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Member postings for SteveW

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Thread: airfield white lines - is there a quick way ?
08/01/2021 17:20:08

I’ve painted lines on what remains of the old Croydon airport using spray paint and a white line device from a hire shop. It was quite easy (I was following worn lines), I didn’t get much on my shoes! It was fine for what we wanted but only lasted for a few years and soon got weathered.

Thread: Suitable steel for hammer heads
01/12/2020 15:01:03

I’d be a bit careful to temper appropriately. My stepfather had a hammer chip embedded in his finger caused by a RAF erk whacking two hammers together. Stayed with him all his life. If I had to make a special shape hammer I think I’d try grinding an old hammer head to suit.

Thread: Paper Mache accurate Oval round shape
25/11/2020 13:23:42

Need to know size and what a oval round shape is. A drawing is worth a thousand words. Possible to generate an ellipse with a few sticks but 2D not 3D.

Thread: Parting off with a 5/6" toolpost
17/11/2020 16:50:17

Tools that come as part of a set are very often much too wide for a hobby lathe. In my view 3mm is just about OK but less makes things a lot easier. Too thin and things get weak.


Thread: Nuisance phone calls
17/10/2020 18:47:44

I always ask which machine it’s for. They never know. If I ask if it’s for the Hotpoint they always say ‘yes’ but our machine is a Bosch and we’ve never had a service contract. Just a nuisance doubly so as I have a phone in the workshop and they work with the gremlins to hide the tools while my attention is elsewhere.


Thread: Tapered Square metal punch anyone?
08/08/2020 11:10:50

Q Max punches do some square and round punches. They work well in aluminium but struggle a bit in steel. Once very popular for valve sockets in old electronic equipment.

Thread: First lathe
07/08/2020 18:44:08

I would say not worth it on a lathe. On a mill very worthwhile. Depends a bit on your skill level I guess but a dro on a lathe doesn’t make it much easier to use. Using a mill is often more coordinate based so the benefit is much more apparent. Of course there is a skill in using the dro to its best advantage.

Thread: Lathe question
06/07/2020 18:00:02

It’s a rotary table. Usually used with a milling machine to hold a workpiece and turn it by a known angle. So you could machine a curve (arc) or by turning at a regular interval a hexagon. There are a few videos on YouTube.

Thread: Camshaft
25/06/2020 11:06:15

Followers were flat and highly polished with lightweight pushrods. No signs of wear. The internals of the engine were quite high quality.

if something like it was available for a model size engine it would encourage me to have a go and I guess ,like most other model engineers, I’d be happy if it ran for 15 minutes every now and again.


23/06/2020 16:42:39

Camshaft and timing gear from a 120cc 4 stroke. I’ve not seen this in an engine before. What chance of a 3D print of something like it for a model?

picture in album

Edited By SteveW on 23/06/2020 16:45:21

Thread: Questions about lathe power feeds.
06/06/2020 11:02:06

I think you would want to accelerate the lathe spindle speed rather than the feed to keep the surface speed the same with the same (constant) depth of cut set by the gearbox. I think that would be equally worrying to the operator!


Thread: Arc welding rods
28/05/2020 18:48:36

Thanks all for your help! I’ll take the pies out before I put the rods in!


28/05/2020 16:38:20

I know that arc welding rods used to absorb moisture and to remove/reduce it they were ‘baked’. I can’t remember (if I ever knew!) the temperature or time to soak. From what I do remember it was barely enough to warm a pie... Can anyone help?


Thread: Unimat 3 Tailstock Die Holder
21/04/2020 17:19:33

Is it necessary to get metric and imperial size dieholders? I seem to be able to use my holders interchangeably but that could be luck!

Thread: Cutting / tapping oil
18/04/2020 17:34:13

I just use a dab of grease especially in blind holes so the swarf is expelled but for what I do I think anything a bit oily works. Wd40 is convenient. I don’t worry...

Thread: Hall Class Display Model
22/01/2020 21:02:12

Looks good to me! And I quite like the natural finish. I would like to see more. Were the parts laser cut?


Thread: Extending router shanks
13/11/2019 21:13:24

Leave the dust shoe off. Work outside. Wear a reasonable face mask. If you only have a clock case to do it will only take a tick. Sorry not an engineering solution... But safer than a flying router bit!

Thread: Disposal of workshop contents
02/09/2019 16:40:41

You may be surprised by ‘clearance prices’. If there is any desire to raise significant funds from the sale then splitting up and selling at auction (not necessarily eBay) is really the best way. The owner will get what they are ‘worth’ less commission.

Thread: New member seeking advice
25/07/2019 14:21:09

Everything has a value. You may want to try eBay to let them find their level. There may be a local “Men in Sheds” workshop operating near you who could give some of the tools a charitable home where they would be loved and used. Contact Age Concern.

I suggest this with mixed feelings. My Tuesday morning was trying to reduce the enormous pile of duplicated tools in our local branch. There is a natural limit to the number of hammers... we stuck at 2 for each member!


Thread: Soft Feel Finish on Radio
06/04/2019 13:50:51

Wine bottle stopper changed to a thick black gloop in our cutlery drawer. With some elbow grease it did all come off with methanol. Will now have to finish the bottle...wink

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