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Thread: Cross slide dial calibrations - opinions sought.
15/05/2020 08:31:17

+1 for Pauls suggestion. I use a modified digital tyre depth gauge on my cross slide, Search Poor Mans DRO for plenty of different types.

Just spotted Stuarts post further down the page

Edited By Dennis D on 15/05/2020 08:36:49

Thread: Yuriy's Toys DIY DRO
27/04/2020 11:05:04

I built one the same as Stuart if you go to Yuriys site he has detailed instructions for wiring dro-build-instructions just scroll down to see the breakout board wiring and he has a YouTube video of final set up calibration

Thread: DTI base
01/04/2020 13:50:09


I bought one of the quill clamping arms NDIY mentioned from Machine DRO via Amazon. It is rated

Quill Clamp Range - 40mm (1 10/16" to 52mm (2" so should go round your quill OK.

Use Universal Indicator Quill Clamp for DTI, in the Amazon search box I've only used it once for checking the chuck was central on a rotary table but it made the job easier

Edited By Dennis D on 01/04/2020 13:50:37

Thread: scam alert
25/03/2020 16:45:24

Had the same one a few weeks ago problems with processing DD. Couple of days ago licence came in the post. Must remember to go online and tick paperless.

Thread: Printers
07/03/2020 15:46:03

Make sure there is no foreign object in the paper feed. Took a printer to the repair shop for while you wait repair only for him to find a playing card one of the ankle biters had posted.

Thread: H/V or tilting rotary table.
25/10/2019 16:08:03

Thanks for the info Ron. I cant remember seeing a 5" one in any of the suppliers I looked at so might need to do a search again.


24/10/2019 17:31:30

Thanks John & Jason H/V it is then

Edited By Dennis D on 24/10/2019 17:32:11

24/10/2019 15:39:29

My next tooling purchase will be a rotary table, but I am undecided as to which type to get. Mill is an SX2P from ARC so it will be a 4”/100mm to fit on the table. My question is what uses does the rotary table have over the standard H/V? bearing in mind that I already have a tilting vise.


21/10/2019 12:54:26

I went on Saturday with my 11-year-old grandson and there were a lot more families around. Maybe if the show was at the end of the school summer holidays there might be a larger young attendance. What was pleasing were the number of people exhibiting on club and individuals displays who took the time to talk to him and explain how things were made. As for lack of traders I rarely buy anything from shows as I prefer someone else to carry the heavy weight items around and drop them at my doorstep. In fact, my only purchase was a pack of M2 screws to repair my wife’s FitBit bracelet.

Shame about the ground conditions reducing the number of traction engines hope none of the campers got bogged down but they would have plenty of pulling power if they did.


Thread: What started your interest?
23/07/2019 13:16:30

Had been making Airfix kits ( 60 odd years ago) and then later on Tamiya and Historex (detailed model figures) modifying and detailing them following articles in magazines. One of the magazines must have had details of the London shows as I then started going to the Seymour Hall swimming baths and later on Wembley when every aspect of modeling was on display. It was there that I then decided to move on to metal but it was another 50 years until I had enough disposable income to buy machines.

Thread: small belts
24/06/2019 07:03:45

Try these people looks like they may be on holiday at present but have had fast delivery when ordered **LINK**

Thread: Mini-Lathe setup for an absolute beginner?
21/05/2019 16:31:43

I have a Warco 180 in an upstairs bedroom which looks to be about the same size as the SC2 . It was a 2 person lift but by removing as much as possible from the machine i.e. chuck, tailstock and tool holder it drops the weight a bit. Also wind the slide towards the tailstock end to help balance the weight slightly . I also used a thick strap under the headstock end so that we could keep it as level as we could

Thread: SX2p mill gas struts
20/02/2019 16:07:08

Check out this video **LINK**


Thread: WM180 Saddle adjustment
12/02/2019 14:07:28

If you have the space go for the bigger machine. It has been said on here many times you can make small parts on a big machine but not big parts on a smaller one. There are plenty of article on the internet for poor mans DRO using digital tyre depth gauges

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
30/10/2018 10:47:30

Thanks for that. I was deleting the dimension to avoid cluttering up the sketch as I progress I will have another go leaving them in place to see the difference.

30/10/2018 10:14:30

I am a first time user of any cad package and am enjoying at 70 learning something new.

While waiting for the next tutorial in MEW I came across the exercise manual that comes with the package. Drawing circles is easy as a box comes up allowing you to input the required diameter (manual written for the US so dims are imperial but AA3D converts to metric) but not with a rectangle you need to watch the dimension coordinates to get the size you want.

Way I do it is to draw a rectangle then click on DIMENSION then click the cursor on the side I want to adjust I then move to one side and click again and now a box appears with the length drawn I can overtype it to get the size needed. I then have to select the dims line and right click to get a delete option. Is this the way to do it or have I missed something in a drop down menu.


Thread: Ryobi 'String Trimmer/BrushCutter'
28/09/2018 17:29:46

I have one of these as well and from new to get the heads to run after changing I have found that by pulling the drive spindle out as far as it will come and then carefully pushing the driven end over the square gets it running 9 times out of 10. As Simon says it need that bit of extra length to engage.

Edited By Dennis D on 28/09/2018 17:31:07

Thread: Best type of material to use for beginners
03/09/2018 14:53:48

I would agree with JohnF get a piece of metal of known type from one of the many suppliers who advertise on here. Then you can experiment with different speeds and feeds ,tool types (Carbide / HSS ), coolant to see what finishes you can get. With an unknown piece from the leftover box it can be discouraging when you can’t get a decent finish . I now use a bit of masking tape around any decent lengths of stub bar and write on it the material type. Telling the difference between Silver Steel and Stainless when it’s got a bit grubby in the box under the bench is one example where I have come unstuck.

Thread: Hand files for aluminium
05/08/2018 12:34:16

When I was an apprentice the very coarse files were known as "bast**d files" . Mind you this was nearly 60 years ago when we were allowed to call them that. Don't know what the PC name would be now.

Thread: reel mower sharpening?
16/07/2018 18:21:45

Looks like someone had the same idea as Alan **LINK**

I had one years ago when I had a petrol mower.

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