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Member postings for Steven Vine

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Thread: Gripping Drills in Chucks
03/06/2014 00:13:49

I've found that on occasion too slow a rpm causes the bits to catch and slip i.e. increase the drill speed and see what transpires.


Thread: Stuart 'No.1' : a beginners tale..
24/05/2014 17:44:30
Posted by NJH on 24/05/2014 17:34:01:

Not useful I think Martin.


No, but it is true. Come on, we are all grown men around here, just clear the air, draw a line, and move on for chrissakes.


23/05/2014 12:24:25
Posted by Ian S C on 23/05/2014 11:24:11:

Allan, I think one of the problems with threads like this, and the net over all is that it is a different way of communicating, it's different to how we have been used to face to face, where we can hear each other, and the tone of voice, and see each other, and read the body language, in other words it is a bit restricted in how we talk to each other. Just a speed bump, please carry on, thanks for letting us join you in the build so far. Ian S C

Spot on Ian. It's the lack of face to face that causes things to kick off, with many toys out of prams.

Please carry on Allan, you've brought us this far, thanks. I want to see how the crankshaft fits your corrected bearing etc. I'm not gonna beg though.


Thread: quickest way to bore a large hol using a lathe
16/05/2014 12:23:35

If you only have the one to do then drill it with the biggest drill bit you have and open it out using a boring bar. You can probably have it done in less time it takes to read all the replies and get your hands on the necessary equipment.


Thread: German Manufacturing Corporate Video Fail
04/05/2014 16:20:46

Interesting. And the guy with the long hair is just an accident waiting to happen. I'm surprised he's allowed to wear his hair like that at the plant.


Thread: bricking up a garage door for workshop, ideas
19/04/2014 12:00:01

| If it has an up and over door be careful about the spring which can have a lot of energy in it. Just releasing it can | | | be problematic. Sorry this an HSE thing I shouldn't mention it.


To tell grown men to be careful of springs under tension is insulting. The worst part is that you are probably serious.

Can you hear my gears grinding.


Thread: BA, ME, Metric Coarse or Imperial : which taps and dies to buy ?
19/04/2014 11:29:45

| I thought the categorisation for taps was :- TAPER, SECOND, PLUG / BOTTOM ................

Only last week I read that the Yanks call a Second a Plug.


Thread: What I did today
11/04/2014 21:35:43
I don't recall where any moderator with a duty of care to the forum owners has advised suitable guards to accompany the hundreds of unguarded lathe chuck and milling chuck pictures. These belittling safety cautions grind my gears.

And to say the safety warning is there to protect beginners is laughable. What, are these beginners 7 year olds. Get real guys.

Take care y'all.
Thread: Computers
25/03/2014 13:27:13

Haven't you guys heard. Windows fixes itself now. My new Windows 8 laptop has been repairing itself for the last 3 days, after it ran into a problem during the 8.1 upgrade. The laptop keeps restarting and then goes into repair mode. I'm hoping it will be done by the weekend as I have some work to do on it.


Thread: Hemispherical 'dimples' in brass - tool geometry
09/03/2014 20:30:58

In the periphery surface of the disc, drill suitable sized holes at equal distances. Insert balls in the holes, Solder up or glue the balls in the holes.

I'm also thinking of those feed sprockets for tractor fed paper on the old dot matrix printers.


Thread: Precisely Holding Long Square Bar in Lathe for Turning
07/03/2014 16:38:20

Crikey Tim, that's a bit of a let down and feels like a bit of a time waster. I was following this thread closely and giving the square bar problem a lot of thought.


Thread: electronics
28/02/2014 01:53:25

Hi Gordon

The home tinkering books on Robot building mostly have good discussions and simple practical examples of small DC motor control. I have a few books packed away, else I would give you the titles.


Thread: Efficient Workshop Heating
25/02/2014 21:47:42


Intriguing. I have never heard of bitcoins until today.

What can you actually buy with the coins, and what do you plan on buying with them? Can you use them at Tesco, or can you pay the electric bill with them?


Thread: Portable Blowtorches
25/02/2014 16:06:01

I've been using the Primus 2000 bottles and equipment for 36 years now. I did domestic and industrial heating and plumbing for over 15 years a long time ago (still keep my hand in now and then). Most heating engineers use these bottles (at least they did in my day).

You can get the Primus 2000 type bottles anywhere, though lately (last 15 years) I get the equivalent Calor 340 (340g) bottles. The Primus 2000 were blue when I first started. It is propane.

I am on my second neck tube as the first got worn out (at the regulator) with use. I use 2 different sized nozzles (15mm and 9mm ish), which will easily soft solder brass and copper tube up to 40mm dia. I also use it a lot for small electrical work such as shrink sleeving and larger terminals. The bottles are just the right diameter to easily hold and manipulate close up and at arms length. I am on my 3rd or 4th 15mm nozzle, as the metal at the tip burns away after a few years constant use. The system is great for surface work as it gives a nice steady flame. I've done quite a bit of silver soldering (non pipework) with the system, but it struggles with big stuff (I dunno, say 40mm cubes of steel). I bought the large Sievert pro system for that work.

This is all probably overkill if you have been used to a Ronson all your life. The price to get set up might put you off as well.


Thread: Efficient Workshop Heating
25/02/2014 14:15:49
Posted by John Stevenson on 25/02/2014 13:39:42:

You can't feed pigs on scraps anymore.

Due to swine fever or mad cow disease or something.

My fire is a wood burner, neutral co2.

Well, that's animal husbandry crossed off the list (and I was going to change the idea to battery chickens as they can be stored away far more neatly).

John, check that themometer out, it could well be broken. It's been showing a constant 43.5 degrees in there for quite a while now.smiley


25/02/2014 12:12:53

You could keep pigs in there. Feed them on scraps, get useful heat from them, Get them to breed, then kill eat and sell the parents, Use the droppings for insulation. Forgive me, I have not done the maths but it sounds like a plan.

Thread: Evolution Sawblades
24/02/2014 00:14:53

Mick Charity

You seem to hate Machine Mart with a vengeance. Have they wronged you?smiley


Thread: Machine Mart offers.
23/02/2014 23:59:05

Hi Chris123

I have the CBS45md. I bought it over 5 years ago from Chronos for about £185. I am extremely pleased with the Clarke model and would recommend it if it is in your price range. I would not be without my saw and would recommend the CBS45md as it feels like good quality. I am not a heavy user. It cuts great and straight, the motor is fine, the gearbox is still good. I use the cheap Clarke blades (about £30 for 5 I think I paid) and these last very well if you treat them right. The stand is flimsy, but you can just make a new stand if it bothers you.

The vat free weekend will make the purchase a lot more pleasant.

I have bought quite a few Clarke machines and they suit my price bracket. I find the fit and finish on some of the Clarke products is quite acceptable, and you can see that a bit of care has gone into the assemblies. Saying that, some of the electrical fittings on these Clarke machines are done on the cheap. The stop switch broke twice on my CBS45md, I got the first one replaced under warranty. After it went the second time I just made one to replace it so it was no big deal. I had a Clarke sander and the cheap motor failed on that after a couple of years. I had a cheap Clarke rotary tool and the motor failed within a year.

If I were you I would go with Machine Mart seeing as they are on your doorstep. If there is a problem then you do not have far to travel to exchange it or sort out any problems. I had a problem with a Warco machine and could not resolve it because they were just too far away.


Thread: Armchair Generals
15/02/2014 16:38:18

<< I think it's just a question of tone really, with perhaps a touch of humility e.g. "I could be wrong but...>>

I quite agree with you Rod, it is a question of tone, and if you get it wrong you come across in a way that you probably did not intend. A lot of posts I read come across as scathing, overbearing and holier than thou. I try to see through this because it just might be me interpretting the tone incorrectly (even though know I am not in most cases).

I recently posted a comment of my observations on the ML7 pulley and the lack of an oil point. Because I was unsure without looking into my notes, I raised the point that the set screw is probably a dust cover, or could bear down on a key? The reply I got in the next post was ""No it doesn't locate a key! Otherwise the pulley could not rotate on the spindle when back gear is engaged!"". The tone and exclamation marks made me feel as though I was being chastised and I felt like I had just had my knuckles rapped, from someone with the knowledge. If the reply had been something like ""Hi Steve, the set screw is in fact a cover. It should not be tightened else there is a risk of damaging the spindle"" I would have walked away from the forum in a happier state.

I could go on, but I will leave it at that for now.


Thread: Best linisher
11/02/2014 12:17:39

Hi Richard

A few years ago I bought the Clarke bds model that is quite similar to the Warco above, and other 'hobby' types like that, which are around the £100 mark. On mine, the non standard motor that was made to fit in the casting, behind the circular sanding disc, only lasted a couple of years and I ended up scrapping the machine. Other than that it was not too bad to use and I got a lot of good work out of it, Maybe I just got a wrong-un, but I would not get that type again.

If I get another I will get one where the motor is a standard size and type and easily replaceable.


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