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Thread: storage of short offcuts?
30/12/2018 05:57:25


I can't imagine I am alone in this... I have a large (and growing) collection of offcuts (shorts) - peices of steel, aluminium, brass, etc which are "that will be useful" category.

Some are only 10mm in length, others as long as 900mm. The diameters range from 4mm to 180mm. The weight of them all is in the hundreds of Kg range.

I'm looking for an suggestion on how to store them so they can be accessed and used, and hopefully with a manageable system of handling the weight. I am leaning towards shelves or drawers sized to keep the weights per section down, but I'm hoping others out there have better ideas.



Thread: gundrilling, and old ME articles sought
14/09/2010 11:14:09
I'd like to say I didn't expect, or desire to cause any hassles by asking what I thought was a fairly innocent question. I know some people/agencies get a bit freaky concerning firearms.. politics aside, their impact is all around us in various forms from the terms we use, the methods we've gained for manufacturing, and even in feminine hygiene.
In my search for suitable pipe in the area, the best bet so far is reusing the hollow spindle axles from bike axles... not the best but I'm seeing if it will work.
Speaking with people with large collections of ME issues, there has been articles in the past based on D bit drills, so that's where I'll head for the next attempts. I've had to temporarily shelve the clutch issue whilst I rebuild my lathe motor/ drive set up -  previous damage from removalists - the repair held for 5 years, but has started to let go.
 The vulcans had the saying of "live long and prosper"
- I think the ME saying should be "may you have enough time and money to finish all your projects"
30/05/2010 13:07:54
really two enquiries..
Firstly, I believe there was a recent article covering gundrilling in ME... can someone tell me the issue number, and tell me if it's worth getting? I'm planning on making a version of the myford clutch, and need to bore the shaft for the actuating rod.
Secondly is a more general question.... What is the status of the zillions of ME articles which used to be on the web by JWE? I know the lawyers from Magellica shut him down (despite the agreements with the previous publishers of ME), but the version I received was that JWE had to shut down his digital archiving, and the original scans (with varied quality of OCR) was given to magellica to help populate the article reprint library. I was jsut wondering if this was still happening, and when/ where we;d see it, since JWE's work was a veritable goldmine, and my only regret was not saving a copy when I had the chance.
Thread: Website Articles - Suggestions Please
23/06/2009 13:11:41
As you may well be aware we are uploading various articles to the web...
Where????? I was one of the guys impacted by  Magelica's decision to shut down the previously approved ME article distribution through James Early. As result, I would love to know where the articles are being published so I can restart learning the methods and techniques.
Thread: good beginner book - timing diagrams, etc
08/06/2009 06:29:00
The motor boys book is well worth the $10 it cost me (local Oz price) - it's basically a plans book of about 90 pages (PDF) with each motor taking about 3-8 pages.
The book assumes the builder already knows what they're doing, and it only focuses on the dimensioned plans, and maybe one or two "gotcha's" there is more focus on the history of the selected motors, why they were selected, design failings (if any) and modifications for modern usage.
I bought it because I'd heard of it, and the price was attractive. I didn't realise the level of pre-requisite knowledge and expereince needed, but if you've built one or two motors, you'll probably understand it much better than a total novice.
Thanks for the advice on the Stride book - it's already in my amazon watch list, but so are several others - I was holding off purchase of any more books until I got some feedback on a suitable one.
07/06/2009 12:02:34
I purchased the "motor boys plan book" and am thoroughly inspired by what can be done, but wouldn't know where to start.
What is the best "dummies guide to building IC motors" book for someone who can drive their lathe, read plans, etc.. but doesn't know how timing diagrams relate to the manufacture of the motor?
The way I see it, the things I would need to understand would include timing diagrams, troubleshooting the motor, common faults, common tricks, and maintenance of the motor.
I would need to understand the basic terminology, and standard components (ie here is a bog standard carburetter for all 2 stroke motors between .5 and 10cc", and an understanding of what changes if you scale up or down.
maybe a big ask, but is there a book out there which covers some/ all of this?
I know if major areas there are clubs, etc to help, but I would not want to guess the distance to the nearest club for me. Forums are great, but  a lot can be lost in people's typing and descriptive skills. A book gives me the chance to read, veiw pictures, and reread.
Thread: British Gunmakers screw threads
07/06/2009 11:49:09
For what it's worth, MOST of the old BSA firearm screw threads were 26tpi because their threading tools were used on the bicycles and motorcycles.
I cannot speak on the modern BSA parts, but the old ones I've worked on (WW1/2 and up to 1960) have been 26tpi for anything smaller than 3/8" od.
Hope that helps,
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