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Member postings for Chris Bradbury

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Thread: Hello from Mitch Lees
24/12/2019 14:02:50

Hi Mitch,

Look at John Creasey on YouTube "Tips for oiling a Myford Lathe"


Thread: What lathes have you had?
21/07/2019 11:30:12

Sieg C1- taught me a lot and I can move it easily.

Myford Super 7B- does everything that I have asked it and I like using it.


Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 21:16:41

Hi Andrew I can't express how much I will miss your practical and sensible advice. As a newbie to model engineering I need experienced people like yourself and the other knowledgeable people to on here to keep me on the right track. I read the offensive comments that a few, from time to time, put on this site and like many others dismiss them out of hand. As others have said please return soon.


Thread: What started your interest?
16/07/2019 10:40:16

When I was a boy I saw a Myford lathe in a shop window. I was fascinated by the complexity of it. Ever since then I have wanted one. Sixty odd years later I became the proud owner of a Myford Super 7b. I am halfway through the build of the Elizabeth steam engine as designed by Tubal Cain. It is taking a while as we moved house last year and I had all the usual jobs to do that go with a house move plus build the workshop and renovate the Myford.


Thread: Supaburner's for Model & Toy Steam Boilers Explained
12/07/2019 11:37:01

Now you have explained how it works I'm going to make one. Thanks for sharing.


Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
28/06/2019 11:50:33

Yep Trevor and Barry get my vote


Thread: Is it bad practice to lock my Myford lathe using the slow speed lever
24/06/2019 11:06:19

I read somewhere to put a paper washer between the Mandel and the chuck this seems to work as I have not had a problem removing any chucks. I do use back gear (lazy) and just the palm of my hand

Thread: Easy Button Die Storage Solution
20/06/2019 11:02:12

I like the idea thanks for sharing

Thread: Lathe Speed - What am I missing out on?
19/06/2019 11:14:38

I got a mirror finish once saw a old man looking back at me scared the life out of me

Thread: C1 lathe opinions
10/06/2019 11:14:09

I have owned my C1 from Axminster Tools for the last seven years. In my opinion it is a great little lathe. I move it around the workshop as the need arises. At 23kg it is easy to transport. I have a top slide which I rarely use, I do find the vertical milling slide and vise useful. You do have to take light cuts as it's very easy to overload the small motor. Would I buy one again the answer is yes I would it's a very handy addition to the workshop.


Thread: Getting rid of the garage door...........
25/05/2019 11:20:22

+1 for keeping the garage door. I divided my garage 6ft behind the up and over door for storage. It was cheaper to insulate the remaining 10ft rather than the whole garage plus the smaller space is easier to heat. I did it this way with no windows for all the security and access reasons as given above

Thread: Get on yer bike
28/01/2019 11:18:35

I've often wondered how fit a treadle lathe would keep you or do you just get big muscles in one leg?


Thread: Vote now for the John Stevenson Trophy
20/04/2018 13:32:41

I am finding it really hard to to decide

Thread: Round (leather?) belts
16/04/2018 09:36:55

I made all my sails for a 33ft boat on a Singer treadle machine. They have done six Atlantic crossings so far. I carry a hand Singer on board for running repairs. They knew how to make things that lasted back then.


Thread: In praise of angle grinders
21/02/2018 15:20:44

At last a subject that I know something about. In the past I have built two steel sailing boats therefore an angle grinder became a tool of necessity. Here are a few things that experience taught me.

Wear overalls, steelcap work boot with leather laces (they don't melt like the normal laces), cotton socks same reason as the laces, leather welding gauntlets, hat, full face mask and a cotton neckerchief (grindings get everywhere).

Make sure that there is nothing in the surrounding area that is combustible (that includes carrying a paper tissue in the top pocket of your overalls).

Grindings will fall off your clothes into places where they will cause trouble for you (toilet bowl, sink and shower tray).

Crunchy sandwiches and gritty tea, ah happy days.

So take care a angle grinder is a great tool to have and use, but it needs a lot of respect.

Thread: Packaging stupidity!
24/08/2015 17:14:51

Chips in news paper, now there's a memory.

Thread: What did you do today (2015)
20/08/2015 19:52:21

Hi everyone, this is my first post so please be gentle. First I think I should tell you all a little about myself. I'm at present living on my sailing boat in north Brazil. I will be leaving here soon heading towards the Caribbean. I spent a large part of today looking through my lockers for a small piece of ss bar I thought I had but with no luck. As I get older I find I spend lots of time looking for things. What this now means is that I am going to have to turn down a larger piece to make a pin to fit the tiller for the electronic self steering. Last time I turned some 316ss it took forever as I had to keep stopping to let it cool down. I have a Axminster C1 lathe that I can use in the cockpit this has no coolant so I can only use a cutting fluid applied with a small brush. On top of this it keeps raining here so the lathe is in and out of the cockpit like a fiddlers elbow. I think it is time for a beer!

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