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Thread: Temperature control when grinding HSS tool-blanks?
26/01/2022 09:44:18

I have a cheap 6" bench grinder, bough some 30 years ago, Nu Tool make, still going strong, never knew it to overheat. I simply grind, dip then grind again. When my fingers object, I dip again I never allow the HSS to change to blue, since I dont believe it,s a good idea. I dont think I have had any issues with cracking, or if I have had, I never noticed.

All very crude, like most of my efforts, but it seems to work !

Then, of course, I dont make parts for spaceships.cheeky

Thread: New highway code rule.
23/01/2022 10:29:32

Over here, we are allowed to share the path with cyclists/shooters/scateboards ect as long as we dont get in their way or slow them down too much.

I do my best, but I always seem to get my walking aid in the way. Silly me !smiley

Thread: Smart meter
21/01/2022 15:48:10

We were "advised " some time ago that our Smart Meters would be getting installed "soon", I dont remember being asked did I want one or not.

Seems like they are being fitted, full stop !

PS What would you want to run at night ? Dishwashers, Washing machines ? No way ,highly dangerous to leave these things unattended.

I suppose we could use our lathes, mills, saws ect at night, but I,m not sure the nabours would like it !devil

Thread: Sharpening Lathe Tools
21/01/2022 09:28:40

When the cutting edge has become too small to grind, I just cut it off with a thin cutting disc and then shape the blank roughly with the disc before grinding to correct shape.

Quick/simple and it works. No need for "Exact" angles, we are not making rocket parts.cheeky

Thread: Clamping set (metric or imperial)
18/01/2022 09:43:16

As Andrew say,s "What,s in a name" ?

Thread: Has anyone washed a Myford lathe cover?
17/01/2022 15:22:04

Pity my poor lathe, which is lucky to get a brush-down, never mind a fancy cover.

Even my dogs dont get that !

Cruel World !sad

Thread: Lathe tooling
13/01/2022 16:15:56

Forgot to add that boring bars are so easy to make, that except in the smaller sizes, I dont understand why anyone buys them.

13/01/2022 16:12:02

Hi Colin,

Glad to see you are getting there [wherever that is ]

A You dont need a Q C T P, the one which comes with the lathe is perfectly good enough, I have been using mine for the last 20 years or so.

B A Dial indicator I would consider to be a "must have"

C I use blank HSS tool bits from1/8" to 1/2" ,no problem.

D As others have advised, no need to spend money on stuff you might never use, buy a few pieces of HSS steel, 1/2" or 3/8" and grind your own tools [not difficult, since even I can do it ]

E A good chuck to use in the tailstock is about all you will need, forget all about the hype, you dont need it.

Thread: Chester Craftsman or Crusader?
07/01/2022 16:18:02

Above should read 3.5mm 30 mm, slip of the fingers or the mind !

Had a look around for faceplates, nothing to suit Craftsman anywhere, strange !

Perhaps Grizzly ?, but postage from America ??????frown

07/01/2022 12:56:07

Just thinking, How about trying Home And Workshop Machinery for a faceplate ?

BTW, I also got gears, 30, 32, 40, 46.

The 46 comes in handy for cutting both 3mm and 1.75mm threads, neither of which are listed on the chart.

1.75 is 12mm, one I use a lot.

06/01/2022 10:42:50

Hi Colin,

Yes, sad to say, Chester service is a bit "iffy" at best but the Craftsman lathe is OK.

I have one, long bed model, for the past 20 years or so and am happy enough with it

They are built to a price so are not Tool Room quality, but good enough for your needs, I would think.

I have used mine for much the same type of work, with no real problems.

There is a good range of speeds and screwcutting in both Metric and Whit, and being belt driven is not a problem.

I feel that the topslide and toolpost could do with a bit more meat on them, just a bit light, I feel.

I bought the longbed as I had no idea what I would need to work on.

One of the items I made for it was a rear toolpost for parting off, crude but effective, well worth making.

Mine came with two chucks ,faceplate ,steadies, centres, ect, not sure they do now, faceplates seem to be extra.

If I can help anymore, please feel free to ask.

Thread: Kindness to Brush Motor Control Board
05/01/2022 09:23:24

I have a Clarke wood lathe [seldom used ] which has a motor like that, and they clearly advise to reduce speed to zero when stopping or starting.

Dont like motors like that, but that,s the way it came !

Might be a P-I-T-A, but might be cheaper too.cheeky

Thread: Shims
01/01/2022 14:17:35

Empty beer cans are ideal, since first off, they need to be emptied, always an enjoyable job.

Next, they need to be cut into strips ect, this is a somewhat thirsty operation, so more cans need to be opened.

After a while, you will find yourself cutting up strips to make cans and not sure what the Hell you are doing, or why.

But who cares, it,s still metal bashing !

Happy New Year all !cheekycheeky

Thread: Back Gear
28/12/2021 11:16:12

As in my Chinese lathe, still, it works well enough with 12 speeds.wink

Thread: The great workshop bake-off (paint that is)
24/12/2021 16:30:40

Put the job in the oven with the turkey !

Both results should be interesting. !

Many years ago, I recall using standard spray paint on a job, put it in the gas oven for a short time, no idea how long, low heat ,and the result was good. Worth a try.

Thread: Gasket material for motor terminal box
24/12/2021 16:19:00

I would have thought that any Motor Factor shop would have something suitable.

There again, maybe not.

Maybe thinking overkill ?cheeky

Thread: How fast is fast enough
21/12/2021 11:47:48

Horses for courses ?cheeky

Thread: A great Victorian BRITISH Scam!
19/12/2021 12:13:28

Conmen, like machines, never sleep !

Thread: Another chinese lathe rises through the smoke
19/12/2021 12:10:02

Still using the same single phase 1/2 hp motor on my home built 50 year old saw bench.

I suppose I must expect it to pack up one of these days.

And before you ask, this machine has done serious work, not just hobby work.cheeky

Thread: The New Normal Christmas?
18/12/2021 13:26:49

Happy Christmas all round ?

Maybe not !sad

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