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Thread: Run outs
10/12/2019 13:46:28

Hi Raphael,

I guess it depends on how fast you run your chuck and how accurate your work needs to be. If your Chinese ER chuck has a run out of 0.01mm, I wouldn't complain. I just bought a cheap Chinese ER-16 chuck and it has slightly more run out than yours. The cheap ER collets I have says max run out 0.015mm.


Thread: Old Lathe Lubrication - oil through a grease nippled?
08/12/2019 15:12:19

Hi Peter,

Not sure I can answer your first question, I just use an oil can like this, if there leakage i put a small piece from a paper towel between the nipple and the oil can spout. This has worked well for several years. For lubrication of plain bearings I just use hydraulic oil (ISO 32).


Thread: Toolpost dilemma
08/12/2019 06:17:53

Hi Lou,

There are people who have made their own toolholders for the Dickson type toolposts (may be a bit more difficult to make than the Aloris ones):

***Link*** - drawing

***Link*** - making one

***Link*** - making


Thread: Any users of the 'ModelEngineersUtilities here?
04/12/2019 06:31:11

Hi Hans,

Your screenshot is exactly what I experience on my W.10 laptop. Here's a screenshot when running Win.XP:


The program works well under Win.XP, and I have tried to tell W.10 to emulate Win.XP when running it, but it still looks like your screenshot. So I have not been able to find a way around the problem, may be others with more computer knowledge can help.


Edited By Thor on 04/12/2019 06:31:39

03/12/2019 06:03:45

Hi Hans,

I have tried the ME Utilities program on my W.10 computer, I unpacked it as Administrator and tried to run it as Administrator and the main screen pops up without problems, but when trying for instance the "Speeds" part I too get the black backgound and buttons not doing anything. The screwcutting part seems to work OK, so mixed results on my new computer. When I find time I will try it on my old computer running XP.


Thread: New to model engineering - what solder / flux and annealing question
29/11/2019 05:26:59

Hi Charles,

I anneal copper and brass by heating to dull red using a propane torch in a makeshift hearth. As for cooling, it depends. Cooling in water may cause the part to warp, so for more complicated shapes I let it cool slowly in air. Usually for simple parts I just dip the part in a bucket of water.


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
22/11/2019 18:28:15

Hi Phil,

Thanks for the photo, yes, smoke can be irritating. I am no blacksmith (or knifesmith) but I occasionally do silver soldering and just use a few firebricks to make a temporary hearth outdoors. I have to wait for nice weather, which you don'tsmiley.


Thread: Precision Tool Vice Type 2
19/11/2019 04:52:25

Hi Phil,

I have a Type 1 vice from Vertex and I have had no issues with mine. Type 2 is slightly different, a photo of the underside might be an idea.


Edited By Thor on 19/11/2019 04:56:04

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
18/11/2019 05:35:46

Hi Phil,

I wish I had a forge like yours, unfortunately my workshop is too small to make room for one. Thanks for sharing.


Thread: New three jaw chuck suggestions
13/11/2019 05:27:55

Another +1 for TOS, it is the best chuck I have.


Thread: Tramming The WM18 mill head
09/11/2019 16:58:57

Thanks for the tip Chris, I must check if it is possible to do the same on my milling machine.


09/11/2019 16:42:28

Hi Richard,

I made a sine table some years ago, look here.


Thread: Yet another 'which mill shall I buy'
08/11/2019 17:20:47

Hi Iain ,

I have an old milling machine (with a brushed motor) similar to the AMAT25LV, different paintwork. Mine is the long table variety and I like the long table, as I can have a vice at one end and mount something else at the other end. I have had it for seven years and no troubles so far. Mine is with MT3 spindle, today I would have bought it with a R8 spindle. If you can afford and find room for the AMAT45, you will get a heavier machine with a gear head that will give you more torque at low speeds.


Thread: Lathe chuck guards - how many folk use them?
31/10/2019 05:27:25

My old lathe came without a chuck guard and I haven't had any problems. When I bought a new lathe it came with a chuck guard and I use it, the guard permits the use of the large diameter faceplate without causing any problems.


Thread: Boxford metric lead screw fitted to imperial lathe?
26/10/2019 17:52:31

Hi Dave,

I'm assuming you are thinking of Brian Woods book, Gearing of Lathes for Screwcutting?


Thread: Mike Cox's cone drills in MEW 285 - source?
26/10/2019 06:07:29

Hi Jeff,

Sorry, forgot these from Chronos.


26/10/2019 05:33:05

Would these do?


Thread: Bronze bushing
25/10/2019 16:36:00

Hi Martyn

Yes. Seems to me you know what the problem is, I always use "backed-off" or blunted drills on brass/bronze.


Thread: angle plate
20/10/2019 18:58:34

Michael, you spotted my typo, my old eyes didn't.


20/10/2019 18:06:20

Harold Hall calls them Cylidrical Squares, they work well.


(My old fingers aren't quick enough)

Edited By Thor on 20/10/2019 18:08:00

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