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by Mr Ron
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 33
Views: 750

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

Fact is, turning with or without a center can yield taper. That's the result of the bed of a lathe twisting. Lathes are leveled to remove twist . They need not be level to operate. You could set your lathe at an angle, and it would operate perfectly well, assuming it had no twist. H Are you saying ...
by Mr Ron
Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Sonoma Train Town
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Sonoma Train Town

Hi Mr Ron, Yes, the place is much improved since the earlier days. Wish I could post the videos, but we have no way to do so on Chaski, and you tube doesn’t recognize my iPhone videos for some unknown reason. TT’s layout is very well done. The track doubles around on itself several times, yet you d...
by Mr Ron
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Winding springs
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Winding springs

rklopp wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:49 pm
This site is a great resource for spring winding: http://educypedia.karadimov.info/library/springs.pdf

I have wound many springs on the lathe using his methods.


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Thank you for that link. It was a great help to me.
by Mr Ron
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 33
Views: 750

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

Mills don't have to be leveled, and there is a lot you can do on a lathe, even on long work, without leveling it. True a mill doesn't have to be perfectly leveled, but you don't want it rocking from side-to-side. If a lathe is not level, turning between centers will result in tapered rounds and a p...
by Mr Ron
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?
Replies: 33
Views: 750

Re: Mill & Lathe: Where to Put Them?

Mr Ron, It doesn't take that long to level a lathe or mill, nor does it really matter how long if the cost is factored into the job. There is also a lot of work out there that doesn't need to be held to thousands or tenths for that matter, especially in many of the industries I deal with. Sometimes...
by Mr Ron
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Sonoma Train Town
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Sonoma Train Town

The last time I visited Sonoma train town was around 1986. From the photos, it looks like they have expanded a lot. I believe they only had 2 locomotives then. I moved away in 1992 to Mississippi. Not much railroad action down here, but the living is easier and less expensive. Gasoline now cost's $2...
by Mr Ron
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Winding springs
Replies: 6
Views: 202

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: 33
Views: 750

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: 6
Views: 202

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: 33
Views: 750

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: 492

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: 394

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.