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Thanks John, really happy how this turned out because its always been a problem especially with smaller less powerful steam engines that you can't put a lot of tension on the drive belts with.
Thanks for posting this Jim.

I have seen this done for gears where folk search for of the correct pitch. I think that was for a worm gear with the worm being of a matching threaded spindle.

Less messy than the old belt grip fix especially for little model engines and as you say the thread / pitch is not really important just gaining grip without high tension.

Thanks again,
John B
Hobbing a Pulley for driving accessories for Model Steam Engines or Toy Steam Engines
This worked out really well for a first attempt, I've been wanting to try this for ages to stop belt slippage on pulleys and drive wheels when running accessories off steam engines under load which can very often be a problem as some engines lack the power to be able to put a lot of tension on a small round drive belt.
Itís a great hobby and pastime working on your metal lathe or metal milling machine making parts for model engines and model or toy steam engines.

Software Tools / Re: Moving from Windows 7 to windows 10 - testing 1-2-3
« Last post by sorveltaja on July 13, 2024, 04:20:04 PM »
Closer - but not quite there yet. There is something called Aero Lite, that's apparently "hidden" in Win10. It can be enabled though, but its default colors aren't that good(like too dark taskbar with black text).

Aerolite.theme -file doesn't seem to be included in W10, so I had to download it from the net.
Well it's always risky to do that, but it's just a text file, and I opened it in notepad in VM to see what's in there.

As I earlier wrote, I tested W10's high contrast themes to edit colors, but what might look ok in desktop, actually messes program's colors also(like Firefox), so I think I'll skip it altogether.

To me, Aero Lite looks better, and has borders on the windows. Modifying at least some of accent colors can be done with AccentPalette.

The end result maybe depends also on default windows- and default app mode(light or dark), havent tested it yet.

As can be seen in the pic, buttons in windows titles doesn't show at all, except on active window, and even then only the 'X' one.

Yeah, although I don't care much about AI, I've used that Chatgpt to ask silly questions about the subject - it doesn't seem to mind at all.


Member Videos / Re: My week this week, my workshop videos!
« Last post by hermetic on July 13, 2024, 11:00:55 AM »
Hi folks,
A mixed bag this week! I fix the garden tractor after it takes on a tree stump and loses, get started on realigning the colchester lathe (more next week) Do the inevitable tidying up, and have two very productive days of antique repairs ! Enjoy!
Phil, the central heating is on in East Yorkshire!
The Design Shop / Re: Surface grinder concept/project
« Last post by BillTodd on July 12, 2024, 04:12:46 PM »
Small update:

I've acquired a nice Eclipse 14 x 6 magnetic chuck  and updated the design slightly to incorporate some 40x40 and 80x40 extrusion for T slots and slide support.
Jensen 20g Steam Engine Driven Leonardo DaVinci Mechanical Drum.
This was a lot of fun to make and to modify, the mods made the kit a real model or toy steam engine accessory. Its extremely loud in use!
It was easy to spray paint the kit before assembly and to make the drive pulley on my metal lathe out of aluminum and the drive belt is O ring super glued together. The timber plinth I routed is just plain stained pine and three coats of marine spar varnish.

Software Tools / Re: Moving from Windows 7 to windows 10 - testing 1-2-3
« Last post by sorveltaja on July 11, 2024, 05:46:26 PM »
An update - unfortunately nothing new (yet I hope).

So, after moving not once but twice this spring, I don't have much room to set up tools for machining anymore. Hmm... what to do then?

Well, one thing that doesn't take plenty of room - playing with computer! PC is actually one of the first things I have to get working after moving.

Anyways, I decided to revisit Win10 and see what actually prevented me using it. Yes, major problem is its very limited(or prohibited) ways to modify its gui(graphical user interface).

So far I've ran it in Oracle VM (as I did previously also). It's still the same debloated W10 Ltsc 21H2 image(iso file).

Some free tools that are available to modify gui colors and such - by using them, I just can't get anything that I'd expect.

One big thing that's missing in W10 is the possibility to make active/inactive windows visually separable(although it can be done) - like it was in W7 and W2000/XP and whatever, if that makes sense.

And W10's default font sucks(my personal preference), but it just might be possible to change that. I prefer Tahoma Bold font in window's title bars.

In short, to "7 windowize" W10 gui to utilize it better. As probably mentioned earlier, it has to do with high contrast themes(also known as ease of access for visually impaired) and registry hacks.

I've done some testing, and finally W10 gui colors are closer to what I'm used to with W7. There are some quirks, though. The way that certain colors are used/applied/tied together with other objects in W10 is just weird.

As I've searched and searched on the net for possible solution, eventually I hit the bottom, or so it seems.

There are plenty of options to try out, though. Some are free and some are not.

Basically, just to get taskbar color changed to light gray as a personal preference (RGB 212 208 200), requires something (program or service)  that needs to be started with windows, and which then needs to hang all the time on the background.

One thing that might (not sure at this point) be worth tinkering with is Msstyle editor (which is free). But it has so god damn many 'classes' to go through. And every class has its own sub things called property.

I'm not interested in duplicating Win7 GUI per se, as some do. "All the start menus and 3D buttons have to be exactly like in Win7" - for what - I don't know.

But what I know (although I'm not a pro in any way) is when I'm doing some demanding things (like using several progs at a time, and dozens of windows open), that the screen I'm watching is clear, and not restricted with some dumb things like Win10's restricted color modifiability.

In other words, to forget the Windows, and do the stuff instead, as one Youtuber aptly said.

Bit of a rant, but I guess I'm not alone with this. 

Anyways, hoping to extend my ability to search more about the subject, I started using ChatGPT, as it's free (and I assume it has a large database).

I certainly don't expect it to spew any Microsoft's insider info, but rather looking ways to squeeze something useful out of it, if possible.
Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by Dell on July 10, 2024, 02:11:50 PM »
The aluminium block is fixed but possibly just to store the bits, the bit that looks like a universal joint comes out and is a perfect fit in the graduation part and the other part with the bit that looks like a flag on just slides under the retainer spring clip not June what that is either.
Tools / Re: Watchmakers tool cutter & grinder
« Last post by philf on July 10, 2024, 12:13:24 PM »
Are you absolutely sure it's fixed?

It looks as though it may fit where the circular graduated fixture fits on the table.

It may be angled for doing the ends of slot drills or end mills.

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