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Thread: Don't try this at home - a t-slotted slide for mini-lathes
08/02/2015 06:22:13
Posted by John Stevenson on 07/02/2015 16:18:39:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 06/02/2015 19:37:39:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 06/02/2015 19:10:31:

I can't find the worst. It showed the 1x3x6 block screwed to the faceplate by the 1x6 face with two M6 screws...


Should probably have used 0BA. devil


Which is the same size, but you knew that didn't you ? wink

Glad this post has come up on the same page as the MEX judges post as it's interesting to compare the two and another mark for the warts and all over the polish it until it dazzles end result.

In a contemporary magazine there has just been published an article where the engineering is superb, possible too superb in that many of the parts were being shown cylindrically ground.

Why I have no idea other than the author could and ego, because the fit didn't warrant sub micron accuracy and the parts were just soft mild steel anyway. Not many have the facility to cylindrical grind parts. It would have been a better article if the drawings had as much effort put into them as the polish on the finished parts.

However this backfired and the article went unnoticed and uncommented on possibly because it made it far more complex than it needed to be and it just put people off.

Neil's article breathes a breath of fresh air into the subject as it's always easier to improve on something than to try to equal or better perfection. More like a working man's version of George Thomas.

In fact if we take it a step further a modern day version of Jack Radford.

Now for anyone not familiar with Radford's work he was a brilliant engineer and an innovator. Thomas could and did add the bling but Radford was a designer and engineer first and a showman second.

Now I will stand back for incoming flames, bricks and the odd five pound note. wink

[Edit] English is not my fore fingers first language.

Edited By John Stevenson on 07/02/2015 16:22:51

A big +1 on all the above.

# I always prefer my vintage/classic machine tools and motorcycles clean and in perfect mechanical "WORKING" order. Working being the key word. Original paint is always preferred to a respray, c/w dings, scratches etc. Over the top brightwork has never impressed me. Nor have concours standards.

# Never a truer word spoken; Radford was a true great, and GHT added the bling, and admitted a lot of his mods were from Radford's designs.

Thread: Boxford Gears
08/02/2015 06:03:48
Posted by Robbo on 02/02/2015 21:32:19:

Don't forget John Ward at for Boxford parts and changewheels. Although notoriously difficult to track down, its still Winter so he should be in the workshop and not roaming the Scottish hills.

Cheapest parts by far for Boxford lathes. +1.

Thread: Bench Drills
29/01/2015 13:46:53

My dad bought me my "universal clone" 16 speed 2MT Taiwanese bench/pillar drill as a birthday present in 1983. I have still got it, that's over 30 years old. Original motor, original capacitor, original brgs, quill etc. Never, ever been to pieces. Quill still in good nick. Binned and changed the 5/8" capacity chuck early on.

Now here's the rub, not only is it my "hobby" bench drill now, but between 1988 and 2003 it was our main pillar drill in my full time m/c workshop run as a business. Day in, day out use, and including drilling 1000's of 5/8" holes with a 2MT drill bit in 1/4" thick flat bar for window security grills (another sideline).

Bloody marvelous.

Thread: Good Quality Small Lathe
25/01/2015 08:27:04

Check the new "retro" South Bends out, either a model 9 or 10. Lovely to look at. Fair bit about it on the South Bend owners area on PM.

Thread: Vertical Shear Lathe Tooling
11/01/2015 08:14:05

Also if the front face is curved the same as the shaper tool, you can face with it too, but contact must be centre height, whereas in normal turning to diameter, centre height is irrelevant for a shear tool. For me, on the shaper or the lathe, not only do i get a great, consistent finish, but the finished size/diameter is so consistent over the whole length/ size of piece.

Thread: elf and safety gone mad
11/01/2015 07:18:42

Again, topics like this make me smile, and, again, show me one of the many reasons i live here now, and not there anymore.

# Building scaffolding - bang some eucalyptus and bamboo together with nails, sorted.

# Building protective hard hats, steel toed boots - What? Sorry?

# Schools buses too full - get the teenagers and older ones to sit on the roof. 11 years living here i have never seen or heard of someone falling off.

# M/C helmet laws - only for the driver/rider, the 3 (that's 4 on a moped) other pillions/passengers - never mind.

# The most popular mopeds are automatics or semis, ie no clutch lever, so pretty ladies can ride holding an umbrella with their left hand shielding them from the sun, or mothers have got a better grip on their infant.

# Household electrical regulations - you are having a laugh, twist wires together and finish off with insulating tape. Or do it yourself, properly.

... I could go on...

Thread: Shaper problem
11/11/2014 03:22:40

Also pull apart and check the ratchet feed mechanism. Maybe somebody previously has been in there and things are not as they should be. When you've got that far, check the feedscrew end float (Should not be any), taper locating pins and thrust bearings if any.


10/11/2014 04:20:31

Good to know it's sorted. Next time loosen the gib strip adjustments right off for the table, should make re connection a doddle. Re -adjust tight.. This could not happen on my Boxford, something would break, feeding towards the operator's side. Feeding away from you, it would just run off the screw and stop, as intended by the makers. The majority of shaper work has the table feeding towards you, so you want to be there when the surface has been finish machined, not in the kitchen making a cup of tea.



09/11/2014 05:33:31

Then if it's a simple matter of the table coming off the screw, even on the operator's side, it should be able to re-engage by turning the handle and at the same time giving the table a couple of deft wacks with a dead blow hammer. Tables and cross feed mechanisms on all shapers need to be much tighter than on mills or lathes, purely for the ratchet feed mechanism to work properly. Don't ask me how i know...

Thread: Theft...
08/11/2014 06:10:31

As you may gather, i live in NE Thailand. No neighbors, plantation farm house with perimeter wall. Crime rate is going through the roof here, it never used to be like this. Anyhow, i am legally entitled to SHOOT and KILL any intruder on any part of my property inc farm land. But as the police made clear it has to be a frontal shot, then no problems. You cannot shoot an intruder in the back. Sounds fair to me...

Thread: Oh Fudge, That Was Close - A Salutary Lesson
08/11/2014 05:31:41

7 stitches on top of my right hand from a corner of sheet steel in the 80's at work. I was ok after they sat me down pouring blood, foreman came over, saw me and nearly fainted. they had to get him a chair too.

Early 90's in my own engineering workshop, very long beard, got caught in the pillar drill, pulled in and lost half the beard before switching off. Had to shave the rest off as i looked a right prat, and nobody had seen me for decades without a beard. Very fond of that beard.


Thread: metal lathe
08/11/2014 05:09:12
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 07/11/2014 16:15:08:

Welcome Terry,

Looks like you've been mugged by the Myford Supporters Group

Past form suggests some alternative views will be along soon...

It would seriously help if you gave an idea of what you would like to do and what sort of budget you have.





Thread: Shaper problem
08/11/2014 04:59:02

When you say "towards me" i presume you were standing on the operators side, ie where all the handles and adjustments are. If so, you do in fact have a problem. However, if the table has stopped moving at the other side, like most people replying think you have, then you have no problem and do as instructed in the above posts. Sometimes a dead blow hammer helps, as a shaper table does not move or re-engage as easily as a lathe cross slide.


Thread: hello, first lathe-when to buy.
19/10/2014 04:43:31

Myford Super 7 vs Boxford model A (or even better the VSL);

# Bigger headstock bore, MT 3, bigger spindle thread.

# V ways.

# Bigger, heavier and more heavy duty in every aspect.

# Motor in the cabinet, not behind the headstock, so very 40's.

# Virtually every one sold comes on a cabinet.

# Better saddle, apron, cross slide and top slide.

# You are paying just for a lathe, not a name and a lathe.

# I could go on but...



NE Thailand.

Thread: New addition to the family.! ;)
18/10/2014 05:41:24

# "Tramming" the head is all part of the ownership experience of a vertical mill, and is a pretty straight forward process just like using a 4 jaw chuck in a lathe. Much easier than playing around with flimsy tilting vices et al. Concur about the lack of a quill in the Boxford mill, and also no std powerfeed to the table, otherwise i would already own one to match my Boxford shaper and VSL lathe. Hence i own an M1 with an S vertical head.

Thread: hello, first lathe-when to buy.
18/10/2014 05:26:37

You can find Boxfords much cheaper than Myfords, and they are a better lathe in EVERY aspect.

Thread: Quit while you are ahead!
18/10/2014 05:08:44

Yep, magnesium is THE ONE. Panic stations when that catches light. Only ever happened to me once, hopefully never again. Thing is, magnesium machines beautifully, whereas Titanium is a pig to drill and mill and saw, and only slightly more fun to turn.

Thread: EN8 steel finish
02/09/2014 05:17:00
Posted by Les Jones 1 on 31/08/2014 09:01:09:

To save others having to search for information on the "vertical shear tool" that "thaiguzzi" mentioned here is the link.


Yeah, sorry, bit thick with a computer. Back to the tool - it is also a ridiculous easy grind to shape. Mine has the radius so i can face with it too. The shaper tool is in the Moltrecht books.



31/08/2014 07:02:14

Want a beautiful finish on any steel? Try the vertical shear tool in HSS as described exactly on the Gadget Builder website. Nothing better, easy for taking a half thou cut. I have one for the shaper and the lathe. Who needs surface or cylindrical grinders? They are that good. And check the swarf out!

Thread: 'average model engineer'
23/08/2014 09:34:35

Not being into models, steam or trains, but well into my various manual olde world machine tools, and making things on them , either for motorcycles or more tooling, i have never liked the British term "model engineer" for the meaning of a "bloke in his shed with a lathe". I have always preferred the American term "home shop machinist".

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