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Thread: Shed for a workshop - any advice?
21/03/2011 22:46:25
Hello John
I have a 16' X 12' wooden workshop built over 20 years ago. The floor is 3/4" marine ply on 3"X2" rough sawn joists @ 15" spacing which is in turn on 3'x2' paving slabs.
The rest of the shed was built in the back room of the house using 1/2" shuttering ply on
3"x2" planed softwood, then assembled in one weekend by bolting the units together.
I then inserted 2" thick polystyrene and finished of with hardboard,and a coat of white paint. All the electrics are in conduit to reduce fire risk.
Heating is a small 2.5Kw fan heater which my good wife turns on for me about one hour before i venture forth ( i have emphysema and suffer badly in the cold ). Because i use the shed every day, the temp never drops below about 5c even in realy bad weather,
and within one hour of switching the heater on the temp is up to about 20c .
My machines are not as heavy as yours ( a Chester DB10VS lathe and a champion 20V mill ) but i also have quite a lot of other fairly heavy stuff, and touch plenty of wood,no problems so far
 
Cheers Derek
Thread: Usefulness of an Arbor Press jig?
15/03/2011 17:31:12
Hi Steve
I have a small arbor press, and have made various size hole punches, and a small tool for making louvers in sheet metal. The punched holes are much neater in sheet metal than drilled holes. Also as you say,very good for pressed in parts, as you don't have to try holding both parts while trying to tighten the vice.
 
Cheers Derek
Thread: Classified advert problems - how to overcome.
28/02/2011 16:15:19
I use windows vista, and have allways had the same problem, which means that i cannot click on any section
Thread: MEW for Beginners
22/02/2011 19:06:42
Hi Colin
It did'nt take you long to find out what the clubs are all about did it.
And then they wonder why the hobbie is dying !!!!!!!!
Cheers Derek
Thread: Lathe and tap and dies for begiiner to purchase
22/02/2011 17:42:06
Hi Colin
i bought a Chester DB10GVS lathe, and a Champion 20V mill last september, and have no problems with either. I would try to go to the show at Harrogate in may if you can make it, where you can see all the main suppliers,and get some good advice from lots of guys who realy know what they are talking about ,most of them will offer advice on this forum, but it is never quite the same as a face to face chat.
 
Cheers Derek
Thread: Warco V Chester
08/01/2011 22:48:28
Hi Eric
             I bought the Chester 20V a few months ago and I am well pleased with it so far.
      I was warned off the cheaper versions,and told they are made in a different factory to the Warco and Chester jobs, and are of inferior quality. I would agree that if you live close to one or the other , it would make sense to buy from them.
 
                            cheers         Derek

Edited By magpie on 08/01/2011 22:50:44

Thread: Milling Chucks
07/01/2011 17:58:26
I will second that chris. I bought a ER32 set just before christmass,with the intention of buying an ER32 chuck for the lathe when funds permit.
 
                  cheers    Derek
Thread: New Year's Resolutions
01/01/2011 17:53:07
David,
            How about an ideas page,for people who have done a mod to a machine,but do not wish to write a whole article. I am thinking a brief description, and maybe a photo or two to get folk thinking how they may adapt the idea to fit their own equipment. I am sure there are a lott of folk out there who dont need everything in detail to get o job done
 
                       Just an IDEA !!!!!                Cheers          Derek
Thread: Rulers - my pet peeve
29/12/2010 14:28:30
Hi Spurry.
                   I would be carefull with that M&W one in the photo, It looks like you have worn about   0.2mm off the end !!!!!!
 
                                                        Cheers  Derek
Thread: Personal messages on the forums
25/12/2010 10:11:22
Terry, no offence intended. My comment was meant to suggest that old habits die hard. Whilst I have never had the title of "teacher", Ihave over the years trained very many apprentices, and as the MD of two Ltd. companies,(long since retired) I think I have a fair understanding of human nature, if not a a very good grasp of the finer points of the english language.
  I do however agree with ady that there are FAR TO MANY RULES.
 
             Sorry for any missunderstanding      Cheers    Derek

Edited By magpie on 25/12/2010 10:16:38

Thread: Merry Christmas from Model Engineer Magazine
24/12/2010 22:14:13
I wish I could think of something clever to say but i ain't clever so it will just have to be,
 
                    MERRY CHRISTMASS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ONE AND ALL
 
                                                           cheers    Derek
Thread: Personal messages on the forums
23/12/2010 14:32:56
ady    is'nt   that what TerryD once did. Maybe it's a case of once a teacher allways a teacher!    
                     cheers    Derek
Thread: Comments on the Exhibition
19/12/2010 15:15:19
I agree with everything said by John S above.I know lots of folk who go to harrogate every year, but will not go anywhere near the south east as public transport is too expensive and time consuming, and the roads are chaotic
 
       Merry Christmass everyone    Cheers  Derek
Thread: Dismantling Chucks
14/12/2010 15:48:48
Hi Alan    see link on DRILLING CHUCK QUESTIONS in latest posts.
                   cheers   Derek
Thread: Cutting steel plate
30/11/2010 17:32:40
I have a 20 year old ELU jig saw that i often use to cut steel plate up to 1/4" thick, and have cut ally up to 5/8" thick.  I only use Bosch blades with the correct No. of TPI for the job.  I find it also helps to give the blade a tiny squirt of weld anti-spatter wich stops the blades clogging particulary on ally.
 
       derek
Thread: Which mill
10/11/2010 20:43:29
Hi Richard
                   I have the Axminster Micro-Mill X1 fitted with the long bed from Arc Euro making it the same spec as the X1L.     I bought the mill 5 years ago (on special offer at the time ), and it has done everthing i have wanted it to do with no problems at all ( touch wood ), allthough i have to say it did need stripping down and deburring of all the slideways Etc. I have recently bought a Chester Champion 20V , as i now want to do bigger items that the small one could not handle, but i would still not want to part with the X1.
             cheers Derek

Edited By magpie on 10/11/2010 20:44:53

Thread: Midlands Model Engineering Show at Warwick
22/10/2010 10:52:26
Hi Folks
                My first ever post and it is a bit of a moan. I agree with Bogs and Nick that Donnington was far better, but it seems to me that all the show organizers want to get as far away from the north west as possible. I seem to recall that someone said prior to a recent show at ASCOT, that they were glad to have found somewhere more central !!!!!!!     Will someone else please show that person a map.
 
   cheers  Derek
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