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Member postings for Spurry

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Thread: Angle Grinder stand
15/11/2019 12:11:54

Wolfcraft 5019000 in use since 2016. Cheapest I found was Amazon for £18.25.


Thread: DRO to vertical mill z axis
19/10/2019 15:57:17

As fitted to Warco WM40.



Thread: M&W rules now better...
27/09/2019 12:55:43
Posted by ega on 27/09/2019 09:35:27
According to their catalogue these "Saw-Tooth Graduations" were "specially introduced for easy reading by students and apprentices".

That would seem to infer that students and apprentices no longer have such a requirement. (or they no longer exist)

With regard to Ian's post regarding his "crusty old mentors", not all of us have been so fortunate to have such a knowledge base, and have to make it up as we go along.


26/09/2019 15:36:44

It's such a shame that they do not manufacture an easy-to-read rule as they used to. Personally, I find the 1/2mm markings quite a distraction too.



Thread: What mills have you had
21/07/2019 22:54:20

First mill was a Warco VMC. After that experience, I said I would never have anything from Warco again..

Next was an old Bridgport which kept me out of trouble for a bit.

After a chat with John Stevenson at one of the shows, and relating my VMC story to him, he advised a WM40.

I'm pleased I took his advice and I'm very happy with the second WM40 machine they delivered. (It's only needed a few mods).

Thread: Rusty tooling restoration
16/07/2019 09:34:39
Posted by Jon Cameron on 15/07/2019 23:11:44:

Thanks for all the replies, i think ill try the citric acid crystals first on the calipers. From what ive been reading from bazyles suggestion is that electrolysis can leave raised sections of black stuff, so could effect the accuracy of any surfaces, and strong acids can eat into the surface of the metal. Evapourust seems to be a good one without any harmful chemicals but is still costly to buy in any quantity. So for me it's the crystals and then maybe the evapourust.

Cheers again


From my experience with the citric acid, keep your eye on it when you have dunked the bits and pieces. The rust disappears, the metal takes on a nice silvery sheen, but if left too long the metal can get discoloured. It is quite a long temperature-dependent process though.


15/07/2019 21:16:42

Citric acid crystals dissolved in warm water, work very well, and give good results...cheaply.


Thread: Hello from Norfolk
14/07/2019 22:45:27

Hi Jon

NR16 any use?


Thread: Should I have 3 phase supplied to my house?
30/05/2019 10:00:55

As others have said - It all depends on where you live. In our last house, a new 240v supply was required before completing the driveway. This was modified to a 3 phase supply for very little extra.

However when we moved to rural Norfolk with it's existing 63A single phase supply, the quote was £65,000 for 3 phase. This was out of the question, but they did condescend to up the fuse to 100A, when re-routing the 240v.

A rotary converter was circa £1000. This runs the mill alright, but I find the noise excessive, even when moved next door to the workshop.


Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
28/11/2018 15:29:43

Not quite how Google operates, but if the Alibre web address was entered into the search box, the MEW link would never show, although the proper Alibre site could be accessed.

However if the same address was typed directly into the web search box (top left hand corner in I.E.9) I was taken straight to the correct link.


24/11/2018 15:28:02

According to my interpretation of the blurb, you can install on several computers, but have to use the key with the computer you want to actually utilise. Not really a problem, as you cannot be in two places at once.


Thread: What did you do Today 2018
04/09/2018 20:51:30

In an attempt to try and find things when I need them, my "system" is to have various heights of 600x400 plastic trays positioned in modules with the locations shown in a database on the PC.

A requirement for a mobile module had arisen and it was completed today.

These are my original static modules made for the old workshop


A few shelvesimg_2933a.jpg

First side


Assembled unit. All fitted together with just a rubber mallet.


Most difficult part was trying to work out how to post text and pictures. wink


Thread: ABRAFILE : MEW 270
12/07/2018 16:16:09
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 11/07/2018 21:00:19:

... and does anyone else remember the plastic-handled round files, which could be bent to shape ?



Like this Michael?



Edited By Spurry on 12/07/2018 16:16:45

Thread: Knurling tool design & wheel size
14/06/2018 11:21:05

I made the Hemmingway kit some years ago. If my memory is correct, the actual wheels are a bit of an oddball size and the choice of knurl is limited from Hemmingway. However choices were available from Cromwell Tools.


Thread: Glow plug lengths
11/04/2018 23:09:21

.... The longest plugs that I have are the Model Technics 4stroke type. They have the same thread length, but have a bar across the bottom.


Those are what are called Idle bar plugs. The idea being that the hot element is screened from the incoming fuel charge by the bar, as in a 4 stroke engine there are only half as many requirements for Glow as the two stroke.


Thread: What did you do Today 2018
04/04/2018 10:15:23
Posted by Perko7 on 04/04/2018 08:57:45:

. No access to a milling machine atm so did it 'old school' with much hacksawing, drilling and filing.

Looking good. Now that is what I would call serious dedication. yes


17/03/2018 18:03:19

I'm enjoying this riveting experience.smiley


13/03/2018 20:51:26
Posted by Muzzer on 13/03/2018 19:21:44:

I don't know why people insist on manual gearboxes just as I don't understand why so many people insist on reversing into side-by-side parking spaces. In that instance, I drive straight in, stop the engine and get out. Each to his own....


Interesting observations. I'm entirely with you on the former, but have to disagree with the latter....sometimes. We were always taught to park with the vehicle facing 'outwards'. So in cases of urgency, a safe and quick exit was possible. I could just imagine the pandemonium if, for example, fire engines had to reverse out.

But...on a visit to B&Q frinstance, it makes sense to have the boot of the vehicle easily accessible by parking nose-in.


Thread: Hello from Norfolk
02/03/2018 12:55:47

Greetings too, from just south of Bunwell.


Thread: mitutoyo digimatic micrometer 2293-766-10 instructions
20/02/2018 15:49:09

My Mitutoyo is the 293-605 version which reads to 0.001mm. When replacing the battery, the Zero/ABS and the Preset buttons have to be 'played with' to ensure readings are correct. Press and hold the Zero/ABS until the screen shows all zeros, then the Preset button. The time interval to press-for varies with what you are trying to achieve.

The mechanical correction is carried out first, as others have described, with a small C spanner, then the screen display altered to match.


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