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Thread: Home Workshop Site
21/08/2019 04:34:24
Posted by Ian P on 19/08/2019 17:00:29:

I was aware that the site had not been updated for a few days but thought that Adam might be on holiday. If you are in contact with him please pass on regards and hope for a speedy recovery

Ian P


Look on there daily.

My Boxford shaper came from there many years ago, as well as various bits'n'bobz over the years..

Thread: Velocette
17/08/2019 15:34:53
Posted by Graham Williams 11 on 16/08/2019 18:22:00:


Aah, Velo's.

They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Edward Turner would have had a shIt fit if one of his designers would have asked for a gear like that...

How much ????

Seriously, nothing wrong with making that gear out of alloy, it's ignition, not cams, so nothing will be harmed if it did go bang.

Presumably everything is getting covered in oil in the timing chest, so no biggie, In fact i'd prefer alloy over tufnol in that scenario.

My two Baht's worth...

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
17/08/2019 15:27:44
Posted by Ian Parkin on 17/08/2019 11:51:22:

Just seen this bike advertised on a local forum

have a look at the rear brake actuating rod..

wouldn’t want to be relying on that in a panic stop


As someone who built and MOT prepped a lot of bikes in my previous life, that rear brake would be a FAIL.

Thread: Black Oxide coating
12/08/2019 10:43:49
Posted by Douglas Johnston on 12/08/2019 08:25:35:

It does not need to be used engine oil (which I understand is rather toxic ) but unused oil works fine. I had some unused 5W-30 engine oil which I no longer needed and tried it with good results. Rapeseed oil from the supermarket also works a treat. Best done outside if possible, where the fumes don't stink the house and set off the smoke alarm, as I found to my cost.


Beg to differ.

New motor oil leaves a browned finish. The best for a dark, deep black is used diesel oil. I've tried them all inc cooking oil, used diesel oil leaves the best consistent deep black.


phone photos to sept 2017 545.jpg

Edited By thaiguzzi on 12/08/2019 10:44:18

Thread: Is your spindle bore large enough?
11/08/2019 05:27:54
027.jpg029.jpgPosted by Neil Wyatt on 10/08/2019 21:20:11:

I've used the full 52mm cpacity of my steady a few times. I even had to 3D print a 3 1/2" steady for one job, obviously light cuts...


Yep 2" brass in the pic.

knurled and screwcut, and parted off all at the tailstock end.028.jpg

10/08/2019 15:16:44

I do a lot of work with the fixed steady on my 20mm spindle hole Boxford.

No biggie working at the tailstock end.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
25/07/2019 06:05:23

Thats a weird looking friction plate.

Last time i looked inside a high hp centrifugal clutch i seem to remember multi plates and springs.

Yours has 5 or 6 springs but how many plates?

Thread: Amazing videos
24/07/2019 04:41:53

New one on me i had never heard of - Geoffrey Croker.

Very talented, good editing and camerawork, and, importantly, a great sense of humour.

Warts 'n all.

Think budding This Old Tony.

Renovates machine tools, old hand tools, and a Land Rover.

Worth checking out.

Thread: What lathes have you had?
22/07/2019 06:48:59
Posted by RJW on 21/07/2019 17:07:18:

1st ever lathe was a Boxford CUD, back int' pre internet days when lathes were bought and sold via Exchange & Mart, major cack handed screw up one day and somehow stripped the teeth off the mainshaft gear :/

Myford ML7, one owner from new, beautiful well maintained machine, and the one I Really should have kept,

Star 8mm Watchmaker's lathe, smallest workhorse with good range of accessories, (still use)

Boley 8mm Watchmaker's lathe, bought from estate of 1st Myford (Stalag VIIb inscription in box lid & a keeper)

Myford ML7 bought from late friend when he was needing to shut up shop, needs a lot of fettling (still use)

Unimat 1, found it to be a fiddle to use and flimsy, didn't like it at all and got rid,

Unimat 3 + milling head & attachments, not a bad bit of kit, but asset stripped it for insane money which paid for my Cowells 90 & kit

Sieg C1 + M1 mill, many mod's and tweaks to that machine and half decent if you weren't in a hurry, (sold last week)

Cowells 90 with good range of accessories (overhauled and still use)

oh how true - Exchange & Mart - remember those times well scouring the ads.


Flexispeed/Simat/Norfolk - what got me interested in lathes.

1966 Colchester roundhead Student 6" (my favourite - should never have sold it)

196? Colchester roundhead Triumph 7 1/2"

1969 fully tooled Boxford VSL (current).

Thread: What mills have you had
22/07/2019 06:32:29
Posted by Hollowpoint on 21/07/2019 12:57:12:

My first and still the one I own today is my VMC knee mill, it was in a state when I bought it. It has no badges on it anywhere so I don't know if it's a Myford, warco or Chester varient but it has served me well.

I've since had several Dore Westbury machines which I restored before selling them on.

In the future I would like to replace the VMC with another but in better condition.

If the VMC has not been repainted, the factory finish should tell you who originally sold it here.

Green for Warco, Grey or a blue for Chester etc.

my mills;

Denbigh horizontal with a no-quill vertical head fitted (a monster).

Beaver mk I heavier duty version of the BP (sadly regrettably sold when i moved).

Tom Senior M1 with the TS quill feed vertical head (current).

Edited By thaiguzzi on 22/07/2019 06:36:39

Thread: A little rant about Emojis and their kin
17/07/2019 06:41:23
Posted by Blue Heeler on 17/07/2019 01:46:23:

At least the blind will never have to see this emoji

And this have to smile -

That is downright un PC!

Where are the Transvestites and Ladyboys?

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
09/07/2019 05:55:49

My bored and stroked 828cc T140. Joe Hunt magneto, no advance retard facility. Set at full advance, 38 degrees, moderate 8.7:1 CR.

Not for wimps.........

07/07/2019 09:18:18
Posted by Windy on 06/07/2019 16:24:39:

If you are feeling fit a simple way to align single cylinder cranks.


Bloody Hell! Pardon my French. That's not a tiddly 125 crank either. That's a bit of beef, possibly a Brit 350-500 single.

06/07/2019 06:23:50
Posted by Hopper on 05/07/2019 08:39:57:
Posted by thaiguzzi on 02/07/2019 04:53:08:

Another would be a genuine between centres crank aligner like HD used or a larger J&S bench centres.

I think you can still buy the Rowe crank truing stand with indicators which is in the HD style. Costs about $1,000 though.

I dunno what the genuine Rowe one costs, but the Taiwanese copy , which most people buy and use, is approaching that figure.

05/07/2019 04:46:51
Posted by Windy on 04/07/2019 23:38:17:
Posted by thaiguzzi on 04/07/2019 13:52:23:
Posted by Windy on 02/07/2019 08:46:17:

The one I made was out of mainly scrap my classic bike friend has two sizes of the Alpha and used them a lot when he used to do a lot of work for a now gone local motorcycle dealer.

Let me know if he ever wants to sell them, especially the bigger one.

Ta velly much.

I doubt he will ever sell one he restores numerous classic bikes not for resale but for his own personal use

Ok, thanx for the prompt reply., cheers.

04/07/2019 13:52:23
Posted by Windy on 02/07/2019 08:46:17:

The one I made was out of mainly scrap my classic bike friend has two sizes of the Alpha and used them a lot when he used to do a lot of work for a now gone local motorcycle dealer.

Let me know if he ever wants to sell them, especially the bigger one.

Ta velly much.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
03/07/2019 05:30:00
Posted by Mark Rand on 02/07/2019 21:02:33:

Almost finished the overhaul of the Royal 10" shaper. Ways re-aligned and re-scraped, yoke pivot pin re-made, cleaned up. Just waiting for some BSF screws and nuts to replace missing ones and to replace the T&E mains cable that it came with.

It doesn't rattle when the ram changes direction any more!

The plan was to put it on Adam Stevenson's site because I desperately need the space and have a mill and slotting head, but I'm almost tempted to keep it now.

I bear no responsibility for the paint job though...

Mark, noooooooooo.

If you don't need the money, you'll find the space.

That is one of the later Royal (Alba/Elliot) shapers with the box table front support.

Think of cheap gear cutting, splines and marvelous finishes.

Sell the slotting head.......devil

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
02/07/2019 04:53:08

Thanx for the suggestions, yes i could make one, yes the Vertex is expensive and both the above are suitable.


i like that Alpha original purely because it is classic Brit tooling and i'm into that sort of stuff.

Another would be a genuine between centres crank aligner like HD used or a larger J&S bench centres.

01/07/2019 03:42:12
Posted by thaiguzzi on 16/05/2019 04:43:28:
Posted by Windy on 01/12/2018 12:03:21:
Posted by thaiguzzi

Very nice.

I presume alignment is on the top portion with the knife edges, and the balancing done below on the 2 pairs of brgs?

Many years ago, we did static balancing on our knife edges too.

Bob R - lovely work on the pre unit single.

The bearings are mainly for aligning the pressed up crankshaft similar to a Alpha-Tru aligner the straight edges for balancing.

alpha tru


If anybody sees or hears of one of these for sale, please pm me.

Mucho appreciated.


Another month, another bump.


Thread: What method do you use to find center height for your lathe bit?
30/06/2019 08:59:30

And this is what a shear tool does on a shaper;

june - nov 2014 085.jpg

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