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Thread: Dialect expressions
13/04/2019 23:09:46

Next week, next Tuesday etc. Means the week or day AFTER the next. Seems peculiar to Essex.

Thread: New coffee maker - disgusting taste!
18/02/2019 17:35:09
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 17/02/2019 20:08:31:
Posted by ChrisH on 17/02/2019 10:52:31:

On NO account should instant coffee be used, EVER. Stuff is disgusting, an abomination, and should be totally banned. How people can drink that stuff is beyond me, it's revolting.

You're obviously too young to remember coffee powder.

When freeze-dried granules came out people complained 'it's not the same'


Camp coffee, 50s, not sure if it's still around, a thick treacally liquid which I think was mostly chicory extract. One spoonful mixed with hot water made an interesting drink, didn't taste anything at all like coffee but I shouldn't think the real stuff was available in those days, not much else was!

Thread: 5 Cylinder Rotary Air Engine
23/01/2019 22:14:16

I recall fizzy drinks bottles being used for on board CO2 tanks. Can't remember how much pressure they would take but it was a lot. Should be easy enough to pressure test a few bottles with a boiler test set.

Thread: Crumbling Monkey Metal
20/01/2019 17:35:53

Reminded me of an engineering firm who made motor scooters in the late 50s. The handlebar bracket was a Mazak casting, the handlebars tended to fall off.

Thread: What are they?
20/01/2019 17:27:02

It is a chamfer tool for round metal bar and threaded rod after cutting. Not a new idea, I had a similar item 50 years ago for use on wooden dowels.

Thread: Ally Pally Exhibition advance tickets
03/01/2019 19:08:15

The internet is a golden opportunity for thieves, there was (is?) an almost identical copy of the government road tax renewal site. They rip you off for checking and submitting your road tax application, an unnecessary service and one which is deliberately intended to defraud. A lot of care is needed when dealing on the internet, make sure that the site you connect to is the site you actually want, search engines are just as likely to direct you to the people you want to avoid.

Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2019
02/01/2019 18:57:18

I wouldn't mind getting it all wrong if my jobs turned out like that.

I like the drill jig, just what I need for my Clarkson.

Very nice work Joe!


Thread: Using Hobs without a Hobbing Machine
01/01/2019 21:52:55

Isn't that the hat from the first Harry Potter film?

Thread: Restoration and modifications to a Tom Senior light vertical mill
26/12/2018 15:15:17

Very nice work on the rack. You could probably buy a Bridgeport for the cost of the Tom Senior and get it ready made.

Thread: Modern efficiency !!!!!!!!!
20/12/2018 20:27:45
Posted by Hopper on 20/12/2018 11:17:56:
(For example: If it's a BMW motorcycle: $5,000 ABS module needs to be replaced if it corrodes. No repair possible. Funny that!)
And people actually buy these motorcycles?

Thread: New member
15/12/2018 21:00:42

I would go with photo etching, if they are a standard size you could do the artwork once and print them as needed.

Thread: What material is it
15/12/2018 20:52:04

There are different grades of brass, some alloys are hard, some are ductile. It could be bronze. There are different grades of bronze. Sometimes difficult to tell one from the other. Daveb

Thread: It's not rocket science
13/12/2018 22:18:06
Posted by mark costello 1 on 13/12/2018 22:02:04:

The meteorite I just turned was so hard it must have been heat treated in the sun, and quenched in the shadow of the moon.

I think I've got some bars of that stuff, I can let you have it for a real keen price. Daveb

Thread: Pro’s and cons of owning an horizontal milling machine
10/12/2018 21:28:27

Most of the small bench mounted horizontal mills lack a backgear, that and the small motor makes them suitable for slitting saws and not much else. Daveb

Thread: Help with Electrics on Emco FB-2 Milling head/table
10/12/2018 21:12:29

Emco motors are a bit peculiar and their schematics leave much to be desired. I've had two of the 4 speed milling heads, one 3 phase and one single phase. The single phase motor was actually a 3 phase delta connected motor with the line and neutral connected to (any) two of the wires and the capacitor connected between line or neutral (depending on which direction you want the motor to run) and the other wire. To confirm, use a multimeter to check the resistance between the 3 black wires, 1-2, 2-3, 1-3, they should all be the same. Daveb

Thread: Mk1 Super 7 - What colours ?
28/11/2018 16:15:04

In the 60s/70s Myfords got a touch of flower power and produced some lathes in interesting colours. I particularly admired the bright orange. Hippies with lathes, whatever next? Daveb.

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
26/11/2018 19:14:24

Started taking the motor off the Super7 to replace noisy bearing. Disconnected wiring, slackened screws and then found motor pulley was loose.

Nice and quiet now!

I get worse as I get older!


Thread: Parallel Machine Files
26/11/2018 19:02:46

You need to search for PARALLEL MACHINE FILES. Good luck with that!

I had the same problem about 12 years ago, easier to get bull feathers! I eventually bought some from Federal file co in the USA for my bench machine (files, not feathers), they are a similar size to Swiss files. (I have an unused set of these PM if interested). I could not find any new or used files for my large filer so I bought a set of Swedish files (no particular reason for buying Swedish except the shop had a set in stock that looked as if it would do) 12", round, flat, square, tri, half round, etc. I cut off the non parallel parts and ground the ends to fit my machine, 60 degree point at bottom, 1" square tang at top to fit chuck, cuts on down stroke. Medium or coarse files are better, you will die of old age if you use fine files on these machines. If you haven't used a filing machine before, hold downs are essential if you value your fingertips.

Harold Hall designed a small filing machine some years ago, he made some suggestions on modifying standard files, should be some info on his website. Daveb

Thread: Myford Super 7 Back Gear / Reverse Levers
25/11/2018 18:02:20

If you take the levers off the machine and remove the knobs, the plungers and springs can be pushed through and a full size screwdriver used to remove the slotted caps. These screw down against a shoulder and are often very tight.

Thread: 'shop tip from 1921
25/11/2018 17:47:24
Posted by duncan webster on 24/11/2018 22:55:00:

Reminds me of many years ago when I was trying unsuccessfully to run an EDB diesel. Fuel was home made equal parts of diesel, redex and ether. My Dad decided to get the pot bellied stove in the kitchen going by dousing the coke in ether and applying a match. Not only blew the doors off the stove, all the coke was spread around the kitchen together with a lot of the soot out of the chimney. Mother was not a happy bunny. Neither was I as he didn't volunteer to buy more ether. Strange how as a teenager I could just wander into Boots in a small market town and buy such stuff no problem.

Years ago, young fellow tried to light a pot bellied stove by filling with paper, wood and coke and soaking with cellulose thinners. Resulting explosion demolished stove and removed most of his clothes. Daveb

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