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Member postings for Mike Poole

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Thread: What do you use your lathe for?
05/07/2019 18:38:01

Would the main difference between a lathe and mill be that on a lathe we rotate the work and on a mill we rotate the cutter, I know that the opposite is possible on both machines but the primary functions are opposite.


Thread: Microns ...
05/07/2019 18:12:51

Don’t forget to add a temperature controlled room when shopping for your micron micrometer.smiley


Thread: Phillips vs Pozidrive and portable drills
05/07/2019 12:55:42

As Kwil points out maybe not everyone is familiar with the expression ‘brum em in’. Brum is the city of Birmingham in the UK and a Brumaggem screwdriver is a hammer. The suggestion is that time is wasted using a screwdriver when a hammer will sink the screw, probably sharp practice from the days of piecework. Obviously a hammer will not be fussy about the head of the screw. These days with many screws being hard brumming them in could be quite dangerous and is not to be recommended.


05/07/2019 11:32:47

Just brum em insmiley


Thread: Microns ...
05/07/2019 11:29:43

I suppose it would do for bricklaying and carpentrywink


Thread: How to use a round column mill
04/07/2019 20:44:42

It’s a bit more of a specialist material but doesn’t polymer concrete shrink very little? Had a quick google but can’t find anything to back me up or shoot me down.


Thread: Thread Bare
02/07/2019 07:41:53

Once the die holder leaves the guide it does have a bit of wobble but if that is not a problem then it is certainly quick. I think I would go with Duncan’s plan that does not involve any living clamps.


01/07/2019 17:36:06

I think retapping will come close to leaving you with a 6mm hole, helicoiling could sort the problem if you want to go to M6x1 but that is not too cheap unless someone can do it for mates rates. If studding with the right pitch is available then the problem is solved.


Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
28/06/2019 14:22:10

I am beginning to think I need to change my ways, once I could remember where things were so the uproar was manageable but now I am spending too much time looking for things. My desk at work was piled high but everyone was amazed I could lay my hand straight on a file or drawing. The advent of clear desk hot desking ended that but then stuff just disappeared into online storage which could take some finding if you forgot what it was called. I have a vision of a tidy workshop but it may involve a vicious cull of all those useful treasures, some have not yet found a use after 50 years of storage but you just know the day after it’s gone you will find that job for it.


28/06/2019 13:50:35

I seem to remember having a bench and a floor in the workshop, haven’t seen either for a while.


Thread: Dickson type T00 toolholders
28/06/2019 08:14:26

Sad they have folded, being good engineers is not enough to keep a small business afloat but they often get taken down by big businesses who just don’t pay their bills.


Thread: Suitable wood for making tool holders
25/06/2019 18:25:43

Do toolmakers chests rely on the felt lining to avoid contact with the wood? Gerstner seem to make chests from a variety of woods including American Oak. Oak seems to come in quite a few flavours, one piece I had was noticeably heavy compared to other oaks and hardwoods.


Thread: Satnav
24/06/2019 20:05:08

The track up the Pic du Midi appeared to be built with dynamite and a bulldozer, A VF750F was not the best tool for the job, no need for a satnav as it only went up and backdown.


24/06/2019 17:26:46

Remember the days when you would get a map and write a list of road numbers and put it in the clear pocket on the top of your tank bag?


Thread: Changing Tapers on an Arrand boring head.
18/06/2019 21:54:53

When all else fails the shank could be cut off and drilled out, I would regard the shank as expendable if it cannot be removed without risking damage to the boring head.


Thread: Tools or 'things' as therapy
18/06/2019 17:26:01

I think a tool has to be well made finished to be a therapeutic aid, a poor tool is an unpleasant thing to use and will not be a calming experience.


Thread: water supply
17/06/2019 14:01:15

We are a bit close to that one as well, I wonder where they are going to get the water to fill it when they struggle with Farmoor.


17/06/2019 11:04:21

Surely economics is as simple as selling something for more than it costs to make, Apple have taken it to an extreme by selling a £100 phone for a £1000 and we queue up to buy them.


Thread: Dro scale positioning
17/06/2019 08:59:42
Posted by Gary Wooding on 14/06/2019 10:08:06:


The conversion in my photo uses glass scales and no interference with handles has been encountered.

That’s interesting Gary, my Warco VMC definitely fouls the knee raise crank handle with the table wound fully out and a glass scale fitted, they do make small changes over the years so maybe they changed some aspect of the knee raise crank handle or it’s position. Oh well problem solved with the magnetic sensor.


Thread: sulphuric acid
16/06/2019 17:43:03

Makes a nice hand warmer on a cold day, a bit of a bugger when your finger goes though the bag though. It was a major error breeding dogs with short legs and long hair. Trimming the area round the rusty sheriff’s badge is not a fun pass time either.


Edited By Mike Poole on 16/06/2019 17:47:26

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