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Member postings for Vic

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Thread: Tracy Tools
12/08/2019 15:06:54

I preferred Tracy Tools when they had a shop in Isleworth. laugh I’ve not used them much but service has been good. Sadly they can’t compete very well on price or I’d use them more often.

Thread: Black Oxide coating
12/08/2019 12:27:40

I agree about used engine oil but it’s nasty stuff, especially from a diesel. I used to do it outside being careful not to breath in any fumes. It may be worth wearing gloves as well.

Thread: Suggestions for buying 1/4 inch hss and carbide metal lathe cutters
12/08/2019 12:00:55

Cromwell sell good quality HSS and Cobalt HSS in some sizes.


They have quite a few branches and if you’re lucky enough to live near one you can pop in and order it at the trade counter rather than pay postage. Most stuff used to be in next day.

Edit. Your nearest branch seems to be.

Unit 1 Brookfield Business Centre

Twenty Pence Road



CB24 8PS

Edited By Vic on 12/08/2019 12:23:52

Thread: Slot drills, two for one.
11/08/2019 11:41:46

Funnily enough it was a 6mm I ordered. They will get used and at only a couple of quid it’s not an upset. I’ve found a UK supplier doing them for about £9 so I’ll add that to my next order for inserts.

11/08/2019 11:10:57

I ordered a long series slot drill from the auction site. Two standard ones turned up today ... I won’t give them bad feedback because I suppose two short ones equals one long one! laugh Still need a long series one though.

Thread: Black Oxide coating
11/08/2019 11:06:58
Posted by Geoff Causon on 20/07/2019 10:36:05:

If you want to add a black finish to your homemade steel masterpiece, heat it to dull red & dunk it in old sump oil.

Do this outside with the part on a longish wire, as it will flare & smoke.

Obviously won't work with heat sensitive parts, but you will be amazed how professional it looks.

Yes I’ve done that in the past. I used to keep a small quantity of old oil for the purpose.

Thread: Is your spindle bore large enough?
10/08/2019 11:19:52

The bore in my little 8 x 14” Lathe is 20mm which is large enough for nearly everything I’ve wanted to do on it. Bigger is always better in this respect though so I’d ideally like it to be at least 25mm if not more!

Thread: Safety Glasses
09/08/2019 21:50:02

I use bifocal safety glasses bought from one of the high street opticians, can’t remember which one. They were over £200 as I remember.

Thread: Precision Ground Rod
08/08/2019 19:34:20

Thanks Keith, that should do the job. yes

08/08/2019 13:14:19

I need some sort lengths of 2.5mm rod. Stainless would be ideal. I bought some silver steel by mail order and it’s got a slight bend in it. For the lengths I need it may be ok but do any of you know of a good source for precision stainless?

Thread: DIY Epoxy Frame based CNC MILL
08/08/2019 11:12:48

It’s certainly coming on John. I’m looking forward to seeing it in action.

Thread: Restoration and modifications to a Tom Senior light vertical mill
07/08/2019 18:57:19

Nice job on the repair. yes

Thread: Locking Levers
07/08/2019 10:08:37

All sorted now. These folks had what I wanted, reinforced plastic handles with stainless inserts.


The postage was a bit OTT but the parts were inexpensive so I ordered a couple extra in a different size just in case.

06/08/2019 18:00:25

Thanks for the new links. I’ve emailed a supplier for postage cost etc.

06/08/2019 16:14:45

I’m still looking for something suitable. Some places won’t event quote unless you’re buying for a company.

If money were no object I came across these though. M6 are £21.90 each, plus VAT, plus £9.50 postage!


The problem is these are for show so I want something that is at least as nice looking as some I’ve bought in the past. Not sure who made them but they have “Made in Germany” moulded in the underside.

05/08/2019 15:03:57

Thanks folks, a few links for me to have a look at. I only mentioned RS as that’s where I got my last lot some years ago. They weren’t that expensive at the time!

05/08/2019 09:27:23

Do any of you have a good source of supply for them? I’m after something like this but they seem very expensive compared to what I’ve paid before.


Thread: Collet Chucks out of true
04/08/2019 22:05:57

Well spotted Jason. yes

04/08/2019 17:41:08

I bought the majority of my ER32 collets from Arceurotrade and haven't had any with defects like burrs etc. I’ve not checked them for accuracy though.

Thread: Chester 836 Milling Machine
02/08/2019 09:43:32

I’ve sent you a PM Graham.

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