Here is a list of all the postings Vic has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Coke for brazing purposes|
Blacksmiths use Coke “beans”.
An alternative may be lumpwood charcoal?
|Thread: Those little screws for carbide inserts...|
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|
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|
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.
Thanks folks. Can’t think why I’d need it but these suggestions come up from time to time.
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|
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|
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|
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.
Nice Castrol one!
I use one like this but you can get them even cheaper.
|Thread: O ring sizes?|
Thanks for the link GC. I’m sure they go down small enough and the prices look good although I’ve not checked the postage.
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.
Pretty sure it was simply bearings I looked at, smallest was 1mm. I’ll check again.
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|
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|
He is a very interesting character with lots of nice toys. The videos make good viewing.
|Thread: New tool post for my lathe|
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|
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|
I can answer that one. It’s so the tip breaks off the smaller sizes so you need to buy new ones!
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