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Member postings for Ian McVickers

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

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
10/01/2020 18:12:24

Finally got round to upgrading the lighting in the shop. All 8 4ft fittings now have 22w daylight led tubes, much better than the old standard tubes.

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
31/12/2019 18:26:37

Last job for me this year was to fit the dro to my lathe. Bought the M-DRO kit for the Bantam. This should have been done earlier but I`ve had the flu since just before xmas so it got put back a bit but its all fitted now.

DRO slides

m-dro panel 1.jpg

Decided to get the first one of the wheels for my belt linisher build done before calling it a night.

wheel 1.jpg

Thread: Burnt hands
29/12/2019 13:35:16

You could try burners gloves, they give more protection than welders gloves but tend to be mitt type.

Thread: Switches
29/12/2019 13:31:50

The pushbuttons for control would be momentary. Section12.2 of the manual has the info for it.

Thread: Machining a 70mm hole in steel
22/12/2019 20:00:41

Was thinking rotabroach but it wont cut through 65mm thick unless I started smaller and went up in diameters to make a pocket and then cut through with a second pass. Finish off with a boring head.

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
08/12/2019 17:05:33

The float lock is an adjustable position vise used on drill tables. It normally has a clamp which fits to the edge of the drill table and the round sliding bar of the vise goes through it. The vise can then be positioned anywhere on the table and locked in place. A search on google will bring up a full picture which will give idea than my description. Tubal Cain has an excellent video on them.

08/12/2019 16:40:45

Decided I needed a few more clamps so went along the lines of the Float Lock vice idea.

Float lock 1.jpg

Float Lock 2.jpg

Thread: Muncaster's Simple Entablature Engine
28/11/2019 09:08:34

Thanks Jason. You produce some very fine work and its great to have you help us out and share some knowledge. A ball turner has been on my list of things to make but now that I see what your doing with it Ill have to bump it up the list a bit. Maybe just after the belt sander project that's just about to start. Whats the one in the picture for?

Thread: LPG heater- fumes
28/11/2019 09:00:12

On a side note we have odoriser in our oxygen tank supplies and it affects the quality of the cut on our plasma machines. Run the machine off a HP bottle bank and the cut quality is lovely.

28/11/2019 08:58:07

Not sure that the odoriser would be the issue. I did have a space heater in the shop at one time before I got my multifuel stove and I hated it. Got same sore heads sometimes as well and have no idea what caused them. We have bigger space heaters at work but in hugely larger buildings and I don't get any issues working next to them. Maybe they just suck up all the oxy in smaller spaces.

Thread: Muncaster's Simple Entablature Engine
27/11/2019 20:47:14

Yes ive got a four jaw. Tried this as well for flat bar and still didn't turn out great. Do you normally make them from flat bar or round stock or does it just depend on whats to hand?

27/11/2019 20:10:24

Jason I am trying to find the easiest/best way to make them. I have tried a couple of different ways on the lathe and made a holder for the chuck which will take flat bar. Also tried from round bar which gave better results and was easier to turn. Finished off the round ends on the mill and rotary table.

Thread: VFD off the bay
27/11/2019 06:27:00

I have a Huanyang vfd as well. Still going after about 5 years. Also have a couple of Mitsubishi ones as well, far better but 3 times the cost.

Thread: Muncaster's Simple Entablature Engine
27/11/2019 06:22:05


do you have any videos of you making the conrods from start to finish? Id love to see how its done.


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
21/11/2019 12:45:59

Forgot to add that mine has 4 input channels, the other one is on the back. Im sure Tony said that you can choose either 3 or 4 inputs.

21/11/2019 12:44:27

The DRO interface is indeed on top of the small pc. The older model is still on the website but I have one of the first new ones. Looks like they havent got everything finished off yet. Last time I spoke to Tony at M-DRO he said they were waiting on label plates I think. Worth giving him a call if your interested.

17/11/2019 17:14:44

Finally managed to get back into the shop and get the dro install finished on the Omnimill. I went down the pc based dro route seeing as I had a small pc and spare touch screen lying around. I had planned on using rotary encoders and rack I have as well but that idea didn't work out so I went for scales.

dro pc.jpg


Mill dro.jpg

The monitor is 21" wide screen so I don't have an excuse for miss-reading the dro now. So far it works well and I plan on fitting further scales on the vertical axis and quill.

Edited By JasonB on 17/11/2019 17:17:24

Thread: Inverters and stop switches
07/11/2019 06:40:07

Just as an additional note to this, BS7671 is not a statutory document and does not apply to machinery wiring.

Thread: UK stepper motor supplier
06/10/2019 12:56:11

Zapp Automation have a decent selection.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
29/09/2019 17:58:11

Now that winter is approaching and I`ll be spending less time in the workshop and more time in X4 Foundations space sim I decided its time to make the HOTAS desk clamps that are far too expensive to buy.

Joystick clamp.jpg

Joystick one above more or less finished, just need to get some 8mm countersunk screws to replace the hex head ones. Need to do this on both clamps.

Joystick clamp 1.jpg

Both clamps.jpg

Both clamps fitted to my workshop table. The throttle one on the left needs the holes drilling and tapping to fit the throttle base when it arrives. Hopefully Virpil will get round to dispatching my order soon.

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