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Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020
22/02/2020 18:37:36

Got a bit more work done on the 4 facet drill grinding attachment for my wetstone sharpener today, machined up the drill clamp and did a trial assembly before finessing it.


Not too happy with the guide bar bridge, it slipped in the vice because I was too lazy to swap the jaws so there are a couple of marks on it, will probably remake that at some point but other than that everything fits together nicely and operates smoothly.

Thread: Miller Machine -
18/02/2020 14:29:28

Has many similarities to an Emco FB2 however there are also many clones around have a look here

Thread: Non tilting; tilting head.....tilt
17/12/2019 19:36:42

How 'loose are the bolts that you have undone? It is possible if they are too loose that one of them has dropped back into the recess that allows them to be fed into the circular tee slot that they run in. Try nipping up the bolts and then just loosen enough to permit movement and see if that allows the head to be rotated.

Can you post a picture of the head showing the bolts you have loosened.

15/12/2019 22:28:25
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 15/12/2019 21:26:12:
Posted by peak4 on 15/12/2019 21:08:51:

A test from another thread

5130-12-145-6396 to see if it changes to skype

nsn 5130-12-145-6396

Well that seemed to work OK, using Opera on W10, but I don't have Skype as a browser plugin


Now see if you can edit it back to plain text, Bill



I just copied then pasted as plain text, using Chrome on a Mac, OS Mojave. I use Skype all the time, never come across this type of issue before, odd behaviour.


Edited By Gray on 15/12/2019 22:31:11

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
15/12/2019 17:36:37

I have wanted a four facet grinding jig for my Scheppach Wetstone grinder but couldn't justify nearly 200 beer tokens for a genuine Tormek jig.

Raided the scrap box and found some 10mm ally plate left over from a commission job with these hiding inside.

4 facet jig-1.jpg

and assembled they look like this

4 facet-2.jpg

These form the fixed base and cross slide of the jig. I need to find some slippery material in a square bar form to make bearing surfaces so I don't have metal to metal contact which will wear over time. Now have to make the top plate which rotates to set the grind point angle and adjust depth of cut and a drill holder, haven't yet decided on the format for that but an ER collet block or 5C are options as I have a good set of both imperial and metric of both types.

Thread: Plumbers Jointing Paste ???
12/12/2019 07:24:57

Boss white and most of the similar products are only rated for low pressure steam (up to 7 bar or 100psi) and temps around the 200 deg c mark.

I've been using Rocol steam seal for many years in higher temp/pressure applications, this is rated at 193 bar (2800psi) and has a temp range up to 600 deg c

Thread: Hello from the North East
05/12/2019 17:29:55

welcome to the madhouse, as a raw beginner don't be afraid to ask questions, there are no daft questions (although you may get some daft answers )

You haven't said what your budget is for a drilling machine but, if space is limited and with your aspirations of building a loco and clocks, you may want to look at a suitably sized bench top milling machine. You can drill with a milling machine but you can't effectively mill with a drilling machine. Some have tried and had varying success but a drilling machine is not designed for the loads presented when milling. Just some food for thought.

Whereabouts in the North East do you hail from,I was born in Hartlepool and grew up in the Middlesbrough area but flew south many years ago with work and have settled in Hampshire.


Thread: Interface PCB for the ELS project
24/11/2019 08:34:20

Hi Phil, component kit arrived safely,

many thanks


Thread: Screwcutting on the lathe
17/11/2019 20:39:46

Tracy tools sell M18x1.5 taps and dies if it helps although at £12 each, not an inexpensive option and not as satisfying as screwcutting your own.


Thread: Workshop lighting
15/11/2019 17:55:12

Hi John,

I have replaced a twin 5 foot batten with a single 6 foot LED batten in my lathe room, light coverage is excellent and even, no shadows. I've just built a separate grinding room and fitted the same in there as well as replacing the twin 6' fitting in my kitchen with a single 6' led batten. The ones I have used are V-TAC and come with a 5 year guarantee bought from my local electrical wholesaler. Online, they can be obtained from here.

they are slimline and mount to the ceiling with two small spring clips.


Thread: Interface PCB for the ELS project
14/11/2019 06:48:28

PM’d you regarding component kit.



Thread: Traction Talk Forum
13/11/2019 22:38:03


security certificates and providing the 'https' layer is important where you are handling personal information, login details etc as it indicates that the website is protected by Secure Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security. Data sent between you and the website is encrypted so the information is private, and that the website is identified to be who it claims to be.

As your site has a membership element and requires login to access that, I suggest appropriate certification is relevant and important to your site and its membership.


Thread: Vertical Spindle Surface Grinder
09/11/2019 21:37:45

George, rather than printing to your printer, in the print dialog, select the print destination as print to pdf, I haven't used MS windows for several years now but there used to be a program that allowed printing several pages to a single pdf, I now use a MAC and achieve the same result using the 'open in preview' function.

Details of your operating system, version, Browser type and version and printer details will assist in finding a solution to your problem. I've never had any problems printing pages from the older digital archives, cannot say the same for the more recent ones using the current abomination of a magazine reader!


Thread: John Bogstandard's projects.
06/11/2019 16:26:26

Ron, If you follow Jasons link to Johns photobucket, then go to later pics, page 16 you will find the tramming tool

Thread: Interface PCB for the ELS project
05/11/2019 17:37:48

Hi Phil, I would take a component set, already have one of your excellent quality boards.



Thread: New lathe next week
02/11/2019 08:18:39

I put a DRO on both my lathes several years ago and wouldn't be without, although I do have a problem reading the handwheel dials due a vision problem so the big numbers on a DRO head are an absolute necessity for accurate work. If they are within budget and justifiable, then get one.


Thread: Interface PCB for the ELS project
28/10/2019 17:42:14

Hi Phil, I'm sure I posted this at the weekend but it seems to have disappeared.

Many thanks, received the board on Friday, it looks to be excellent quality. Your documentation downloaded fine.

You may have mentioned this in the other thread but I couldn't find it, Where did you get the boards from?

Kind regards


22/10/2019 19:45:28

Hi Phil,

I'll take a board from you



Thread: Stepper power for autofeed on lathe
21/10/2019 15:55:26
Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 20/10/2019 12:21:57:

All works as intended, fully capable running both metric & imperial feeds/threads on my metric lathe at the touch of a button, only problem is that the Nema24 stepper rated at 4 Nm is only giving 2.3 Nm so slightly underpowered, the supplier refunded the money & let me keep the motor.

Tony, how are you measuring the power of your steppers, I have some I would like to verify before I put them to work.



Thread: DRO magnetic encoders - generic?
16/10/2019 22:36:02

Have a look at EMS-I, I have their consoles on both lathe and mill (4 axis on the mill which allows combining quill and knee read heads) The scales are a mix of EMS-I, Machine-DRO and an old glass scale that was on the mill when I bought it. All work without problem.

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