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Thread: Soba\Vertex HV4 Rotary Table
12/09/2014 16:56:26
Posted by Bogstandard2 on 12/09/2014 09:11:51:


If you want to have a go at making gears, then in reality you need to have an RT that can be fitted with a dividing setup. I think RDG sell cheap sets to fit both the Soba and Vertex 4" tables.

With regards to size of table, the 4" would suit you better for that type of job as the larger one as I would think you will be getting rather tight for throat depth on your machine. Besides, if you did need a larger table for horizontal work, you could easily mount a larger disk onto the RT, I have fitted a 9" plate to my 6" Vertex RT to give me more surface area.

So that puts one argument to bed straight away.


That's a nice looking plate John, where did you get it?

11/09/2014 11:31:43

I don't have either but Vertex are supposed to be quite good whilst I have heard one nor two negative comments about the SOBA. Having said that I have a SOBA milling vice which is very nice. I'll be getting the Vertex HV4 when I need one though!

Thread: Machine vice - Vertex/Arc Euro Trade/Gloster?
09/09/2014 18:51:04

Yes Ian, the price is the only downside! Wish I still had my Abwood ...

09/09/2014 16:31:07

These are very nice, pretty much a copy of the old Abwood vice.

Thread: T nuts
06/09/2014 20:51:53

I couldn't find any tee nuts the right size for my first mill so I made my own by filing down the heads of some carriage bolts to temporarily mount the vice. Where there's a will ...

Thread: Indexes or Indices ?
03/09/2014 19:13:21

I've not looked at the MEW index from that site for quite a while but the last time I looked at it was using Open Office on a Mac so it's nothing to do with the operating system, or at least it wasn't! cheeky

Thread: casting copper hammer head ?
03/09/2014 02:59:18

No, he's from the future and prices have gone up a bit! surprise

Thread: I'm not renewing my subscription
01/09/2014 17:03:29

I do understand copyright control etc but digital content readers are just plain rubbish compared to a half decent PDF file in my opinion.

Thread: Workshop Lighting
30/08/2014 22:14:59

I think it depends on the fitting. I'm sure someone who knows the details will be along in a minute.

Thread: Tangential lathe tool holder
30/08/2014 13:36:09

Sharpening jig. The small black one comes with the commercial tool. I made the alloy one as being a bit bigger I find it easier to handle and it's slotted to the table on my belt sander for consistency.

30/08/2014 12:45:48

As requested, a few more pics.

29/08/2014 21:35:51

Only because it ends up thinner at the end where it's milled at 12°. It can be the same thickness all the way through though if you like. I started with quite a large lump of scrap steel so I needed to thin it a bit for the toolpost. The reason for the deep step was to keep the toolbit clear of swarf, it also help to see what's happening at the cutting edge. Really though it's just a matter of making it to fit your Lathe. Within reason though bigger is better if it improves rigidity. If I get a minute I'll take some more pictures at different angles if it helps. It's not quite as clean now though as it's had a lot of use, it's my most used tool!

Edited By Vic on 29/08/2014 21:36:22

Thread: Tauco drill
29/08/2014 12:53:58
Posted by Bogstandard2 on 27/08/2014 21:18:26:
Posted by Nigel McBurney 1 on 27/08/2014 19:53:51:

not like the rubbish that nowadays comes from the far east.

I wish people wouldn't come out with comments like that without getting ALL the facts first.

I bought my Far Eastern one a couple of years ago, and it far exceeds a lot of the home grown variety.


Mine is the 380 version.


Edited By Bogstandard2 on 27/08/2014 21:22:22

I'm surprised to here that John although it does look better than most in the picture. I'm also surprised that Tauco has a hollow column, the one on my old Progress No1 is solid steel!

Thread: How do I tell stainless steel from silver steel ?
29/08/2014 12:48:57

I use Gun Blue for some things so a quick wipe on them would tell them apart. I'm told you can blue stainless steel but the stuff I got from the shop won't touch it!

Thread: Tangential lathe tool holder
29/08/2014 12:45:04

Hi Clive,

I don't have a drawing as I milled it as I went along! As for the steel, I have no idea. It was made from bench (gym) machine weights that were going for scrap. Definitely steel though of some description. Sorry I can't be of more help. blush

Thread: Workshop Electrics
28/08/2014 16:56:31

Yes John, very helpful thank you. And the rest of you guys, I appreciate it. I used to work with a qualified electrician and although I let him fit a nice new HD consumer unit in our old house I didn't much like a lot of the work he did for our employer. Most of it was just untidy due to not using the right tools or rushing to get the job done. I only plan to do the first fix and then get a sparks to finish off. I've seen an awful lot of really untidy work carried out by "qualified" tradesmen over the years, including electricians and plumbers. I'd like this job done to a decent standard even if I'm only running the conduit and fitting the boxes.

28/08/2014 11:14:04

Thanks Mike, T&E is most "uncooperative" as you put it at the best of times, I can't stand the stuff. As it's only one run in the conduit it's doable I think but I take your point. I'll see if I can source some single cable, might save my knuckles and my temper! wink

28/08/2014 10:26:44

I'd like to put the ring main (and lighting circuit) in the workshop inside 20mm PVC conduit for safety (and neatness!) and I know it should be done with single 2.5mm cables. The problem is I'll only need about 25M max of each of the three cables and I've only seen them sold in 100M reels. I don't fancy having 225M of "spare" cable sitting on the shelf so is there any technical reason I can't use T&E for the job? Actually if I include the lighting circuit cable as well it's going to be an awful lot of conduit cable sitting around doing nothing after the jobs done. I should add I'd prefer to use conduit cable so if anyone knows where I can get 25M reels without paying silly money let me know!

Thread: Workshop Heating
27/08/2014 17:13:05

Thanks guys, sounds like a small oil filled radiator set on low may be the way to go. The new workshop is made from kiln dried timber but I've paid extra to have a factory applied (transparent blue/grey) finish on it. Each piece of timber is fully treated so it's better than painting it afterwards. If it looks as nice as expected I'll just reapply another coat of something transparent every now and then.

The old garage workshop had an ordinary up and over door so was quite leaky air and water wise!

thanks again!

Thread: Workshop Lighting
27/08/2014 13:27:57

I quite like the look of these but wondering if four will be enough for a 5m x 3m space. The Lathe and Mill will each have a unit mounted almost directly above.

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