I have started this thread by quoting a post from the one on "Getting the wheels square" here viewtopic.php?f=19&t=4911&start=25#p46243
Paul Townsend wrote:If starting from raw material > 1/8th " then turn to about 3 thou under 1/8"
If starting with a 1/8th axle or silver steel, as I did, it is best done by grinding....
You don't even need a lathe:
Don eye protector goggles,
Hold axle in dremel etc and approach the ends with a slip stone...just tickle it at very slight angle for a taper.
repeat until axle just slips gently into wheel and a bit beyond B2B
If wheel wobbles a lot you have overdone it.
Or if you have access to a lathe use a proper tool post grinder.
Some axle material will be soft enough to do it with a fine file.
I received my reamer this morning and tried it out on a High Level hornblock. Unfortunately the tubing I purchased from Eileens for split axles still will not fit. So I need to reduce its diameter as I'm not going to buy a slightly bigger reamer.
I have a few questions:
Why not use a lathe if reducing from an 1/8" axle when you would for one that it slightly over that size?
Is a slip stone the thing you would use for sharpening chisels/knives etc - I would call it an oil stone?
Thanks for the tip Paul, producing a special undersize axle sounds an excellent solution.
If you start with a 1/8" axle and try to turn a smidgeon off in a lathe with normal cutting tools it will be VERY hard to take a small enough amount off. This requires more skill and sharper tools than I have anyway.
Grinding gives better control for the smidgeon required.
Yes oilstone is it but a small finger sized one not the big one in a box from hardware shops that you use for chisels. Readily available as Arkansas and others from model engineer suppliers like Chronos et al. Eileens do some emery sticks that would do it.
Strips of emery paper or "wet & dry" also viable but require you to get up close and personal with spinning chuck so hazardous although a standard technique. Lubricate with thin oil.
Regarding Eileens stainless steel axle tube.
Derek started stocking this about 4 years ago arising from a comment I made about the difficulty of getting accurate ground 1/8" material nowadays rod OR tube...the rod in carbon steel used to be commonly available, now only as silver steel which is a bu%$^r to drill through for split axles! When he first had some of the tube I bought a lifetimes supply and have used some successfully in High Level axleboxes. I wonder if he has restocked with a less accurate product.
Beware EBays adverts for 1/8th tube...none are accurate enough for our axles.
As Tim says you need to measure it.
My suggestions for grinding down may help but expect to use loctite as you are unlikely to achieve an tight interference fit into the wheel. The required running fit in bearing should be viable with practice. You dont need to reduce all axle length, just the ends except for the geared one.