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Thread: Low voltage bulbs
15/01/2019 13:28:58

The worklight on my Craftsman lathe uses standard 24 v headlamp bulbs,which I can get in my local Auto shop.

Can,t remember when I last had to replace a bulb. These lamps were flogged off by Chester at one of their "Open Days" some years ago and I bought two of them for £10. One for my lathe,one for the Mill. Good deal!.

They look like the old searchlights,but they work !

Thread: lathe to cut 26tpi
15/01/2019 13:12:53

Hi Robert,

I have a Chester Craftsman long bed lathe which will cut 26tpi straight off. It cuts quite a wide range of threads,both Metric and Whit,and has a 1 1/2" bore. Might be wort looking at.

Thread: L.A.Van Royen Twist Drills and their Grinding
09/01/2019 11:24:29

Yes Postal Orders are still around,over here anyway.Strange to say,there are still a few places which will not accept cash [not many ! ],cheques or cards.

Some years ago when I went to tax my car,an import, I had to present it in person,to the Revenue so that they could check the engine/frame number,ect. and give me a new reg number. For this they charged 100 Euro,but to my surprise,would not accept cash,cheque,or card ! They wanted a good old-fashioned Postal Order,nothing else !

As it happened,the Post Office was just across the road,so I got one there. The Post Office teller was not surprised when I explained what it was for. He said "We gave up years ago trying to understand that shower,they live in a world of their own"

Fast forward a few more years to when Property Tax came along,this time around REVENUE had no problem accepting cards !! Maybe someone turned on the lights. ?

Thread: Milling without a milling machine
07/01/2019 13:32:37

Drilling machines are for drilling holes

Milling machines are for cutting slots [along with other things ]

Simple as that !

The short answer would have to be-----not really a good idea.

Thread: Mystery Willard Lathe Tool
06/01/2019 11:42:48

Sparey showed something like that in his book,he said it was the best type for threading,and easy to make.

Thread: Surface finish
03/01/2019 17:25:14

Not sure that you need much more speed for screw cutting ??indecision

Thread: Model engineers - enlisted in war efforts?
03/01/2019 17:17:23

Noting the high number of shells which failed [and are still being dug up to-day],home workshop production would have had very little real value. The serious work was/still is done in factories.

Thread: Thanks for the add
03/01/2019 17:02:42

Having read that book,it,s just a matter of putting it into practice,you can,t go too far wrong,it,s all solid advice.

Just be warned !! Once you start,there,s no going back,you,re HOOKED !!

All that aside,you have a nice little machine and I wish you many happy hours with it.

Have fun .

PS Make sure to get a big bucket for the swarf,you might be surprised how fast it mounts up !

03/01/2019 17:02:41

Having read that book,it,s just a matter of putting it into practice,you can,t go too far wrong,it,s all solid advice.

Just be warned !! Once you start,there,s no going back,you,re HOOKED !!

All that aside,you have a nice little machine and I wish you many happy hours with it.

Have fun .

PS Make sure to get a big bucket for the swarf,you might be surprised how fast it mounts up !

Thread: Too many characters when posting
01/01/2019 12:58:41

Or summa like that !!

Thread: Measurements from the past
01/01/2019 12:51:53

Surprised that no-one mentioned the Cubit. It was good enough to build the ARK,which did not sink,unlike some others I could mention !!cheekycheeky

Thread: Access Platform
31/12/2018 13:24:58

Much useful info there,but does anyone know what size section I should use,even if I go for two towers,rather than one unit ? I,m thinking about moving this alone,on grass,that,s the reason for the wheels.

31/12/2018 12:01:17

I, want to make a mobile access platform to use for cutting my hedges and reaching my gutters [single story house ]

I am considering using semi bright box tubing to make up four frames, each frame being welded up as a separate unit,so that it could be taken apart for storage,and bolted together as required.

The size I have in mind is something about 8 or ten feet long x 2 ft wide x 4 ft high. I think I may need struts to brace it on the outer side.

Having looked up to see what is available,I found two sizes which might suit :

50 x 25 x1.5 or x 2mm

40 x 40 x 1.5 or x 2 mm

Anything bigger would be too difficult to move even though the unit will be fitted with wheels at one end and handles at the other.

Any advice, suggestions,comments,good,bad,or indifferent,welcome !

It it is considered to be a No-No,feel free to say so,it,s just that ladders and I ,do not see eye-eye anymore.

Thanks for any ideas,


Thread: Setting lathe top slide angle accurately.
25/12/2018 10:53:58

I made two simple gauges for setting my top slide for screw cutting,one for 55*,one for 60*,since I found it difficult to read the scale. They were made from off cuts of Ali sheet,nothing fancy,but they are fast and they work.

There are pictures of them in my album. Would be easy to make a few for the angles you use most.

Thread: Reverse thread cutting
24/12/2018 10:25:47

Of course you must keep the leadscrew engaged while threading,otherwise you will lose position,but that does not prevent you from stopping the machine and winding out the cross slide when you reach the end of your thread.

Then you just reverse,back towards the tailstock,set the cross slide back to zero and bring in the topslide to increase the dept of thread. A low speed is a great help,dont know what your,s is but when I,m cutting course threads,I find that even 50 RPM is a bit fast ! It,s great for most other threads.

Never seen a lathe like that,with only shaft,must take some getting used to !

Perhaps it would help if you cut a groove just short of the bolt head and get ready to reverse as you approach it.

23/12/2018 17:11:07

You would need to be threading very near to the chuck to be in any danger of running into it,no thread goes right up to the chuck.

I leave the leadscrew/halfnuts engaged all the time,while threading,using the angled top slide to set the dept and the cross slide to put on the cut. When you reach the end of your cut,wind out the cross slide and reverse the lathe back to the starting point,while bringing in the top slide a bit deeper. You get into the habit of using both of them together,and it works a dream.

Sparey was using this approach back in his day,and it still works.

The only time I have to watch it,is when I,m cutting large threads like 21/4"x 8 as on my lathe spindle,since the carrage is really moving and while I might not hit the chuck,I could run out of road,so to speak. Result is much the same. Chips might not be blue but the air sure is !

Lathes do not like things like that.

Thread: Tapping Drill Sizes
23/12/2018 16:44:32

I use the sizes given in the Zeus book,unless I find it a bit tight,then I go a little bit bigger,since taps are not a throw-away item,not with me,anyway.

Thread: Wall Storage Recommendation
23/12/2018 16:37:40

Or China ?

Thread: Chester Machine tools - blood from a stone?
21/12/2018 11:16:06

I have had mixed reaction from Chester,some good some not so good.

First I would like to say that I found Tony to be very helpful,also a man named Mark. The problem seems to be that things get shifted around between different people and you dont always get to talk to the same guy twice. This causes misunderstandings and annoyance along with delays.

It,s a strange thing but this seems to happen more when small companies expand and tend to lose touch with their customer base [this appears to happen in most companies,not just Chester ]. My first dealings with Chester was some 18/19 years ago when they were quite small,we walked in there one Saturday morning,no-one to be seen anywhere. We walked all around the place,still no-one !,we could have filled our bags with everything lying around !

Then,out of the blue,a man called Chris appeared,offered us a cup of tea and showed us around,all very low key,very different to what it is now,it seems. Chris was/is a gentleman,met him several times afterwards,always a pleasure to deal with him [is he still around ? ] Also a man named John,another gentleman,ever helpful.

So it seems that big is not always best, eye contact is all-important in sales ask any car sales man.

Another thing is that when trying to order spares,they want you to fill out an order form about two yards long with this number and that number,make,model, colour ect, and you with a machine 20 years old and covered in muck and with no idea where any number might be ! That,s OK for big operators,but not for small guys like us [who put them on their feet ]

Perhaps it just needs a new approach,maybe one guy to look after things like this?cheekyfrown

Thread: Vertex HV6 - Corrected Division Table plus universal dividing spreadsheet
19/12/2018 17:00:50

Yes Howard,

I have found so many "Errors" with my 6" table that I no longer pay any heed to the "so-called-chart ",I tend to work it out instead. I dont know why they bother to supply these charts when they are not accurate,there is no excuse for it in this day and age. They are making these things long enough,at this stage to get it right.

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