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    Inspiration part II

    With drawers, there needs to be some way of getting them out. The Bling box had a welded recess and the TAS box had welded on stirups. Only chests of drawers I have a pop up handle like this,...
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    Looking for inspiration

    Been feeling at a bit of a loose end lately and decided that I need another challenge, so I've decided to venture yet again into the world of sheet metal, probably in aluminium.
    Some of you may...
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    That's the way I've heard it done and the way...

    That's the way I've heard it done and the way that I would be trying first

    Michael
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    I was always told that the VFD output should be...

    I was always told that the VFD output should be shielded cable to reduce noise. Is yours?

    Michael
  5. This that same boring bar from my previous post,...

    This that same boring bar from my previous post, but this time loaded with a 55 degree shaped tool.
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    The basic design is a bar with a cross drilled hole (shaped for the HSS cross section) and...
  6. I have a small fixture I use to grind HSS to...

    I have a small fixture I use to grind HSS to correct angles, similar to this https://metalworkforums.com/f65/t188308-using-surface-grinder-surfaces/latest/post1806599#post1806599

    If you go the way...
  7. You would be better with HSS - holds an edge and...

    You would be better with HSS - holds an edge and works better at those lower speeds.

    Michael
  8. I get around the problem of knowing when to stop...

    I get around the problem of knowing when to stop simply by putting a piece of tape with a mark on it. When the mark is level with the front of the bore I know the cutting tip is the measured distance...
  9. Not so fast there... That thing was originally...

    Not so fast there...

    That thing was originally designed for carting concrete in a tub sitting between the wheels. As soon as you start putting on dozer blades, hydraulic jibs and the like, you...
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    This equipment is old, so probably imperial, but...

    This equipment is old, so probably imperial, but some of the newer stuff is metric.

    As Peter has summarised, most employers I've been with have expected a basic set of small tools, and his list is...
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    Yes, but getting back on topic, what are the...

    Yes, but getting back on topic, what are the tools that would make up a basic set suitable for mechanical fitting?

    I will be looking at the immediate task on Monday and working out what is needed...
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    Just to add a little to my initial post, this is...

    Just to add a little to my initial post, this is to establish a basic kit. How much more it gets used will be an on going question. Electrical tools (like crimpers) are no problem and I already have...
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    A choice of mechanical fitting tools

    I am one of the few people at my employer with a mechanical background (most others are electronic/ electrical by training)
    The latest task I have been given is to strip down and then devise a...
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    Can you use a gauge pin to accurately size the...

    Can you use a gauge pin to accurately size the groove? That would at least give you a maxiumum ball diameter. Not sure how loose is too loose but will some of that play go if the ends of the screw...
  15. Thread: Reamers

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    I've bought several reamers second hand from...

    I've bought several reamers second hand from ebay. Reamers are not the sort of tool that the average handyman picks up so are likely to be in reasonable condition, even if a little grubby and not...
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    I agree with Peter - the spigot you are holding...

    I agree with Peter - the spigot you are holding is not long enough. Screw a piece in to the spigot to extend it or add a loose piece so that the collet has equal diameters along it's length (or at...
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    Use a strip of plywood or similar as a guide to...

    Use a strip of plywood or similar as a guide to run the side of the torch or nozzle along.

    Michael
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    Tagutech make them, and General tools stock that...

    Tagutech make them, and General tools stock that brand, so may have them or be able to get them for you.

    Michael
  19. Not sure whether you are still looking or if this...

    Not sure whether you are still looking or if this is too pricey but thought it may be of interest.
    https://www.machineryhouse.com.au/K088
    there is a cheaper version but it has a girder clamp rather...
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    So what was the fix Phil? Weld up (or plug) and...

    So what was the fix Phil? Weld up (or plug) and redrill, or remake from scratch?

    Either way, well done. I especially like the 'improved clearance' tool holder. Is this the same governor that you...
  21. There may be someone closer, but cutting an...

    There may be someone closer, but cutting an imperial thread for a HM collet chuck is no big deal. I'd be able to do that for you if necessary.

    Michael
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    Trouble is, a fan blade with some sort of slip...

    Trouble is, a fan blade with some sort of slip device is normally not smart enough to tell the difference between needing to slip because a finger is present and not slipping because it has to move...
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    I'd counter bore it as little as possible (full...

    I'd counter bore it as little as possible (full diameter of thread, but as shallow a depth as can be managed). All that means is that you will lose that amount (depth of counter bore) in extension at...
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    Hot melt glue? Michael

    Hot melt glue?

    Michael
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    I know, but the challenge is already there -...

    I know, but the challenge is already there - without the pulley, the lathe drive train does not work, so off to the mill for some boring head work. I have found a larger seal and so was thinking as a...
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    The pulley slides on from the small end, and the...

    The pulley slides on from the small end, and the key is captive from memory, so that probably won't work.

    Michael
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    Any other ideas

    This is the pulley from the lathe that I think is causing problems. When it was initially stripped down 10 years ago, there was a crack from the corner of the keyway going through to that reduced...
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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and tell you...

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and tell you that that is not what you want...

    When the skilled woodies make a checkerboard pattern they do it in strips, so what you really want is two steel...
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    Standing up to my lathe

    For some time I've felt that my lathe is a little low - I have to stoop just a little to use it. Recently I was employed at a place where the lathes used a starting rod along the bed but went down...
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    I lean towards it being a Hercus part too, just...

    I lean towards it being a Hercus part too, just because the jack screw is not a standard V form. While not impossible, I would have thought that most places would not have access to a suitable tap,...
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    Disclaimer: I take no responsibility for the...

    Disclaimer:
    I take no responsibility for the formulas in MEW (or any other publication) being either correct or incorrect and will not advise anyone as to whether or not to use them. I have not seen...
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    I bought a Delta S1 the other day, which is now...

    I bought a Delta S1 the other day, which is now the 3rd one in my workshop. It did cost $65 secondhand but works, has all the usual features and the manual is fine.

    Michael
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    Agreed. If cutting an internal thread is all that...

    Agreed. If cutting an internal thread is all that is needed, I'll put my hand up to help too (although someone will need to give me some dimensions).

    It's nice to be self sufficient, but there is...
  34. I looked at the SDS on the Mcmaster site, which...

    I looked at the SDS on the Mcmaster site, which gave a maker's name, then asked about an Australian distributor. This is the response I got.

    Hello,

    We don't have a distributor in Australia. ...
  35. Plasti-dip is a permanent coating, used for tool...

    Plasti-dip is a permanent coating, used for tool handles etc. Probably not what Quentin wants.

    Michael
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    I had a sparky here recently doing some work....

    I had a sparky here recently doing some work. Previously I got a copy of the certificate when work was done. I've been told that it is now electronic and have not been sent anything, which raises the...
  37. Rear mounted tools 'do better' because they use a...

    Rear mounted tools 'do better' because they use a section of screw (and slide?) that is normally less worn; on the down side they cause forces on the carriage that a lathe is not designed to deal...
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    Those holes are around 600mm from the floor, so I...

    Those holes are around 600mm from the floor, so I would either need a very long bottle jack or a large stack of timber/ bricks. That bit of the lathe is around 1000kg, so i don't really want to take...
  39. I have a universal mill. My main complaint with...

    I have a universal mill. My main complaint with it is lack of quill. Not a big deal but annoying in it's absence - bit like having a car that has intermittent wipers but not variable intermittent...
  40. I doubt you will find a router bit with a R30...

    I doubt you will find a router bit with a R30 radius on it though John.

    A ball turner will do the job, but for a small quantity, you might be better turning to a rough profile and then smoothing...
  41. I'd be tempted to put an orbital sander on there....

    I'd be tempted to put an orbital sander on there. With gentle pressure and moving it uniformly across the table, I doubt that any variation in the finished surface would be noticeable. Plan B would...
  42. A few thoughts to put into the mix The main...

    A few thoughts to put into the mix

    The main flaw with the Bridgeport machines is the attachment of the head to the column boom. That is where the rigidity goes missing because of the tilt and nod...
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    Yes. They are the official lifting points. The...

    Yes. They are the official lifting points. The lathe was positioned using them when it first arrived. To hire a gantry to lift it is over $250 (plus delivery), so I am exploring options to do lift it...
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    I've got maybe 8mm of clearance between the...

    I've got maybe 8mm of clearance between the bottom of the stand and the floor at the moment. I could lever it up bit by bit with a pry bar and blocks - that was the original plan. However, that is...
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    If someone showed me that weld and asked what is...

    If someone showed me that weld and asked what is wrong, the first thing I would say is that all that spatter suggests the current is too high. I have heard stories about people doing battery welding...
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    As John says, you would need a draw bar for the...

    As John says, you would need a draw bar for the MT4 taper option. However, I think you are dismissing the integral plate option too quickly. If you buy something then yes, the accuracy is as good as...
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    If you look carefully at the first photo in post...

    If you look carefully at the first photo in post 40, you will see that the very tips of the cutting edge have been knocked off. Your speed was fine although perhaps some lube would have been good. I...
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    Need the use of a toe jack

    In the next few weeks I want to lift my lathe up around 100mm and a toe jack would probably simplify matters a little. The lathe is 1.5t, so I'm going to need something.
    Before I make or hire...
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    When repairing old machines, do your best not to...

    When repairing old machines, do your best not to mix fastener types - it really creates headaches later on, either because it degrades the machine (I once had a 1/2" UNC thread fitted where it should...
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    If you have a scratch start TIG, get yourself a...

    If you have a scratch start TIG, get yourself a small copper block to do your starts on.

    Michael
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