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Thread: Its a what?
05/11/2016 21:10:38

It is a bench clamp.there would be a hole drilled in the bench and a metal insert screwed into a recess made above the hole to give the long bar something to bite can quickly adjust the clamp to height and when you screw down onto the workpiece it forces the bar away from the screw and tightens the whole thing.


Thread: Removing 2MT chucks etc
02/11/2016 12:06:25

If you have enough meat in the top of the mill to tap it make a bridge bracket with it screwed to the top of the mill above the draw bar drill the bracket and tap and use a threaded bar or bolt to force the draw bar down.


Thread: Stoptober
02/11/2016 06:57:02

I am 70 and when at school it was so easy to smoke.The headmaster used to send me to the local shop for his fags .Us lads would pool our money and I would buy us 4 Domino fags in a paper sleve folded over and taped down with a domino on the front,dose anyone remember them.I stopped smoking at 21 when taking up swimming after a 6 year break I could not swim across the pool without struggling for breath.I stopped immediatly and have never touched one since.


Thread: what do you use when designing?
22/10/2016 21:17:34

I envy the ability of others who can use the drawing programmes,as I am not very computer literate.I do wing it for small items but make a drawing for larger things.I think things through for days to sort out the machining sequence and better ways of making an object before I start.


Thread: M8 tapping drill
10/10/2016 23:57:55

I agree Mark,My small set of taps and drills to match them for 8mm is 6.8 tapping drill.I have just finished tapping 8mm with no trouble .


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2016)
30/09/2016 19:06:23

I have been constructing an large fixed steady for my Myford.Today I have been milling the three slots in the 6" * 5/8"*1/2" steel ring the slots are to take the existing fingers from my standard fixed steady.They will only reach from 4" down to 2 1/2" ,this leaves a gap down to 1 5/8" so I am making long fingers with ball races attached then I will have all sizes up to 4".I have allready made the base which the ring is bolted,the rebate is radiused to take the ring.I will be able to make a larger ic engine now.


Thread: MEX Photos for those that stayed home
18/09/2016 20:08:23

Thank you Jason. I couldn't face the journey and the M25 to see for myself ,you have made my day. The nearest MEX to me is the new Spalding show of three years.It is better every year,so to all who moan about the Brooklands venue give it a chance to improve yearly and thank goodness that there are people prepared to put on these exhibitions.


Thread: Access to digital issues
09/09/2016 08:21:46


I can bring up the magazines to view but whilst viewing or turning the page they jam up.I can go back to the begining and then they don't open at all I am frustrated by this as I previously could access the magazines with no problems.Could you suggest where I am going wrong please.


Thread: QC Toolpost for Benson Bench Lathe
03/09/2016 20:03:11

I made a qctp for my myford and it would be possible to make it to fit your lathe.The tool holder can be machined to leave 2mm at it's base and use an8mm tool packed in the holder to centre height.See my album for images there are no dovetails to machine and it is faster to use than my dickson type toolpost .


Thread: Is CNC cheating
02/09/2016 17:31:38

I don't have the computer nohow to be ever be able to wright a programme for cnc.I know that it is a skill and surely any skill that will produce items in hours that takes me days, and better than I can do I applaud.It can only be good for the long term future of the hobby to encourage the younger generation to take over in their own way,we have to keep moving forewards.

Thread: Fitting collets to a horizontal mill?
14/08/2016 17:42:57

I have a small horizontal mill and use 2mt drawbar collets and as others have sugested there is not room to use dills in the collets.


Thread: Dickinson tool holder by Malcolm High
10/08/2016 17:38:49

If Liddle or Aldi have them in their magnetic bars that one can screw to any convenient surface are great .I have my holders on one and I don't have a problem with the bar magnatizing the holders.The only downside is they don't always have them in stock ,I think they are about £5.


Thread: Risk Assessment
10/08/2016 00:03:38

On a lighter note[no pun intended] whilst working at a college I was at the top of a ladder and my mate was holding it .this was on a stairwell landing.The safety officer on her way down the stairs said to my mate "where's your hat,get one"Off he goes and on her return she blew her top as he was wearing a chefs hat,this she reported to the management.Nothing was said.On his retirement from the college he was presented with a chefs hat,proving there is some humour in H&S.I go to his funeral on Friday and will always remember him and his pranks.


08/08/2016 20:34:49

When I started work 55 years ago I am sure that the factory acts were posted on most sites that I worked on.These covered health and safety of workers and expected people to have and use common sense.with the decline of industries I noticed a new industry emerging health and safety. Courses were being run at the local college to train for this growing industry.Having employed people in the building industry I was well aware of my responsibility to my employees.An apprentice of mine was due an assesment of H&S the assesor arived to find him working in a domestic kitchen,I was questioned as to why he was not wearing a high vis jacket and helmet and why I did not have a notice displayed on the kitchen door saying that it was a building site and was a hazard.Constructive criticism would have been welcomed .Jobsworth sprang to mind.These are the sort of people that get H & S a bad name.


07/08/2016 23:40:39

Hi,could the reason for the decline in deaths and injuries be anything to do with the decline in the main risk industries,ie building,mining,railways,engineering and fishing which through technology and various political decisions have been reduced significantly, so I don't think that one can base statistics of deaths and injuries without the reduced employment in the afformentioned industries being taken into account.


Thread: SX3
21/07/2016 09:16:03

I bought a sx3 6 years ago from arc and have always had excellent after sales service.The machine is a good one for the price.


Thread: Ideal Beginners Lathe?
17/07/2016 14:22:51

I have never owned a lahte/mill but I have built a 2" scale traction engine and many tools on my lathe with a vertical slide with good results.There have to be some comprimises with a budget dual machine.Take note of the previous posts and then decide.


Thread: Dore Westbury milling capacity
14/07/2016 15:01:51


I attached a laser from a cheap level horizontal on the head and with a vertical line on the wall at right angles to the mill all one dose is when lifting or lowering the head just reset to the verticle line .You mentioned that you are using a bottle jack to lift the head,is your column smooth and dosen't have a screw thread as all of the DW, I have seen do.


12/07/2016 11:15:34

I owned a mk1 DW and it gave me great service,like all machines you use it to it's capabilities,it will tell you if you are asking to much.Lifting the head and loosing position was my reason for changing to an sx3 ,I did fit a laser to assist in resetting the head which helped.The head height is great.For a light machine it has a lot going for it.


Thread: measuring small bores
22/06/2016 00:07:53

Bore close to size and make a D bit to finished diameter to finish with.


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