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Thread: Christmas 2011
25/12/2011 10:16:23
Merry Xmas everyone and thanks to all who have answered my questions over the year
Thread: Lathe collets
25/12/2011 10:09:34
That manual is better than the one I bought for £11 grrr.
However NEITHER of them mention the fact that to engage back-gear you have to throw the lever but ALSO turn an allen screw at the back of the spindle. If another of my club members didn't also have an S&B I'd still be scratching my head over that one

Still no mention of collet type, but it says that the spindle bore is 63/64"

Edited By Wolfie on 25/12/2011 10:12:02

Edited By Wolfie on 25/12/2011 10:12:19

Thread: Types of metal
24/12/2011 23:35:05
OK following on from the parting off post, I noticed that I struggled more with some metal than others. Now aluminium isn't a problem it parts off great.
But I have been collecting various chunks of metal where I find them (I'm a truck driver so I find myself in all sorts of strange yards!) and I picked something today which really didn't want to be parted off.
I thought it was mild steel, but it juddered and jumped and I gave up on it before I had another breakage and I'm wondering if it was cast iron cos I had that problem with a flywheel casting. I'm pretty sure its not silver steel or owt like that.
Its just that something one of my club members said made me think there was maybe a certain steel that was better for turning than others.

Edited By Wolfie on 24/12/2011 23:35:31

Thread: Books
24/12/2011 23:30:59
Can anyone recommend a book or two with small beginner type projects in? I'm more interested in tooling and stationary engines than anything else.
I made a tailstock die holder recently under the eye of a club colleague and I'm dead chuffed with it

I have the workshop practice series lathe one already
Thread: Here we go - parting off
24/12/2011 20:22:36
 "the lathe cannot be fitted with a rear toolpost because of the taper turning attachment being in the way."
Yes same here so a rear toolpost is out. Could be a feed problem then

Edited By Wolfie on 24/12/2011 20:23:18

Thread: Lathe collets
24/12/2011 17:20:42
Its a Smart and Brown A Mk 2

I will have to measure the hole and the machine isn't here.
Thread: Reamers - hand vs MT
24/12/2011 17:14:22
Now I'm more confused, what are 'machine' and 'chucking' reamers??
Thread: Here we go - parting off
24/12/2011 13:43:51
Arrgh I have broken more parting off tools in the last couple of weeks than I care to admit. I bought a holder at a local motor fair (yeah I know cheap and chinese) but a colleague milled it for me so it was straight. But the blade in it keep digging in and breaking. Its quite thin only about 3/32", should I get something a bit wider?
Thread: Lathe collets
24/12/2011 13:40:09
I finally investigated the spindle of my new lathe to determine what collets it will accept. Firstly it doesn't accept the 2MT centre that the tailstock does so how do I turn between centres?
And how do I determine what collets it takes. Theres nowt in the manual I have for the lathe so if they are manufacturer specific, how do I get some?
Thread: Reamers - hand vs MT
24/12/2011 13:36:38
I have a couple of hand reamers, but when I visited a colleagues workshop I noticed all his were morse taper reamers to fit in his lathe.
I need to get a couple more and I'd like to stick to one type.
Any difference or is it a case of choice?
Thread: Tapers
24/12/2011 13:34:10
OK next round of silly questions
I want to make some tommy bars for a couple of things. Now as it stands they appear to be tapered so they don't fall out again.
Now how do I go about that? I know you can make a taper with a taper reamer but to what diameter do you drill the pilot hole, presumably the smaller diameter?
And how do I taper the bar, in one case its quite small. Doing it in my lathe seems like a bit of overkill.
Thread: Choice of small milling machine
04/12/2011 17:06:11
Some of those Chester ones look OK
Thread: Why are milling machines so b****y expensive
04/12/2011 11:52:18
Very true gents but the other criteria is that I don't have a lot of room. I've already had to turn a 2nd hand one down (for £200!!) cos it was too big
02/12/2011 21:00:05
OK I'm in the market for a milling machine. I'm a bit strapped for room and cash so it doesn't want to be too big. I guess I'm sniffing around the lower end of the Warco/Sieg/Chester/Clarke sort of range.
Now the lathes in that area were around £300 when I bought an Axminster some time since, that same lathe is now about £350. However equivalent (lower end of the range) mills are in the £600-£900 range. Why is this?
And how good are they? I don't want to shell out 6-700 quid to find I have a machine which will barely handle the job as I did with my mini lathe. Although admittedly it did turn up to around an inch in diameter it didn't have enough travel etc for what I wanted to do.
I was almost decided on a Warco WM14, but note that the price has gone up recently. Grrrrrr.
Anyone got a small but good mill for sale?
Thread: Cutting a Morse Taper
02/12/2011 19:03:33
Are you the same Harold Hall that wrote the 'Lathework a Complete Course' WPS book?
I'm just working my way through it now, its the die holder in that I was going to make. I've been pretty much advised to buy a blank now though and at around 3 quid its a bit of a no brainer.
I was rather pleased though on doing Chapter 3 (the precision square) to find that my lathe only had a difference of 1 thou over the 4 inches.
You have a website?

Edited By Wolfie on 02/12/2011 19:04:16

Thread: Metal in cooker
01/12/2011 23:29:01
Shiny after over 10 years use so chrome plated what?
01/12/2011 18:54:21
I'm about to sling out an old cooker. But before I do, I'm going to strip it of anything useful. Heres the question...
Are the grill parts and oven shelf parts stainless steel? Ore is there some other heat resistant form of steel. Cos if they are stainless then I am about to recieve a good supply
Thread: Tipped Tools
01/12/2011 18:51:51
Yeah I'd ground it too thin I think and then went mad with new machine
Thread: Cutting a Morse Taper
01/12/2011 00:32:17
Thank you all again, loads to go on there.

OK assuming I buy a couple of blank tapers, how do I hold them in the chuck to drill and ream them out?

Thread: Tipped Tools
01/12/2011 00:27:38
Thanks all, as usual loads of good info.
**OK silly question alert**

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