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Member postings for Mark P.

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Thread: Boring deep holes
30/01/2011 13:53:30
Hello all,I am embarking on a project which entails boring 2 parallel holes in an aluminium block.Both are 150mm deep,one is 20mm dia and the other is 12.5 mm dia. The 20mm one has a closed end while the 12.5mm one is open ended,I'm planning to ream this one,it's the 20mm one which is the problem.Would I be best off making a substantial boring bar or drilling and buying a 20mm reamer to hold in the lathe chuck?
Any tips/ideas gratefully recieved. Pailo.
Thread: Warco V Chester
23/01/2011 20:10:56
I bought a Warco WM16 mill a few years ago,after a couple of months the motor "packed in" with a pop! I e-mailed Warco some photos of the motors damaged internals, a day or two later a new motor arrived with their appologies for the inconvienence caused.They also asked if I was able to fit the new motor or were they to send an engineer to fit it FOC. Have only praise for them in any dealings I have had with them.
Regards Pailo.
08/01/2011 22:40:40
I've got a Warco WM16 mill had it for about 2 years with no problems,found it to be user friendly and a good price.
Thread: Metal storage
31/12/2010 12:43:12
Thanks for the replys and ideas,think that I will go with Harold's idea of using guttering for bar stock.Still working on plate/billet storage systems,most of it is 25mm x 600mm x 200mm.
Regards to all Pailo.
29/12/2010 17:11:51
Hi all,I am re-arranging my workshop and need some ideas for storing metal bar stock.Most of what I use is stainless and aluminium rounds and mostly 600mm - 1 metres in length. Storing upright in short tubes has been tried but found not to be succesful due to short ends "hiding" at the bottom! Also some means of storing  bits of plate would be good,I have tried stacking them but the piece needed is always at the bottom of the stack. What do other people use? My workshop is 12 feet by 9 feet and most of the wall space is in use,all ideas welcome.
Thread: christmas presents
26/12/2010 12:41:22
I got a Tee shirt!
Thread: WM 250 brushes
19/12/2010 20:37:15
Hi all posted this in the wrong forum!!
18/12/2010 16:25:22
Hi all,has anyone ever bought any brushes for the motor on a Warco WM250 lathe,if so can you tell me the part number or the size when new,as I'm desperate need of a set (job in chuck no motor).
Thanks Pailo.
Thread: Why is everything you buy such rubbish!!
12/11/2010 20:44:26
Hi all, I really didn't  think that I would get this much reaction,but maybe an OT forum would go down well.It seems to work on other sites that I use these are mainly motorcycle based,and they seem popular with the users.
Regards to all Pailo.
07/11/2010 21:53:57
Whoops looks like I opened Pandora's box here chaps!!
Thanks for all your thoughts, think that we're on the same wavelength,just a shame that all our manufacturing has gone. Brunell and co. would be turning in their graves if they could see the state of this country now.
Regards Pailo.
07/11/2010 13:58:13
Hi all,couldn't find a general discusion forum so I have posted here.Has anyone else noticed that the quality of most household and to a certain extent more toward the budget end tooling is diabolical, have to almost repair it before it will do what it is intended for.I have bought a wooden toilet seat (need a bit of warmth in winter) from a large DIY chain  the fittings were brassed aluminium with "tapped" 6mm holes had to re-tap the holes before the studs would fit ok so it was cheap,but even so I shouldn't have to do this,I also bought a new shower hose,this it was said would fit all 1/2 fittings no it wouldn't,so it was out with the BSP taps and a file to make it work. A couple of 10 minuite jobs turned into a couple of hours! all the time I was asking myself why can't thing just fit/work properly first time.Am I turning into a grumpy old man?
Regards Pailo. 
Thread: Tool and cutter grinder head
01/11/2010 21:22:24
Thanks for the replys chaps,you just can't beat a bit of recycling,I will go ahead with the project.I thought that it would make a suitable column.
Regards Pailo.
31/10/2010 10:11:50
I am planning to build the tool and cutter grinder as per MEW issue 159,in the construction it calls for a length of ground silver steel or stainless steel for the support column,as I have a small budget what do others think about using a "chunk" of motorcycle fork leg as they are hard chromed and ground to size and are very stiff.Also I have some to hand!
Regards Pailo. 
Thread: Warco WM250 headstock lubrication
27/05/2010 16:16:36
Hi all,has anyone fitted a headstock lubrication system to a Warco WM250 lathe? Because the only way to lubricate the two taper rollers is to dismantle the whole spindle assy,which is far from satisfactory.I have a pair of drip feed oilers which I was planning on fitting but..................the way the bearings are fitted seems to preclude this idea.Any thoughts welcome.
Regards Pailo.
Thread: electro plating
11/03/2010 13:13:04
Thanks for the info,but not using a plating shop as I have my own nickel plating set-up but I need to know the caustic soda / water mix ratio so I can "reverse" plate the items.
regards pailo. 
11/03/2010 10:52:04
Hi all,does anyone have any information about stripping  chrome plating off steel parts.I have heard about using caustic soda/distilled water and "plating"it off using a 6V DC.power source and a steel electrode,but I can't find any reference to the dilution ratios.I am needing to remove chrome off some old motorcycle parts prior to re-plating with nickle.
Thanks in advance pailo.
Thread: Tooling supplier
09/03/2010 17:32:54
Hi all does anyone know if JB cutting tools are still going,I have tried to ring them but their phone does not accept incoming calls.They used to have a stall at the Newark autojumble,but I have not seen them there for a few jumbles. A web address would be good.
Thanks in advance Pailo.
Thread: WARCO WM250 lathe
13/12/2009 17:28:40
Hello all,has anyone got any modification ideas for this lathe,the main reason being as the lathe is made down to a budget the gears don't have enough clearance so rub together.I had thought of re-manufacturing the gear mount spindles with bronze distance pieces and using nuts to hold them onto the spindles instead of the standard "e" type clips.Also would fitting grease nipples to the spindles as opposed to the oil points be a good idea (the oil tends to get on the drive belt).Any ideas would be welcome.
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