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Thread: Recommendations for a quality milling vice?
01/01/2018 00:56:30
Posted by not done it yet on 31/12/2017 17:51:37:

That 6” Abwood might look silly on a Tom Senior Junior.smiley

Just showed it to give a perspective. Its much to large and heavy to be use in the position shown, however, turned 90 * the overhang is minimal; and for the odd occasion it might be necessary, at least I've got it.

31/12/2017 17:16:11
pict0002 (medium).jpgPosted by choochoo_baloo on 30/12/2017 00:13:27:

As the title says, I'm hoping for recommendations for a quality milling vice for a (Tom Senior) milling machine.

Due to past disappointments, I want to steer clear of a generic chinesium vice.

Thanks in advance.

If you are not in a hurry, consider looking for an Abwood or Jones & Shipman vice in the 4" or 4 1/2" size. It took me awhile to find the the undamaged vices I have, but the search was worth it. Here are photos showing the size comparison of a 6" Abwood and a 4" J & S in relation to my Tom senior milling table. Sorry about the dark photos, my equipment is in storage at the moment.pict0003 (medium).jpg

Thread: Christmas quiz esp. for astronomers
16/12/2017 20:43:52
Posted by Bob Lamb on 15/12/2017 08:50:20:


I have three simple questions related to the universe which have been bothering me recently and I would love some of the astronomers amongst you to help me please.

1. If the universe is expanding - what is it expanding into?

2.If it all started with a Big Bang - who lit the fuse?

3. How does Rudolph manage to pull Santa's sleigh through the skies so fast at Christmas when, as far as I know, reindeer don't have wings?

I know it is a bit early but Happy Christmas.



1.) Expanding into obesity.

2.) Someone who broke wind at the wrong moment.

3.) Running on dark matter.


Prove me wrong. smiley

Edited By Mike E. on 16/12/2017 20:45:30

Thread: Telescope recommendations?
13/12/2017 23:45:48

A good place for information would be "Stargazers Lounge"; a friendly helpful site. I've been at this hobby for many years, but am not up to speed on current commercial offerings.

Thread: Lathe, Vertical mill, Horizontal mill & Shaper
26/11/2017 00:27:50

Ask Santa to have a look at this Shaper on the "bay", soon.... # 332 461 066 850

Thread: Are you offended when the media poke fun at your hobby?
27/10/2017 20:09:35

Its not worth the effort to acknowledge the media.

Thread: How to remove Record Vice handles?
10/10/2017 15:01:36
Posted by OuBallie on 09/10/2017 13:27:20:

Make the handle sticky as I've done to all of my vices.

Vice Cross-handle.

That's a great Idea !

07/10/2017 20:16:19

Consider using an arbor press to straighten it using V-blocks on either side of the high spots.

Thread: In praise of angle grinders
05/10/2017 10:44:45

Chop saw attachments for 4" angle grinders have been available for awhile now. I bought one from Lidl a few years ago, and set it up to make my own French Drains for leaching rain water from behind my retaining walls. If I recall correctly, the price was under ten pounds.

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Thread: Silver soldering torches
05/10/2017 10:00:36

Look on ebay for " Jewelers Torch "

Thread: Help me choose a lathe to suit my hobby
16/09/2017 18:22:42
Posted by Nick_G on 10/09/2017 20:05:20:
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 10/09/2017 19:55:02:


You better believe it, Nick

I wonder what it will end up going for.? (providing it makes it's reserve)


A couple of days ago, the price climbed to stupid money, £ 2500., and then for some unknown reason ( and I have a good idea why, lol.  after the auction ended, its quickly relisted for a buy it now price at the same amount; yeah, stupid money.

Thread: Brimsdown pillar drill reputation
15/09/2017 14:14:35

From the photo, the table doesn't look booger'd up, so that's a good indication of the life its had. If its in your area, why not go and check it out ?

Thread: About those twist drills...
15/09/2017 11:17:31

Just one word..... Wow !

Thread: Brimsdown pillar drill reputation
15/09/2017 11:09:04

Can you post photos of it ?

Thread: Lidl sandblaster
14/09/2017 21:16:27

I bought one when they were available several years ago, and I can't fault it. I removed the small canister and put a siphon hose on the stem leading to a bucket full of sand; it works a treat.

Thread: Model Engineer Exhibition 2017
13/09/2017 12:09:11
Posted by not done it yet on 13/09/2017 10:04:55:

Am I correct in thinking that there is no ME exhibition this year?

There will be for me. I will try to get to the midlands model ex on 19-22 Oct. I much preferred it to the Donny one -but I don't go to buy the cheap trashy taps, dies and cutters...

I didn't know about the midlands one in Oct., will have to put that on my calendar.

Thread: Surface grinding without coolant?
13/09/2017 11:29:21

Hmmm, I didn't realize that discarding photos made just to reply to a thread would result in them disappearing in posts when deleted from an album.

12/09/2017 15:12:41

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My surface grinder doesn't have a coolant catching tray, but this may work for you ?

A spray bottle from Wilkie's or the pound shop and a piece of fish tank hose could be a simple solution to your issue, which costs almost nothing. Affix it to a convenient location, and add a small clamp to the trigger mechanism and you're in business.

Here are photos to give you a rough idea.

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Edited By Mike E. on 12/09/2017 15:14:14

Edited By Mike E. on 12/09/2017 15:14:44

Thread: Bench Vice
09/09/2017 19:49:32

Consider keeping a watch on the gumtree site, there are usually dozens of bench vices listed, and perhaps some close by. More than likely you will find what you want, and for less than what you budgeted for.

Thread: Something Else Exciting is also on it's way
05/09/2017 16:01:37

I'm not telling.

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