By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for William Chitham

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

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
09/11/2020 11:35:21
Posted by IanT on 06/11/2020 16:33:38:

My version is much more sophisticated William, it's a twin upright design with patented (removable) securing device (e.g. a bit of broom handle)

(and I've painted mine now too - he says smugly)

How big is your table - 4" square or so?



PS Is there a way to rotate photos?

Very classy and much less likely than mine to be accidently cut up and used for something else. The table is about 4 - 4 1/2" sq.


Thread: Old Die Stock
06/11/2020 17:53:41
Posted by Clive Foster on 06/11/2020 17:13:00:

Big problem with this form of die set is that there is no easy way to set to the correct size. The split sections are narrow enough to easily close up to well below the official core diameter.

I suspect the correct method is to close them up on a rod of core diameter to set the spacing.


Or maybe on a sample piece of thread? I'll try it out this weekend.


06/11/2020 16:24:53

Perhaps this set belonged to the Gunners.

06/11/2020 14:55:02

My brother in law has kindly given me this die set which was part of his father's tool collection. Metric sizes from 3mm to 12mm (including odd ones 7mm & 9mm) marked "RA" but no other identifier, I've never seen one like it before. Is it a common type? Operation seems self explanatory but is there anything to watch ou for?

Thanks, William.

die stock 003.jpgdie stock 004.jpg

Thread: Lidl Portable Bandsaw
06/11/2020 14:48:45

I have the Aldi version, bought this spring. No problems to date, just bust the original blade so replaced with one from Tuf. Here is my minimalist approach to using as a vertical bandsaw. Spring clip on the trigger - switch it at the socket. 4mm plate for the table. Table is small enough that I can still use the thing hand held.aldi bandsaw 002.jpg

aldi bandsaw 001.jpg

Thread: Collet Blocks
03/11/2020 11:38:50

I don't have any collet blocks but I have heard it said that a hex block can be clamped on the flats or the corners to give 90° increments.

Here is a pretty comprehensive video showing the spindexer mod: **LINK**


Thread: T Type Tap Wrenches
21/10/2020 11:21:05

Thanks all, I've ordered a 2-4, 4-5.5 & 5.6-6.2 Japanese style which will cover everything I need for now.


20/10/2020 14:47:47

I've broken the T type wrench that came with my Aldi tap & die set so looking for a replacement. Lots available at Zoro etc but some are described as English type and some as Japanese type - what's the difference? I want to to cover the 3mm-6mm range and I'd quite like one with removable tommy bar but beyond that no preferences, any recommendations gratefully received.

Thanks, William.

Thread: Two Drills
13/10/2020 11:03:09

Don't know about the drill but I see the portable bandsaw is back on th Aldi special buys page, I bought one in the spring and I love it (it was a Ferrex then but looks the same). The palm router is tempting too.


Thread: Tapping Head Recommendations Please
08/10/2020 16:55:12

Thanks all, if the job is a goer time pressure will probably dictate a new midrange one - spoke to a nice man at Rotagrip who stock a Vertex tapmatic style and was helpful on taps as well. If the job falls through I'll keep a lookout for a used bargain, do like the sound of the Pollard.


08/10/2020 11:44:28

A pal of mine has asked me if I could help out with a project that involves drilling and tapping 500-600 M4 blind holes approx 5mm deep in stainless steel. Prices seem to range from around cheapies at around £100 (eg Soba from Chronos) mid range at £250-£350 (eg Indexa at Zoro) and £600+ for a Tapmatic. My inclination is towards the mid range but I've no experience of using such a thing so any advice about what to look for would be much appreciated.


Thread: Material For 626 Way Cover
05/10/2020 14:28:49

Thanks for the suggestions and thanks to you John for the photos of your mill mods. Mine came with DRO installed but the X axis scale is on the back of the table where I'm sure it robs me of an inch or so of travel so I plan to move it to the front as you have. Did you manage to retain the carriage lock screws somehow on your set up?


05/10/2020 13:23:32

The rubber sheet which covers the Y axis screw behind the table my new mill is pretty stiff and unwieldy It doesn't take well to being crushed up when the knee is high and close to the column and I have already managed to put a rip in it when it caught on the back of the vice. Can anyone suggest a lighter more flexible material - is leather a possibility?

Thanks, William.

Thread: Diamond wheel dressing - MEW 297
18/09/2020 13:35:29

Bought mine from Machine Mart, no complaints: **LINK**


Thread: Cheap Power Feeds for 626
10/09/2020 14:01:52

I'm about to spend more than I can afford on a 626 milling machine and I want to fit a power feed to the x axis. I'm considering a cheap and cheerful "handbag" style one, lots available at around £140. Any advice, comments etc from anyone who has tried one would be most welcome.

Thanks, William.

Thread: Supporting both ends of stock in lathe
27/08/2020 17:57:42

The question reminded me of this Tom Lipton video:

Obviously not directly comparable since he's turning plastic but maybe some of the techniques are relevant.


Thread: Diamond Lap for sharpening Brazed TC tools
06/08/2020 13:55:16

They are all the rage:


Thread: fitting wedge type qctp to Warco WM240
21/07/2020 11:10:48

Could you make a big washer/spacer to fit round the boss for the toolpost to sit on?

Thread: Science Museum needs help identifying mystery objects
20/07/2020 14:47:36

The brass mallet like thing reminds me of the tools I have seen used for tamping sand into moulds for sand casting.

Thread: Boxford aud
16/07/2020 09:44:45

Mine is pretty noisy too with the feed engaged, I reckon lot of it comes from the idler gear. The bearing is quite worn and it rattles and clanks when engaged. I'm considering how to fix the wear, maybe a bush (oilite?) or even ball or roller bearings. I have made a couple of new gears out of Delrin and it definitely runs quieter with those fitted. Thick grease can help, eg chain oil.


Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Sign up to our Newsletter

Sign up to our newsletter and get a free digital issue.

You can unsubscribe at anytime. View our privacy policy at

Support Our Partners
Eccentric Engineering
Rapid RC
Eccentric July 5 2018
Subscription Offer

Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest