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Member postings for Roderick Jenkins

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Thread: Colchester Lathe Factory
01/06/2019 09:06:17
Posted by Bill Phinn on 01/06/2019 01:12:42:

The well polished, impeccably articulated commentary complements the machinery.

Sounds like the dulcet tones of William Franklyn, the ubiquitous voice over sound of my youth.


Thread: Minnie 1"
31/05/2019 14:29:46

I've got the oxyturbo set. The oxygen bottle only lasts about 10 minutes, so very expensive to run. Great if you need to get some spot heat into an awkward location like inside the firebox but no replacement for a propane torch. A normal propane torch should be fine for a Minnie boiler.



Thread: Turning between centres on a Cowells CW lathes
28/05/2019 13:21:39

Not difficult to make from an 8mm blank end arbor from RDG **LINK**


Thread: Do you wear a mask grinding HSS tool bits?
28/05/2019 13:16:04
Posted by Guy Lamb on 28/05/2019 12:56:16:

For some years now when free hand grinding steels containing Tungsten an extraction system has been mandatory (in most parts) of industry due to the possible inhalation of radio active Tungsten.

Are you sure that isn't just for thoriated tungsten TIG electrodes?


Thread: Warrington Model Engineering Developments
24/05/2019 17:34:52

Thank you. You never disappoint angel


24/05/2019 16:49:42

Michael Gilligan (MichaelG) is our resident search engine and patents hound. The Carlsberg of searching wink

24/05/2019 15:21:49
Posted by Clive Foster on 24/05/2019 15:06:25:

Not familiar with details of Myford construction but could the kit have included a replacement stud of smaller diameter allowing the 17 tooth gear to be fitted. Presumably with a sleeve to allow a standard gear to be used when needed.


That's my best guess. There is a patent number on the photo: Michael, where are you?  I think the whole thing is too well thought out not to have a solution.


Edited By Roderick Jenkins on 24/05/2019 15:24:42

24/05/2019 12:22:25

There does seem to be a bit of a problem here: You can't actually mount a 17 Tooth gear on a standard Myford stud and keyway:

17t gear.jpg


22/05/2019 12:37:26


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Thread: Oxy hydrogen torches
22/05/2019 12:25:24

I used to use a Johnson Matthey Oxy Hydrogen torch at work. Great for welding thermocouples but useless for brazing. Although the flame is very hot, there is very little energy in it so you just can't get the job up to temperature. Even bubbling the gas through MEK didn't provide enough heat to braze even small items. I think you would be better off with a MAPP type torch such as this **LINK**. It's what I used to silver braze the two parts of my Lorch type milling spindle together.



Thread: Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?
22/05/2019 12:01:21
Posted by Howard Lewis on 21/05/2019 20:11:21:

...My advice is to use High Speed Steel tools for the materials that you are likely to use. To get the best out of Carbide tools, they need high speeds, and were developed for Industrial...

This advice really is a bit out of date. Whilst I agree that carbide tooling can be more efficient at high speeds, modern insert tools like these work very well in hobby lathes. I suggest you follow Hollowpoint's advice.



Thread: HSS or CS taps and dies
20/05/2019 13:32:33

All the above is true. I am a great believer in CS taps but there is no doubt that they are generally more brittle than HSS so are more inclined to break in the smaller sizes. This happened to me recently with an M3 tap into mild steel. The lump was awkward to hold in my tapping guide so I was doing the job by hand in a vice. The plus was that because the tap was CS I was able to heat the whole assembly up to red heat and drill out the now softened tap. Mind you, when I bought a replacement tap it was HSS.frown

I've never claimed to be logical.


Edit: Why am I so crap at proof reading my own work?

Edited By Roderick Jenkins on 20/05/2019 13:34:20

Thread: indexible internal thread cutting tool
19/05/2019 23:52:53

I use exactly the same tool from RDG. Generally I get good results, usually winding the spindle by hand. Tougher materials like silver steel do tend to have a burred up finish which needs a bit of work afterwards to clear up the crests with a file. I suspect it is your hydraulic tube that is causing the problem. As has been suggested, you may need a rather more frightening speed to get a good finish straight from the tool. Perhaps the in to out reverse method as advocated by Jason may be the answer.


Thread: stamford show vandals
19/05/2019 17:32:56
Posted by Plasma on 19/05/2019 17:12:13:.

One can only hope they get their just desserts in some other way.

I don't think they deserve pudding wink

Some people just can't stand to see others achieving something. How sad.


Thread: Nickel Plating Brass
19/05/2019 16:50:34

My attempt a nickel plating was all done at room temperature with distilled vinegar from Sainsbury's and some sheet nickel from ebay.

The driver was this ebay purchase. Sadly I didn't take any before pictures but this is the ebay pic.

lorch slide before.jpg

About 50% of the plating was falling off and much of the metal underneath was rusty so I scrubbed as much as I could off and then dunked the major component parts in Evaporust. A further scrub and wash before plating which worked fine even going into the pits left by the rust removal. The handle went particularly well. It has all been buffed.


The new milling spindle was fabricated from a piece of steel plate (probably EN3B) and a length of FC mild bar.


These 2 bits were silver soldered together and then dunked in brick cleaner (HCl) to remove the flux and scale. After that they were plated in the Nickel Acetate solution


I was interested (and slightly annoyed) to see that the flux/acid combination has etched the surface of the FC steel but I am still happy with the result.


I don't know how well stuck the plating is but it did at least survive a trip to the buffing wheel.


Thread: Thread Pitch Info.
19/05/2019 16:06:46


Just a point for clarification: UNC, UNF, Metric coarse, Metric fine, BSF, BSW and BA are all standards that are really meant to define sets of fastenings - basically nuts and bolts.

Threads for things like lathe noses do not necessarily follow these standards so your thread is not necessarily a UNC thread. If it is American (unified) it will have a 60 degree thread angle (as will metric) and if it is a British (Whitworth) thread then it will be a 55 degree angle. So looking at a set of thread tables for a near match will not necessarily give you the right answer. I think you really need to measure the thread angle: A couple of bits of card cut to 55 degrees and 60 degrees will tell you what you need to know.

Having said all that, It us usually the register rather than the thread that is important in getting a good fit so a slack thread of the correct pitch but wrong thread angle will probably be fine.



Thread: Warrington Model Engineering Developments
19/05/2019 13:52:24

Intriguing. I've got a WMED power cross feed but have never heard of the Easychange. Is it possible to get a picture of the unit from the VMCC poster? Is the 17t gear the standard 20DP 14.5 degree with a 5/8" bore and 1/8" keyway?


Edited By Roderick Jenkins on 19/05/2019 13:52:53

Thread: Grizzly Beers
19/05/2019 10:26:12

Break a leg.


Thread: Work Holding For CNC Milling
15/05/2019 14:27:49
Posted by John Pace on 14/05/2019 20:12:07:

I use these simple fixtures for these sort of jobs seen in an article
in Mew January 2015 " Cnc fixings" .

Yikes! - that's the one with me on the front cover blush

Thread: Nickel Plating Brass
15/05/2019 12:08:50

I've had recent success using home made Nickel Acetate following Geoff Crokers method on Youtube



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