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Member postings for Ian Parkin

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Thread: Cross drilling in the lathe
18/12/2020 11:46:56

Oh and its a tailstock adapter for woodworking lathes for holding MT2 tooling

fits in a toolpost

18/12/2020 11:16:56

Well guys i think I’ve done it in an acceptable way for me

i do have a Dro fitted on this lathe so just touched off on the jaws holding on the diameter spun 180 and adjusted until the Dro read the same on both sides

Hopper I’d forgotten i had one of those centre finders but digging it out i remembered why i had never used it...its like it came out of a lucky bag



17/12/2020 16:35:39

I cant screw cut in the mill old iron

Edited By Ian Parkin on 17/12/2020 16:36:10

17/12/2020 16:18:02

This is what I’m wanting to make a few of.

this is ok but the hole isn’t in the middle of the 50 mm bar


16/12/2020 17:55:40

Is this a valid way? Centre punch where i need the hole and set this in the 4 jaw and bring the tailstock up with a. Centre in..... rotating the chuck the centre pop would describe a circle if its not spot on?

16/12/2020 17:52:02


yes that would work but i thought drilling on the mill with say a 10mm drill then putting a length of silver steel in the hole and indicating off that in the 4 jaw..then removing before drilling


cant see how that would work on a round bar? Am i being thick? Yes just realised what you meant now

Edited By Ian Parkin on 16/12/2020 17:52:51

16/12/2020 17:19:26

I’m trying to remember where i may have seen a technique for doing this...

i have a 50mm dia x 150mm piece of ms

i need to machine a 1 1/8 thread about 50mm from one end..

how do i centre the part in my 4 jaw so the hole and subsequent thread is bang centred though the bar

Thread: Tig Welder
11/12/2020 16:40:16


I use the foot pedal just as a switch on/off

set the amps on the welder and its easyier than using the trigger either in 2t or 4t mode

its very important with Tig to observe ABC.....always be comfortable.

11/12/2020 16:20:21

Oily rag

you just apply the torch to the work and you see a puddle of molten metal...then apply your filler rod and move along.

if its thick alloy it’s quite easy

if its thin < 1.5mm its easy to melt an edge

again lots of practice on thin stock and much wasting of argon

Thread: New scam to beware of
02/12/2020 19:31:51

John H

i did give them the wrong code 3 times each time they said that it was wrong

I do wonder if the email and 4 digit code actually comes to me from bt that the scammers are originating..then it comes to me as the registered email address and they need the code that bt have sent me to progress?

02/12/2020 19:12:50

As Martin W i do tend to treat the scammers as a sport.

I’ve had 30 minutes on the call sorting out problems on my computer whilst having a Bath with the scammers getting increasingly more angry at me misunderstanding what they want me to do.

But the one i had today was a first and I’d love to know what me giving them the code ends up as. Funningly enough

the same sort of call happened about 2 hours later and hovering over the email address didn’t offer up any other real address ...and yes I’d put a space in the address by accident

02/12/2020 10:53:14

The email address they used is “ .com “

so probably not correct for a genuine bt address

but my account name isn’t the same as my name

i’m sure he rang and sent the email at the same time

So what would giving him the code do?

i’d thought that the code would let him into my bt account and the email was a confirmation 2nd layer authorisation request

but then what could he do?

Thread: Glasses
02/12/2020 10:15:06

The lens in my pair looked like a reject part from a injection moulding machine and there was 2 of them sliding across the other perhaps 20mm in total ...absolutely impossible to use.

Thread: New scam to beware of
02/12/2020 10:12:03

This morning i had a phone call purporting to be from bt telling me that my internet connection had been compromised...usuall sort of scam call so far.

but he said check my email for an authorisation code

sure enough there was an email from bt with a 4 digit code that he wanted me to give him.

the email had my bt account name within it

anybody know what would have happened if i had given him the code?

Thread: Glasses
02/12/2020 10:07:29

I did buy a pair of these a few years ago

they were badly they were made and ....words fail me how unusable they were.

but they were a good novelty item...everyone who saw them laughed...lucky bag quality didn’t come into it

paypal refunded promptly

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
29/11/2020 13:54:14

So if Steve’s neighbour paid £190 ish in 1960

then ran in into the ground in 6 years....

Steve surely got a bargain even if it was rough.

2.5% of its original price after 6 years

29/11/2020 12:17:40

I had a guess at how much a "ride to work " type 250 was in 1960

can anyone onfirm?

in 1975 a honda cd 175 was 350 and a cb 250 was 550 i can remember those prices

still a bargain for you though at £5 for a 6 year old bike

29/11/2020 11:27:04


I fully understand that people can undersell to a young chap

but if 10 shillings is £10

then £100 is £2000

my first bike was £90 in 1975 and it was 70% of its new price and 5 years old

29/11/2020 11:03:11

I was sent a link to a publication I’ve never seen before “vintage motorcycle news”

and the current issue is all about ner-a-cars

and theres 2 pictures of my bike in it

heres a link

29/11/2020 10:01:07

Steve great story telling as usual

but even in those days would someone have sold a 4 year old motorcycle that cost £100 perhaps for £0.50. ?

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