The lathe is American and was treadle drive but had been converted to electric.

Thread: Possible New Internet Scam to be Aware of.
21/06/2019 12:49:31

One 'trick' that I found out by accident is to send the email to a made up (incorrect) email address.

The return I had stating email could not be sent actually showed the senders correct email address. Barclaycard were most pleased that I typed their email address incorrectly when I was sending them the fraud email. I believe that this fraudster was subsequently traced.

Thread: Can We Be Too Good For Our Own Good - sometimes|?
21/06/2019 11:12:34
Posted by Nigel Graham 2 on 21/06/2019 07:49:33:

Yes - that's a classic example, R Johns!

I'm surprised someone managed to put the tool the wrong way up though. Was it just the cutter the wrong way round in the collet, or the entire collet chuck upside down?

I think that the whole tool holding assembly was on the wrong way. It was a tool for turning a cone on the end of the component and it looked like the back of the tool would have been against the work piece. I did not see them change it, the kid was ushered back to the machine shop and given another job!

21/06/2019 06:52:45

My claim to fame. 16 year old just started my apprenticeship and at the company for two weeks before I have to go off to a training centre for a year.

Just fitting a brand new state of the art computer controlled milling machine that takes material at one end and spits out a component at the other. The great and the good cannot get it to work. Two days of computer experts and my new engineering shop manager scratching their heads when I am taken along to see this new beast of a machine.

They were all nosing at the computer screen and seeing if the tool arms moved in the correct order as per the computer program. I am looking at the other end where the work is carried out and spotted a problem. Looking at how the tool holder moved towards where the work piece would be it appeared that when the arm was fully extended it started to spin round on the last 6 inches or so when approaching the work piece.

I did feel a ninny and expect a dressing down when I asked if the cutting tool was the right way up.

Lots of red faces but my reward, the machine program for that component was changed to my name.

Thread: Fire bricks
23/05/2019 16:09:23

I use the storage heater bricks for silver soldering. Whilst they absorb heat they also radiate heat when hot. You can look at this in the same manner as using a charcoal pit for brazing. I start by heating up the bricks then move the flame to the work piece.The ambient heat from the bricks keeps the work hot whilst you concentrate the flame onto the joint being soldered.

The only thing that I have been warned of but not seen for real is to ensure the bricks do not get wet. I am informed that a damp brick having a torch applied to it may explode.


Thread: How many members are model & toy steam 'nuts' :)
10/05/2019 14:28:17

I would like to plead guilty and have five other mamods taken into consideration!

Thread: Micrometer woes
26/01/2019 20:23:24

The curse of foam. I was given a British Thornton drawing instrument set years ago. The same thing happened. It took ages for me to clear the small particles of foam that seemed to get into everything. I do hope the mic is OK and no crap got into the thread etc.


Thread: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
26/01/2019 20:16:27

I have had the axminster version for a few years now and cannot fault it. The benders bend, the guillotine cuts and the rollers roll.

As you point out above, the machine capabilities are limited to roughly 20tho guillotine cut for steel but all other features I have rolled and bent 40tho steel. I have also extensively used this machine to roll bend and cut 20 gauge copper.


Thread: MyTimeMedia Shop
26/01/2019 20:06:39

Got through very quickly on 26th (Saturday) to the subscription office. Not had to phone before to know what the normal response time is.


Thread: Supplier for Large Timber Workshop - Recommendations Please
14/07/2018 08:12:18

I highly recommend Pro Workshop (now called garden workshop) . I have had mine a few years now. They come and measure up your site and build to order. Double glassed windows and doors, three layered walls with solid roof.



Edited By R Johns on 14/07/2018 08:12:55

Thread: Anyone repair electric driven items?
20/05/2018 00:09:38

How old is your grinder? My long neck grinder packed up out of warranty. I contacted proxxon direct regarding getting it repaired and I was sent a new one via axminster tools. They had a bad batch of these with something faulty in the motor.


Thread: Recommended Shed suppliers
26/01/2018 17:51:39

Not sure if you are in their catchment area but I am very satisfied with my pro workshop. Lots of info on their web site.

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