Here is a list of all the postings Michael Cox 1 has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Substitute for limonene|
Thanks for the information about the solubility of HIPS in limonene. I am chemist but had never come across this titbit of information.
Chemically limonene and turpentine are both terpenes so it could be a good idea to try the latter as it should be more readily available.
ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene polymer) and HIPS (high impact polystyrene) are chemically very similar and they are usually softened and dissolved by the same solvents. Both, for example dissolve readily in acetone and MEK (methyl ethyl ketone).
Where did the information come from that limonene is a selective solvent for HIPS?
|Thread: Home Workshop Site|
Please add my name to the list of well wishers.
|Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019|
I am glad it all worked out well in the end.
I am intrigued by some of the other things on your lathe:
1. What is it on top of the head stock?
2. What is the yellow object at the top that appears to be resting on the sloping splash guard
3. There appears to be something on the left hand side of the leadscrew before it disappears into the electrical control box.
Sorry if you think I am being nosey!
|Thread: Good YouTube videos|
Steve Jordan has a good YouTube channel. He has done many good mods to his minilathe.
|Thread: Engineers blue alternatives|
Edited By Michael Cox 1 on 19/07/2019 21:00:43
|Thread: ALDI 3D Balco printer|
I bought the Balco printer from Aldi before Christmas 2018. It worked straight out of the box and I have used it to make various workshop related items such as gears, vee beltpulleys, timing belt pulleys etc as well as some household items such as sonic tooth brush stand, camera lens cap, a small bin to fit the cupholder in the car, sat-nav holder etc.
I find it a very useful addition to my collection of workshop tools.
|Thread: Help a beautiful lady|
I mentioned your post to my wife and she said she had seen an advert for narrow fitting shoes in one of her womens magaxines.
She found the following contacts:
James Inglis Tel 0330 121 1111 or jamesinglis.com
I hope this helps
|Thread: Result - the 2019 Stevenson Trophy|
Thank you all for your kind words and thanks to all that voted for my low profile clamps.
|Thread: seals for mini lathe tapered roller bearings?|
I do not remember having to do any work on the end caps, but it was 6 years ago. I will have a look tomorrow and give you an update.
This is the approach that I used when I did my taper roller conversion. I figured that at the very least the o-ring would act as a thrower ring and prevent oil and swarf migrating along the spindle shaft. I did the conversion at least 6 years ago. Every year I remove the plastic endcaps and inspect for debris. I have never found anything after the o-ring.
|Thread: New Zealand Terror Attack|
I too echo Niels comments. I hope the families and friends of those killed and injured get the support of their own community and the support of all NZ people.
|Thread: Last Night's Astro Image|
What I am in awe of is that Neil holds down a day job, edits MEW, writes books, spends time in his workshop, is very active on this website and he still finds time to sit outside at night staring at the stars!!!! Amazing.
|Thread: Balco 3D Printer|
My Balco printer, the same as the current offering from Aldi, has a very firm steel frame and is already equipped with a cooling fan on the extruder. I have had no problems with it straight out of the box except for the levelling screws on the print table being a bit loose. This problem was easily solved by printing some washers that fit under the springs of the levelling screws.
|Thread: Motor for a Sieg X1 mill or (M1 attachment)|
I just remember seeing this:
This is a powerful;motor, 500W, and variable speed power supply already assembled at a cost of £120
The motor that you picture on the Clarke milling attachment to the C1 lathe looks identical to the motor on my X1 mill from ArcEurotrade.
Since it is unlikely that you would need to use the milling spindle and the lathe spindle at the same time I suspect that the attachment does not have a separate power controller board and that it is run from the same controller as the lathe motor. Is there a socket on the back of the C1 that the attachment plugs into?
I would urge you to consider making a belt drive conversion rather than replacing the gears in the mill headstock. The belt drive is much quieter, smoother and reduces any shock loading on the spindle. It is sudden shock loading that tend to upset the controller board. My belt drive conversion on the X1 mill is shown here:
As an alternative motor you may be able to pick up a small dc motor that was made for an electric golf trolley. Ebay usually lists some of them. This could be used with a 12 V motor controller from Ebay
|Thread: Cheap 3D printers|
I bought one of the ALDI printers and I am very pleased with it. The only problem that I have had is that the springs on the bed for the levelling screws are too short and they do not hold the bed in a reproducable position. I 3D printed some spacers to fit under the springs and everything is better now.
|Thread: Super glue filler|
Small hollow glass microbeads used to be recovered from the flyash of coal-fired powerstations. They were known and markerted under the name Armospheres. In the match industry they were used as a way to control the density of the match composition applied to the end of the match stick. I guess with the demise of coal fired power stations they are less available than they used to be.
|Thread: Keyway cutting|
Here are the things I have made to do internal keyways:
|Thread: Difficulty with gears for some thread pitches. (mini lathe)|
Here is another option:
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