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Thread: Toys for Boys
24/04/2014 16:09:37

Bought a Glanze parting tool. - To stir my tea with. wink


21/04/2014 20:51:52

My ole grannie used to say :- "The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys." - Later in life I realise how right she was.! (especially as a newbie to this)

What are members latest purchases regarding model engineering be it a new lathe or a 1/8th drill bit.

More of interest is why you bought it.?

Was it for a specific job, replacement, upgrade or simply you did not have one.

Me.! Well my latest purchase is a metric dial indicator and magnetic base. Reason being I did not have one and and figure I will need one. (understatement of the year)

I am asking this as just staring out from total scratch I am going to need to pirioritise my purchases.

Cheers, Nick

Thread: Tank sight glass & fitting
21/04/2014 13:27:41

Thanks Jason, excellent idea.! laugh

Think I have some sheet perspex somewhere.

Will I have to give mine a nice new coat of paint also though. Is this a legal requirement.? wink

Cheers, Nick

21/04/2014 13:04:56


Ola' peoples.

I have uploaded a video to Youtube of my question as it's simpler than trying to explain and saves confusion for my simple request.


Cheers, Nick

Edited By JasonB on 21/04/2014 13:15:40

Thread: Hello All.! (newbie here)
20/04/2014 11:27:10


Thanks for the advice Geoff. Condensation has been a thought. But the sheets are actually triple glazed. Lets hope this assists. We will see next winter eh.!

Also I have been thinking. surprise Which is not my best asset.!

This 3 jaw that I have is not 100%, but it's not catastrophic either. I do actually have a functioning 125mm 3 jaw chuck.

So I may be better off (for now) purchasing an independent 4 jaw and a face plate. Both of which I don't have but will need. Thinking of making the 4 jaw purchase a 160mm one. ............. Vertex chucks. Any good.?

Your thoughts please.



Edited By Nick_G on 20/04/2014 11:37:22

19/04/2014 19:35:09

Here is a few images of the 'man-cave' construction and its contents so far.

Not finished as yet. Particularly noticeable is the lack of shelves and more importantly 'things' to go on those shelves. sad wink


19/04/2014 19:24:23

I shall bare the chuck advice in mind. Thanks guys.


19/04/2014 17:36:01
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 19/04/2014 17:19:53:

However, I can thoroughly recommend the build threads by Allan.


I saw those. laugh

In fact it was his thread on the Victoria that got me to become a member of this site rather that observing from the shadows.


19/04/2014 11:34:14
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 19/04/2014 11:01:55:

It would be useful for the forum to know what sort of lathe you have.



It's a Boxford.


19/04/2014 11:31:09

Thanks for the replies guys. laugh

I will give you a bit more about myself. Although a newbie to engineering I have all my life been interested in mechanical items of all descriptions and liked to know and find out how they work for no better reason than 'I can'. Even as a kid they interested me.!

I did spend 22 years as an electrician. (photographer now) This gave me familiarity of being comfortable with tools in my hands. I am sure that like me, many of you have witnesses people with all the theory in their heads but look uncomfortable when actually using tools and unable to transfer 'head to hand'.

I do have a strong sense of humor and will often poke fun at myself when I make a mistake. Bizzarly I actually don't mind making mistakes when doing something new. I am a realist and know this is expected. Just so long as I know how I have made that mistake.! - I will then view that mistake as something learned as much as if I had got it right.

I am also fortunate that I have a long standing friend from my rugby days who owns a small 'Jobbing' engineering works. (he is former aerospace) Hell of a nice guy and very free with information. But as he is a busy guy I will try not to pester him to much. As a side note, has a full size static steam engine in the corner of his workshop that for years he has never managed to get round to restoring. (says if he starts it he will go bankrupt as he will not be able to leave it alone until done. lol)

Yes I do as mentioned by somebody on this thread know when it comes to buying tooling. "Buy cheap. Buy twice."

Here is my first question :-

Fitted to the lathe I have is a D1-3 Pratt Burnerd chuck. The chuck jaws are 'bell mouthed' towards the front. Yes I know they can be ground. (I don't have a tool post grinder anyway) but I will also probably need to buy a set of external jaws at some point anyway. Jaws unfortunately it seems are circa £125 a set. indecision So there is £250 for chuck jaws alone. Now I can buy it seems without the back plate (but I have one of those already) a whole brand new standard Pratt Burnerd chuck complete with both internal and external jaws for £225 ish or £325 ish for a high precision one.

To me this is a 'no brainer' - Or am I missing something obvious.?

Regards, Nick

18/04/2014 20:37:49

Hello peoples. laugh

The name is Nick and I live in Warrington.

As the title says I am a newbie. Not only to this forum but to model engineering. ............... So be well prepared for some pretty dumb questions sometime soon.!

I have recently built an area to keep a motorbike under. But while I was doing this I decided to make it bigger than I needed and to kit it out as a small workshop. (Henceforth to be known as my 'man-cave'

I have purchased a small lathe and have been 'tinkering' in said man-cave for hours and hours. ............ Much more useful and satisfactory to my status of mind and sanity than watching damn soap on TV wink

There is much to purchase I know in the way of tooling, and accessories not to mention a milling machine before I can venture forth seriously. And very little is cheap.

My intention is to produce steam engines. Initially driven by compressed air and probably from the Stuart range of kits and castings.

Anyway, just thought I would say 'hi'

Regards to all, Nick laugh

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