Silver steel suppliers?

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bobble991
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Silver steel suppliers?

Post by bobble991 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:53 pm

Is there anywhere in the uk doing all the metric sizes(ie all the points of a mm)? I guess I could turn them down but Im feeling lazy 8)

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Re: Silver steel suppliers?

Post by CormacC » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:09 am

Don't know about silver steel suppliers, but if what you're after is a graduated set of staple-rolling mandrels, you could get a set of drill blanks -- something like:
http://www.engineering-supplies.com/pro ... blank-set/
(out of stock at the minute, but they're expecting more in)
That and a Tormek sharpening machine were probably the best reed-making investments I've made to date. Besides the fee for a reed-making workshop given by Benedict Koehler in the NPU a few years back, that is.

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Re: Silver steel suppliers?

Post by bobble991 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:47 pm

I need it to make a parallel reamer at 7.6mm to finish a drone bore.Those might do in a pinch but I was hoping to find a foot length of 7.6mm just to make life easy I guess it wouldnt take long to turn down a 3 inch length from 8mm and then braze on a full length of 7mm. Metal turning is still new to me, Ive had the lathe a year and am just beginning to see the possibilities.

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Re: Silver steel suppliers?

Post by piobmhor » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:26 pm

Hi,
I get all my silver steel from a company in Merseyside http://www.merseymetals.co.uk they are quite good to deal with and can get most things. ( Usually)

Alternatively you could try ether of these, http://www.metalsmith.co.uk or http://www.cromwell.co.uk
I must admit I don't think you will have much luck finding intermediate metric diameters in ground rod other than Cormacs very good suggestion of the drill blanks. I have looked in the past myself with no avail! :( that said, if you do find somewhere let us know as it would be handy!

The other advantage with the "drill blank soldered up reamer" is that you only have a short section in contact with the bore and so will create far less frictional heat and resistance when reaming. Just a thought.

If you are relatively new to metal turning and you do decide to try and turn the parallel shaft then I would recommend that you look into tailstock alignment.
If you find that when turning, something that you expect to be parallel is surprisingly taper, then you could suspect alignment issues amongst other things.

I will not elaborate any further here other than to recommend the videos on Youtube by Tubal Cain. Just type in "Tubal Cain lathe alignment" and all will be well.
You may know this already but if not then it is very valuable information for the above purposes.

Hope you get it sorted,
Chris.

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