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Member postings for AndyP

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Thread: Wheel spacing 5" gauge
21/10/2017 00:55:03

I can't see a picture but those measurements will be fine.

Thread: UK company supplying knobs, handles etc?
15/07/2017 11:45:14

I have used Boneham and Turner and been happy.

Andy

Thread: How should we describe non-metric tooling?
31/05/2017 22:48:17

I've always liked "footric" but I don't suppose it will catch on, let's just stick with "proper" wink

Andy

Thread: The domestication of Laser Cutters
26/05/2017 11:59:22

I have the 500mW version of this NEJE device, the kids bought me it! and it's a toy. It has been months since I played with it but from memory the software was limiting and whilst the laser will cut paper, burn cardboard and singe wood I wanted to remove resist from metal surfaces for etching and it failed miserably. I suspect the ability of the metal to conduct away the heat. I don't know if doubling the power to 1 watt will make a significant difference.

Andy

Thread: Any advice regarding buying a boring head
01/05/2017 21:36:05

I bought an Arrand boring head a few years ago on a 2MT taper to suit my little chinese mill, I suspect it is a 2" head but it doesn't say. It is beautifully made, works faultlessly, and I have to admit I have been known to just get it out and look at it!

Confirmed member of toolaholics anonymous.

Thread: Are there any decent 3D scanners on the market for under 500 pounds ?
17/10/2016 18:28:42

What about something like 123D Catch from Autodesk? I have used the drawing component of that series with some success.

It may be slated for replacement by the Fusion 360 suite.

Andy

Thread: LOST WAX CASTING
14/10/2016 01:13:36
Posted by CHARLES lipscombe on 13/10/2016 23:05:29:

John Pace's reply opens up a whole new vista! Does anyone know if it is possible to 3D print in wax and produce the patterns in this way?

Chas

This is exactly what Adam at **LINK** is doing - stunning detail! I print pla and burn it out but not with that level of detail.

Andy

Thread: Making a ring mandrel- jewellery tooling
19/09/2016 12:14:15

Congratulations! Some random thoughts:-

A 2 morse taper covers UK ring sizes G to Q roughly so the most common ladies finger sizes.
A plastic cable tie makes a good finger gauge.
If you do make one a gentle taper is easier to work on - you only need one size after all.
Get a good finish on the taper because that will be the finish on the inside of the ring.
Leather or plastic hammers are great for stretching and won't mar the ring material.

The best thing about working with precious metals - if at first you don't succeed just melt it and start again!

Andy

Thread: Air compressor is losing power.
23/07/2016 11:48:44

I use exactly the same compressor to drive my wax injector and it has no reservoir other than the condensate trap.

Andy

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
17/07/2016 23:32:38

I use a "Smiths Little Torch" on propane and oxygen for small scale silver soldering, it appears to mix the gases inside the body of the piece just like my Saffire O/A torch which i agree is light and easy in the hand. The Smiths torch is available for acetylene and oxygen use with the only difference appearing to be the hose to bottle connection. Smiths

I have never used blown air and definitely don't have the lungs for the Saffire!.

Andy

Thread: Juliet buffer dimensions
17/07/2016 14:29:14

Is this any good Dave?

julietbuffer.jpg

I don't have a book but this is from the drawing sheet and is the only one I could see.

Andy

Thread: Access to drawings for G.H Thomas design sheetmeatal rollers
17/07/2016 11:46:14

Rodger, Model Engineers Workshop Manual although its name might suggest it is part of the workshop series is infinitely more than that. I was new to this game 10 years ago and bought lots of books and I can honestly say the best money I spent was on this book and Tubal Cain's Model Engineer's Handbook.

I have a set of the rolls although I didn't make them and they are really nice to use, the major advantage being that they curve the stock right to the end whereas pyramid rolls always leave a straight section I am told.

Andy

Thread: Everlasting Blow Down Valve ?
14/06/2016 12:54:49

My 1969 "New de-Luxe Edition" of Shop Shed & Road shows the Everlasting blowdown valve on pages 168-171. I see what you mean by watchmaking though!

Andy

Thread: Boxford manual
27/05/2016 15:34:15

How about this

Lots of good stuff on the Yahoo Boxford lathes group as well.

Andy

Thread: Double mag purchase..
31/03/2016 23:13:40

I think the offer is only in WH Smiths, certainly didn't happen in my local independent newsagent when I picked up my ordered copy sad

Thread: 5" Locomotive without casting
15/03/2016 23:42:56

I think most of Kozo Hiraoka's locos are done without castings, you will have to scale for 5" gauge though! The Heisler in our club is a beauty!

Andy

Thread: Lever carriage stop article
08/03/2016 18:18:38

Is there a paragraph missing from this article?

There is no mention of what goes in the M6 tapped hole in the upper part nor the M3 tapped hole that intersects it. Likewise the 19.5 mm dimension of the lower part is referred to as for "final finishing" but never mentioned again.

I think I can guess what is going on but can't see where the movement needed for the clamp to work is coming from.

Andy

Thread: machining 2 BA thread
04/03/2016 18:06:19

Michael

I always have difficulty understanding other peoples change wheel descriptions so this may be wordy but hopefully clear.

36 (fixed) on the spindle driving a 54 idler driving a 40 which shares it's stud with a 24 which drives a 40 on the 1.5mm pitch leadscrew.

Andy

04/03/2016 16:14:42

Just to be perverse I put 0.81mm pitch into the little programs I use to work out gear trains for screwcutting on my C1 lathe and a different program for my metric Boxford AUD. In both cases I came up with a gear combination to cut that pitch either exactly for the C1 or with an error of 0.006% for the Boxford so it is possible at least.

I would use a die though.

Andy

Thread: C1 Quick Change Post and Tool Chest question
29/02/2016 11:56:55

Most of the time I don't ! which is probably why there is nearly 1mm of backlash in the leadscrew now. If I remember I point the oil can nozzle up under the bed and no I never found that hole either, mine is the Chester version but they don't seem to differ much.

Andy

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