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Thread: Who has bought a Tormach mill ?
09/05/2017 14:59:56
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 09/05/2017 14:47:33:

......I'll mull over whether to bore people with my experiences while I have a cup of tea. I could get used to these four day weekends, although I'll be working the next three days to make up for it.


Yes please, Andrew. I'm sure we would all enjoy. Delighted that you are taking the new job seriously. wink


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
25/04/2017 13:57:19

Bob Mc

That's an interesting solution to the task you had. If you look for an Elephants Foot, they just screw in place of the standard dti tip. The ones I bought were 10mm diameter x 3mm with m2.5 thread. The tip on your dti looks as if it should unscrew.



Thread: Drill Chuck Runout
15/04/2017 09:01:05

To break the taper just get yourself some Chuck Removal Wedges, sized for the taper.

One example from Arc



Thread: M-Machine
03/04/2017 10:40:49


Was there any explanation for the apparent loss of communication?


Thread: Drill sharpening
26/03/2017 12:51:06

Have a look on Harold's site. You should the info there.



Thread: Drilling a parallel 1/2" hole
09/03/2017 18:29:44
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 09/03/2017 15:37:08:

For a hole less than 1/2" I use a tool like aD-bit ground from HSS

For 1/2" and above I just use one of several small standard boring bars.

Thanks Neil.


09/03/2017 15:09:48
Posted by Hopper on 09/03/2017 12:32:45:

SOP is to drill the hole well undersize to quickly remove metal in a rough manner. Then bore the hole to slightly undersize to ensure the hole is parallel and concentric. Then finish to size with a reamer. For a 1/2" hole, drilling to 7/16 or 15/32" then boring to 5 to 10 thou undersize should work OK.

If you don't bore the hole, the reamer will follow the wobbly drilled hole, as you have found out.

What sort of boring tool would you be using for this type of procedure?

08/03/2017 19:48:49

Not sure from your description if the 3" piece was internal to the chuck jaws or outside. If outside the jaws, your error would suggest that you did not clock both ends of the visible piece.

You could make a mandrel on which to mount your 3" piece, then turn the outside to be parallel to your reamed hole.

Thread: Popular Auction Sites
02/03/2017 14:41:22

A new one on me today.surprise Amazon selling LED torches for a couple of quid, postage included.

Ok, I'll have four then. Get to check-out, Postage is now £5. Reduce quantity to three, still a fiver postage, further reduction to two and Nil postage returns.

So I ordered two. Then I ordered two more. What a way to work!


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
24/02/2017 19:10:57


As your machine is small, you might make better progress just using the 8mm cutter and move it side-to-side to make a wider groove, instead of wasting time changing tools with all the problems associated with re-setting to correct depth etc.

Just a suggestion wink


23/02/2017 17:30:21


Not sure if you have tried the step method of cutting a curved groove. The principle is that you use a smallish cutter say 6mm and groove the required hollow in steps, which either be large or small, depending on how much patience you have.wink

Your large radius cutter would then just have to shave off the tops of the steps to give you the shape you desire.



Thread: Preventing Rust
14/02/2017 10:07:25

If you leave WD40 long enough, it stains the metal it is supposed to protect. I've got some of this ACF-50 stuff which seems to work well....(so far)



Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
10/02/2017 16:10:33
Posted by Ian Phillips on 10/02/2017 14:45:34:

It occurs to me that when hanging some pictures or mirrors that need two fixings, one of them could be eccentric so that the picture could be adjusted level.

Ian P


That's a good idea. I'm looking to drill a pair of accurate holes, angelso I'm hoping not to have to make the eccentric versions. The main problem with those is that as the mirror/picture is levelled the centre/centre distance alters,(inside the brackets).


10/02/2017 12:31:25

Another 'nothing' job. A variation on the studs I usually make to hang pictures and such, securely onto the wall.


Thread: Face mill
29/01/2017 12:40:34

Posted by petro1head on 29/01/2017 12:01:20:

Any views on the ones available from far east ie -**LINK**

The item referred to looked fine, but I would be Very apprehensive about ordering with that amount of negative feedback.

If you do take the plunge, do let us know the result.


Thread: R8 Drill Chuck + Screw?
27/01/2017 17:12:36
Posted by old Al on 27/01/2017 15:43:55:

Just remember its a DRILL chuck. Dont ever think you can take the lazy route and do a quicky milling job with the drill chuck holding a milling cutter

Does using a slot milling cutter count? I have to admit to using them for small counterbores, on occasions. Would agree that using the cutter's side faces is not to be recommended, with a drill chuck.


Thread: Drilling large holes
20/01/2017 13:31:28

Rotabroach adapter 20mm

Just found an old picture I had taken last year. Fits a 20mm R8 collet.


16/01/2017 18:50:24

Only problem I have found is that you have to be very diligent with clearing the chips away, unless on thin material. They work well.


Thread: bench drill clamping
12/01/2017 14:25:37

No reason why not. I'm just a bit curious as to why he would drill a gash hole in his neatly drilled and tapped table though.frown If the bed is fixed (like a bench drill) a lot of the holes would be superfluous, whereas on a milling machine they could be useful.


Thread: Cheap but decent Mini Tape Measure
08/01/2017 10:57:07
Posted by Mike on 07/01/2017 11:40:24:

..... buying petrol in gallons? I suppose a man can dream...

That will never happen. Imagine the outcry if people actually twigged that they were paying £5.72 per gallon, 125.91p per litre is not quite so bad, (from last Nov when I filled up).

The scam with heating oil is just as bad. Advertised in great big letters at 45.87ppl (pence per litre) with a fantastic price of 44.86ppl with Group savings. Your price for 500L £235.52 i.e. 47.104ppl. They do have the good grace to put in small letters exc vat and inc vat. I'm sure petrol stations would advertise petrol at the 'basic' price if they thought they could get away with it.


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