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Thread: Deckel SO Cutter Grinder
14/05/2014 16:12:17

In a earlier thread there was some talk about people buying these type of grinders as general tool and cutter grinders, when in fact they are designed just readly for single lip cutters.

I have found a website

that is currently running a seriesof videos on setting up and using the Deckel SO cutter grinder He also has a large number of videos on surface grinder and much more.

It is a pay site, you have to pay to register, but I have found it very useful.


Thread: cleaning brass/bronze fittings
12/05/2014 20:23:33

I have found tucked under my bench, a set of 3 cock gauge fittings in a very heavy corroded state.Brass or Bronze?. I have just dunked them a jar of vinegar to see if they can be recovered. Any other ideals for removing the hard green substance. Also when I remove them from the vinegar apart from a good wash in water anything else should I do?



Thread: Helping young people
11/05/2014 10:48:23
Posted by Lofty76 on 11/05/2014 10:11:05:
Posted by jason udall on 09/05/2014 20:33:11:
To the of luck.

I have read in trade papers that companies have/are avoiding employing under 18's..because they MIGHT have to put all staff/suppliers /carriers that MIGHT come in contact with the young person on a child protection course and carry out a criminal records buero check on such persons...
Now I use the word MIGHT. ..since they could not get "opinion" to definitively say if they did or didn't.
Thus..well the result is under 18's are becoming unemployable. ..

Edited By jason udall on 09/05/2014 20:34:06

Not just the under eighteens but 'vulnerable adults' too.

As we deal with school leaver apprentices (sixteen plus) all staff have to be fully vetted before contact is permitted and this applies equally to the older apprentices (eighteen plus) that have special educational needs.

Sorry Lofty and Jason but this is not true. The old CRB is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service after the CRB and ISA joined to become one organisation.

The law about who is entitled to a DBS check have changed a lot over the last couple of years and less people now are entitled to a check.

Incidental contact in a work role does not entitle someone to a check.

The best way to find out the real position is the contact the DBS and ask or read the DBS webpages.

Thread: MEW 214
18/03/2014 16:34:20
Posted by John Haine on 15/03/2014 17:24:30:

As an increasing number if not most beginners will nowadays be computer users why not put all the beginners articles on the website? Or maybe that would mean there isn't enough "editorial" material to fill the spaces between the adverts....come to think of it what's the point of a printed mag?


I think you may be wrong here, in one of the steam clubs i am in there is around 1000 members. There is a very good website but less than 20% of members have logged onto it including the newer members. There will always be a place for printed material over the web. I for one enjoy reading back issues of engineering/steam mags I do not want to be trawling the web for the same stuff. I get enouth of computers at work.


Thread: from the back cover of MEW 214
11/03/2014 17:17:51

I have one of these, with a decent blade it is a OK saw.

Thread: Engine Demonstrator Compressor Project
10/03/2014 10:05:03

I have a hand pump for inflating for boats/beds tha sort of thing. Dia is around 4 inch and the stroke is around 12 inch. All plastic and double acting, pumps on the down and up stokes. Around 100 pumps per min at max but you would need a replacement pumper after a couple of minutes at that rate.

Thread: VFT boiler project
08/03/2014 08:36:30

I am yet to have my first cup of tea, so may be a bit off. However i would have doubled the number of tubes and put in couple of solid stays.

Thread: dim tolerances
01/03/2014 14:56:58

I all ways liked the use of the terms bare and full when applied to sizes.


Thread: 4" Foster beginner's build
01/03/2014 14:50:48

Hi Dan and Martin

Good to hear of more traction engine builds. I am also buidling a 4 inch Little Samson. Taken me about 4 years so far with a least 1 more to go. There are some very good build series of the Little Samson on TractionTalk forum.


Thread: Milling - Ripping Cutters
16/02/2014 13:04:01

Ripper cutters are available in both fine and rough grades. I use mine to cut steel and cut turning up the SFM and Feed intil i get nice purple chips flying off. The fine cutters leave a OK finsh for items you are not going to handle.

Thread: What did you do today? (2014)
13/02/2014 21:36:07

I started work again on my Little Sampson Traction engine. Using the shaper to produce some of the levers.

Very intrested in the rolls, I have been toying with the ideal of making a set myself. My first attempt at the chinney could be better.

Thread: Hovercraft......
06/02/2014 16:05:48

Our local paper the Wirral Globe has a piecelast week about a new hovercraft route, If if remember from the top to of the Wirral to somewhere along the North Wales coast. To start in 2014 or 2015.


Thread: warco Major gh miller
27/01/2014 20:03:51

Hi Brian

I use the Chester version without the power downfeed. I am very pleased with it. Bigger table and travels than the common belt drive machines. The height under is head is vast, Mine has a MT4 taper. Taper gibs, the only real downside is only 6 speeds with a fairly low top speed of 1600 rpm, The head is very heavy when it comes to tramming it. It makes a very good s/h buy.


Thread: Identify an unmarked bottle of acid
12/01/2014 10:58:52

Hi John

As a first step I would ask your local chemist shops if they can take it. Boots took a bottle of conc Sulphuric from me a few years ago and did not charge. If not then try your local council if they know anywhere local to you to take it. I do not think your fire brigade will take it. I used lots of acids at work mostly HF back in the 80/90's and all of the HF was in plastic bottles.


Thread: Another Newb Question- Best cutting tool for tapers?
11/01/2014 09:31:46

You may also read in some books that the height of the tool has to be exactly on the center height or the taper will turn out barrel shaped,

This is a bit of a red herring as Geo.H Thomas worked out that as long as you are around 20 thou or so of the center heigth the amount of barrel shapping is so small you not be able to measure it.


Thread: Aldi this Thursday 9th jan
06/01/2014 18:17:04

Tools and workwear at Aldi this Thursday.

Thread: HSS sharpening
06/01/2014 18:13:16

just before I read this thread I watched a very good video on UTube about shaping a 5/8 tool bit using a 7 inch angle grinder. A lot quicker than using most off hand grinders found in home workshops. It will then need to be sharpened.


Thread: Warco GH Major mill
22/12/2013 16:44:29

Without going and looking at it, but quickly, On the hub with the 3 handles for the course downfine is a screw lock which moves from fine to course feed. I do not have the power down feed so may be different to yours.

22/12/2013 14:50:42

Hi Deric

Are you talking about the course or fine downfeed. I have a Chester Lux mill, which I belive is the same as a Warco GH mill but have never had a issue with the downfeed levers.


Thread: Little Samson traction engines
22/12/2013 14:47:10

Hi, Thanks for posting,

There has been quite a few more photos added to the Little Samson site shis ince I last looked there. My little samson build has been on hold for the last year ( playing around this steamboats instead) but looking to be building the valve gear this spring.


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