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Member postings for chris stephens

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Thread: Slitting saw arbours
05/07/2016 14:18:15

The best design slitting saw arbour I have seen so far is Stefan Gotteswinter's and part two

but Robrenz comes a novel second with his superglued one when he made his micro-Ohm meter probes. If you haven't come across him yet, he is a perfectionist's perfectionist with attention to detail scales off the charts.

Thread: Lapping - how to (cheaply)
14/06/2016 00:03:26

Hi Francis,

Take a look at Oxtool's video "surface plate calibration and conditioning"

13/06/2016 22:58:45

Hi Kwil,

Curious that you say kitchen granite boards are not flat, I bought one this very PM, 16X12 under £8, and looking at a reflection of a straight line it appears flat. I have not checked it thoroughly yet and I know it will never be inspection grade, but, for my sort of hack work it should work out fine.


Thread: Supply issue latest magazine
29/05/2016 17:33:40

The following does not reflect well on some model engineers but I could not find ME at one of my local WHS stores so I asked at the counter only to be told that they keep it behind the counter because it was getting stolen when on show! I shall not say which store to save the thief's embarrassment, oh hell let's embarrass him, Ruislip.

Thread: TAP OD.
25/05/2016 00:15:41

There is another reason for unusual size taps, Helicoil ones. Been there, done that! :>(

Thread: 80w90 gear oil
24/05/2016 22:35:40

Oh dear how time flies, it must be 40 years since I watched speedway at Wimbledon, still remember the smell though. Just to be super pedantic, sorry, speedway racers should be using Castrol M, the castor oil for methanol fuels.

Thread: Tangential tool
19/05/2016 23:31:53

Some thoughts come to mind, the supplied jig is not necessarily of the best design and, if used with too coarse a wheel, might not sharpen both cutting edges equally. The supplied jig is a compromise design for both turning and threading and because of this it tends to put striations along the length of one of the cutting edges which will not be as sharp as the other. A 30 degree vee shaped jig held at right angles to the wheel is, in my view, to be preferred as it puts an equal grind on both edges.

Another thought is have you put enough of a radius down the length of the tool bit. A sharp corner does not seem to cut as well as a radius one. If you put different radii on opposite corners and sharpen both ends you can select the either end for different needs.

A tangential tool will often give a superior cut on the back stroke, due to a sheering action, but should still cut forwards almost as well if ground well..

Thread: Transwave Converters
12/05/2016 14:55:09

Thirded(?) nothing but good to say about Pete and his business.

Thread: Another "Free" MEW
01/05/2016 11:43:33

Hi Neil;

You keep it up, some of us have friends that we can pass on the extra copies to and gain some brownie points in the process.

Thread: Single pointing a thread
18/04/2016 22:11:22

Hi Muzzer, all very good but he said it was Whitworth form not metric.

Thread: Another BBC4 series
29/03/2016 20:50:43

What a bunch of miseries we have, would you rather have endless cookery programs, or so it seems, or something that vaguely resembles a like minded interest?

Thread: Picking one UK show to attend..
14/02/2016 18:03:31

Don't forget that we drive on the left and it is compulsory for tourists to buy a round for all when visiting our Pubs.

Thread: Metric lead screw on a Myford Super 7
24/01/2016 18:50:58

Hi Guys, I suspect that they kept the Imp lead screw because they could not afford to update the TPI gearbox to Metric. Towards the end of the real Myford times were increasingly hard, sadly true but inevitable.

A point of interest on the difference between Imp and Metric lathes, the Imp cross feed is in direct movement and the Metric one reads in diameter reduction. According to Mr Moore, the Myford boss at the time, this was the convention, so they followed it.


Thread: Milling HSS
23/01/2016 14:50:57

Hi Roger, I would expect an Email to them inquiring about solid carbide end mills might help. I suspect the reason for not having them on the web is that they are "surplus" stock and as such supply is moderately random. I only buy in person from their stand at shows, never online. They do travel the country going to all sorts of shows that have an engineering bent, last weekend Ally-Pally, today Kempton Autojumble, and shortly at Brighton Modelworld. Again an Email might reveal if they are appearing at a venue near you, if they are unwilling to sell online for some reason. My person favourite endmills are their "ripper" ones, they remove stock at a phenomenal rate (in steel, not HSS!).

Hope this helps


23/01/2016 02:18:35

Hi Roger, Sorry, i thought everybody knew JB Cutting, they go to all the shows and sell carbide tooling at reasonable prices.


22/01/2016 17:09:33

Hi DC1, Why ever not? It is easily done using solid carbide end mills, and they are cheap enough from JB to not matter much if things go wrong.

As an aside, one of your predecessors in the ME editors chair has been known to do it, once told it was indeed possible. Another advocate of the practice is Oxtool on youtube, and his opinion is very highly regarded by those in the know. Give it a go, it can be quicker than grinding, especially for roughing shapes.


Thread: 5c collet chuck alignment
21/01/2016 23:49:20

Hi Steve,

I had great troubles getting my 5C collet holder to run true and mine came from the same supplier, cheap but questionable quality, methinks. If you persist you can get it to run true, undersize register and cooking foil shim stock between back plate and chuck helps. Grinding the cone is not the best answer, as it does not address the issues with the other locating surface deep inside, which must not be over size. I understand the collet holders from a certain emporium known for good service with "euro" in their name, sell better ones, bit late now though!


Thread: Neat cutting oil. (recommendation)
10/01/2016 02:56:24

Hi Cotswoldphil,

Get yourself one of these;

Mine came over from the US as a gift from Tom Lipton, of youtube fame. Not bragging, just saying he is a very generous chap and all round good egg.


Thread: SCLCR Boring Tool Geometry and TCT & HSS inserts
03/01/2016 17:21:56

Just to add confusion, surely the chip breaker design defines whether an insert is positive or negative. You can have an insert seat pointing downwards (nominally negative) but with a high rake insert, it is actually positive. Or is there a flaw (again) in my logic?

Thread: #*@₩ NVR switches!
19/12/2015 01:20:58

Oh well if you are going to talk about modern stuff.........

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