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by Mr Ron
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Winding springs
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Re: Winding springs

Check out this video.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1x5_S0Pq4k Starting at 5:00 he kinda mentions selecting the pitch... A good material to use is Piano or music wire.... here is an example...https://www.amazon.com/PRECISION-BRAND-Music-Steel-Alloy/dp/B06Y2M8FV7/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=piano+wire...
by Mr Ron
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 22
Views: 466

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

How can you justify moving a mill or lathe to accommodate long work. If the machine is leveled, you will un-level it when you move it. Machines in a shop are set in place and leveled. If for any reason the machine has to be moved, it has to be re-leveled.
by Mr Ron
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Winding springs
Replies: 5
Views: 145

Winding springs

I need to make some small springs. I tried winding onto a 1/4" mandrel and got pretty close to a 3/8" diameter. So far it has been a hit-or-miss situation. I am using .035" dia MIG wire which gives me a good "springiness". Can I wind around a 5/16-18 threaded rod and then stretch the spring to the p...
by Mr Ron
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 22
Views: 466

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

Stop overthinking everything. Just do what YOU think is best. If you don't like it, then change it. Don't expect everyone to do your thinking for you.
by Mr Ron
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Screwcutting not picking up in the same place
Replies: 19
Views: 436

Re: Screwcutting not picking up in the same place

I have been down this road....all the advise is good...but the practical solution is: when doing metric threads..do NOT disengage the 1/2 nut at the end. stop the lathe, run it in reverse to back the carriage up to the starting point. How can you stop the lathe and reverse with the lead screw engag...
by Mr Ron
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Wrapping Split Bolts: Rocket Science?
Replies: 12
Views: 326

Re: Wrapping Split Bolts: Rocket Science?

I put a 200 amp service panel in when I built my 1200 sf shop. I never have to worry about not having enough power.
by Mr Ron
Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Screwcutting not picking up in the same place
Replies: 19
Views: 436

Re: Screwcutting not picking up in the same place

It would seem you would have to remove the 127 tooth gear to restore the lathe to all metric. It would be very difficult to just reverse the lead screw, unless your lathe has instant stop.
by Mr Ron
Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Caliper battery covers
Replies: 13
Views: 770

Re: Caliper battery covers

Being an obdurate curmudgeon, I prefer calipers that don't use a battery. It's not just due to the irritation that comes when you need the caliper and the battery is too weak to get a measurement. Digital calipers depend upon a linear encoder for determining positioning. Even the best linear encode...
by Mr Ron
Sat Oct 05, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 108
Views: 19893

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

I have a love/hate relationship with my smart phone. As a phone, camera, calendar, weather station, music center, calculator and internet access, it is indispensable. There are some other features that are quite useful at times. The thing I hate the most is the unsolicited phone calls. Now after thi...
by Mr Ron
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: alloy polishing.
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: alloy polishing.

Polished aluminum is usually protected by a clear lacquer coating. Would that hold up on a motorcycle?
by Mr Ron
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good hardware supplier
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Good hardware supplier

I found this place that has great prices on fasteners that are made by Holo-Chrome. They are almost half the regular price; click on "clearance" https://www.globalindustrial.com/invent ... ategory=20
by Mr Ron
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: OT creative language
Replies: 18
Views: 1058

Re: OT creative language

Sounds like something Washington should learn.