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Thread: Which suppliers are open for business?
08/04/2020 02:41:58
Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 02:05:So I guess you are not in Scarborough then. Obviously a very secret location.

Some strange ratiocination going on there, Steve. You speak as if you assumed I lived in Scarborough. Do you assume everyone on the forum lives in Scarborough until you see evidence suggesting otherwise? Perhaps I need to check the place out again after all these years to see what I'm missing.

Where is "obviously a very secret location"? Apart from Area 51 and Lord Lucan's hiding place, I mean.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 08/04/2020 02:46:01

08/04/2020 01:21:56
Posted by Steviegtr on 08/04/2020 00:45:15:
Oh dear. I take it you are in a remote location. We are getting post ok in Leeds.

We're remote from civilization, yes, and simultaneously less than two miles from the centre of a UK conurbation that has six times the population of Leeds.

08/04/2020 00:36:42

It's a little academic for me which mailorder suppliers are open for business and which aren't because the postal service in my area is barely functioning; we haven't had any letters or parcels delivered for over a week though we are expecting several.

Thread: Todays news -- well done
05/04/2020 22:20:23
Posted by Ray Lyons on 05/04/2020 21:51:56:

I assume that these people are also the types who do not wear face masks or wash their hands as recommended by the authorities.

Some of the youths local to me have long been very respectful of the face mask rule.

05/04/2020 20:24:21

There are far worse breaches of the lockdown rules going on than two people having a barbecue on a beach.

In my area, well over a dozen people are congregating several times a day to play basketball, smoke weed, and just hang out. Police intervention, such as it is, is failing to deter them.

Thread: Machinery's Handbook
03/04/2020 11:27:54

I'd be grateful if anyone who does buy the latest edition could let us all know whether its 2996 pages are section-sewn or merely "perfect-bound".

Thread: DTI base
02/04/2020 20:02:56
Posted by Martin Connelly on 01/04/2020 18:23:25:

You can get spares from Mitutoyo if you have the part numbers for different stem clamps in metric and imperial sizes. When I was at work I had a Mitutoyo catalogue where I had sketched the various clamp blocks and their part numbers. I think the imperial one was 3/8", 1/4" and dovetail.

You can also buy dovetail stems quite cheaply so you could use a metric swivel clamp with your 1/4" stem indicator,

Dovetail stems

Martin C

Link added.

Edited By Martin Connelly on 01/04/2020 18:52:11

Thanks for the information and link, Martin.

Unfortunately, I can see no way of actually buying the item from the Mitutoyo site. When I click on the Ordering and Payment tab at the bottom of the page I get the message: "Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead. Firefox detected a potential security threat and did not continue to If you visit this site, attackers could try to steal information like your passwords, emails, or credit card details."

01/04/2020 18:08:33

I'm in the market for the same thing as Henry. My DTI is an old Verdict with a quarter inch diameter stem as well as the dovetail. Does anyone know whether any of the Nogas or Mitutoyos will accept the quarter inch stem? I've not researched things very thoroughly, admittedly, but I haven't yet spotted any that do.

Thread: Inlaying silver in brass.
01/04/2020 17:27:04

Robin, if you do decide to inlay by mechanical means rather than using solder [you'll still need to solder the ring shut and size it accurately first], below is a diagram of the choices open to you.


01/04/2020 02:42:08
Posted by Robin Graham on 31/03/2020 23:25:55:

I've never worked with silver before, so just did a bit of a search for silver, Cookson popped up, and I bought the 925 thinking 'that's silver, so should be alright'. Obviously there's a lot more to it - I learn from my mistakes.


Keith is talking about the choice of silver solder there though, Robin, not the metal itself [925 or fine].

On the choice of solder, I'm not sure where Keith is looking [I'm looking on the CUP Alloys Low Temp Silver Solder page] when he suggests 55% solder [e.g. the 455] is cheaper than 67% solder [e.g. Cookson's Easy silver solder]. Whether you opt to buy Cookson's Easy as a 9g strip or the slightly more convenient 30g, 16.25 metre reel of 0.5mm wire, it appears to work out considerably cheaper per gram than the 455.

Counterintuitively, Cookson's own 55% solder [Silverflo 55] is also marginally dearer per gram than their higher silver-content Easy. Perhaps higher manufacturing costs are a factor.

31/03/2020 00:36:46

Personally I wouldn't attempt to inlay the ring of silver by bashing it into an undercut groove; I'd use solder. Make up the ring as near as possible to the exact size of the groove and solder shut using hard solder. Pickle it. Round it on a mandrel and if necessary enlarge or reduce it slightly for a snug fit in the groove. Don't push it all the way down into the groove when test fitting or you will struggle to get it out.

Next, sweat solder the bottom of the groove using medium or easy solder. Pickle the brass. Flux the groove and the sides of the ring. Lightly tap the silver ring all the way into the groove. Heat the workpiece from below until the solder flows all round; the solder should stay mostly below the surface of the brass unless you used an excess when sweat soldering. A buff with 1200-grit wet and dry should remove any small amounts of solder that may have flowed on to the surface.

Thread: Is this guy nuts, or sensible.
29/03/2020 02:02:58

...or a genius?

Neither, probably, but he does look like a rather single-minded exploiter of the age-old relationship between publicity and sponsorship money.

Thread: Buying online delivery problems.
27/03/2020 13:30:26

Afraid I can't report normal performance levels from Royal Mail in my area, notably for parcels rather than letters.

I've placed 8 mostly small orders with 8 big UK commercial sellers over the last three weeks. One didn't arrive at all, two sent out first class took over ten days to arrive, I'm still waiting for three others between six and nine days after dispatch, one went to the wrong address, and one was only ordered on Tuesday so it's perhaps too soon to be pessimistic about its non-arrival.

I think my local sorting office/postman is the problem. My usual highly prized postman has been doing a different round the last few weeks. Before he left he confided in me that in addition to sustaining an increasingly heavy workload these days he is "carrying" various junior colleagues who can't get their act together. It seems these junior colleagues are now the people delivering my mail - or not, as the case may be.

Thread: Coronavirus
26/03/2020 17:19:29
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 26/03/2020 10:39:28:

I may be the first forum member to have Coronavirus in the house. My daughter, who lives with me, is a key worker. Throughout the developing crisis she's been obliged to work as normal and meet people face to face. OK last night, this morning she has a temperature and cough. She looks like a person who might be starting flu.

Not panicking, I shall see how she is at lunchtime. If necessary I shall engage with the NHS Online 111 'What to do' web page. Adequately prepared I think, but time will tell.

The plan has already gone wrong - she's supposed to be looking after me!



I wish you and your daughter the best of outcomes, Dave - and soon. Hang on in there.

25/03/2020 22:12:45
Posted by blowlamp on 20/03/2020 17:25:25:

Does anyone know anyone who's died of this thing yet?

Yes, the parent of a colleague of my wife's has just died of it.

Thread: Any ideas please
25/03/2020 21:52:42

I've had to deal with numerous rodent infestations, some very serious, where for instance in broad daylight in an occupied house queues of mouslings have been sitting in line waiting to be fed on the curtain rail over a front door. In the worst cases the only thing that works ultimately is poison bait laid out in generous quantities every day for two weeks at least; longer if the bait continues to be consumed even partly after that time. Traps of any kind don't work in the worst cases because the rodents learn to avoid them.

The best remedy is prevention: don't leave a sniff of food anywhere that they could get to in the night, and maintain scrupulous hygiene.

Thread: Coronavirus
25/03/2020 14:57:01

Spare a thought for the elderly who cannot self-isolate because of their extensive care needs and cannot shop for themselves either online or in person. Spare a thought also for their relatives who are unable to persuade the supermarkets to let them buy rationed commodities such as toilet rolls on their parents' behalf even though their parents are incapable of doing so themselves and their condition means their toilet roll usage is much higher than it is for the average person.

Thread: Tapping (full depth or reduced)
24/03/2020 19:27:22
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 24/03/2020 18:54:50:

Why do model engineers keep saying they don't need to use industrial speeds and feeds but are quite happy taking lots of small cuts; and then get obsessed with quick change toolposts to save a few seconds?


Presumably because the fiddle of not having a qctp ranks higher for many people in the hierarchy of inconvenience than having to take lots of small cuts [as opposed to fewer big ones], and overcoming the first inconvenience by buying a qctp is more feasible for many people than overcoming the second, namely by buying and housing a machine that can cope with industrial feeds and speeds.

Edited By Bill Phinn on 24/03/2020 19:31:38

Thread: Positioning of workshop lights
24/03/2020 17:48:12

I bought ten of these for my garage to supplement the main strip light and machine lights already there.

They are light as a feather and take minutes to fit. I've put them in a three-sides-of-a-square formation over my bench where my milling machine sits and likewise over my main work bench. Only neg. is they do seem to have gone up in price a lot since I bought them. Hopefully they last as long as the manufacturers claim.

Thread: What are you reading?
20/03/2020 18:44:24
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 19/03/2020 17:46:16:

I'm sure some of us will be thinking this is a good time to tackle "Au Recherche du Temps Perdue"...?

Pedant alert: "À la Recherche du Temps Perdu".

Unless perhaps this is the real title of a parody like the parodies "Barry Trotter" and "Bored of the Rings".

What am I reading? Well trying to: my DRO manual, which would have been more intelligible if it had not been translated from Chinese.

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