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Member postings for Matt Harrington

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Thread: 11/16" Parting tool holder
25/09/2019 11:16:52

JasonB, I'm using Tripan and Mulitfix but I was anticipating a 10/12mm holder that would then be held in a standard toolholder - if that makes sense!

MichaelG - The type I have are the chipbreaker ones - reduced width in most of the depth and a top 'v' groove.


Thread: Princess Marina
25/09/2019 09:41:55

Anyone here building LBSC's Princess Marina?


Thread: 11/16" Parting tool holder
25/09/2019 09:36:01

Having discovered I have a few 11/16" parting tool blades, I was wondering of someone sould point me in the direction of a suitable holder - UK based. I'd rather not spend my tiome making one....


Thread: Regulators in Taper Barrel Boilers
11/09/2019 17:43:51


How are you progressing with your Princess Marina?


Thread: Another scam
29/07/2019 10:42:29

One thing that has worked for me it to answer the phone but not say anything. The 'nuisance' calls seem to click off after 10 seconds. Genuine callers will say something. My 'nuisance' calls have now almost dried up.

Thread: Shipping to USA
15/05/2019 08:57:20
Posted by David George 1 on 14/05/2019 20:11:12:

Hi Matt The rules for shipping go America are terrible and even the wood and packing materials must be to regular US standard. Any oil and coolant etc must be removed and certified clean. Get an agent to prevent it being impounded and or returned.


Very interesting and all the more reason to get someone to do it all for him.


14/05/2019 14:08:36


Does anyone have any recommendations for a shipping company that could ship a BCA mill to the USA? (no stand)

Ideally, I would like them to palletise it and box it, handle the paperwork and do all the customs forms! (It's not for me but someone I know)

Any pointers would be great.


Thread: Waterproof cabinet / box?
15/04/2019 17:44:58
Posted by larry phelan 1 on 15/04/2019 17:25:49:

I have a 10hp R/c to power my workshop.

I mounted it on an angle iron frame,screwed to the wall,one to cut down on the noise by being mounted on a shelf [this was a no-go,too noisy ] The second reason was to save floor space.. There was still some noise from it,not a lot,but this was solved by fitting a plywood cover,open at the bottom. To date this has worked well,noise is very little,damp is not a problem. I would say,keep it inside,too easy to have it knocked off,and they dont come cheap.


I have been deliberating over this and your idea sounds like it is worth a go. I have some high density foam and was thinking about mounting it on that which in turn is on a board which is then screwed to a frame. I am thinking about boarding the loft space in the garage and so if I mount the frame above that I maybe able to save on the noise as well. Remote switching of the RC will be OK (have checked!)

By the weekend I should have formed a plan!!

Thanks for all the input - I have decided against an outside box ......


14/04/2019 09:45:40
Posted by David George 1 on 14/04/2019 07:18:53:

If you put it outside you may have to put in a small tubular heater and thermostat in the enclosure to keep condensation at bay, have done similar for compressors etc in the past. You can wire a cooling fan if necessary to cool down equipment as well. We just knocked up a wooden and board structure with plenty of room and loovered door


David, I'm tending to think about going this way and I do have a spare tubular heater !


13/04/2019 18:11:00
Posted by JasonB on 13/04/2019 15:24:09:

Don't they have louvred sides presumably for cooling which won't work well in a box.

They do - but was anticipating either a larger cabinet or some form of ventilation.

General limiting factor is that the depth (internally) need to be 450mm and then I'm going to have to use a rightangle 3 phase plug.

I had thought of a garden box but I think I may end up making something - just need to try and make it resilient to the elements. Maybe a mini garden shed or lean to with lining....

Edited By Matt Harrington on 13/04/2019 18:12:15

13/04/2019 14:52:15

I'm looking to site my Transwave rotary converter out of my workshop. Firstly I don't have a suitable floor space for it and secondly, if I put it anywhere else, the vibration is too much - ie on top of a cabinet or on a shelf.

So the thought was to site it outside in a waterproof box or cabinet.

Anyone got any thoughts on this? and, of course, where I may get one!


Thread: Lathe bed regrinding
07/03/2019 23:55:23

Slideway services have been recommended to me as well.


07/03/2019 16:01:19

Hi,Does the compound slide move along the bed or is it clamped down.

If the latter, then does it matter if the bed is worn? The only time this could be a problem is when you are turning a part longer than the travel of the topslide.


Thread: Machine cleaning.....
26/02/2019 13:09:01

It probably has similar base ingredients - not sure.

I'll bear it in mind if I ever go through this process again!!


26/02/2019 10:58:27

Whilst watching TV the other night I looked at an advert for Flash Ultra - general thing about a miracle cleaning product that removed baked on grease. As I am currently trying to remove 40 years of caked on oil from a Hardinge HLV-H, I sort of smiled and dismissed its miracle powers.

Fast forward to yesterday whilst in Morrisons with SWMBO. Looking in the cleaning section I saw the advertised product and thought 'what the heck, It can't be any worse than the multitude of products I have already tried' and so bought a spray pack.

Sheesh, this stuff is amazing. Spray on, leave for a few mins and with a mild scotchbrite pad, the old caked on oil just goes away. I am trusly impressed! There is a slight negative issue in the fact it does seems to take away a small amount of the paint but this is only minor - it does not strip the paint!

What was taking me hours with degreaser and a scotchbrite pad now takes me minutes. At £3 a spary pack, its worth every penny!!


(No connection with Flash or Morrisons)

Thread: Occasional usage Sand blaster
15/01/2019 17:59:08

What a clever idea!


Thread: Garage Condensation
08/01/2019 12:48:45

Howard, are you confusing water and water vapour?

I'm no expert but I thought water vapour was lighter than air. Think of clouds and dry air under them.


06/01/2019 11:57:23

Best thing about dessicant dehumidifiers is that they work down to almost freezing unlike conventional ones.


Thread: What an earth are they called......
01/11/2018 17:04:03

Thanks John - These are going to work one end but not the other as the clip had to sit on the end of the universal joint and not obstruct the sliding part.

At this rate I will end up making some from clock spring steel and riveting a pin in.

Search goes on....


01/11/2018 14:17:13

Neil, I have seen these ones. I'm not sure I have the space for the bit that sticks out. In addition, these see mto start at around 28mm dia which is too large for my application.


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