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Member postings for Douglas Johnston

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Thread: Soldering Iron
31/05/2020 13:03:03

I bought a Hakko soldering station a year or so ago and like it a lot. Not cheap but warms up very fast and is the best soldering iron I have had.


Thread: garden chair, wooden slats broken.
18/05/2020 19:07:28

I had to replace a couple of the slats on my garden seat a few years ago and just used some handpicked softwood from the local B&Q store. A treatment with some cheap wood preservative and left to weather for a while and the result was very good and soon matched the much older original slats.


Thread: Myford ML4 gib strips
07/05/2020 09:47:24

When I made some gib strips a few years ago I used gauge plate and did as Jon suggested to flatten one surface. Incidentally the thickness of the strip does not need to be perfect since the back face is only in contact with the gib screws.

One other thing I did was to cut the ends with a sharp endmill (a new carbide one in my case ) so that the end edges in contact with the slide had no discernible rounding. This helps to prevent any fine chips getting trapped between the gib and the slide.


Thread: Face mill prices
11/04/2020 09:43:52

I bought a 50mm and a 63mm one and R8 arbor from ARC after I saw the review in MEW. The quality is superb and belies the low price. I also bought some of the ground and polished inserts and they too are excellent.

The only problem now is the lack of availability due to the pesky virus.


Thread: Arc Euro and Coronavirus
31/03/2020 09:57:07

Just seen the latest email from ARC telling us they are closing for the duration of the pandemic. The picture of the last bog roll in the country did make me smile though. Things must be getting bad if we have no more ARC for the time being. I do hope the lifeline of MEW can keep going to keep me on an even keel.


Edited By Neil Wyatt on 31/03/2020 16:40:44

Thread: What to use for New Worktop?
20/03/2020 09:33:19

Thick kitchen worktop is hard to beat, you can sometimes get slightly damaged ones at a good price from local diy outlets ( I am often amazed at how many they seem to damage during transit or inside the store ). Good sturdy wooden framework under the top, don't use the flimsy kitchen units. If mounting a small lathe, a concrete or granite slab on top of the worktop gives a very good rigid base on which to mount the machine.


Thread: What are you reading?
20/03/2020 09:10:06

Just got my latest copy of MEW to keep me happy for a short while in between reading through all the Tom Thorne novels by Mark Billingham. Not my normal reading matter but was given the first two Wolf Hall novels a while back and really enjoyed them. Very sad to see the death toll in Italy is now greater than China, this is a year none of us will forget in a hurry.


Thread: Reeves and Coronavirus
14/03/2020 09:27:06

Moves like this are very welcome but don't think things are going to get better soon. Current predictions show that we have many months of disruption ahead of us. I don't wish to sound too gloomy but this is going to be one hell of a ride. Good luck!


Thread: Complicated post
07/03/2020 10:42:05
Posted by Ketan Swali on 07/03/2020 09:16:20:

Keeping what I have said above in mind, I hope you will agree that you will be better served for your machine requirement with WARCO, Chester, WABICO, as all three have models which already have a very longer history, rather than the SX3.5DZP which has just come to market.

My goodness, you don't often get that degree of candour from dealers. Arc are clearly considering the long game, and I for one applaud that.


Thread: Blacking hot steel in oil
05/03/2020 09:19:01

Used engine oil is nasty stuff and best avoided. I tend to use supermarket rapeseed oil which works very well.


Thread: Powder coating
02/03/2020 21:16:34
Posted by Chris V on 02/03/2020 20:32:29:

We had two radiators at different times powder coated and both are flaking paint off, never again!


I see I am not the only one to suffer this. Half an hour ago I was painting a section of a bathroom towel rail radiator that had been powder coated. Just as described above a small crack in the coating has resulted in the coating starting to peel off over an area of a few square inches. I am hoping that some radiator paint will halt the peeling.


Thread: Cautionary tale
27/02/2020 09:42:01

I would be very wary about ordering anything from China at the moment. With the shutdown of large areas due to the virus and restrictions on flights it could be a bit of a lottery. I have a couple of small items that were ordered a month or so ago and I don't expect to see them any time soon. However, my slight inconvenience is of no matter compared to the struggles to contain the virus. The whole world could soon be in the grip of this virus and it seems to target old people like myself and probably many on this forum, so we should all take care.


Thread: Small milling machine
24/02/2020 10:01:08

Another option that does not get mentioned much is the Myford VMB. I have had one for many years and it is quite a robust machine . My one has variable speed drive and poly-v belts and the build quality is very good. I believe the machines were built in Taiwan then had some finishing work done at the Myford factory. Second hand ones crop up now and again and prices are usually reasonable despite the Myford connection.


Thread: tipped tooling
23/02/2020 13:49:31

The other thing that is also often mentioned is the need for high speed. While this can be true for a lot of carbide tooling it is not needed for the sharp polished inserts. I use this type of insert most of the time on a lightweight machine and they cut well at a wide range of speeds.


Thread: What bench drill
22/02/2020 09:51:06
Posted by not done it yet on 09/02/2020 22:22:24:

Of course, if you are a MM customer, you will likely get periodic invitations to their “VAT free” sessions (actually simply a 20% discount opportunity, not VAT free). £200 would buy that drill on one of those occasions, if one is not in a hurry to part with the cash...

I used to get regular invitations to MM vat free days but have not had one for a long time. Have they given up on this marketing ploy?


Thread: What sort of things DO NOT inspire you
22/02/2020 09:31:49

People with a fixed mindset who can't see the other side of an argument.


Thread: Coal being phased out
21/02/2020 15:42:32

As a matter of interest why is wet wood a problem. I know nothing about wood burning but just wondering where the problem lies. Why does burning wet wood produce more pollution?


Thread: Carbide inserts. 0.4 or 0.8
21/02/2020 11:35:24

If you have a hobby size lathe I would stick to 0.4 radius as a good compromise. I must admit I like the 0.2 ones for a lot of what I do but the cutting point of the insert can be easily damaged if not careful.


Thread: Encryption software
17/02/2020 09:24:59
Posted by Robin Graham on 16/02/2020 21:57:43:

But I'm irrational and it just feels wrong! I'd probably forget where where I'd put the list anyway - I'm hopelessly chaotic in the real world, lose or misplace almost everything, but methodical and tidy with computers.

I am also irrational and feel keeping passwords anywhere connected to the computer is more risky than writing them down, so we are probably both right for our own brains.


16/02/2020 15:24:40

I think we have to be practical about passwords. I am at an age where memory cells seem to be diminishing at a disturbing rate and it is simply not practical to remember dozens of passwords. Lets be honest, most of us write passwords down somewhere and the chance of this getting into the hands of some dodgy character is remote. It is easy to hide a tree in a forest, so apply that idea to a notebook.


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