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Thread: Workshop Heating
27/08/2014 11:44:33

This is the sort of thing I remember. Would they be suitable, how many/what size would I need?

27/08/2014 11:41:37

My old workshop was a garage attached to the house and was too hot to work in in summer and too cold in winter. As I shared it with a number of "white" goods including two small freezers I'm told the heat from these is the reason I suffered little in the way of items going rusty. The new workshop will be a timber cabin 5m x 3m, solid wood 44mm thick with an insulated floor and ceiling. I'm not sharing it this time so what sort of low cost background heater would be suitable to keep rust at bay in the winter? I've not looked into it yet but seem to remember you used to be able to buy garage or greenhouse "cylinder" heaters that only used a small amount of electricity. Anyone know of anything more suitable?

Thread: Workshop Lighting
27/08/2014 09:07:40

I've looked at the price of LED's and it's too expensive at the moment. Fluorescent fittings and tubes can be obtained quite cheaply and are more efficient than they used to be.

As a point of interest I used to work in a Darkroom many years ago and we used Red tubes which were (ortho) film safe. One of the 8 foot tubes lasted 18 years before it needed to be changed!

Thread: Smaller/bench mounted milling machines
26/08/2014 18:09:33
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 18/08/2014 09:21:07:

R8 is quicker to change over, but costs more.


I think it's slowly changing but Morse taper stuff used to be far more plentiful over here, at least at the ME shows I've been to.

Some small mills have self ejecting Morse tapers so not sure they'd be that much slower changing tools. It's a modification I plan to do on my VMC, not that I'm bothered about the speed aspect it's just that it might quieten some of our cousins over the pond who bang on about R8 being self ejecting...

I have a number of fairly large Morse taper drill bits (they sell quite cheap at the ME shows) so it's handy being able to pop these straight in the quill, it helps preserve your Z.

Thread: Milling M/C
26/08/2014 13:52:47

I had an Omnimill, very nice machine although mine had seen better days. I found being able to swing the head around and move it backwards and forwards very useful. I only ran the vertical head for the few years that I had it and rewired the three phase motor so I could run it on 240V single phase.

Thread: Marking out
24/08/2014 18:45:38

I use these, they're very good and come off with meths afterwards. Far less messy than layout fluid.

Thread: Breaking Vacuum Cleaner news for Model Engineers...
22/08/2014 10:33:15

We bought an AEG Vacuum cleaner many years ago and it worked well until the attachments broke etc. it was billed as a "Eco" vac as it only had a 650 watt motor - but still produced the same suction power as a machine twice the wattage. They were sold in Germany with reduced tax to encourage their use, sadly not over here. I begged the question about power etc and was told the motor was a much better designed and manufactured unit hence the low wattage. They cost more to make but you got your money back in reduced running. Sadly the majority of the public don't care or are too stupid to think about it.

Same thing with diesel cars, we were going to buy one many years ago and were asked if we planned to keep the car for at least 5-6 years (we weren't) or drove at leat 20-24k miles a year, we didn't. In that case the salesmen said you'll never get your money back as they cost that much more to buy. No need to mention the increased noise and pollution from them.

Central heating? Not needed in the UK, it doesn't get cold enough - IF the house is properly insulated. Many houses in really cold countries like Sweden don't have central heating. £1000 extra to insulate the house properly when it's built or £1000 a year in heating bills if you don't. Not really that difficult to work out is it?! I saw a timber built Eco house they're trying out the the USA and that was really clever, it didn't have any additional insulation either.

Thread: Tangential lathe tool holder
21/08/2014 22:28:37

Couple more pics to clarify the tool angle of 12 degrees forward and 12 degrees toward the chuck.



Edited By Vic on 21/08/2014 22:32:44

Thread: Workshop Lighting
21/08/2014 15:33:53

Yes, do you have a link for the type you used, are they expensive?

21/08/2014 10:43:23

Old style tubes Graham.

Thread: Preventing scaling
21/08/2014 10:41:20

Found this:

Thread: Workshop Lighting
21/08/2014 08:19:43

I don't buy too many copies of MEW but 215 was one issue I missed that's sadly not available as a back issue.

So, I plan to fit four 6 foot tubes in my 5 x 3 metre shop, or should I fit four doubles instead?

Thread: Preventing scaling
21/08/2014 07:36:03

Not sure if it's suitable for your project but I understand parts can be wrapped in stainless steel foil for heat treating. Don't know where you can buy it though.

Thread: SIEG Super X3 from Arceurotrade.
18/08/2014 15:28:18

I had to have a look at the X3 to see what you mean. Yes it does look a bit narrow, especially if you compare it to it's bigger brother the X4.

Thread: Brook motor problem.
17/08/2014 13:58:04

With only a live, neutral and earth on a single phase cable why would a manufacturer put five or six terminals on a motor? Just asking!

Thread: Thinking of buying a Bridgeport questions...
17/08/2014 10:38:18

Can't help with the sizing Chris as I didn't buy one in the end! I was offered one in good condition about twelve years ago for a really good price but it was just too big. It would have fitted in the workshop but would not have left much room around it. Moving a ton of machine was also going to be expensive. Can't remember the table size except it was big - exactly what I wanted at the time! If you need a large table then they're a good option if you have the room. As nice as they are though I'm not sure it's Aciera quality. These days if I had the money I'd get a late toolmakers mill if I could - a nice Aciera would suit me fine...

Thread: Tangential lathe tool holder
15/08/2014 22:06:30

I've used round HSS in my bought holder to good effect. I've struggled even on a green grit wheel to sharpen some old broken carbide milling cutters but when I do I'm sure I'll be able to cut some really hard stuff should the need arise.

Thread: My new best friend.
14/08/2014 16:14:54

Looks like interesting stuff Nick. Must try some.

Thread: Tangential lathe tool holder
14/08/2014 16:11:49
Posted by john kennedy 1 on 14/08/2014 14:08:39:

Vic, Are you known as "Firebird" on another forum? I'm sure I've seen this tool before .. John

No John, must be someone else.

nice work on the Knurling tool Paul, bit better thought out than mine!

14/08/2014 12:59:22

Thanks Norman! Couple more pics, how it started out:

Clamp setup.

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