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Member postings for michael cole

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Thread: Boiler Marking/serial number
07/06/2016 20:35:14

Just a side point, boilers made for steamboats do not require to be CE marked.

Thread: Where's Wally?
01/04/2016 19:43:55

No, because he bending down picking a up a half penny

Thread: Best mini grinder bits
26/03/2016 12:50:50
Posted by JasonB on 26/03/2016 12:20:42:
Posted by Hollowpoint on 26/03/2016 10:54:14:

I like the 952 cone shape best.

Edited By Hollowpoint on 26/03/2016 10:55:35

That's what I tend to use on castings, linisher is quicker on sheet material edges.

But I am cleaning up the inside edge of holes on sheet steel, Linisher will not work.

26/03/2016 10:34:39

I have a dremel type mini grinder. I use it either to grind surfaces ,like cleaning up a casting or to clean up the egde of thin sheet. I just cut some 1.2 mm SS sheet.

Do you perfer the sanding drums or to use a stone? I find that the stones i use are very soft and wear away quickly. Does anyone have good results with the tiny milling cutters type?


Thread: Cutting 6inch holes in 1.2 mm SS sheet
18/03/2016 14:14:20

thanks all, I has just bought a nibber from RDG. I can always find a reason for buying a new tool.

I have a couple more boilers covers to build next year so decided to buy.


16/03/2016 19:17:48

Thanks Clive , I might have trepanning tool lurking about.

Thanks Michael for the offer of doing it for me, but i am also looking for a low cost option and my car to Manchester and back will be about 20 quid

16/03/2016 17:28:37

As part of a boiler casing I have 2 6 holes to cut in stainless steel sheet, 1.2 mm thick, The sheet is just over 600mm by 400mm, and the 2 holes located close together near one corner.

I did the last one (but on thinner 0.9 mm ) using tin snips. For this one I are trying to decide between chain drilling and cleaning up the edge. or using a cheap scroll saw.

What would be the best blade to use to use on 1.2mm stainless. I gave up on the first one as it just vibrated all over the place.

Or what are your handy tips for chain drilling to simply knock out the center and have minium clean up of the edge.


Thread: Newbie looking to set up shop!
26/02/2016 14:47:24

Look at like most other clubs based around model railways but we have other interests as well. A few of us are into road steam models and full size steam boats.


Thread: Tongue in cheek
25/02/2016 08:31:07

the citroens up to the 1980s DS's and all the 2CV variants they didn't call the DS the goddess for nothing

Thread: Bending brass angle
14/02/2016 19:18:36

I got his books, time for a read.

14/02/2016 16:31:59

Thanks for the link Rod, but something like 1/32 rather than 1/16 would be bettter. I like the ideal of joining two pieces together.

14/02/2016 12:49:23

To finish off a boat boiler I want to use brass angle as trim . How do I bend the angle?, the radius is around 6 inches, Yet to buy the angle, size will be a round 12 -18 mm thickness unknown.

Thread: Dehumidifiers
21/11/2015 13:52:13

I have a cemet sheet and wood workshop, lined and insulation everywhere i could get it. There is a small gap at the bottom of the door which provides a draft. I do not have any rust problems but recently bought a very cheap Aldi dehumidifer around £20. My humidity hit a peak of 95%on a very wet day but normally around 70 %. But as I said no rust on any tools/matrials left out.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
30/10/2015 11:46:43

Counter steering, feels weird but it works. ie turn the bars one way and the bike goes the other .


only got a BMW R100t now.

Thread: Disposal of dangerous chemicals/substances
09/09/2015 15:50:47

I used to work with boiling HF in the oil industry. After use and being neutralised it all went down the lab drain. A couple of years later and the gardeners mower found a large hole in the ground just outside our window. The HF had eaten the waste pipe and quite a bit of soil.

Thread: Southworth 6inch Vertical pump
14/06/2015 18:37:36

Intresting ideal Neil. How far back do the digital issues go?


14/06/2015 13:52:28


Does anyone have to sell the ME issues containing the build of the Southworth 6 inch vertical steam pump. I understand that there around 5 issues are 2009/2010.

Thread: lathe books.
25/04/2015 17:15:52

If i could only have two workshop books they would both be Model Engineers Handbook by Tubal Cain. One dirty copy for the workshop and a clean one for the house. I still turn to this book every time I have to make something.

The workshop practice books are very hit or miss, some are very old now and totaly out of date..

Geo Thomas books are read in the house, but i have used very little of his designs. Perheps when i retire.


Thread: Thank you
30/03/2015 16:58:59

Hello Brian

I am looking for the series on building the Southworth 6inch vertical steam pump.The series started in Model Engineer in Volume 204, No. 4368 31st December 2009 and ran intermittently for 7 parts finishing on 29th July 2011, but i do not have the specific issue numbers. I would be very grateful if you could please copy them.

many thanks mike

Thread: Stuart 7A
25/02/2015 14:17:05

Nice, i the 7a is a better size than the one under my bench, thats needs finishing off. I might get around to it inthe next 15 years


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