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Thread: What mills have you had
22/07/2019 12:59:54

Alas, only one ! A Chester Lux ,which will no doubt see me out.

Thread: What lathes have you had?
22/07/2019 12:50:57

I am afraid I score very badly on this one, since I have had and still have only one lathe, a Chester Craftsman long bed. Since I am still learning and time is not on my side, I doubt if I will ever get another lathe, as this one does all I need and is very understanding re my lack of skills.sadsad

Thread: Surplus subjects learnt at school.
19/07/2019 20:34:15

Yes indeed, very few of them wanted to hear the truth.

Thread: If it ain't broke don't fix it - or should I?
19/07/2019 12:01:00

Let sleeping dogs lie !!

Thread: Angle grinders - Dangerous or not
18/07/2019 15:44:22

All tools are dangerous in the wrong hands, angle grinders no more so than any other.

It all comes back to the user.

Thread: Recent threads
14/07/2019 10:49:41

I do not take offence since I am no Gentleman, just a common or garden plodder.cheeky

Thread: brass needed
10/07/2019 18:05:34


When I need something like that, over here, I head to my local scrap dealer [the guy who buys scrap brass/copper ect ] Sometimes, he has offcuts of brass and copper sheet and even round bar, so it might be worth a trip for you. Might not have what you need but might know who has since he buys from small workshops as well.

Thread: My new lathe a Warco 918
10/07/2019 17:56:17

Hi Ron

Seems like you picked up a nice piece of kit. Looks to be in very good condition and you got LOADS of stuff with it ! Don't think I would worry too much about the age of it if it has been looked after well. and no bits are missing or have fallen off. Remember what they say "The older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune "

You appear to have enough stuff there to get going right away, so get stuck in !

And yes, it was worth the trip ,forget about the roadworks ! Good luck and happy turning.

Thread: Old Plastic - of all the stupid injuries
05/07/2019 12:05:19

I take it you never got a cut from a sheet of drawing paper ?

I kid you not, you could shave with it !.

Thread: What do you use your lathe for?
03/07/2019 09:46:00

I,m with Peter Shaw on this one, and like Magpie, for turning things and cutting threads ,boring ect ,ect in fact for loads of things.

Thread: What to do,what to do.
01/07/2019 13:49:03

I bought a 4 jaw scc chuck many moons ago, but to date it is still sitting in its box waiting for a backplate, which I doubt I will ever make. Never really found a job to justify setting it up. I do use my 4 jaw independent chuck quite a lot and can set it true fairly quickly with the clock.

So perhaps you might be better off to spend your money on something else

PS Just be careful who you buy from, see above Post re "Suppliers".

Thread: Advice please
01/07/2019 13:37:13

Suppliers should not take on orders unless they are in a position to fulfil them.

If there is likely to be a problem or a long delay, they should advise their customers accordingly .

This would not be too difficult and would avoid situations like this ,while ensuring that they retained their good name.

Sad to say, many don't even bother to answer calls or Emails [it,s quite common ]

I,m not sure how the Small Claims System works, but it sounds like the best in this case.

Thread: Using a lathe
29/06/2019 20:34:43

I believe that as soon as some young lad shows an interest in any kind of work ,he should be encouraged.

So what if he gets a few cuts along the way, that,s par for the course.

There is no other way to learn except to "have a go" OK you point out the dangers and keep an eye on them but you cannot be there all the time ,the y must learn for themselves. Despite what people think, they are not all thick [well, some of them anyway ] so I say ,let them at it..

I built my first sawbench when I was 16,because I could not afford to buy one. Have built a few since then.

Thread: More Workshop space, shall I or not..?
29/06/2019 20:17:39

Think very hard before you enlarge your workshop !! Listen to the voice of experience !

Many moons ago, I operated from the basement of a house, with a floor area of about 100 sq ft and a height of 7 ft. and I could find everything I wanted.

Fast forward, and I moved house ,built a new garage/workshop 40ft x 20 ft inside which is now filled with stuff which will come in "useful" some day, [if I live long enough ] At this stage I cannot even get my van into the "garage"

Someone once said that "Junk expands to fill the room available " Never was a truer word spoken !

See my post above re the tidy workshop !

It,s very difficult to know where to draw the line [I,m still drawing it }

Dear God ,why do we ever get involved in things like this ?

Thread: Square Headed Screw Supplier
29/06/2019 20:00:11

Why bother with sq hd screws if they cost so much ? Hex Hd will work just as well.

Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
29/06/2019 19:55:11

I clean my workshop completely when I run out of tools to do even the simplest job, for example :

An Allen key

A rule

A spanner ,which I had 5 minuets ago

A hammer, of which I must have about 5 off.

The list goes on and on and on

So yes, I do clean my workshop [now and then ]

I,m sure there must be a name for this condition.

Thread: Snail Problems
29/06/2019 19:39:10

I found that a blowlamp was very effective at getting rid of snails/slugs. Leave a few boards lying against the wall for a few days in order to provide a rallying point for your local snails [they are very social bodies ] Then when they are all gathered together ready to attack, hit them with the blowlamp

Never fails !

Thread: HSS Tool Bit Size
26/06/2019 09:47:44

Hi Blue Heeler,

There is no such thing as Dumb question time. As was pointed out to me by Neil, "No question is stupid if you don't know the answer " How true, so ask away, someone here has the answer.

If you think your question is dumb, you should hear some of the ones I have asked !, but the other Members were kind to me and set me right.

My machine is a 6" centre hight and I use 3/8" or 1/2" sq tool bits mostly but sometimes 3/16 1/4" sq. Depends on the job. And yes, rounding the tip does seem to improve the finish but others will give you far more details about this.

Don't be afraid to ask and to have a go, no better way to learn.

Thread: Using a pillar drill for milling?
26/06/2019 09:32:56

I never thought that one could cut gears with a B&D drill !

Just goes to show what some of these old timers could do !

25/06/2019 10:24:47

Afraid not ! This idea/subject has been covered many ,many times on this forum and the answer is always the same it,s a no go ! The cutter will come adrift ,maybe taking the chuck with it. This seldom improves the finish on the job ,apart from doing damage to both the cutter and maybe the machine.

How do I know all this ? Simple, in a past life, when I "knew it all" I tried something similar [I did not have a milling machine at the time ]. The results were "interesting" to put it mildly. So much so that I never repeated it.

Hold fire until you can afford a mill, such ideas are all part of the learning curve, and I,m still learning.nodevil

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