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Member postings for Ian Skeldon 2

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Thread: Simple Cad Drawing start-up.....
01/11/2017 20:42:46

Ahhh Moment of Inspiration, thanks again Blowlamp.

01/11/2017 20:40:01


David yes I agree, whatever works best for a given person will be the best for them, that's why I am asking for their opinion, then I can see if one of those suggestions works best for me. Price wise I don't want to spend hundreds £ but tens is ok especially if it's an upgrade after a free trial etc.

Blowlamp, thanks, not sure if I can work out what MoI3d is but will google it, thanks again.


Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 01/11/2017 20:41:34

Thread: Cutting BA Threads on Minilathe?
01/11/2017 20:33:13

I can't actually help with your question, however, if you are happy to buy from the UK lots of suppliers will sell BA screws and bolts. Just a couple of examples below.




Thread: Simple Cad Drawing start-up.....
01/11/2017 19:40:33

Sorry to re-visit an old(ish) thread, I just wanted to know what would be the best cad package for 3D printing, I don't mind paying a small sum if it means tutorials are available but I don't want Solidworks type prices.

PS I did try Fusion but it stopped working a few months in and was then a bugger to uninstall.



31/10/2017 21:40:23
Posted by JasonB on 31/10/2017 20:02:34:
Posted by Ian Skeldon 2 on 31/10/2017 18:50:36:

@ Jason B,

Nice engines and the four strokes look beautiful, any vidoe of them running?

Video of most of them somewhere in this lot as well as some odd bits being machines, I like to use my tools rather than polish themwink

Lots of nice stuff there Jason, suprised to see your so productive with what looks like a normal model engineering size lathe, I had an image of a huge Harrison or similar. I couldn't find any video of the four stroke but not to worry, there was plenty of other interesting stuff, thanks for sharing.


Thread: Another use for the "Stevensons Collet Blocks"
31/10/2017 21:25:23

Like it.

31/10/2017 18:50:36

@ Jason B,

Nice engines and the four strokes look beautiful, any vidoe of them running?

The OP states new ideas but also states 'Any number of cylinders.
Can be two-stroke, four stroke, steam, water, air, gas, beam engine,
but no silly magnet motors.'

So I guess he means, unusual as in not commonly seen before, although I could be reading it wrong and as I don't have the skills to design any engine anyway it won't really encourage me personally.

Thread: rdg quick change tool myford super 7
24/10/2017 20:45:31

I bought the RDG dickson type QCTP for the boxford, my lathe is a Chester DB10 so I had to modify the compound slide, now fitted I love it, I was worried about repeat accuracy but it seems to be really good, wouldn't be without it now.

Thread: Commercial Grinding Rest
24/10/2017 18:32:44

Nicely done Colin, should be as much as you will need for a long time.

Thread: Trouble at Mill!
23/10/2017 21:53:30

Ooops, I seem to have added this company to WOT (web of trust), anyone using the companies website will at least see some indication of the problem.

Thread: Midlands model engineering show
23/10/2017 20:42:13
Posted by Bazyle on 23/10/2017 12:30:24:

I was with a friend who was given adequate attention on the Chester stand discussing a DRO for his existing mill and possible upgrade to a 626. Then also getting into conversation on both the stands selling DROs. Maybe you have to exude the right vibes about looking like a real potential customer.

Well within half an hour of being ignored I went less than 100 yards and spent £1,500 on lathe and some tooling, maybe they're not good at judging vibes or maybe a North/South thing laugh

Great to hear about the old boy buying a new lathe, brings a smile to my soul.

Thread: Axminster Engineering Lathe Course - Update
23/10/2017 18:55:38

Can I ask if the threads were cut with Tap and Die or turned?

Thread: John Stevenson
23/10/2017 18:45:54

Extremely sad to hear this awful news, I hope his family will find some comfort in knowing that John was so very well thought of. A great loss to everyone involved in engineering.

Thread: Midlands model engineering show
22/10/2017 23:43:07

Haha maybe they are like that with everybody named Ian, I had the same experience last year and went across and ordered the same lathe in a different colour with Chester. Had no problems with it at all but don't know where to go if I decide to upgrade to a bigger and better lathe in the future as the sieg's don't seem any bigger or better than the one I have now!

Thread: John Stevenson
22/10/2017 20:47:29
Posted by richardandtracy on 22/10/2017 17:29:34:

There is a horrible 'obituary' feel to this thread - do hope it doesn't presage the worst.

Just get better John, & come back to take the Mick out of our efforts again.

All the best,


I think it speaks volumes about how popular this chap is, at the moment we have never met face to face, only a couple of posts over this forum, however I could tell instantly that John is Knowledgable, willing to share his knowledge and a decent guy. This thread (imho) shows John just how many people are rooting for him and from that he may draw strength.

Best wishes to John and all that care about him.

20/10/2017 09:36:14

Bloody hell, that's typical, I find someone who speaks as blunt as me, but unlike me he's very knowledgable and helpful, he put's up with my stupid questions and even has the patience to help me out and now he's a bit dicky.

Get a grip John, I've got a lot more stupid questions lined up,

Best wishes, Ian

Edited By Ian Skeldon 2 on 20/10/2017 09:37:15

Thread: New chinese lathe or old Myford lathe
20/10/2017 09:24:28

I think Carl Wilson 4 has pushed my opinion towards a new Chinese one. Looking at the price he would have to pay now for the British lathe he bought, taking into account wear and price of used parts to replace even more used parts oh and then there is plus delivery.

Anyone could buy a very well equiped, very decent new lathe with deivery included and not worry about wear for a pretty long time. Until recently I owned a Chester DB10 from new and a ML7 from a deceased friend. I now feel that I made the right decision to get rid of the ML7 and keep the Chester, funny how other people's views can influence the thought process.

PS, thanks to John Stevenson I am now producing some very nice accurate thin grooves with my Chester.yes

Thread: Rotary table size myford vmc
18/10/2017 20:12:17

Oh they do look useful, thanks for the link Clive.

Thread: New chinese lathe or old Myford lathe
18/10/2017 20:03:46

My take on it is that a good used British lathe will knock spots off any of the Chinese ones. I have a Chester DB 10 Super, it is accurate in fact very accurate but it just doesn't inspire confidence with things like deep cuts to get through the skin on stainless steel or thread cutting. I took the cover off the gear box and the cogs are anything but concentric, no wonder it sounds awful when they're engaged. The cross slide and compound slide are small and light weight and not up to things like rear tool post or tool post grinder.

If your only going to spin up a bit of ali now and then, a Chinese one will probably be just fine. If on the other hand you want to work with large items and various materials then a good English lathe as any of those mentioned above should be OK, but, if it's worn then it can be very expensive and frought with problems getting it put right.

Good luck, and let us know what you end up buying.


Thread: Axminster Engineering Lathe Course - Update
15/10/2017 17:59:06

Sounds like you have enjoyed the course a lot, where are the courses held ie which county/town/city?

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