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Diane Carney11/09/2013 14:21:58
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I am posting this as a bit of an experiment. I would like to try to gauge the reaction to a proposed construction series. I am mindful that only a very small percentage of the readership partakes in this forum and also that if the reaction here is completely negative and I decide to run it anyway I will never hear the end of it.

Anyway... here goes:
I have been offered a long article - a full construction series with very many drawings - for a universal grinding machine. The machine is part manual and part CNC and is manufactured from stock material - no castings. The table is 23 inches x 5 inches and the between centres grinding capacity is 12 inches long x 5 inches dia. When complete it will be a surface grinder, a cylindrical grinder and an internal grinder also.

The writer is known to us and his work is thorough and clear.
This is something a little out of the ordinary for Model Enginer and I think it has great value. What are your thoughts?


Tomfilery11/09/2013 14:29:27
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Surely you mean for MEW (rather than ME) - otherwise what is the point in having the two titles?

Regards Tom

KWIL11/09/2013 14:34:29
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Go for it Diana. We will not doubt learn a few tricks.

OuBallie11/09/2013 14:52:13
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I'd be interested, as I am in need of one.

Geoff - Three classic cars need restoring.

Simon036211/09/2013 15:05:02
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I would be very interested to read this. Not sure that I would ever build it in its entirety but the designs and processes would definitely be of interest. As an aside, could you contemplate having the entire series of articles (assuming you do publish) collated together so that it is possible to read without hunting for sections, or losing the flow of the design?


Andrew Johnston11/09/2013 15:37:57
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At first glance it wouldn't seem that I'd be interested, as I already have a surface grinder and cylindrical grinder with external and internal capability. However, I would be keen to read the series, especially if it dealt with the design calculations and trade offs needed to get the necessary sub-micron accuracy., rather than just a blow by blow account of making the parts.

What would also be very valuable is a practical discussion of how to use surface and cylindrical grinders, such as wheel selection versus material and finish, coolant or no coolant, feedrates, step overs, sparkout strategies and the like.



Ian P11/09/2013 16:06:34
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Put me down as another positive vote.

I'm not saying I would build the whole thing but apart from reading what sounds like an interesting article I would probably learn something about how grinding machines work in practice.

As regards ME/MEW (as Tom brought it up) I'm not fussed but the thought of having 'tools' making articles mixed in with ME appeals to me so if its a voting matter, stick to your guns Diane!

Ian P

Steamer191511/09/2013 16:12:14
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I would welcome such a series - especially in ME.


Michael Gilligan11/09/2013 16:23:55
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Posted by Tomfilery on 11/09/2013 14:29:27:


Surely you mean for MEW (rather than ME) - otherwise what is the point in having the two titles?

Regards Tom


As Tom so rightly says ... This should be in Model Engineers Workshop !!

[assuming that title continues to exist]

MEW has come-in for criticism recently, because [with the notable exeption of the StepperHead series] it does not run articles of this calibre.

I regret to say this is probably "the final straw" for my subscription to MEW.






Edited By Michael Gilligan on 11/09/2013 16:24:31

Neil Greenaway11/09/2013 16:28:52
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Hi All,

I would be interested to read this article however only subscribe to MEW - if you look at the title of MEW I would have thought it would be better suited to a workshop magazine. I do find it difficult recently to see what direction MEW is heading in for the future? My interests are more around workshop machinery but still enjoyed learning about other machines (clocks, steam, stirling etc) as it was another wing of my engineering career and hobby so to speak!


michael cole11/09/2013 16:31:40
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Posted by Andrew Johnston on 11/09/2013 15:37:57:

What would also be very valuable is a practical discussion of how to use surface and cylindrical grinders, such as wheel selection versus material and finish, coolant or no coolant, feedrates, step overs, sparkout strategies and the like.

I would much like such a article. Mostly I would like second Andrew comment as above.

It is one thing to read up on lathe work and then have a go yourself, This is I think most of us start out, but I would not think of doing this with a grinder unless I had some very detailed instrections first.


JasonB11/09/2013 16:34:44
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Another vote to stick it in MEW.

Whatever way you go if there are lots of drawings make sure they are reasonably correct


Gray6211/09/2013 16:38:12
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Yep, it gets my vote whichever magazine runs it, should prove interesting


DerryUK11/09/2013 16:38:55
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Diane is Editor of ME and doing her best for her magazine. Bravo!

Should still be in MEW though.

Stephen Benson11/09/2013 16:43:01
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Sounds like another nail in the MEW coffin

Andrew Johnston11/09/2013 16:56:53
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Posted by CoalBurner on 11/09/2013 16:38:12:

Yep, it gets my vote whichever magazine runs it

Half in one, half in the other? devil


Michael Gilligan11/09/2013 17:04:22
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Andrew a.k.a Solomon


Harold Hall 111/09/2013 17:11:21
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Could you Diane give a very approximate estimate as to how long, long is.

Also, I would have thought that you must have a limit to how many non modelling pages you can justify in the magazine, but maybe not. However, if so, then would it not limit the number of non modelling pages which could be devoted to the smaller workshop articles which would surely suit a larger number of your readers.


Russell Eberhardt11/09/2013 17:14:18
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It sounds interesting even if I won't be building it. Another vote for putting it in MEW.


Tony Pratt 111/09/2013 17:16:09
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Gets my vote, but MEW is the place for it.


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