Here is a list of all the postings blowlamp has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Chinese Scales|
Not being an electronics kind of person, I don't know if this link will help, but I remember reading about it when I built my Shumatech DRO.
Edited By blowlamp on 30/09/2011 22:06:53
Do I even need to mention the Austin Princess and the Austin 1800/2200, AKA the Land Crab?
You can't have heard of the Austin/ Morris Mini, 1100/1300, Maxi, and Allegro etc, along with their many variants.
These cars not only shared the same engine oil to lubricate the gearbox, but also the final drive assembly.
These weren't brilliant cars, but they didn't seem to suffer because of the type of lubricant, which by the way, was normal 20w/50 motor oil.
EDIT ***Beaten to it!!!**
Edited By blowlamp on 30/09/2011 20:50:06
|Thread: Parts for Bantam Lathe|
...And make sure you're sitting down when they tell you the price.
This place might also be worth contacting if you get stuck http://www.latheparts.co.uk/
|Thread: A Challenge - How Would You Machine This Part?|
Look at the ridiculous way that food resides on the worktop, whilst precious metal has to make do with the floor.
A classic case of mistaken priorities - I'm genuinely shocked
Edited By blowlamp on 26/09/2011 13:53:31
|Thread: Fine cuts on Brass|
Neil is quite right.
A 1mm wide parting-off tool isn't going to be rigid enough or be of the right geometry when used for conventional turning.
I don't know why you would need a mirror finish on Meccano parts, but you won't get it straight from the tool anyway, no matter what lathe you have.
To get that kind of finish, I usually use a very fine file (No 6 cut) to remove the ridged surface left by turning, followed by the careful use of a Water of Ayr stone and Brasso.
PS. Have you got another name - I can't bring myself to refer to you as 'Old Fart UK' all the time.
Edited By blowlamp on 26/09/2011 10:14:19
|Thread: Tapping in a straight line|
Something like this is very useful too http://www.arceurotrade.co.uk/Catalogue/Cutting-Tools/Hand-Tapping-Fixture
You can make a similar contraption from a modified portable drill stand.
|Thread: Buying a Lathe|
I don't want to jump on a first-time poster with the 'hard sell', but I've got a very nice Boxford VSL (4.5" centre height) lathe that I would consider selling, or, if it helps you make a decision, you could just come and have a play and a fiddle without any pressure to buy at all.
|Thread: Acceptable runout on mill|
Did you try reaming and blueing the socket as I suggested?
Are the bearings in good condition and what are their dimensions?
To check for a bent spindle you could could pop it between centres in your lathe and check for runout in various significant places, rotating by hand - not under power. This assumes there are centres at each end that would probably have been used when the spindle was originally ground to size.
|Thread: ME issue 4270|
...And just to prove my point, the following bold text was left out of my previous message, even though it was present when I pressed the Add Posting button.
I'm running Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 9, so nothing unusual there and zero problems on other websites.
I used to be able to view the 'Try for free' issue, but not now - I just get the same error message as before.
I find that posting here can be very hit and miss because, more often than I'm happy with, you can lose the lot after clicking the Add Posting button!
I've tried 3 times to post a reply here and it's been dumped on all occasions
Try for free still doesn't work for me.
For God's sake get some decent software!
Edited By blowlamp on 20/09/2011 12:36:30
Did you know that the 'Try me for free' thingy isn't working?
It just throws this message:
Sorry, you do not have access to the digital editions
Edited By blowlamp on 19/09/2011 17:27:28
Edited By blowlamp on 19/09/2011 17:27:50
Can PDF's be password protected?
If they can, then I would have thought it should be possible to issue a subscriber with one when they sign up, so only they can access their files - no?
|Thread: How to tram a mill|
+1 on this way of squaring the spindle and is the way I do it - very simple too, with no need for anything else in my opinion.
|Thread: Hacksaw blade tension|
If you want a test file to cut on your mill, just let me know what you're after and I'll draw something up and generate some Mach3 compatible g-code for you to play with.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find that this stuff Citrus Cleaner, worked like a charm when I was degreasing some really mucky stuff. You don't need much and it smells very nice too - it's a little bit pricey, but as I say, it does go a long way.
|Thread: DRO Scales - BW Electronics|
Edited By blowlamp on 10/09/2011 17:01:52
|Thread: Small compressor|
|Thread: Acceptable runout on mill|
A common enough bearing arrangement, except, as you have already said nic, the bearings are flanged and therefore unusual.
Are the bearings noisy?
You could also put some 'blue' on a Morse taper and pop it into the spindle to check the fit, before pulling anything apart.
Edited By blowlamp on 08/09/2011 11:41:59
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