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Articles in MEW magazine - total noob here - what type of material used!!

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AlasdairM16/05/2009 10:43:27
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Hi, and congratulations on the website.
As a total noob, I find MEW a great read - I have bought several copies over the last 3 months or so, and will probably subscribe soon.
An article in May 2009 (issue no. 150) re Workshop Clamping was most informative, and now I have a lathe and drill press I would like to learn techniques by having a go at making some clamps.
My problem - I am such a noob it is not obvious to me what material they are made from.
All guidance very much appreciated!!
Regards, A

Edited By AlasdairM on 16/05/2009 10:44:06

David Clark 116/05/2009 12:33:17
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Hi There
Welcome to the forum.
Clamps are best made of mild steel.
regards David
AlasdairM16/05/2009 12:43:14
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Many thanks DC1 - mild steel will be on my next purchase of metal/bar stock etc.
Have a good weekend, A
Simon Fish28/05/2009 13:40:18
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As a stop gap use, M8 or M10 or 3/8 BSF, threaded rod cut to different lengths; a bag of matching washers and nuts.
Depending on the T slot size yo may need to file 2 'steps' either side of 2 nuts to be a free slide in the T slots.
Slide a nut into the T slot, screw a thread in, drop a washer over followed by a nut, tighten down, and your ready to start clamping.
dcosta30/10/2009 10:15:48
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In MEW nº 157 page 18, article "MAKING A WOBLE BROACHING HOLDER" Mr Jack Miller
writes, in the middle column, under General topic: "Opening out the pilote hole to A/F size
plus 0.05mm eases the work of the broach.".  Can someone, please, let me know the
meaning of the "A/F" ?
Thanks in advance
Dias Costa
David Clark 130/10/2009 10:26:23
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Hi Dias
AF means across flats.
In other words the hexagon size.
regards David
dcosta30/10/2009 10:35:50
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Hi David,
Thank You for Your attention and prompt answer.
Best regards
Dias Costa

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