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Thread: Putting some grip (stippling) on an aluminium drive pulley.
17/10/2020 06:12:29

I'd love to try that Paul.

16/10/2020 23:18:57

Putting some grip (stippling) on an aluminium drive pulley.

I've always wanted to work out a way to put some extra grip on a home made drive pulley to prevent or cut down on belt slippage. It would be nice to have the tooling that Wilesco use on their grooved pulleys. I had a Dremel saw accessory that the outer plastic shell broke and I thought what can I do with the saw blade. Rudimentary, but it worked well. I should be able to work out now a way to mount it so it doesn't need to be held, though its not as dangerous as that looks and being hand held allowed me to skew the saw blade at the various angles needed easily.

Thread: UNS 1/4" x 32 the same as ME 1/4" x 32 ?
30/09/2020 08:46:01

Thanks XD, I wanted to make up some extra BIX gas burner copper lines with gas jets for some steam engines and the thread is Me 1/4" x 32" I have all the other ME taps & dies except that. I get a lot of stuff from LRP we are lucky that we have them for a lot of things. Getting them in from the UK, the postage is always rising.

Thread: Walton broken tap extractor
30/09/2020 08:00:41
Posted by Oldiron on 30/09/2020 07:59:22:

Smallest is 3mm I believe.


Thank you

Thread: UNS 1/4" x 32 the same as ME 1/4" x 32 ?
30/09/2020 05:51:15

Thank you for the replies, appreciated.

Thread: Walton broken tap extractor
29/09/2020 23:50:02

What is the smallest tap size this will work with?

Thread: UNS 1/4" x 32 the same as ME 1/4" x 32 ?
29/09/2020 23:45:16

Forgive me is this is a stupid question but is UNS 1/4" x 32 the same as ME 1/4" x 32 ?

Thread: Cheap Milling Vice Question
29/09/2020 04:27:48

Set up my old cast iron Carter mill vice well fluxed in a made up jig vice and brought it to glowing red with the oxy in the brick hearth and silver brazed it with 45% silver solder. The solder ran very well into the two splits.

Cooled it off and pickled the flux residue off, cleaned and oiled it all up and put it back together. Not sure how long it will hold (hopefully for good) but it seems like its very strong and everything has lined up and feels as smooth as always.

First time I have silver brazed cast iron.

29/09/2020 04:20:18
Posted by Pero on 29/09/2020 04:18:53:

Presumably not Chain of Custody or even Commander in Chief.

Ahh. So many acronyms, so few letters in the alphabet!

Something to do with protecting the commercial advertisers I believe.

I'm sure one of the Mods will explain all shortly.


Thanks Pero

28/09/2020 23:29:37
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 28/09/2020 11:49:19:
Posted by Circlip on 27/09/2020 12:50:52:

Can't see how "C of C" has been contravened

That's because the contravention was edited out.


Not sure what C of C stands for?

28/09/2020 03:52:54

I have had this knockoff K type for about 10 years (don't use the the bottom half) but it isn't a pinch on the old Carter

28/09/2020 02:38:59

Thanks for the replies all. My Australian made vintage Carter mill vice casting gave way yesterday (I think I might have overstrained it ) I was gutted when it happened.

27/09/2020 07:04:32

What are peoples thoughts on this cheap 3" milling vice for use on a mini mill?


Link removed see CofC

But to keep the discussion going this is the vice up for $89auD on ebay

cheap vice.jpg


Edited By JasonB on 27/09/2020 07:20:27

Edited By JasonB on 27/09/2020 07:25:34

Thread: Model Turbines
20/09/2020 07:37:38

Very interesting thread.

Thread: Chinese Engine
19/09/2020 10:11:38
Posted by not done it yet on 19/09/2020 09:42:43:

This could (possibly) test the CoC, as the most obvious supplier of these is b******d?

This one likely came from that supplier (they are likely passing on ones with ‘wonky’ flywheels, mis-aligned parts, etc.🙂

This one must have been made late on a Friday afternoon before a long weekend.

19/09/2020 09:05:28

Deleted see CofC

Edited By JasonB on 19/09/2020 09:53:04

Thread: Stuart S50 Mill Steam Engine running on Live Steam from a MSM 4" Boiler
18/09/2020 22:46:37
Posted by not done it yet on 18/09/2020 18:09:45:

I liked everything - apart from that valve on the water supply tank. Surely convention is the handle across the flow when off and in line with the flow when open?

Was the tardiness to start due to condensate in the pipe under the plinth?

It looks, to me, like a huge collection of desirable models. Enjoy! Let’s see some more.

No as I blow all water out of my steam engines with compressed air after a run. This was just a normal steam engine block that a lot of model steam have as they warm up.

Thread: Gloves in a Bottle
18/09/2020 22:35:10
Posted by Bazyle on 18/09/2020 22:26:34:

Another forum discussing this mentioned that it may contain silicone oil so be warned if you ever want to paint anything.

I've stripped and repainted many steel steam engines (probably around 40) and never had the slightest problem using this product.

Thread: Stuart S50 Mill Steam Engine running on Live Steam from a MSM 4" Boiler
18/09/2020 00:55:47
Posted by mechman48 on 14/09/2020 12:24:57:

What a corker of a set up; you can just picture the boilerman making a brew on a full scale industrial installation.


Thanks George my family had a tannery business for 125 years and lunch lady used to put all the pie, sausage rolls and pastie orders along the side of one of the coal fired boilers for the workers to keep them warm.

Thread: Huxtable Hot Air Engine
18/09/2020 00:53:15
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 16/09/2020 08:23:41:

Nice job yes

Do you have an idea of its power-output, or efficiency, yet ?


Hi Michael, I don't have any means of testing that accurately besides guestimating it against my other hot air engines.

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