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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Coke for brazing purposes
23/10/2019 11:14:09

Blacksmiths use Coke “beans”.


An alternative may be lumpwood charcoal?

Thread: Those little screws for carbide inserts...
22/10/2019 09:32:40
Posted by Douglas Johnston on 22/10/2019 09:21:49:

Just as a matter of interest these small torx screws can be found on ebay for a fraction of the price if bought elsewhere. I bought ten of them a while back for the price of one from "proper" supplier. The quality may not be quite as good but I have found them perfectly acceptable.


Yes agreed. I’ve not had one fail yet but the best ones seem to be those listed as “made in Taiwan”.

Thread: Slideways oil
20/10/2019 13:46:27

I use Slideway 68 on both the lathe and the mill. No idea if it’s any better than motor oil though.

Thread: Tapping drill size
17/10/2019 13:02:33

I’ve always used 6.8 and have had no problems. Don’t think I’d want to go above 7.0 unless I was experiencing problems with thread quality.

Thread: VPN?
17/10/2019 11:12:20

Thanks folks. Can’t think why I’d need it but these suggestions come up from time to time.

16/10/2019 23:55:36

Do any of you use a VPN? Just been reading a little about it and wondered how many folks use one.

Also, is it worth changing my DNS settings to manual and using Google’s DNS Server? I ask because I’ve had trouble with some web pages not loading properly or at all. In fact I “lost” the “create new thread” on this site just recently.

Thread: Free software and human nature
16/10/2019 23:43:19

When I first started using email I wrongly assumed that people would not only reply straight away but would check their email often. I check my emails frequently and still reply promptly but sadly most others don’t and even some friends won’t reply. I use an iPad mostly and you instantly know when you have unread emails without even opening the mail app.

Thread: Built-up edge
13/10/2019 22:42:02

Yes I’ve had alloy like that as well. It was just too gummy to mill so I binned it. I have been given some offcuts that were supplied specifically for CNC machines, no idea of grade but it machines really nicely.

Thread: Reilang oil cans
13/10/2019 18:24:41

I had one that leaked years ago but the last one I bought is fine. Even so, I think I could put up with a small leak rather than pay ten times the price for a reilang. The reilang is not without its problems either, I read this a while back:

The only thing I didn't like about the Reilang is the rubber washer. It slips out as you tighten the top. It won't happen the first time when it's dry, only when it has some oil on it. I replaced it with a snug-fitting o-ring, and it's been perfect since”

You shouldn’t have to modify a £30+ Oil can.

13/10/2019 15:43:40

Nice Castrol one! laugh


13/10/2019 15:31:31
Posted by Norman Billingham on 13/10/2019 13:55:16:

Would one of these generate enough seal and pressure to lubricate a Myford lathe through those ball-seal oil nipples? If so, which model is best?

I use one like this but you can get them even cheaper.


Thread: O ring sizes?
10/10/2019 21:57:57

Thanks for the link GC. smiley I’m sure they go down small enough and the prices look good although I’ve not checked the postage.

10/10/2019 21:10:12

The smallest standard size seems to be 1mm CS but I’ve found a specialist supplier that make miniature O rings. I’ve now found a supplier though that has O rings specifically for my needs. Not sure what size they actually are so I’m going to see if the ones I’ve ordered elsewhere fit first.

10/10/2019 17:25:11

Pretty sure it was simply bearings I looked at, smallest was 1mm. I’ll check again.

10/10/2019 16:45:24

Do any of you know off hand how small a section O Rings are available? I’ve just ordered some 1mm ID 1mm cross section O rings but they may be a bit too big in cross section.

Thread: Triangular Screws
09/10/2019 10:00:07

On a building project at work many years ago they were using self drilling screws to fix into RSJ’s. The threaded screws had a small “drill bit” on the end and were put in with a special electric driver.

Thread: What's your favorite Dan Gelbart video
05/10/2019 11:51:14

He is a very interesting character with lots of nice toys. The videos make good viewing.

Thread: New tool post for my lathe
04/10/2019 11:43:28
Posted by norman valentine on 03/10/2019 15:30:17:

Howard, how can you say that a 4 way toolpost is not slower that a qctp? Farting around with bits of packing, trying to find one the right thickness? A qctp is so much better just as long as you have lots of toolholders. That is the problem, having enough toolholders. I have Dickson but only 4 holders, I would like another 4. I would never go back to a 4 way toolpost. I have to frequently change the tool in one of my holders but it is still much quicker than searching for the right piece of packing!

Edited By norman valentine on 03/10/2019 15:32:09

All my most used insert tools have a single piece of packing bonded to the bottom so they are permanently on centre height. Just as quick and more rigid than a QCTP and no need to splash out hundreds of pounds on tool holders.

Of course, if you use exclusively hand ground HSS tooling then I can see the benefit of a QCTP but I don’t. I use mainly a Tangential Tool with built in height adjustment or insert tooling.

The last toolholder I bought was deliberately bought over size and the bottom machined to be on centre height.

Thread: Drill running off course
01/10/2019 23:30:43

It‘s still on eBay for £4.60 for a 5mm.


The 10mm is only £6.70.

Free postage and says it’s located in Cheadle.

Thread: Issue 286 Spot drills
01/10/2019 09:53:36
Posted by not done it yet on 30/09/2019 19:41:58:

My question is: Why are centre (Slocombe)u drills that shape - a relatively long narrow (parallel?) start and a 60 degree shoulder?

The only sensible reason I can see is that of providing a lubrication reservoir for when using a dead centre. To provide clearance for the point of any centre would only need to be just a mm (or maybe the tips are longer to allow for resharpening by the user?).

I can answer that one. It’s so the tip breaks off the smaller sizes so you need to buy new ones! laugh

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