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Member postings for Gary Wooding

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Thread: Cheap Calliper which holds reading
08/05/2021 15:31:50
Posted by Howard Lewis on 08/05/2021 14:47:15:

Some time ago, MEW compared digital callipers ranging in price from <£10 to £80+

The M & W model at just under £25 did very well. It retains the Zero, is repeatable, and gives good battery life.

It does this in practice, just as the review found.


I wouldn't buy another M&W calliper ever again. I bought one less than 3 years ago. It was used possibly 5 or 6 times a week, certainly no more, and it just stopped working, showing 5.04 instead of 0.00 when returned to zero. A big waste of money in my opinion..

Thread: TurboCAD Query - Copying Between Drawings
02/05/2021 07:22:45

What version of TCAD are you using? Copy-&-paste between different drawings works fine on my (old) V21.2 ProPlat system.

Thread: HSS parting blade 1/2"
30/04/2021 07:02:59

+1 for the Chronos T type blade.

Thread: Swarf:
15/04/2021 14:20:02

I've got a bin-bag full of the stuff - mostly stainless steel. But I live in the Midlands.

Thread: Multi-dimensioned Drawings
07/04/2021 09:34:12
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 01/04/2021 13:26:06:

If you happen to have an iOS device ...

This is brilliant : **LINK**


Same people do an Android version **HERE**

Thread: MEW#32 Nice try, but no cigar
30/03/2021 15:53:01

Whoops! My issue arrived yesterday and I hadn't seen the other thread.

30/03/2021 14:53:15

The pull-out chart page containing DRILL SIZES from #42 to #53 has been printed twice, but #69 to #81 has been omitted.

SORRY. Title should be for issue 302, not 32.

Edited By Gary Wooding on 30/03/2021 14:54:43

Thread: Milling machines - western-made s/h recommendations up to 2k
29/03/2021 07:06:03

Don't forget a Centec 2B with a FH. If it's good enough for Cherry Hill it should be fine for you.

Thread: Whicht "Fonts" were used on th e Somerset & Dorset Joint Rlwy??
28/03/2021 13:41:15

I found a photo of what I think you want, and then searched a few hundred fonts for a match. Here are the best matches I could find - any use?

sdjr possible fonts.jpg

Edited By Gary Wooding on 28/03/2021 13:41:38

Thread: Fake or real
26/03/2021 16:00:38
Posted by Brian H on 25/03/2021 22:29:10:

A Moore & Wright one from Machine DRO is £23.93 at the moment. I doubt if made in Sheffield but I don't think that they would put their name on anything dubious.

I had one for a birthday present and cannot fault it, even came with a spare battery.

I have no connection with M-DRO except as a satisfied customer.


I don't share your enthusiasm for M&W - see my post in the thread called Digital Calliper - again

Edited By Gary Wooding on 26/03/2021 16:04:43

Thread: Broken Electric motor Junction box
22/03/2021 09:53:11

I'd make use of a 3D printer.

Thread: That little elf under the workbench again
20/03/2021 10:26:43

Apart from ME stuff I make jewellery. Some years ago I made my wife a pair of gold earrings. After about 4 years she confessed that she's lost one, so I made a replacement. Quite a few years later and a month before her birthday (in April) she tearfully admitted that she'd lost one of the earrings, so I said I'd make her another for her birthday. She was quite adamant that I shouldn't make it 'cos she was sure it would turn up.

Fast forward to Christmas that year and I decided to make another earring as a surprise present. She was delighted with it. That year we were invited to a Boxing Day lunch with other friends, and it snowed. An old university friend of my wife stayed with us and she and I took things to the car whilst my wife was preparing other things.

When I got to the car, the friend picked something up from the snow and said "Look, she's lost it already". It was the earring I'd made. When my wife came out we chastised her for her carelessness. She immediately put her hands to her ears and demonstrated that she did, indeed, still have both earrings.

Now here's the thing. The car is always kept on the driveway, and had been used almost every day that year. The earring was undamaged, had been covered in snow, and had been found close to the car. I can't explain it, nor could anyone else. It was clearly a Christmas present from the Elf.

Thread: Windows for the scrap bin?
18/03/2021 10:39:13

I suspect that the main cause is the startup drive. When an operating system starts up it needs to load lots of code from the startup drive. This takes time, quite a lot of time if the startup drive is a normal hard drive. Hard drives (also known as HDDs) have a disk inside that spins. The speed of reading data from an HDD is limited by the speed at which it spins. If you swapped the HDD for a solid state drive (known as an SSD), you can read data much faster, because it doesn't spin. SSDs are typically 5 to 10x faster than HDDs. When I replaced the HDD with an SSD in my computer, the boot time reduced from about 3 minutes to around 25 seconds!

Smart phones have a startup drive analogous to an SSD, but even then they take a long time to boot - witness how long it takes to do a complete restart.

Thread: HydroVane PR303E question
15/03/2021 11:15:21

Thanks for your responses guys.

I haven't asked, but judging by the price of the one on eBay (£650), I don't think the seller would co-operate.

15/03/2021 09:45:24

I originally posed this question in another thread, but got no response. Quite simply, I've got a PR303E but cannot find a user manual for it. In the photos, I think 'A' is the oil filler cap, but don't know what 'B' and 'C' are. Can anyone help please? Does anybody have a copy of the user manual?


Thread: Bandsaw overhang
11/03/2021 07:58:42

I've had the same problem many times - the movable jaw swivels when attempting to clamp short bars. No need to modify the jaw at all - just get a piece of flat bar the same length and width as the fixed jaw, and drill and tap a hole for a suitable length of threaded rod. Adjust the length of the threaded rod to hold the short bar as shown in the photo. It works perfectly.

short bar.jpg

short bar2.jpg

Thread: Compressor questions
10/03/2021 11:19:40
Posted by noel shelley on 08/03/2021 13:19:52:

I have one, almost what most of us would silent. Keep it ful of oil and it will last for ever. Built for paintspraying. Noel.

Noel, do you have a user manual for it? I've had no luck at all from searching the internet. I'm guessing that 'A' in the photo is the oil filler cap, but don't know what 'B' and 'C' are.


Thread: Silver Soldering Flux?
09/03/2021 10:12:40

The water (or other liquid) that it's mixed with has no effect on it's efficacy, it's just used to hold the powder in place until it melts. I just grind it up and add some more liquid as required.

Thread: Compressor questions
08/03/2021 12:03:15

I also have a little HydroVane compressor that I got for a song. I use it for blowing swarf, its too small for much else - except airbrushing. But it is certainly very quiet - little more than a gentle purring.


08/03/2021 07:44:14

Thanks Dave and Noel, I'll leave it alone.

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