Here is a list of all the postings Fowlers Fury has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Myford boring bar help|
Reproduced - my posting here from 2018:-
The subject has been aired several times on here. After I made the simple version with vertical cutter, its shortcomings were soon evident. The main irritant being accurate measurement when advancing the tool tip. I then made one to the Geo. Thomas design and had no further problems.
1. GHT's original article in Model Engineer. Model Engineer, 3rd June 1977 p. 615 (Vol 143, No. 3562)
2. That most valuable compendium of GHT's articles - "The Model Engineers Workshop Manual (vol 1)" 1992. Pub: Tee Publishing, ISBN 1-85761-000-8. It's on page 92.
His comment about the normal, 90 deg tool resulting in flexure of a boring bar was well made IMHO. By putting the tool in the bar at an angle, that effect is very much reduced as well as resulting in very much easier ability to measure the swing with a micrometer. Geo. Thomas wrote “….the boring bar in its usual form leaves a lot to be desired. My main objection to it is the absence of any controlled means of advancing the cutter and all my design attempts to provide a suitable means ended in severe weakening of the bar at the point of maximum bending moment.”
IMHO it would time well spent to make one to the GHT design at the maximum diameter commensurate with your cylinder bores.
This was my GHT b-c bar boring out a 5" CI cylinder casting.
That brass item on the casting, under the boring bar, contains several small Neodymium magnets. It should have been within a plastic bag so that the collected iron bits could have been emptied straight in the bin !
|Thread: Consequences of Machining Cast Iron|
Topic covered on here several times in the past.
I use Jenolite, painted on to the dried surface of the sink at night after working with CI. Next morning wash sink with water & all traces of rust spots gone from the acrylic and no aggravation form SWMBO.
However, potentially bigger sources of ear-ache can arise from the carbon particles deposited on clothes & in hair. These contaminate - so I'm informed - "everything around the house".
|Thread: Don't understand !|
Very grateful to Jason B and Martin K.
|Thread: Model Engineering Website|
It's a subject I was researching intently just as the article appeared by "Artisan".
This evening I'll PM you and if you still need them, I'll gladly forward.
|Thread: Don't understand !|
In a Martin Evans series from back in 1975, he appears to have pasted, as an after-thought, a drawing of the inside valve "bobbin" of a 3 cylinder loco.
I'd welcome info please on what this comment might mean in terms of the bobbin.
|Thread: Water soluble coolant|
Perhaps your greater concern ought to be exposure to oil mist viz " I have just fitted a mist coolant system".
|Thread: Any tips for aligning mill vice / workpieces?|
"I've not got hard stops on the table."
I should have been more explicit. By "hard stops" I meant at the end of the lead screw (threaded rod) which moves the mill table i.e. the point at which the table wont move further. It is the reference point for repeated measurement.
Apologies for previous brevity again. I don't believe that "being absolutely co-axial with the body" is too critical providing the laser pointer is held in the vice jaws at the same angle to the horizontal (hence shining on the cross lines on wall). The cross lines in the workshop are about 4 metres from the laser source so when lined up, it repeats the original, DTI-based, set up accurately enough. I do check from time to time and haven't found significant change. Below is a picture taken of the laser spot centralised.The image is poor as the laser spot didn't focus well.
One of those many jobs awaiting my getting 'a round tuit' is to mount the laser pointer in a substantial block which would sit within the vice jaws at the correct angle and orientation just to save a few minutes each time.
Re "Are there any tips/tricks/standard procedures for doing this more efficiently? "
Not professing this to be more efficient, nor is it a standard procedure but it might qualify as a tip........
|Thread: Reading glasses - frosted area|
You state they were prescription reading glasses. If the optician's prescription was to correct astigmatism (unlikely for reading glasses) then I would not attempt to modify the lens surface, however slightly.
As most of the cheapo shops sell 'self-select' reading glasses for less than a fiver (e.g. B&M, Poundland etc) - why bother?
|Thread: MS 'Edge' - Points and Pitfalls?|
I'm 100% in agreement with Dave (SoD) above. This subject of damnable cookies, privacy and "solutions" was aired on here not so long ago. The whole business reminds me of the old adage "you can't win you can't loose, you can't even get out of the game".
Like many others above, I've used Firefox for years through its various versions, studiously ignoring all of M/soft's browser offerings.
|Thread: That little elf under the workbench again|
Nigel's reference to a "gripping" screwdriver prompted a visit to the garage to retrieve a similar sounding device made by Draper and purchased within the last couple of years. The other tool shown was purchased in one of the 'Pound shops'. Depression of the spring-loaded, red T-handle pushes out from the end 3 little prongs which can grip surprisingly well when needing to recover bolts dropped into crankcases.
What really annoys me is that if perchance I do not drop something of value during time in the workshop, that little sod who lives under the bench satiates him/her-self by tangling up all the mains leads on my power tools during the hours of darkness.
|Thread: Pictures in posts and font sizes.|
Dave's bullet point 1 has prompted some investigation which has confirmed his thesis.
Thanks for the enlightenment.
Howard - this is by way of an experiment as I no longer have Win 7 but it "should" work with any screen text or image. I wont know until I press "Post a reply" and see it !!!
Edited By Fowlers Fury on 19/03/2021 16:36:00
Re. "The other question is, can the font size in a post I’m writing be changed? I find it far too tiny to see write and read and have to [copy] and [paste] with Arial 13pt using LibreOffice, as I've done here."
If you're one of the myopic dinosaurs like me using Windows and a wheeled mouse, then hold down the Ctrl key and rotate the mouse wheel.
|Thread: Windows for the scrap bin?|
Neil > "You can switch off defragging for an SSD, it doesn't speed one up as there's no seek time with an SSD "
Exactly ~ and of course as mentioned above, regular defrag procedures are detrimental to the life of a SSD, which is anyway less than that of a HDD.
Though others may well have had better experience, I recently HAD to buy a new drive as the old HDD gave up the ghost. OK, more expensive but I'll get a SSD.
Naive thinking Chapter II
Eventually discovered that you can partially defeat Gotcha No. 3 by a tedious process which will "mount" it. This produces a huge, multi Gb file of everything in the image. (Yes, you find you need a high capacity ext drive).
I can appreciate M/soft don't want to invite litigation for allowing the easy copying of commercial, copyright progs. This would be the case if it were possible for the unscrupulous to sell copies of disc images or backups loaded with pirated s/ware.
But I will be truly delighted to read of others' easy solution to this not-so-unusual need to reproduce your entire, up-to-date but failed HDD on to a new one. Perhaps one of the commercial progs have been proven to accomplish this within a few hours without tears or constant monitoring so that you finish with a fully working, 100% restored main drive. I'll gladly buy a license if so.
There's an old saying "You'll never know how good your backup is until you really need it"
You wrote " I don't want suggestions for 'fixes' as I've guaranteed to have already tried / implemented them with no perceivable difference."
Hence you will have done the following:-
Pressed Ctrl + Alt + Del keys together when your pc has finally loaded up.
Also, if you have a 'big' antivirus prog installed e.g. Norton, you will have already checked that it's likely to be examining all running boot processes etc when starting and you will be aware it can delay things appreciably.
Yes, absolutely a SSD (Solid State Drive) will speed things up no end. But you'll be well aware of the numerous Windows "gotchers!" in transferring your operating system from a HDD to a SSD.
" I just wonder if this type of OS is just becoming outdated and too top heavy."
|Thread: I want a telescope|
A lot of justified support above for a spotting 'scope to meet your needs.
|Thread: Adhesive for foam insulation|
Nick, not sure I'd want to use expanded polystyrene in a garage/workshop location even when the EPS contains fire retardant. Have you had a look at Kay Metzeler's safety data sheet?
Some years ago, I went for this product to insulate the inside of steel garage doors:- https://www.weatherstop.co.uk/collections/garage-door-insulation
Very effective, it seems to be polyethylene "bubble sheet" inside a double layer of aluminium foil.
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