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Thread: Reading...
05/06/2020 22:49:31

L H Sparey's The Amateur Lathe is a very good starting point. There are also a number of books in the Workshop Practice Series that are useful.

Youtube is another good source of general learning.


Thread: Machine moving
05/06/2020 22:45:24

Hi Plasma. Yes he does have a pretty good reputation. Have had a couple of friends use him with no complaints.


Thread: DIY drip feed oiler for cutting fluid
05/06/2020 22:42:48

Hi Celso. A very good solution. (excuse the pun)


Thread: Topslide vice for Boxford lathe
05/06/2020 22:40:21

You should be able to find a suitable milling adaptor on Ebay. A Myford one will also do with a little modification. It is really the best solution. You could at a pinch use a small vice attached to an angle plate but is not a good solution as you will probably need vertical adjustment. The compound is removed by undoing the 2 set screws in the cross slide.. They are set at an angle to each other. Once removed just pull the compound upwards to remove it.


Edited By Oldiron on 05/06/2020 22:50:56

Thread: Evan Lewis from New Zealand
03/06/2020 19:22:09

Hi Evan welcome to the forum.

The old Yahoo Boxford users group was awash with idiots & stick in the mud operators. I had many abusive emails when I suggested that Yahoo groups would be discontinued after it was taken over by Verizon and an alternate site should be formed just in case. I even offered to setup and fund a new forum for free. The only people who could use my email address were the moderators. As least I can say " I told you so". I hope that it has improved since it was moved to .io


Thread: Non standard taps - what are they ?
03/06/2020 19:08:54

Early Lorch lathes used Lowenhauser threads I believe.


Thread: Fortis lathe rebuild-at long last
29/05/2020 15:04:31

It may be best to really soak for a while in a good penetrating oil (not WD40). Diesel will be a good compromise. Give it a few days to soak in well. Then try a tappy tap tap with a copper or plastic hammer to see if it moves. Patience is a virtue in these situations.


Thread: Nick from South Derbyshire
29/05/2020 14:58:43

Hi Nick Welcome to the forum. Plenty of people here willing to give advise where needed. "Search this Site" button at top right of page yields good results on many topics. Keep us updated on your Canterbury Lamb build as you make progress.


Thread: Boxford missing a Nut
26/05/2020 12:55:25

Agreed it is1/4 BSW nut with a rounded head. I made one for mine from a standard nut and turned it down to the required dimensions.


Thread: Pultra Headstock Problem
23/05/2020 11:48:16
Posted by roy entwistle on 23/05/2020 10:39:55:

Steve B Sorry but never heard of Krano-Kroil. Where do you get it from in UK ?


Ebay, Amazon or Link


Thread: Bumblebee behaviour
23/05/2020 10:41:31

In my garden I have a Espalier Cotoneaster that is about 10' x 10' and is covered with dozens & dozens of small bees. The hum is a glorious sound to hear. They just go about their business day after day and seem to prefer the Cotoneaster to other flowers. The path is right next to the bush but they take no notice of us and we leave them alone. Where they nest I have no idea but am not really bothered as I will never disturb them. My garden has an abundance of flowers that my wife takes great pleasure in growing. Myself I am not into gardening but am appreciative of her efforts. We get quite a few larger bumbles in the garden and are quite happy to sit there and let them potter around us as they will. Neither of us have suffered a bee stink but have had the occasional encounter with a wasp or two.


Thread: Thanks from down under
23/05/2020 10:22:45

Hi Craig welcome to the forum. If you click on "Forums" within the wide black line further up the page it will bring up a list of all the forum topics. Select the one you think is closest to your problem or question and start a new post there.

Good luck problem solving your Bridgeport.


Thread: The innocence of youth
21/05/2020 14:28:42

At my age & health state I probably could not ride the bike or manage the girl so it would have to be the clothes then for an Ebay sale. regards

Thread: Making new gib strip for cross slide
20/05/2020 16:45:09
Posted by Rowan Sylvester-Bradley on 20/05/2020 16:35:39:

Could someone copy the relevant pages of George Thomas "Model Engineer's Workshop Manual" for me, assuming that there are not too many? There seem to be no copies of this book at prices less than hundreds of pounds.

Thanks - Rowan

Still in print so presumably copyrighted. Available for less than £30 here


Thread: A polite note to beginners from ARC
20/05/2020 16:32:12

+1 on Ketan's post.


Thread: Cookerhood sound reduction
17/05/2020 12:20:24

Hi Gerry. Where are the vibrations coming from if you have isolated the fan from the hood ?.   I have a fairly large S/S cooker hood with the fan remote via ducting with a flexible joint and have no issues with vibration whatsoever.

Maybe you could hang the hood on flex mounts. If the hood is to be completely built in and hidden you can add sound proofing to the top of it. If it is on show anything you stick to the inside is not going be good when it comes to cleaning the oils & greases given of by the cooking process. I would steer well clear of any combustible materials inside the hood.


Edited By Oldiron on 17/05/2020 12:20:55

Thread: Used Lathe Pinnacle PL1340C Gap Bed
17/05/2020 12:04:55

Hi Robert. Have you tried posting on the commercial electrical forums. You may find that there will suitable posts to help with your problems. If I were thinking of setting up an electrical system for an engineering business, that is where I would start.

Some where like Link should have up to date info/rules/regulations/practical installation tips. Also a word with your supplier should garner all the info you need.

We seem to have drifted away from "what do you think of this lathe" to "how can I wire up and run a complete engineering shop with several machines with a less than perfect power supply"

As great as this forum is and its great & helpful members I feel that in your position I would want some facetime with the power supplier and the local electrician who is going to do the installation or sign it off for you.


14/05/2020 17:36:09

Robert, One minute you say you have 3 phase and the next breath you say you do not. ???

If you are going into business it might be a good idea to look at what actual resources you have to work with.

It really does help people to help you if everyone is on the same page.


Thread: just joined ( Devon )
13/05/2020 20:06:33

Hi Andy welcome. What are your interests & what machinery do you have ?



Edited By Oldiron on 13/05/2020 20:06:49

Thread: Hello and... have you got any parts for this...
13/05/2020 20:04:52

Hi Richard welcome to the forum. Have a look at you may find some useful information there. I am sure a Drummond owner will be along soon and give you some help.


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