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Thread: Upload photos - cant identify which one
04/07/2020 09:25:06

I always process my photo's with an old Adobe photoshop type program. They are always renamed and resized before uploading. As a bonus, they always come out the right way up.

02/07/2020 07:18:08

A lot of portable power tools come with their own box/carry case. Those of mine which haven't are stored in their own box, usually bought from B&Q. This ensures that any consumables, special spanners, etc are all together with the tool itself. I have an old steel cantilever tool box for storing my collection of spanners, a box containing plumbing tools and another with electrical installation kit.

Because of a damp problem in the garage/AKA workshop, all the sensitive measuring equipment is stored in a Clarke wooden cabinet , which is kept in the house. Cutters, taper sockets and other bits for the lathe and milling machine are stored in plastic food boxes stacked up on shelves at the back of the bench. The only snag with this is that Sod's Law makes sure that the next item you want is always in the box at the bottom of the stack.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
30/06/2020 10:31:24

Yesterday the guard on my bench pillar drill finally disintergrated. I has been a PIA for sometime, constantly coming loose and to be honest, was more dangerous than not having one.guard_broke.jpg

It also supported a primitive depth gauge/stop. (those of you with a similar model drill will know what I mean). I decided not to re-instate this as the hole it was in makes a convenient chuck key storage point.


I decided that I would make a large graduated wheel to fit the operating spindle and finally finished and fitted it this morning. I do have some 2.5mm number punches, so the next job is to make a jig to accurately mark the dial. I will have to check how they perform on a curved surface first. It is perfectly useable as it is.


edited for duff formatting.

Edited By Anthony Knights on 30/06/2020 10:33:41

Edited By Anthony Knights on 30/06/2020 10:35:56

Thread: Power feed for mill head
29/06/2020 16:25:03

Just to clarify, "Parvalux" is the name of a motor manufacturer.

Thread: Making Parallels
21/06/2020 07:50:12

I have half a dozen pairs of HSS tool blanks which I use as parallels when required. I don't know how accurate they are, other than that my measuring kit shows the individual pairs as identical.

Thread: DYMO labels [safe removal] ... what method ?
20/06/2020 10:22:28

I have found that brake and clutch cleaning fluid shifts almost any sticky stuff I have come across. As above, check on non visible area of paint first.

Thread: Pesky Government Announcement!
20/06/2020 09:22:35

I have heard (although it could be a load of BS) that advanced technology means that hand held detectors have replaced the detector van. Don't know how they would check stuff coming via the internet.

Thread: New member in Ireland
18/06/2020 08:06:26

There are people who slag off far eastern imports, but I personally, would not have been able to get into this hobby, if it was not for them.

Thread: Pesky Government Announcement!
18/06/2020 07:57:53

I have no intention of paying for the TV license when it is re introduced for us oldies. I have already removed my TV aerial and disconnected the aerial and distribution amplifiers. There is now no RF tv signal in the house. I am also in the process of blocking live streaming URLs on my 2 laptops which have internet capability. Anything to do with the BBC is already blocked and I am working my way through all the other sites I can find. Hopefully I will soon only be watching non BBC catchup sites, for which one does NOT need a license. Oh I cannot watch TV on my smart phone because I don't have one. I expect to be harassed by the license authority, but they can get stuffed!

In the workshop I have a CD player and listen to a lot of heavy metal. (appropriate for a metal mangling shop)

Edited By Anthony Knights on 18/06/2020 07:59:49

Thread: sievert gas torch
17/06/2020 08:14:40

When finished, I always turn the gas off using the valve on the top of the cylinder.

Thread: Can summer car tyres be used in winter?
17/06/2020 07:31:54

I've always wondered what's so special about filling your tyres with nitrogen. After all, normal air is at least 70% nitrogen. Sounds like a scam to me. Same as using Argon in double glazing cavities.

Thread: Mystery TC inserts.
14/06/2020 15:37:32

Just thought I'd update you as to use of the inserts. I made a double ended tool, which seems to work quite well. I tried it on a piece of rebar which is a pig to get a decent finish on, even using a freshly ground and honed HSS tool with cutting oil. The tips were held in place with 8BA screws.tip-tool.jpg

I then moved on to the item I originally intended using the tips on. This was in the May edition MEW and has been in my project file since.


When I first tried it it was absolutely awful. I had obviously got the cutting edge too high. Put the main block in the 4 jaw and took a light skim. When re-assembled and checked against the height gauge (just a metal cylinder of the correct height), it looked spot on, but a check with the finger nail showed it to be just a gnats below centre height. Tried a test cut and it worked well. Most of my turning is done with tangential tools, but this will come in where they aren't suitable. It joins my growing selection of specialist tool posts.toolposts1.jpg

Thread: Storage of files
13/06/2020 19:49:54


Thread: Pinouts
11/06/2020 10:46:47

While searching on-line,I came across this site which may well prove useful to those of you unaware of it.**LINK**

The mind boggles at the almost infinite number of different connectors that have been used.

Edited By Anthony Knights on 11/06/2020 10:48:21

Thread: Mystery TC inserts.
09/06/2020 05:50:19
Posted by Martin Connelly on 08/06/2020 16:22:07:

Pin is 1.95mm diameter. The pin is eccentric and has a hex socket on the back. Rotating the pin releases or clamps the insert.



Martin C

Edited By Martin Connelly on 08/06/2020 16:38:34

Thanks for that. A bit complicated for my intended use. I think I will use the KISS principal and use the nearest size screw I have, possibly backed up with a clamping arrangement.

I will report back with my success/failure in due course. Thank you all who responded.

08/06/2020 15:27:56

inserts1.jpgI have this box of tungsten carbide inserts which I bought several years at a car boot sale. I am wanting to make some holders for them but am unsure as to the size of the fixing hole. It is too loose for 2mm and not big enough for 2.5mm. An 8 BA bolt fits but is still a bit loose. I just wondered if anyone can suggest what size screw/thread is used with these.

The inserts are 10mm on a side and 3mm thick.


Edited By Anthony Knights on 08/06/2020 15:30:42

Thread: Femi Hem Saw 782XL
06/06/2020 17:17:32

Mine was the same. I cut the plug off and fitted a UK 13 amp. No problem. Mine had Border Force stickers all over the box it came in, so I assume it came directly from Italy.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
03/06/2020 21:47:34
Posted by roy entwistle on 03/06/2020 14:51:14:

Anthony I would format the SD card in camera rather than on computer


Hi Roy. that's what I did.

Thread: Storing & Documenting Your Tooling?
03/06/2020 19:06:26

I have a Bisley 10 Drawer unit to store various varieties of taps and dies and ER 25 collets.


Because I have damp problems in my garage/workshop most of my equipment is stored in plastic food boxes.


Drill chucks are also stored in a plastic box at the tailstock end of the lathe.


Standard drill are stored behind the chucks.


Special drills stored on the shelf behind the lathe.shelf1.jpg

Because of the damp, sensitive measuring instruments, gauges etc are kept in a cabinet which is stored in the house. The photo also shows two ring binders which currently list power tools and workshop equipment These contain print out of photos, user manuals and where possible purchase receipts. This is for insurance purposes (we all know what a bunch of crooks insurance companies are). It will also help my executors when I go to the great workshop in the sky.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
03/06/2020 14:19:15

Today I put the SD card from my camera into the computer card reader to upload some photos, to be met with a "this drive needs formatting" message. After a short period of panic, I did some on-line research and downloaded a Linux application called TestDisk. This successfuly recovered the files from the card, some several times and also ones I had deleted. I have now edited the photos into appropriate folders and formatted the card for re-use.

The photo I wanted was the one showing my now completed knurling tool, which is below.


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