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JIM Johnson 226/11/2021 15:55:23
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Is there anyone in the Lincolnshire area that knows about lathes that could possibly vist me and help set up my lathe as I am a novice in return I may be help someone with other tools and machinery that I have in our workshop

Howard Lewis26/11/2021 17:06:12
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Whereabous in Lincolnshire?

What lathe?

Are you just looking for help in taking twist out of the bed?

Ian Bradley tells how in his book "The Amateurs Workshop", as well as a bit about grinding HSS tools, and workshop work general.

Or are you looking for help on tooling etc?


JIM Johnson 226/11/2021 17:13:21
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Need help with the tools which ones to get and how they work sharpening tools would be good I would find it easier if someone was explaining it rather than me reading out of a book I'm not shure what size tooling I need 8mm 10 mm I quite like the sound of the insert tools but not shure on size

Howard Lewis26/11/2021 18:35:10
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The size of tooling will depend on the lathe in use.

No point in getting Carbide tipped tools for a lathe made 50 or more years ago. It is unlikely to be powerful, fast or rigid enough really to do them justice.

Too big and they will be above centre height, so useless, for your machine.

Too small and they will be flexible and possibly cause problems. Plus you will need lots of shims to set them to centre height.

You will learn the basics by grinding HSS tools. (In any case, they function slightly differently from carbide tips ) Carbide tips were developed for Industrial machines specifically to remove metal, sometime quite exotic or hard, fast.

Model Engineer are not usually on piecework!

Reading will give the basic knowledge, which you can then put to practical use, because you have a better understanding of what you are doing.

You could waste a lot of time and good metal trying to grind a tool when 30 minutes with a book could tell you haw to get it somewhere near right, first time!

As an Apprentice, we had face to face instruction, with regular Lectures with handouts, in addition to plenty of workshop time to put it into practice. In this way, we had an understanding of what we were doing, what was happening, and why.

I am not a skilled machine, only had the first year basic training. The machinists spent four or five years learning their trade. My turning instructor could work, with a 6" rule, to within a few thou of how I could with a micrometer!

You can grind a drill, freehand, but unless you understand how to grind it, it will not not cut well, possibly not at all, or even anywhere near accurately. The same goes for a lathe or any other tool..


JIM Johnson 226/11/2021 18:49:09
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Thankyou Howard Just ordered the book from Amazon

bricky26/11/2021 22:03:34
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I live in Linc,s but where in Linc,s do you live, it is a big county.I would be pleased to help if it was close enough.


JIM Johnson 226/11/2021 22:13:19
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I live Alford near skegness I could help with transport

Roger Williams 227/11/2021 09:01:31
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Get youself a Diamond Toolholder from Eccentric engineering , saves a lot of messing about grinding all the facets by hand . Clamp HSS bit in the jig provided in the kit, a few passes across the wheel, job done.

JIM Johnson 227/11/2021 10:35:12
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Posted by Roger Williams 2 on 27/11/2021 09:01:31:

Get youself a Diamond Toolholder from Eccentric engineering , saves a lot of messing about grinding all the facets by hand . Clamp HSS bit in the jig provided in the kit, a few passes across the wheel, job done.

Thank for this information Roger I will get one

Howard Lewis27/11/2021 12:10:29
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LONG E mail en route to you.


JIM Johnson 227/11/2021 12:32:48
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Posted by Howard Lewis on 27/11/2021 12:10:29:

LONG E mail en route to you.


Don't quite get what you mean

Howard Lewis27/11/2021 13:14:53
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Look in your E mail IN box.


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