Here is a list of all the postings colin hawes has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Newbie with no prior skills on lathe|
Hi Jodey, always making sure the cutting tools are very sharp will give you a good start with your turning. Colin
|Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?|
I am quite happy with our lovely "archaic" forum. Colin
|Thread: Bolts or studs|
Bob , thanks for the comment about my traction engine model; It is a working on compressed air model and has been shown at the now discontinued Brighton model world exhibitions several times during construction. It still has some pipework to be done but I have tested the boiler to twice working pressure successfully. Colin
Studs are preferable in my opinion to reduce the risk of wear and other damage to critical threads when carrying out maintenance. Colin
Silly Old Duffer; I don't know about "Lady-Wee" but ,from experience, I can confirm that a dog bitch's can kill grass. Colin
|Thread: which older mill to complement a ML7?|
Round column mills are often a pain as it is generally unlikely that you can raise and lower the head to accurately arrive at the same co-ordinate position: I would definitely recommend a vee slide column. Colin
|Thread: What plastic for a mower deck|
I repaired the rusted through deck on my mower with fibreglass on the top and inside (like a sandwich) two years ago and it is still excellent now.
|Thread: Stainless steel|
Worn out windscreen wiper rubbers contain two inserted springy stainless steel strips ~ 2.5 x 0.8mm x blade length and easily removed .More free metal for the model making supply!
|Thread: Welding precautions|
Thanks everybody for the response to my query, it seems I have been too apprehensive about welding near the rear of a car but as a beginner in this sort of repair I have been pleased to have your inputs and anecdotes. Colin
|Thread: How safe is holding stock with jaws reversed on lathe|
Depends how thick the tube wall is, thin walls can easily be distorted under cutter force causing the chuck to lose it's grip .Colin
|Thread: Welding precautions|
When garages weld on new sills do they remove the petrol tank or is this considered unnecessary? Colin
|Thread: Poly-Vee Belts|
I have been using a toothed belt on it's smooth side to drive my Drummond lathe for years as I reckon it gives a better grip than leather and no changes in it's tension. Colin
|Thread: Boring problem|
This can be aggravated by the tool not being sharp enough so that the rear of the tool is sharper than the leading edge and also if there is any slack in the carriage adjustment causing it to twist when the tool is extracted. Colin
|Thread: Workshop Gloves|
If a machine catches even a thin glove it can drag your hand in long before the glove has had enough time to tear even if it is rotating at only 100 rpm. Don't do it ! .It is easier to clean your hand than to replace it. Colin
|Thread: Possible machine hoist?|
I store my heavy chucks on a shelf behind the lathe with a short ramp so that I can roll them into place at the right level to fit them . I have done the same with a heavy dividing head by the horizontal miill .I'm no' so young as I used to be! Colin
|Thread: Holding screw-end end-mills/slot-drills|
ER collets have a wide clamping range for each nominal size but you should use one that is the correct size for strongest grip. Colin
|Thread: DIY glass fibre pulley?|
My lathe and horizontal mill both have three step flat belt pulleys that I made many years ago from sheet metal discs with welded on sheet metal bands for the belt to run on. Tube is welded though through the centre. Perhaps I was lucky as they both ran very close to true. These pulleys have a largest diameter of about 9". Colin
|Thread: Hand or Machine Reamers?|
Hand reamers are only useful for opening holes such as little end bushes in situ where it can't be done on a machine. Colin
|Thread: What are members thoughts on Gap Bed lathes ?|
I would always prefer a gap bed lathe for its versatility. Colin
|Thread: Why does the micrometer have a second knurled segment|
When you have acquired the skill after frequent use you will find the "second" knurled knob gives a better feel on precision work and also that feel lets you know if a bit of debris is causing a false reading. Colin
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