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Thread: Shop vac recommendations please
27/06/2017 09:35:45

Our vacuum cleaner is an old Miele, sucks up anything we throw at it. The only down side is when something unwanted goes up it, we have to fish around in a swarf encrusted bag.


Thread: what is the purpose of these 2 items?
23/06/2017 11:27:36

Hi all

The following images are of 2 items that came with the super 7 and we are intrigued to know what they are for.


This appears to be a handle of some kind, homemade/adapted? the thread I think is a 5/16 whitworh, the super 7 clutch ball screws on to it. There is a hole in the end of the large diameter piece which seem to fit the Dewhurst switch on our tool grinder (hope that makes sense). Could it be off the original Myford Dewhurst switch?



Then there's this, I'm pretty sure its a cutter of some kind, does anybody know its original use (its pretty blunt so it appears to be used)

Any ideas will be appreciated

Thanks in advance


Thread: We have upgraded
05/06/2017 15:24:38

Hi all and thanks for the comments

Thank you for the information on the Boxford 3c collets, as you can probably guess it doesn't fit the Myford.The seller did have a Colchester student as well, would it fit that? At least I now know the name of them.

It's the Myford top slide in the background of image 9, it's upside down so it doesn't pick up the swarf off the bench!


Both the burned 3 and 4 jaw chucks have this written on them, Is this normal for ML7 chucks.

There was a few bits with the lathe that we think are for an ML7.The 75 and 30 tooth change gears we don't think are for the super 7, there is also the gears for the carriage handwheel, the vertical slide and turret are both a more greener grey and swarf has been squashed into the mounting holes that don't appear to line up with the super 7's cross slide on the turret (am I right in thinking the ML7 has a different cross slide?)

I think the taper turning attachment is a Hemingway kit, can anybody tell me what parts are missing?



Does anybody know the name of the above collets? they are 1" in diameter and 1 3/4" long. the holder is about 3" long and 2 1/4" wide and screws directly onto the spindle nose.


here's the first item I made on the lathe, well I made 4 of them. bushes to stop the screws rattling about. They were made entirely on the Myford including chamfering the back to clear the welds which was done with the vertical slide. it was a joy to use and I look forward to working on the machine more. We have since bolted it all down and levelled it all in.

Finally I would like a bit of advice on the oils people use and what is the best oiler for the nipples on the machine.

Many thanks William

(p.s my dad will get the chance to use it one day!)

03/06/2017 00:10:43

Hello all, I wasn't kidding when I said the shed was going to evolve. So the seig sc2 lathe (our first real lathe) has been a fantastic beginners machine to learn on, however there's always been the underlying problems with it. Our dream has always been to own a super 7, This dream was completed last Saturday and it hasn't really broken the bank. So about a month and half ago there was a super 7 on gumtree (fleabays blocked at school) It was £2,500 and it came with quite a few bits, then I found the same one on fleabay. both these adverts then were removed, we were a bit peeved because it was in Portsmouth and we were going down there the following weekend, well fast forward to 2/3 ago it reappeared at a lower price of £1,800, contact was made with the seller and he said if we paid the deposit it was ours. Then arrangements were made to collect it last Saturday, which we dually did, we hired a transit for just the ease and we didn't really know how much there was with it and 3 people going would've been difficult in a 02 plate golf estate. left home at 5:30am and drove to Portsmouth, arrived at 7:40 in the morning, pretty good going. told him we would arrive at around 8:00, saw the lathe and was extremely pleased to see that it was practically mint no wear at all. It was his late grandfather's and the seller had had it since 2010 and never really used it. So we took the lathe off the cabinet and put it on the large trolly we had taken with us, then bolted wooden bearers to the mounting holes so that it wouldn't tip and would give a handle to hold. wheeled it over to the van and lifted it in strapped it to the bulkhead. And loaded everything around it. Left his place at 10:10 to drive back home encountered a slight bit of traffic on the M25. It was worst on the A21 Any way arrived home at 1:20 unloaded the van cleared a space in the shed. pillar drill and belt sander have temporarily been relegated to the end shed. Put it back together and went for a Chinese with my dads mum. Quite a busy day when compared to a normal Saturday.

Well here's the lathe in pictures:


The serial number is a 73/74 model so not terrifically old or too young




Its got a 3 phase inverter so variable speed is fantastic.


3 chucks it came with


Both the 3 and 4 jaw burned chucks have this written on them,is this normal?


And a nice set of collets. Questions to follow!




Taper turning attachment.



Assorted bits and pieces


Can anybody tell me what type the above collets are. I'll get better images tomorrow

we also got both steady's, tilting vertical slide, faceplate, angle plate, full coolant pump and a small rotary table, so we are pretty set up straight away I think there is a few parts from an ml7 (30 and 75 tooth change wheels, carriage hand wheel gears,etc)

Everything has been disassembled, cleaned and regreased/oiled by me over the past week and works as it should, its now finding the projects to actually use most of the stuff (the turret may come in useful)

There will be a few more questions to follow so any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again


Thread: My models and our workshop
26/05/2017 11:29:09

Hi all as you can probably tell i don't want make models of the typical things, i prefer to make models of things a bit off the beaten track. img_0395.jpg




I have am a bit of a fan of electric industrial vehicles, this all really stems from the school I go to having an original Wales and Edwards rangemaster milkfloat up until last December, it was used by the caretakers/groundsmen to ferry stuff around a large and hilly site, exam desks, chairs, exam papers, deliveries, music equipment, you name it it carried it! it was well suited because it had a large, covered, flat bed, large enough to carry 4x8 sheet goods flat.well this was the last one after owning around 5 (when my mum was at this school they had a very early Wales and Edwards float from around the 40/50's) well slowly these have all gone to the local scrapy. Shame because they are quite rare, when I joined in 2011 they had 2, both in original dairy crest and Unigate livery, well the dairy crest one went, the Unigate float was repainted blue but other than that it was poorly maintained but it just kept on going. Being an electric vehicle there was very little to maintain, but it could of done with a bit of grease every so often. Well last December it finally gave up. Because it's a 3 wheeler the front wheel was supported in an A frame and the steering was exactly the same as a motorcycle, many years of bouncing over speed humps and curbs had just stressed the welded on A frame causing it to break off of the chassis, it was parked near to where it broke, and left. Because i had an interest in it i had a look underneath it and saw the problem, apparently according to the caretakers it was to far gone to repair, it really wasnt the chassis was in mint condition considering the age of it but because of it being a low speed vehicle i suppose it would. i have a friend who was in the year above me that also had an interest in it. He's got a series 3 Landrover so is rather at home repairing chassis so i told him about it, he would of been happy to come with his welding gear and repair it for the school, I got the head caretakers email and told him we would be happy to repair it for the school. No chance, it was parked up for about 2 weeks and then the scrap yard came and took it away, no reply to the email we sent, so they had there minds set on the fate of the float as soon as it broke. Scrapy only wants it for the batteries.

Now ever since joined the school I had an idea that when I had the funds I would purchase the float off the school, well I had the perfect opportunity to do that, so the day it was taken away I went down the scrapyard to try and work out a deal with the scrapyard. they could have the batteries for all I care. if i was to get it i would only be able store it for the time being and the batteries were probably on there last legs anyway. Sadly I was horrified by the sight in front of me, to unload it they had just picked it up with the grabber and obliterated the fiberglass body and rear bed. This really got me because it was a perfectly good vehicle that could of been repaired so easily. Also they hadn't even taken the batteries out. So demoralized at his point i decided to go and ask if i could go and look at it and take a few bits off of it, sad but only the speedo, rubber foot pedal and side curtains and my images and plans I did of it are all that remain of it now. Still just makes me more determined to get one.

Anyway since 2011 i have had an interest in electric industrial vehicles so hence to model above, this was inspired by the little vehicle, I got at the local model shop, the measurements were taken form this and then scaled up to produce the large one which is a scale of around 1/18. I also have an interest in radio control so this was made to be rc, the speed controller is the board out of a micro servo and the steering is also controlled by a micro servo standard size receiver is currently used, a micro one would be better. The drive system used to be 2 micro motors with worm drives driving independent axles, this worked but was quite noisy and problematic this has been changed to a belt drive which surprisingly came out of a dancing barbie doll from a charity shop(it had 3 miniature motors and quite complex and miniature gearboxes) finally the battery is from an old mobile phone. it was really made just a test to see if it would work, wouldn't mind making a model of the milkfloat (hence the drawings mentioned above) and another electric vehicle which i have done drawings for, one day I will, one day.

Sorry for the rather long story

Thanks for reading


24/05/2017 10:09:19

Hi all

So the following pictures are of the shed and the machinery in there, showing what I still want to make in miniature.


Firstly here's the shed from the outside (please excuse the stuff in the garden)


Then here's the view from the door, it may seem large however my dads motor bike in the previous image goes to the right of the image (where the bmx is) and when the 3 bikes are in there as well, space is fairly limited.


The view to the left of the door, tool grinder and disc sander


The bandsaw,vice and little anvil


The mill and lathe


Pillar drill and belt sander. That's about it for the contents of the shed, soon to grow and evolve, hopefully!


Then this is the tailstock cam lock my dad made, dam site more convenient the nut that used to be on there, was quite a steep and exiting first real engineering project.


Then here is the solid bronze carrage stops, that were firsly machined oversize in wax and then cast by my granddad in bronze. My dad made 2, by machining them both as a solid lump and then cutting it in half.




Again another steep learning process to produce some accurate and well fitting pieces.

Thanks for reading and any questions please ask.


18/05/2017 11:44:17

Thank you all for the comments and compliments

The pillar drill was the first one I made, after being inspired by the work of Barry Jordan, Gerald Wingrove is another inspiration, after seeing him on a recording my dad did on to VHS of the series, Model Magic by the late Bob Symes.

Surprisingly both my parents were quite supportive of the Chainsaw being in my room. my dad more so because one less thing to trip over in the shed!

Being classed as strange at school doesn't really affect me, they all have something they like to do which makes them happy, and this is what i enjoy doing. I live a simple life, they don't like it really doesn't affect me

Here is the link for my grandad's lost wax casting business

Quite useful knowing someone in that field (the flywheel on the wobbler engine i turned out of wax and got it cast by him)

My uncle also does water jet cutting (link below)

The redesigned table for the RJH trim tool/cutter grinder we are restoring was cut out by Sciss, along with the redesigned belt tensioning cams on the RJH belt linisher,

Finally here's the link for the person I made the Chainsaw for

Thanks for reading


17/05/2017 12:13:24

Thank you all for the compliments

Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 17/05/2017 11:21:54:

Most impressive. It took me a moment or three to twig that the tools are miniatures. Or are they? Am I actually admiring a giant penny that you made...


Yep they are miniatures! Don't have a large enough space to set up a white background for the full size articles or the facility to make a large penny!

All of the machine tool models are made up of:white plasticard (styrene) sheet in varying thicknesses, plasticard shapes (rods,tubes,etc.) brass rod and tube, aluminium, assorted wire, paxolin rod is used for the motors and a few bits of wood. They are all painted with Hammerite and/or Humbrol paint sprayed with an original 1980's Humbrol airbrush.

Here are the models without paint





17/05/2017 11:02:37

Hi all, this is my first "real" post just to show my what I do really dsc06919.jpg this is my collection of scratch built machine tools so far (i have started on the lathe not in this image). they are built to a scale of 1/10 and are exact copies of the machines in our workshop/my bedroom (the little metabo drill is in my bedroom/model making workshop) dsc06918.jpg










my first real lathe project was Elmers wobbler engine, fun little engine that really taught me a lot.





This was may latest model i have made, a sthil 028 chainsaw, this was my first commission by an artist for a piece she wanted to do. I got the commission by helping out at my granddads lost wax casting business, when she saw my above machine tools and asked if i would make her the chainsaw. i had to make a stamp to punch the mesh type grille on the side(easy peasy with a milling machine and slitting saws) the full size chainsaw was on my desk in my room for about a month whilst i made the model, so you could say i'm a bit odd with a chainsaw and metabo pillar drill in my room but hey ho. Anyway i'm classed as a bit strange at school because my house doesn't have a single games console in it, got far better things to do than play computer games.

thanks for looking


Thread: Hello from Kent
15/05/2017 15:08:37

Hello all, thanks for letting me join the forum. I am a 16 year old model maker/breaker/fixer/tinkerer. Our shed/workshop is reasonably equipped, Sieg/Axminster sc2 lathe and sx2 mil, Warco pillar drill,belt sander, disc sander, RJH tool lapper (undergoing a major restoration) and other bits and bobs, all the machinery has had a restoration/modifications done to them (lathes had a tailstock cam lock made for it, and bronze carriage stops made up) the belt sander was the straw that broke the camels back and made us purchase the lathe and mill, as a simple job that would of taken an afternoon we had to get someone else to do it for us.

Both sides of the family are practically minded with my dad's dad grew up around a lathe and some of the hand tools are passed down as well as materials. with my dad being a cabinet maker the workshop is a scratch built timber shed with 75mm insulation, both to keep the heat out and in. There ain't any heating out there as that increases the chance of the dreaded rust, anyway being out there for an hour warms the place up.

This forum is about the only thing that keeps me going during my free periods at school, so keep on supplying knowledge

thanks again


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