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Member postings for ASF

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Thread: Levelling a lathe..yes that old chestnut again
22/03/2018 09:22:26
Posted by Jon Cameron on 21/03/2018 23:10:55:

I recently did a test cut having left my lathe all winter in the dark shed. (She was tucked up). I was 2thou out. Will adjust one of the feet my ML4 is setup on and hopefully get it a little closer, the tenth of a thou is approxmate I can only measure 1thou with my dial indicator.

Why do you use a dial indicator to test for parallel turning? I thought the test was turn both parts of the bar and use a micrometer to measure.

Thread: Twitter
15/03/2018 15:18:07

Usually twitter users wanting to create more interest to their page create a giveaway item and then ask to follow and retweet to enter.

If you just want to put adverts for the latest magazine etc then your followers will disappear as that is not very interesting and also cannot be used to start a conversation.

Most of all, Twitter can be fun if there is something of substance worth tweeting about. I have also managed to meet with a few people off Twitter and developed friendships with them ( not M.E.though)

Thread: What is this item
01/03/2018 15:12:52

Its one of these


Thread: Stevenson End Mill Fixture
01/01/2018 16:14:56

Use a height gauge to find height then half the diameter down. Put edge of cutter on that height. Also look at

Thread: Making an alloy gear knob, help needed
01/01/2018 13:34:03

Yep, drill and tap then turn taper on threaded arbor then use ball turner and shape end over

Thread: Kiln control.
16/11/2017 17:41:58
Posted by not done it yet on 16/11/2017 11:07:00:

Surely if one clicks accidentally on the ignore button there is a confirmation request before that poster is ignored?

I see no way of unblocking, if that were the case. I've never blocked anyone, to my knowledge. And usually if a post were to be blocked, the missing posts would be indicated (for continuity), even if the post were missing? Forum has some peculiar quirks, it seems.

Go to My Posts and you will see your posting My Postings and My ignored members you can then deselect an ignored member

Thread: slit saw jams
04/11/2017 10:17:10

I avoid using slitting saws if i can. To use one in this instance would be a no-no. I would rather create a quickly formed pile of swarf with a milling cutter than slowly passing a blade through a solid piece of steel like that.

Thread: Bench Covering?
24/10/2017 22:36:18


Thread: Carbide blades for Biax scraper
11/10/2017 11:24:05

I thought Biax was a German product so there should be no problem seeing as we are still in the EU clock

Thread: Unknown precision drilling tools
17/09/2017 17:41:10
Posted by Rod Ashton on 16/09/2017 17:03:37:

Yes sensitive drilling machine. May have the plans somewhere?


Were the plans published then? Interested to see them of course

Edited By ASF on 17/09/2017 17:42:01

16/09/2017 15:49:41

Hi, I picked up these at a steam fair on Friday. They look as if the base and head have been cast and the rest is home made. They need a little more work but has anyone seen these in a book or magazine?




Sorry about the sideways pic blush

Thread: Where (apart from ebay) to look for a pillar drill base?
22/08/2017 10:42:27

It might be worth your time looking for Walker Turner drill press on ebay. They look similar. I picked one up off ebay for 17 pounds the other day

Thread: Stuart 10v cylinder Cover PCD on warco DRO
02/08/2017 12:46:58

Just checked mine. I could also get odd numbers to be produced if I didnt press the enter button ( just continue to scroll down ) on every step.

So centre over part and press X - 0 enter, Y - 0 enter then scroll down to dia 1.125 enter etc

Setting start angle to 0 and finish at 360 produced the required shape. First move was 0.5624 on X

What was interesting was that when in PCD function and setting 0.0000 axis (first step) if you move the table, the display remains as 0.0000 and 0.0000

Thread: Source of Silver Steel
28/07/2017 20:32:32

Probably a little cheaper than Cromwells but throw the £6.00 on and it might be a close run thing.

Worth adding to my long list of bookmarks though

Thread: Minilathe changewheels don't fit
28/07/2017 20:27:17
Posted by Ian Phillips on 28/07/2017 20:25:33:

Makes as much sense as Jason's reply to an invisible questionsmiley

Ian P

I was just going to remark the same

Thread: MEW 257
23/07/2017 13:09:13

I think you will find it right beside the chuck key article

Thread: cricket club mower
11/07/2017 10:27:05

If you need that gear, I would say buy the one off ebay for £3.47

I repaired a mower last year where those gears had stripped. Perfect and even has a new PB bush installed


Thread: 19 TPI
10/07/2017 14:52:15

Not going to help you, but on my Norton box it sits right between 18 and 20

dont know

Thread: Edge Finder On Milling Machine
09/07/2017 18:17:25

The edge finder will run concentric when touching the work piece but you then need to advance until the edge finder kicks off. That is then the edge of the edge finder.

You then need to advance the axis a further 1/2 diameter of the edge finder to set on edge of work piece


Edit for smelling

Edited By ASF on 09/07/2017 18:18:02

Thread: Feedback Sought - Beginner's Series
07/07/2017 22:35:47

We keep being told that there is nothing really new in engineering except the electronic control side.

Isnt there enough books and old magazines out in the public domain to satisfy a beginner already?

A website like this could host all the files from `setting up a workshop` and prevent printing the same old same old.

I understand that not everyone has the same skills etc but youtube has free hosting for videos if the magazine wanted to show correct procedures etc.


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