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Thread: Anaerobic adhesive question
24/04/2020 08:55:47

For many applications, such as the one being discuss, I prefer to use slow cure epoxy adhesive rather than anaerobic adhesive. This gives plenty of open time and it forms a very strong bond with steel (and most other metals).


Thread: What to add to molasses solution to prevent mould growth?
08/04/2020 21:24:14

Potassium sorbate is widely used in the food industry to prevent mould growth. Borax (sodium tetraborate) is widely used in aqueous timber treatments to prevent mould growth.

Hope this helps


Thread: Cable Gland
21/02/2020 09:27:41

Bore out the 6 mm plate just bigger than the nut and then make a smaller panel out of 3 mm steel to cover the hole on which the gland can be attached.


Thread: Coolant Pump For Bandsaw.
19/02/2020 10:11:47

I use a windscreen washer pump to provide coolant on my minilathe, see|:


The pump has proved very reliable and the simple fabric filter is very effective at removing small particles.


Thread: A good toolpost drill design
20/01/2020 09:53:32

Hi Chris,

I only have a minilathe and I apopted a different approach using a flexible drive shaft to take power to the cross-slide, see:


I only fitted a 4 mm chuck but if I made it again I would fit a 6 mm chuck as there is more than sufficient power.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
03/01/2020 09:58:20

Hi Danny,

Having seen the videos of the situation in Oz I wish you, your neighbours and all Australians success in combating the fires. I feel for you.


Thread: Micro Mill
09/12/2019 10:11:39

I have a Micromill similar to yours. I found there were two annoying problems with it. One was the noise from the gear selector fork that vibrated badly . The second problem was that even a slight overload would cause the default light to come on and sometimes it would blow the fuse. Fortunately the motor control board was never damaged by these slight overloads.

I converted my Micromill to belt drive, see:


The absence of the gear selector eliminate the noise but the main benefit was that since doing the conversion I have had no problems with slight overloads triggering the default light and blowing fuses. I think the stretch of the belts and or belt slippage in overload conditions eliminates shock loading of the motor.


Thread: hi from Aarhus
21/11/2019 13:28:13

Hej Alf

Velkommen. I used to live in Sweden for a few years and visited Denmark often. Copenhagen is one of my favorite cities. Visited Aarhus a couple of times too.


Thread: Angel Eyes.
17/11/2019 18:51:54

There are some very cheap stabilised power supplies available from China. This one seems perfect for you application.


Thread: Mike Cox's cone drills in MEW 285 - source?
26/10/2019 10:57:06

As well as Thor's suggestions cone drills are readily available from ScrewFix in the UK, see:


There are other suppliers on ebay which should be accesible globally


Thread: QCTP
28/09/2019 16:41:53

Ola Celso,

Nice job and as usual you make it look easy.


Thread: citric acid
23/09/2019 18:16:10

Vitamin C is ascorbic acid.

Thread: MEW No. 285 Gear Cutters and Gear Cutting
17/09/2019 18:43:16

Niel has already pointed out that one benefit of using conical cutters is that it is easy to make any diameter of cut out using only a limited range of conical cutters. The other benefit of using conical cutters is that they provide relief all around the cut out arc. Using cylindrical cutters and a tilted blank only provide relief in one direction.

The cost of the tapered drills is relatively small and one set can be used to make cutters to match a big range of MOD and tooth counts.


Thread: Substitute for limonene
31/08/2019 17:10:04


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.



30/08/2019 10:44:26


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
28/08/2019 22:01:02

Please add my name to the list of well wishers.


Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
04/08/2019 11:33:36
Posted by Anthony Knights on 19/06/2019 10:55:09:

Paint is dry so I've fitted the Mike Cox lever tailstock. First proper project since my illness last year. so I'm pleased it works well in spite of the odd shaped tailstock casting.lever taistock.jpg

Hi Antony,

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: Engineers blue alternatives
19/07/2019 20:59:06
Posted by Lainchy on 16/07/2019 12:49:45:
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 16/07/2019 12:18:43:



In theory it should be possible to dissolve ball-point pen ink in the same way. In practice, more trouble than it's worth!


Edited By SillyOldDuffer on 16/07/2019 12:19:34

Cheers Dave will try some when I get a chance

It is easy to make a marking out blue as follows: Take 50 ml of French polish and add 50 ml of methylated spirit. Now take a cheap blue ball point pen and pull out the nib and ink tube. With a pair of sharp scissors chop the ink tube into pieces about 12mm long and let them drop into the mixture of French polish and alcohol. Shake the mixture and leave to stand for a day. The mix is easily applied by a small brush and it is quick drying. It marks easily with fine scribe. It is resistant to water based and oil based complaints and cutting fluids.



Edited By Michael Cox 1 on 19/07/2019 21:00:43

Thread: ALDI 3D Balco printer
29/05/2019 10:24:04

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
19/05/2019 20:45:45

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

I hope this helps

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