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Thread: Making milling vise jaws
23/09/2021 09:27:23
Posted by Steve355 on 23/09/2021 06:07:07:

Hi all,

So my gauge plate should be arriving today, Would someone be kind enough to explain the basic process for making vise jaws from gauge plate for an idiot with a vise with no jaws.



Cut jaws to length/drill/countersink and fit to vice. Fit vise to mill table and the mill top and sides of jaws to suit. Make sure vise is parrallel to table with an indicator. Plenty of YT videos on the subject. Just do a search.


Edited By Oldiron on 23/09/2021 09:28:33

Thread: Hello everyone
23/09/2021 09:14:34

Hi Peter Welcome to the forum. Lots of info for you on the here. You can use the search facility or ask the question if you have no luck.


Thread: A question about motor
16/09/2021 19:25:58
Posted by Tonny Andre on 16/09/2021 18:25:05:

Yes I was thinking of buying a single phase motor. How reliable are these VFD? I dont have alot of trust in electronics and if it breaks down, I am not able to fix it.

I bought some cheap VFD's and they have been fautless for several years. Dont forget the motor needs to be dual voltage ie 230/415 wired Delta to work properly on a VFD


Edited By Oldiron on 16/09/2021 19:27:19

Thread: New Member, Hi From Northern Ireland.
15/09/2021 09:22:14

Hi Scot. Welcome to the forum. My wifes family are from and mainly still live in Portrush.


Thread: Another scammer in our "For Sales" section.
15/09/2021 09:07:06

Yet another scammer " How to activate MS Office" in the For Sale section. They are at it again.MS Office comes with its own activation system no need to buy one from another party. If a MOD can deal with this please.

I have also reported the scam to Microsoft so maybe they can get the website taken down.


Edited By Oldiron on 15/09/2021 09:19:48

Thread: Urgent - opinions of lathe I am going to view/buy
13/09/2021 17:18:22
Posted by Andy Thompson 3 on 13/09/2021 10:41:49:

Well just to end the story on a happy note.

Thanks to the forum - I met with Martin who was very helpful and I am now the proud owner of a Mk1 AUD. There is a known issue with the gearbox, but Martin was completely honest and we think it can be fixed. It was reflected in the price (and a bacon roll and tea was thrown in as well).

I am sure I will have questions when I get into restoration so "I'll be back"

Look up mrpete on Youtube. He had a series on rebuiling a SouthBend 9" gearbox which is almost identical to the Boxford one. It may be of help to you. Glad you found a Boxford to suit you they are excellent machines.


Thread: Another scammer in our "For Sales" section.
06/09/2021 17:40:05

Thanks JasonB


06/09/2021 16:41:24
Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 06/09/2021 16:39:44:

I just logged in to post about that, you beat me to it yes


Snap. I reported it a few weeks ago.


06/09/2021 16:38:20

Beware the advert in "The For Sale" section for McaFee Antivirus. This is a scam and has been removed in the past. You can get the same program legally for much less money. Can a MOD please look at it again.


Thread: Good morning all, new member here.
06/09/2021 10:37:18

Posted by John Haine on 06/09/2021 09:51:26:

Welcome, and inverter = VFD. Well worth fitting.

Dont forget power inverters exist as well ie 12vdc-230ac single phase.


Thread: Disposal of swarf
03/09/2021 17:47:45

I registered with my local metal scrap dealer. It was easy and free to do. As i save or collect all my metal scrap and take it in from family & friends I make a profit a couple of times a year when I weigh it in. Old motors,batteries, copper, brass & wire scrap is weighed seperately & adds to the value. They pay direct onto my Visa card or cheque if needed.


Thread: Whirlpool cooker
02/09/2021 19:43:20
Posted by KWIL on 02/09/2021 19:37:17:

A source of replacement Whirlpool halogen elements for a hob would be most usefull.

As pointed out by Clive, Espares seem to be one of the best suppliers of cooker parts. I have used them several times for cooker & fridge spares and they never failed me.


Thread: Urgent - opinions of lathe I am going to view/buy
02/09/2021 19:38:25
Posted by Andy Thompson 3 on 02/09/2021 16:08:24:

Thanks for quick reply. If it is a school model was hoping it had less wear. Can't tell if that is original paint or a bodge. It is 3hr drive further north so not easy to nip up and assess.

If it were a schools model "T" it would not have a leadscrew. Only the A B & C models were equiped with a lead screw.


02/09/2021 19:35:00
Posted by Bob Worsley on 02/09/2021 18:59:27:

Wow, what do you expect for £750, brand new!

Look at it. Got the 127 tooth metric gear, that is expensive. Look at the tumbler reverse gears, are the teeth still as wide as the gaps, so not worn. Screw the two chucks on, not tight, but enough to be able to pull on them to see if headstock wear. Rotate the chucks slowly and feel for any graunching, and in back gear.

Move the cross slide, press a finger tip against the slide whilst rocking the feedscrew, as you increase the amount of movement then wait until your finger tip can feel the slide moving. Finger tips are extremelty sensitive for this. Repeat on top slide, but it would normally be much less worn. Rock the carriage with the handwheel, there will be at least 10 or 20 degrees of slop, it is a gear into a rack, but feel if it is graunchy up near the headstock compared with the other end.

Power it up if possible, how noisy is it in all speeds, but just one in high gear and one in backgear will tell you most of what you want. Are you familiar with the noise a lathe makes at 700rpm? Pretty noisy, but not ear muff noisy. Put the feeds in and out, forward and reverse, noisy?

Does the tailstock barrel move smoothly?

Look at the bed in front of the headstock, how many times has the chuck been dropped on it. The bed uses raised Vee ways, look at the state of them. Look for signs that they have hacksawed stuff off in the chuck and overshot and hit the bed. Hopefully hardened so any wear in the saddle which can be scraped out.

Just stand back and look at it, is it twisted, are the cabinet panels all straight and undented.

In the end you have got most of a lathe, two new chucks but probably not Burnerd, the cabinet is a lot of money, and making a good bench isn't so easy.

If you can run it and sounds ok then easily worth that money. If you can't run it then have to look at the pulleys and motor, have a good sniff, if burnt out then the smell lingers for ages. My guess is that it was used for turning down commutators or something like that, certainly not model engineering, hence the grubby look. Boxfords are like South Bends, good basic lathes.


You cannot get this lathe into back gear as the lever/button is missing. Also the halfnut lever is on the wrong way round. I have refurbed' many Boxfords and this one is about as bad as I have seen.


Edited By Oldiron on 02/09/2021 19:44:47

02/09/2021 18:37:19

This one hs been messed about with quite a bit. I would give it a miss. As said the missing lever on the headstock front is used in conjunction with the back gear so that is probably tattered or even been removed. All the parts are available but pricey. I would not give more than £350 for this one even if it has little wear.


Thread: Design Award
18/08/2021 13:19:58

I use a one step ladder often.It can be used in the middle of a room as well. It has another name though. Chair.


Thread: Lathe gear please!
17/08/2021 16:47:54

Mmm no reply from the OP for 2 weeks so he must have got the info he needed.


Thread: Hello from Leeds
17/08/2021 16:44:04

Hi Neil. Welcome to the forum. Many questions have already been answered. Try doing a search in the forum and you may get lucky and get the info you need. If no luck just ask away.


Thread: Keeping the workshop cool
15/08/2021 16:03:48
Posted by Calum Galleitch on 22/07/2021 14:07:31:

You might consider those ice-cooler machines from on Amazon - if you search for air conditioning and look at the ones that are far to cheap to believe, most of them work by cooling air in melting ice, and you can usually acquire sacks of ice from a supermarket for a pound or two. Probably the cheapest solution for a few days a year; if you're overheated all summer then a proper AC unit would be the way to go. I wonder if you could get one from a scrapped vehicle? Those are designed to cool smallish spaces, but with much more heat input, so might be quite efficient.

I bought one of those and it was a total failure. Complete waste of time. At 25C outside temp I could not get it down more than 1 degree. Gave to a friend to try out and he had the exact same problem. I also bought a small 12v model for the caravan and that too was a waste of around £200 a few years ago at Crick boat show.


Thread: Consequences of Machining Cast Iron
13/08/2021 09:17:31

Just a little aside to this topic. We have a caravan with a S/S ? sink in the kitchen area. When I laid it up for the winter a couiple of years ago I left a bottle of Fairy Liquid sitting upright in the sink. It sat there through the winter for about 3 months. There must have been a smudge or drip of the contents onto the surface where the bottle sat. When I got the van ready for the season I found a small hole in the bottom of the sink and an obvious ring of corrosion around it where the bottle had been sitting. Just goes to show you never know what is in any product you buy however harmless it seems.


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