David Edgar

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About David Edgar

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    Motorsports,Cycling,both my sons are or have been full time cyclists,Hill walking,metalwork,which has been my full time occupation in one form or another for many years.However I'm still learning blacksmithing and the end is not in sight.

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  1. here was me thinking of shimming it up. Thank you all for your replies, Sorry for the late response I got a new computer and it has more foibles than the old one just have to find a nice shaper with super vice David
  2. I heard some good advice on the TV the other night ,Old guy to young guy, Don't train for anything that you are not prepared to do all day every day.
  3. Thank you all for your replies. It looks like the mill is favourite but the shaper could do it, but its use for other jobs would be limited. The taper is the part of the equation which I am struggling to get my head around with a shaper. Thanks again David
  4. Anybody out there cut tapered dovetails for their dies? I was thinking about buying a milling machine, but this is the only job I have for it at the moment. Grant mentioned a few years ago that a shaper was a good tool for that job,it would be a lot cheaper. Does a machinist know the best way to do this? Perhaps I shall just save up my pocket money and buy some dies.
  5. The narrow top die is why it is good at stretching or drawing out. Try turning your work 90 degrees along the length of the die and see the difference.
  6. bookmarked, downloaded and printed out. thanks david.
  7. Thanks Alan and Kozzy for all that great info, I really need to build up a bigger selection of blades, starting tomorrow I can have confidence in ordering a coarser blade 80 or 90 teeth to cut the bar I want.It has reinforced the fact that I cannot stick any blade in and hope it will do for everything. I shall bookmark this page to be able to refer to it when necessary. Thanks again very much for going to the trouble. David
  8. Thanks for the replies lads,Yes the 220 pitch ones are either sharp or new. As circular blades are not linear, I will mark off 1" on some larger round and count the teeth. I also use Rocol cutting fluid but diluted.I just keep adding water until the colour looks right. How many teeth do you run in yours Alan?
  9. I use most methods to cut mild steel bar to size, from cut-off disc, small band saw, ironworker, which only goes to 1", my 300mm cold saw cuts tube, pipe, hollow section well with 220 pitch circular blades but struggles with solid. Should I be using a blade with less teeth? It is a fairly substantial saw with 3ph 2 speed geared motor. I do not think the 3 TPI rule applies with cold saws. I do not want to use the abrasive cut-off,too much noise& dust.
  10. I have just read this thread again from start to finish and like Dunc said above it is so disappointing the photos have gone. I saw them 1st time around but my memory is not that great
  11. Intrex, did you get a Gas Saver made specially for Propane ? Was it more expensive than one for Acetylene ? I have asked about one described as for use by Oxy-Acetylene if it would work with Propane and 2 suppliers said NO. Sorry about ressurecting this old thread,but I want to be safe where fuel gas is concerned.
  12. Just noticed this Frosty, best wishes to Deb and you.Make sure she doesn't overdo it, slow but steady is the way.
  13. Personally,I would have preferred a more smiley face to cheer me up. How about a family of them. other than that well done.
  14. Just laughed so much I think I wet myself. I now have this picture in my head of you filing a pendant with a bowling ball in your hand. LOL