Here is a list of all the postings John Coates has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: What started your interest?|
Made Airfix kits from about 7. Had Meccano and Lego. When dad left home I was 17 and had to learn how to fix and maintain things around the home for mum. Always did the brakes and exhausts on my first cars, fixing holes with baked bean tins and jubilee clips!
Motorbikes came along at 23 and in 2009 I was looking at adapting bits off other models to fit to mine. All the info I got from owner's clubs (plans and specs) required access to a machine shop so I decided to teach myself how to use the machinery to get it done.
One Barker 5x24 lathe, Champion round column mill and an Elliott 10" shaper later I love the hobby and this site and the magazine and just long for more time to be able to devote to it
|Thread: Plastic Ban|
Plant operators have pushed back on councils regarding the range of plastics they will allow due to the fall in value of paper and plastic on world markets. Previous high values subsidised receiving and dealing with the low value or cost items. The fall in values has ended this practice so these are now classed as contaminants or waste and we get charged for them hence why a council in this situation prefers to have it in the general waste so it is collected and paid for as that rather than being separated out and charged for as general.
|Thread: Is society becoming more stupid|
No this is exactly the right thread in the right bit of the forum to give me a good laugh when taking my lunch break
Don't stop Ancient Bemoaners - you are brightening my day!
Personally I blame the lawyers for seeking every opportunity to extract cash from the law abiding as reparation for the stupidity of some half wit e.g. the US case where they sued an airfield or plane owner or plane manufacturer when someone broke in and started up a plane and drove it around or flew it and did something like killed themselves or somebody else or a possum [probably fake news but you remember it?]
Owners manuals for motorcycles now state "No part of this machine is edible"
|Thread: Trade Ads. In For Sale Ads|
On my motorbike websites you can't post ads until a minimum post count has been reached say 10. This proves you are there for the forum and to contribute and not just some free marketing space for your sales
|Thread: Motor for Chester Champion Mill|
You bugger! Almost spilled my tea and coughed and spluttered over my keyboard after reading that!
|Thread: Would you buy a second hand laptop computer ?|
Hopefully not the whole laptop Ady!
Waste electronic equipment is the fastest growing problem for those of us in the industry. The replacement life cycle of modern consumer electronics is frightening given that they utilise most of the world's scarcest metals which will not be replenished once they are all built into equipment, either ones in use or redundant ones in landfills
So folks please think about the reuse or recycling options before you get rid of your unwanted electronic equipment. As previously discussed laptops that can't run the latest version of Windows will perform very happily running Linux. Community groups know this and can take unwanted laptops and install Linux and give some deserving person a fully functioning laptop that (to Micro$hafts displeasure) can do everything a normal human being needs just without Windows
Younger than my 2009 HP Pavilion running Linux so if you want to dispose of your 5 year old laptop I'll take it off your hands Chris
|Thread: Those were the days|
In the 70's my dad went through a period of DIYing egged on by some publication that was printed at that time (there were also adventures into a veg patch in the back garden and walking as well) . He knocked down a wall and put in a decorative wooden arch. And wired in the extension built by our next door neighbour. They divorced and afterwards mum had some electrical problems so had to get an electrician in. He was astounded how the extension was wired up. Apparently taken off the cooker circuit. Dad's little adventure into DIY cost my poor destitute mum a lot of money she couldn't afford.
|Thread: Complete novice that's keen to learn more|
I began knowing nowt in 2009 and followed some tuturials in MEW and on't web or in books (Harold Hallls Complete Lathework and Milling will teach you a lot) so it's a question of getting stuck in (which you already have!)
Good luck! The journey is as much fun as the finished item
Edited By John Coates on 10/07/2017 12:33:15
|Thread: Model Engineer - Citizen Scientist|
Einstein was a clerk when he published his general theory of relativity
I'm an amateur bodger. I have a need to make something that fits to do a job and I use the skills I have acquired (metal working, wood working, welding, electrical circuits) to design and make the thing. Sometimes it even fits and works first time! (but not always)
My professional skills are in none of the above. I developed these skills after my dad left home when I was 17 and someone had to keep the house we lived in maintained. At 23 I found motorcycles and after I got bored just riding and cleaning them I bought a bit of a wreck to strip it down to see how an engine worked. After that my enthusiastic amateurishness just grew and grew into other areas.
I consider the "model" bit of our hobby to mean we can make things really accurately at a small size
|Thread: Got a Good Story About Buying a Lathe?|
Back in 2009 I wanted a lathe to fabricate some fittings to enable me to fit forks from a different motorcycle on to mine. Plans for the spacers were provided by the online owners club. So I found lathes.co.uk and a Barker 5x24 and then read up on that lathe. It was down in Hereford. Arranged with a mate to lend a hand and set off down to Hereford where the lathe was duly demonstrated, loaded into my Vectra estate after much cussing and heavng, and we set off back home. My pal said "Be bloody careful, we must have half a ton of metal behind us!". All went well until we were reaching a junction where we would turn off. All of a sudden cars, lorries and a National Express coach began swerving around in front of us. Then a blue Rover 75 towing a caravan swerved and launched the caravan about a foot in the air! Then we saw the cause of the problem - a set of ladders spinning across the M1 carriageway heading our way. I gingerly applied the brakes and steered towards the off ramp. The ladders lazily passed just in front of us on their journey to the outside lane. We both needed a stiff drink after that!
I managed to get an Elliott 10" shaper for £112 on ebay after the seller had only put "model engineer" in the title so hardly anybody was bidding on it. It was collection only but for £40 he loaded into his van (lived about 15 miles away) and out of it on to my drive and into my garage. Bargain!
|Thread: Now having to sign in every visit.|
Cheers - I'll give that a try
You lot have got it easy
Work have just toughened up their site certification policy and now a lot of the "dangerous" sites* I used to freely access during my lunchtime have become Olympic events of how many times I can click a text box to accept the non-verified certificate so I can view the bloody thing
* dangerous = BBC, AOL, Google Maps
Same for me on IE 11 at work, have to sign in every visit
I use Firefox at home so I'll check that tonight
Edited By John Coates on 03/04/2017 12:22:11
|Thread: Are we the last generation.?|
In my business (waste) the consumer credit driven society of the 60's was the start of the throw away society. Every household could have any thing if they bought it on credit. And the marketeers began marketing what they could convince you to want not what you needed. And consumerism became a disease.
I drive my wife nuts as I'm always intercepting things between her and the bin because they are either recyclable, either by me in the workshop or by through our kerbside collections by the council (that's me BTW in the day job).
I've only done one repair job - for a friend who owned a café. His Panini warming machine was broken so I fixed it. I got a bottle of red as a thank you but more enjoyable was working out how to overcome the problem with the tools and materials I had available. Deep joy!
There must be links to the decline of apprenticeships matching the decline in mass employment industries and the cheapness of goods coming from China making fixing stuff that can be cheaply replaced a no brainer. But keeping old machinery going should be justification enough for retaining these problem solving and machining skills
|Thread: Best Dremel type machine?|
So what if it is discontinued? That's not your problem
If it is within their warranty period and they can't replace it they can give you a refund
If they disagree tell them you'll go to Trading Standards
Edited By John Coates on 26/01/2017 07:07:25
|Thread: Trubble at Matelot Mill (VFD drive issues?)|
Thanks Ady I really enjoyed reading that. Brightened my lunch break
|Thread: dividing head /indexing|
Well the main concern will be the centre height of the dividing head if you intend to use it on a lathe. Less of a concern if for use on a milling machine.
I plan to make Harold's design when time allows. My gear wheels are larger than Myford ones but part of the challenge will be to follow Harold's principles but adapt for my machinery.
I will have a look at the Youtube videos when I get home from work tonight
Harold Hall built one. It was a series in MEW and then a chapter in his book "Milling: a complete course"
|Thread: Any other Barker lathe owners out there?|
I know one other owner and the guy I bought my second Barker from. None of us have manuals. I have spread sheets for the screw cutting chart on the machine and also a metric chart with the error % for each thread. Just drop me a PM with your email address.
Anything else just ask
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