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Thread: Code of Conduct
11/05/2022 09:22:08

As a collector of the silly I am reminded of the early days of web filtering in schools and colleges where such offensive words as Sussex, Essex and similar were trapped because of their sexual content and also of the late Queen Mary who was apparently able to reduce people to to tears with a snapped exclamation of 'Jam Tarts!!'

It is not the word but the intention behind it, and that is far harder to trap.

Thread: Drummond m
08/05/2022 09:03:24
Posted by lee oconnor on 07/05/2022 19:24:30:

hi everyone i have a drummond double bed lathe but have the end plate cast has brocken anyone know where i can get one please

I have a Drummond Roundbed where the saddle was cracked and it took several years before I found a replacement on eBay - and they made many, many more Roundbeds than double bed lathes.

Good luck hunting, but is a professional welded repair possible?

Thread: A tyro desoldering question.
08/05/2022 08:59:31

It may be easier to cut through the pins on the switch and get it out of the way be fore attempting to desolder the pins and then fitting a replacement remote switch - less metal to heat up and less chance of damaging the board.

You will need to 'nibble' away at the pins with some fine nosed cutters - but the second side should be easier as you will be able to lift the switch slightly to get better access.

Thread: Advice on Choosing A Mini Lathe
07/05/2022 09:30:42
Posted by Rich2502 on 06/05/2022 00:40:43:

How do the small vintage machines like Drummonds etc fit into this? I don't like the cheap toy look and feel of Chinese mini lathes for the hundreds they cost, I would rather put the money into restoring and upgrading a nice bit of vintage cast iron.

I have a Drummond Roundbed Lathe that was a basket case when I bought it, but worked just enough to maintain my interest until bought a mini lathe.

The saddle was cracked on the Drummond but useable, however I have found a replacement - but it has taken 5 years!! The Drummond lacks many features of the mini lathe but as a piece of 'Old Iron' as you describe it it does have a nicer and more satisfying feel - but to turn metal I want features, not feel!

An older lathe may not have a high enough spindle speed to turn small items efficiently using carbide tooling - and my Drummond, without backgear, does not go slow enough to turn larger cast iron pieces either!

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 07/05/2022 09:31:22

Thread: Tools needed to build a 3 1/2in gauge Tich
07/05/2022 09:16:44

The link I posted to the online pdf of Tich articles contains all the information as published so would be an alternative to the book.

06/05/2022 11:19:15

Hi Steven -

The Tich book is very useful as there is lots more information there than you will find in the drawings alone.

Alternately Tich Articles is a link to a pdf of the magazine articles which describe every process in building the loco.

I agree with the bit about going along to a model engineering club/society but please don't give away exact contact details. The two clubs I am a member of are in North and South Birmingham, if either of those are local to you.

Thread: Recommend a small lathe(and mill)
30/04/2022 10:51:24

Without prejudice I hope because it was only the limited space in my workshop that prevented me from buying anything larger than a mini lathe but from remembering the experience of others:-

There are industrial machines available that, as has been said several times can be bargains if in good condition, but cans of worms if not.

What has not been mentioned is that industrial machine specific tooling, chucks, steadies, toolposts etc - all essential - do not seem to be available at such bargain prices if not included with the machine. A fellow club member was selling a lathe a few years ago and was advised to sell the lathe alone for what he was expecting to get with the tooling. The chucks and both steadies then went for 50% as much!

Thread: Create a "transfer"
28/04/2022 18:23:12
Posted by Ramon Wilson on 28/04/2022 17:42:08:

PS Nick, if you spray the 'object' first and then apply the image surely that reverses the image.

Edited By Ramon Wilson on 28/04/2022 17:49:05

The image was reversed I now recall

I used acrylic varnish because I read about it in a US publication put out by Metalflake a US paint company and that is what they suggested - and as I was working with automotive paint at the time it was readily available from stock ('transfer to mixing bay' as I recall)

We did not stock synthetic varnish and the cellulose varnish (blend-in clear) was too quick drying and soaked the paper through too quickly.

28/04/2022 16:09:13

Two methods I used a very log time ago

a) Print out your design a densely as you can or use an image from a glossy magazine.-spray your object with acrylic varnish - when nearly dry squeegee your image onto the soft varnish and allow to dry - soak off the paper leaving the image behind.

b)Use sticky backed paper (Do you remember butterfly brand while sticky labels?) - the type you need to lick to make it stick - spray with acrylic varnish - paint on your design - spray with varnish again cut out and you have a waterslide transfer.

Of historic interest only nowadays!

UPDATE - Apparently gummed brown paper tape is still available and should work!

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 28/04/2022 16:13:01

Thread: Use of a wild card symbol in the QBasic Chain command
27/04/2022 16:09:33

I suspect that it is not going to be possible as the wildcard is a dos wildcard that will match up with a number of files - but QBasic interprets it by its individual filespec and it can't find a file whose name is SLOT?.BAS only SLOT1.BAS, SLOT2.BAS etc. as ? is a forbidden character in file names.

Thread: Edward Thomas. 5" gauge. Hackworth Valve Gear.
26/04/2022 21:18:30

Before making a series of valves have you tried one of the simulators available?

I hesitated to suggest this as I got tied in knots and gratefully accepted help from MECH to come toa solution, but many people find them useful.

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 26/04/2022 21:19:05

Thread: Flexispeed main bearing replacement
20/04/2022 10:07:28
Posted by Roderick Jenkins on 19/04/2022 17:01:39:

In all the Flexispeed and Simat lathes I have seen there is no separate bearing. The spindle is un-hardened and bears directly in the cast iron of the head stock. It is usual for the spindle to have much more wear than the headstock.



While not for one moment disputing your experience in the case of these particular lathes - at University 50 years ago we were told that a soft material running in a harder one will pick up particles of the hard one which become embedded turning the spindle into a lap, so the harder one can wear more.

Thread: Lever operated tailstock attachment Myford
20/04/2022 09:39:38

Warco list this (presumably Chinese) in 2mt and 3mt but it may take up too much bed length?


Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 20/04/2022 09:39:57

Thread: A problem opening an old TurboBasic Help file
19/04/2022 11:29:59

A totally 'off the wall' suggestion.

The .tbf file may well be a database of help topics and Borland were the final developers of dBase so might have used the proprietary format they owned.

Rename the file to have a .dbf extension and try to open in Excel (Who has dBase installed nowadays!!)

Thread: Newbie looking for advice
16/04/2022 10:10:51

A few comments -

Please get advice from someone with experience using the individual machine you are considering. Advice from someone who has purchased a larger lathe and condemns a smaller one they have not used is worthless.

If you wish to find out about the small mini lathes the book 'The Mini Lathe' by Neil Wyatt is excellent and will tell you lots - and many users here use them with success.

Finding books to recommend about Myfords is harder as while many talk about the machines as bought new buying second hand you may be looking at a lathe that is up to 75 years old and you will need to be able to repair or compensate for any wear which may be an unknown quantity - or may not, but a beginner might find this frustrating.

I have used Lathes for extended periods from Myford, Boxford, Denford and Raglan and Naerok as well as new imported lathes. They all have limitations I can talk about but others I cannot comment on - but a new machine at least has a guarantee.

Finally the difference in capacity between a Myford and a mini lathe can be as little as a few inches in bed length unless you count using the faceplate to turn something in the gap on the ml7 which can only be a couple of inches long. If you need more you need a larger machine than either.

Finally if you are looking to buy secondhand take someone knowledgeable with you - I know of one Myford where the spindle had been bored out to a larger size and the taper that is supposed to hold centres etc is no longer there - but the purchaser did not realise when he bought it!

Thread: Microsoft Edge is overriding Google Chrome
10/04/2022 11:36:16

My personal observations on several machines -

If Edge is present on your machine, even if not in use it will update from time to time (often around the second Tuesday or Wednesday of the month) sometimes with a Windows update, sometimes not. This will often reset some preferences like search engine choice.

All very loose and woolly I'm afraid because it does not happen every time.

Thread: Chester machine tool machines
10/04/2022 11:08:33

How much space have you got?

I would have had space for one of these machines but instead went for a very small mill and a mini lathe - where the same issues on rigidity might arise (but, touch wood) have not as I try always to be careful.

My thinking is that in a restricted space like me you may have rigidity problems from small lightweight machines or rigidity problems due to the nature of a combined set up - you pays yer money and ............

Of course if you have bags of space ignore these comments.

The machine for sale on here with a four jaw seems a bargain and might be worth looking at if still available.

Thread: Rising costs of materials
09/04/2022 16:23:28

A free weeks back bought a few bits from my local supplier in Brum, Edwards Metals. No problems but advised not to reckon on any prices staying the same as they were changing with every delivery.

Thread: Arc Euro Trade status
09/04/2022 16:20:50

Ordered on the website this week and delivery arrived ok. I am in the UK.

Thread: Chester machine tool machines
09/04/2022 16:19:22

Essentially the same machine is sold by Machine Mart (both with and without the mill) and you may find it easier to see one 'in the flesh' there as they have more branches.

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