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Thread: Metric micrometer what t buy?
19/11/2019 08:43:29
Posted by mgnbuk on 19/11/2019 08:06:51:

Blue is just so garish - less obtrusive to use grey plastic for the ratchet & lock lever like Mitutoyo do.

Nigel B

I like bluesmiley

In the long run it doesn't really matter what colour it is or what it's made from provided it works to the required level of accuracy which indeed this particular micrometer seems to do. At least it is good enough for my requirements, I usually work to around the nearest mm wink


Edit: typo

Edited By Journeyman on 19/11/2019 08:44:17

Thread: Web Hosting
18/11/2019 11:39:16

I have hosted my site with 1&1 Ionos for ages. They offer a good range of packages. Most offer WordPress hosting and SSL certificate. Not had any problems with them. No bandwidth restrictions and will act as domain name registrar if you require. My site - Jouneyman's Workshop - so you can judge speed etc.


Thread: Metric micrometer what t buy?
18/11/2019 10:00:34

Nope, best quality blue plastic. Seems to work OK though I have had it for a few years and no sign of deterioration on the plastic bits.


16/11/2019 09:31:15

I picked up one of these Moore & Wright basic range (200 series) micrometers when at a show from Machine DRO.


Current price is around £26.00 so quite affordable. All I can say is it works only odd thing to get used to is that the big blue collar on the barrel is the ratchet rather than the more usual small knob on the end. I must admit I find reading the metric mike more of a challenge than the imperial one. At least you don't have to keep putting batteries in it!


Thread: Warco WM 250 problem?
15/11/2019 11:59:03

Don't have this problem with mine as it is mounted on a very heavy bench. Definitely bolt the cabinet to the floor, lathes are inherently top-heavy and unstable added to which it will help to stiffen up the cabinet. As suggested above a couple of bits of 18mm ply or similar inside the cabinet will help. I used a couple of bits of DPC plastic under the feet of my lathe as washers. The whole sideways wobble it not helped by the fact that there is only a single line of mounting holes down the middle. This also makes any bed-twist removal difficult.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
15/11/2019 08:25:30
Posted by Ron Laden on 15/11/2019 05:53:45:

... dropped it and I watched it bounce down 12 steps to the bottom. It was wrecked the screen was smashed and wouldn't work, I went back to 3 but I hadn't taken out any cover so had to buy a phone.

Ron, worth checking your household contents insurance, the phone may well be covered on that.


Thread: Warco WM 250 advice needed
13/11/2019 14:43:36

My elderly WM250 (c2007) is still going strong. The paper between the change wheels definitely help as does a good helping of grease. The leadscrew handwheel play is about the same on mine no way of easily reducing it without re-positioning the rack. Never found it to be a problem the handwheel dial is accurate provided you are always going in one direction, I find it quite easy to cut up to a shoulder at the desired length. Just wind the tool up to touch the work set the dial to 0 and then turn as required always cutting towards the headstock. The gear change knobs can be a bit sticky just ease the pressure off by moving the chuck by hand. Invest in some smooth face flange nuts for the chuck easier than playing with nuts and washers in the 12mm gap!

A few bits and pieces about my lathe here Journeyman's Workshop if you rummage about in the site map or menu there are a few pages to do with the lathe, some mods some hints & tips. Just be aware that your lathe will be a bit different, especially the drive train, as it's a good few years younger than mine.


Edit: Typo

Edited By Journeyman on 13/11/2019 14:46:50

Thread: Drilling big holes (in tiles)
09/11/2019 16:30:09

If you have a spare tile or can acquire one, perhaps give consideration to removing a whole tile and making a new tile sized access panel. Good chance of cracking a tile with a diamond hole saw especially if hand held and you are going in across two tiles in your picture so possibly more damage.


Thread: John Bogstandard's projects.
06/11/2019 18:08:00

Ian, I am afraid you have your Johns mixed up here!


06/11/2019 10:31:55

Ron, a bit of a convoluted solution:-

Right click on the image you want, in the dialogue box that comes up click "Copy Image Location"

Go to the address bar in your browser and paste this in should look something like this:-

edit the address to look like this:-

Click the go button and it should take you to the image in John's Photobucket album. Takes longer to explain than do


Thread: Stepper power for autofeed on lathe
20/10/2019 10:07:50

Must be an iPad thing all the images show for me (Linux Mint, Firefox).


Thread: Is Model Engineering in Decline
20/10/2019 08:59:23

There were a few exhibits on the competition stand by Luke Mason made, according to the labels, at various ages. This is one, a nice little oscillating engine and boiler:-


Here's hoping he maintains the interest and goes on to great things.


17/10/2019 16:30:51

Just got back from my visit. Initial impression was "not quite as good as last year". It seemed to be very dark in the main hall which was somewhat reduced in size to allow for the lecture theatre in one corner. Some not previously seen stands, Eric's Railway Art being one and a lady in the corner making lace, can't quite reconcile that with model engineering.

Warco's large stand was replaced by Station Road Steam and Keith Robinson Engineering Tools, which I don't recall seeing before. A large display of Pullman Coaches also occupied the ex-Warco space although they were very good just one with a sign saying one of seven (not Seven of Nine) would have done.


They look better close up after someone remembered to switch the lights on.


Outside was pretty empty as well as the Fosse Way Steamers hadn't quite all woken up, only about three engines when I first looked although there were apparently two dozen engines there.

A very good selection on the competition stand although again this was very poorly lit (perhaps it's just my eyes). The club stands were pretty much as last year with a good display all round.

On the catering front 0 out of 10 as the lady had forgotten to bring the gluten free bread so no "bacon butty" to get me going, good job I brought my own lunch.


Edit: Spelling

Edited By Journeyman on 17/10/2019 16:46:46

Thread: Surface Mount Switch
16/10/2019 10:14:38

Something like this on Amazon



Edited By Journeyman on 16/10/2019 10:20:20

Thread: What is this called?
12/10/2019 11:11:54

Try a search on Espagnolette Bolts and the bit you are looking for is called a keep. Often referred to as espag locks.


Thread: Triangular Screws
07/10/2019 15:55:42

Apparently you can also get pentalobular screws. Wikipedia article which introduces the wonderful new (to me) word - lobulation.


Andrew beat me to it

Edited By Journeyman on 07/10/2019 15:56:34

Thread: Metrication of models
04/10/2019 16:41:29

Only three countries now use the imperial system, Liberia, Myanmar and of course the USA. The rest of the world uses the metric or SI system. You could of course declare independence and use the FFF (furlong/firkin/fortnight) system!


Thread: Fitzroy storm glass
04/09/2019 17:04:43

Don't know where you are situated but Amazon sell bio-ethanol and isopropyl alcohol. You may also find the bio-ethanol in garden centres.


Thread: Drawing
03/09/2019 11:48:58

You can get a bit bigger triangle by rotating it about one apex (not sure if that is the right term but one corner) , don't ask me how you would set it out except by trial and error.

David beat me to it!


Edited By Journeyman on 03/09/2019 11:49:43

Thread: Help choosing a Chinese lathe please
03/09/2019 11:38:25

A bit late joining this thread but there may be something of use on this page from my website - Journeyman's Workshop Start Model Engineering - Lathes


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