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Thread: White spirit in cutting/tapping oil recipe ?
11/11/2015 18:43:46

Having read a letter in ME or MEW some years ago about a cutting fluid used by an old toolmaker.This he called Angels Breath,made up of 1 part genuine turpentine 2 parts white spirit 3 parts olive oil.This is the the dog's whatsits.I have used it since reading the article and have not broken a tap or drill since,it als gives a super finish on finish turning.


Thread: What am I doing wrong.
03/11/2015 19:32:09

I have cut numerous gears,but I always had to concentrate on the number of turns as I was sometimes unsure on the count.I solved this by getting a hand held number clicker.


Thread: Elf n Safety police
25/10/2015 17:25:35

I agree with Ady on this issue of health and safety.I was a small builder and was happy to train apprentices.I always insisted that they followed my advice and used common sense as I was trained to do 54 years ago.They have all survived without an incident.I was working in a kitchen with an apprentice when the college supervisor arrived to assess him on the job.I was told that he must wear a hard hat and a viz jacket in the kitchen and that I must display a notice on the kitchen door stating that this was a building site.Lunacy.To pass his modules I was to take photographs of him wheeling a barrow ,posing on various tasks to meet the targets set.Lunacy.No wonder the trades are diluted as they are .There is no longer a decent appreniceship in any industry to be had .Why does one need an apprenticeship to be a shop assistant,nonesense.Like the interpretation of health and safety.Common sense is needed.


Thread: Drawing Projections
13/10/2015 23:58:24

The building trade converted to metric in the early seventies ,and is in metres and millimetres always.We still got windows in imperial and tried to fit them to a metric gauge for brickwork 75mm bed and brick ,it could be frustraring until all suppliers got their act together.I still order timber as 3mt of 4" by 2" and metrication has given the suppliers of building products an excuse to reduce the thickness of timber ,screws,nails and others to numerous to mention.Try matching floor joists in an old building with metric materials .


Thread: How strong is wood?
22/09/2015 20:05:56


Why not remove a section of the floor and fit a concrete base low enough to take the mill and the cabinet that fits the mill.Quicker than building a bench.


Thread: How to ensure parallelism of several holes in long rod
19/08/2015 06:17:58

I missed the bit about drilling through into the wood to take the dowel.


19/08/2015 06:15:54

Lay your rod on a length of wood long enough to take your rods,drill your hole and fit a dowel as previously stated,reverse the timber and drill.Hope this helps.


Thread: What did you do today (2015)
28/07/2015 17:51:24

Thank you for your rapid reply Jason.


28/07/2015 16:32:14

Just completed the cylinder of a Centaur gas engine.The cast iron casting was chilled at both ends and two opposite chilled seams ran from one end to the other.This has tested me and it's a good job I have little hair or I would have torn it out.The 1" boring bar was centered both ends but was flexing over the chilled seams giving an oval bore.The lapping could not remove this and I ended scraping these high spots and grinding them with a rocking motion over a 1" wooden dowell with grinding paste,and then finishing on the lap.Could someone tell me how much smaller the aluminium piston should be,it has cast iron rings.


Thread: Poor quality gears
14/07/2015 07:11:12

I have just obtained the full set of castings from Reeves for the Centaur gas engine.I had not unpacked all of them so after reading this post I checked the supplied gears and found them to be excellent,nothing like those shown.I think that they had a bad batch.


Thread: ADVICE: Petrol tank fixings material?
13/07/2015 20:18:24

Hi Russ

I am building a Centaur gas engine and have been looking for fuel resistant gasket.Reeves sell Hylotyte in a tube.I have found Loctite 5922 at Halfords which is resistant to fuels.Hope this helps.


05/06/2015 21:18:35


4 jaw ML 10 chucks come up on ebay, and considering the cost of an adapter if availiable a ML 10 chuck would be the better option as the larger register on the spindle would give more ridgidity .


Thread: What's your best tool purchase ?
15/05/2015 19:01:52

My best buy was my Mk1 Myford Super Seven bought in 1987 made in 57.It has been a joy to use and after a regrind

in 2005 is as accurate as new.I have a large bore Myford I bought at the Myford sale but don,t get the pleasure of using it as much as the old girl.My worst buy was a set of taps and dies ,the die wouldn't cut brass .Cheap.


Thread: Keeeping Machines Clean, New idea or Old?
07/05/2015 20:07:11

The use of cling film will be used on my machines when using cast iron, it will save me time on cleaning the dust off everything.Thanks Martin for the tip.


Thread: Reaming question
25/04/2015 07:20:45

If I can get the work in the fridge I get to a very close fit ,cool one and heat the other and this has worked for me.


Thread: What did you do today (2015)
18/04/2015 21:00:40

My super seven plus is 42.5*2mm and I do have a lot of duplicates of the metric chasers ,as I didn,t have amongst these chaser the two mm internal one I had to rely on my threading ability.More luck than judgment it worked well.This was the first metric thread I have cut and I was pleased with the result.

18/04/2015 17:57:13

I have spent the last two hours sorting out roughly 100 plus metric hand chasers, given to me by a friend.They are stamped with the war department arrow and one is dated 1944.they range from .5mm to 5mm ,some internal but most external.I asked my friend for a 2mm internal chaser to tidy up the thread I cut for a backplate to fit my large bore Myford, and he gave me all of these.I am going to have a go at cutting the smaller sizes as I have never tried this.


Thread: EMG-12 Endmill Re-sharpening module
13/04/2015 16:17:52


I made and use the cannon type sharpening jig that was serealised in MEW about 3 years ago.It does not sharpen the flutes but makes a good job of the cutting edges it,s worth a look.


Thread: Excel Major Mill Drill
06/04/2015 17:26:37

Hi Fred

I use the silicon baking sheets that are availiable from supermarkets and cook shops.I stuck mine on with small earth magnets to allow for easy removal as I have an oiling point below it.


Thread: New mini mill-which tools?
05/04/2015 21:26:47

I have a laser edge finder an opticle centre finder and a mechanical edge finder and like Russell I still use a stickt pin and fag paper,for both edge finding and feeling the cutter onto the work.


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