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Member postings for Nick Clarke 3

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Thread: My new lathe a Warco 918
04/07/2019 20:45:59

Posted by Hopper on 04/07/2019 11:09:01:

It's only 20 years old. Almost new.

My Drummond was already that old when I was born. And it spent WW2 making aircraft parts, so saw more than typical model engineer use.

That's lasting that is...


A callow youth I suspect! My Drummond.was 12 years old when my Dad was born - and I'm no spring chicken either - mind you at present it is under the bench awaiting the fitting of a replacement saddle that amazingly I found on *Bay.

Thread: Hot water from the snifting valve,
04/07/2019 20:38:06

steam blower or electric?

is the gauge OK?

What happens if you open the regulator?

where is the snifting valve connected to?

Thread: Rodney Milling Machine Accuracy.
30/06/2019 19:30:12
Posted by Nicholas Hill on 30/06/2019 14:33:12:

I also like the idea of joining a Model Engineering Club. I live in Beeston, in Notts, so I am sure something must be around me. It is the home of Myford after all....

Nottingham SMEE are in Ruddington and Erewash Valley are in Borrowash - both are quite close and there may be others.

Thread: The website needs an update
30/06/2019 19:20:01
Posted by old mart on 30/06/2019 19:18:48:

I'm so glad when someone else makes a mistake, it means I'm not alone.

I know I'm not alone - the voices tell me I'm not!

30/06/2019 19:13:51

I though I was bad, often not knowing what day of the week it is, but I can usually get within a month! laugh

Thread: Using a lathe
30/06/2019 19:10:57
Posted by Mick B1 on 30/06/2019 19:09:05:

Dunno if I can live with the guilt...


I call mine the wife ……………..

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 30/06/2019 19:31:23

Thread: Snail Problems
29/06/2019 13:12:26
Posted by Tony Pratt 1 on 29/06/2019 10:56:38:

I believe Metaldehyde slug pellets are to be banned in 2020?


I use a model steam engine - Mamod type - to demonstrate energy changes to children in school.

No longer allowed to use meths burners because they could overflow and spread liquid fire all over the place so we use Metaldehyde fuel tablets instead. What are we to use next??

Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
29/06/2019 13:01:24

Quote:- Quentin Crisp — ‘There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse.’

(but I am not being serious here smiley)

Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 29/06/2019 13:02:07

28/06/2019 18:25:15
Posted by jimmy b on 28/06/2019 18:21:52:

Sometimes i'm really good, other times, I just shut the door!


It is Friday night at the end of a hard week. There are three doors and a bottle of red wine between where I am sat in the living room and the workshop/garage.

What's the chance??

28/06/2019 17:39:50

Not the best time to ask as I am in the middle if a major reorganisation. Got three lathes and a milling machine that I can't use - in fact I can barely see one of the lathes!

Work is winding down for the summer so in a couple of weeks all should be well.


Thread: Model Engineering Overseas
24/06/2019 17:56:45

The ME index at gives several references to L.G. Tucker(s)

Yours is the next to last one.


Thread: Satnav
24/06/2019 17:46:44
Posted by Mike Poole on 24/06/2019 17:26:46:

Remember the days when you would get a map and write a list of road numbers and put it in the clear pocket on the top of your tank bag?


And then it rained and next time you looked the felt tip list had run and blurred and you were stuffed!


PS At one stage I ran a shed of a CZ 250 and my mate just glanced down at the list on my tank bag and quietly said - don't be silly it won't get that far! Then it hurt, but experience proved him to be correct more often than not! smiley

Thread: Chinese tacho - beware
21/06/2019 21:03:13

Thank you for your reply Barrie, however I was intending to comment on tool production in the far east, not the one off or small batch work you have no doubt a great deal of experience in.

As I said I was not commenting on setting up, either for one off or quantity but rather running a production process.

I think we are posting about two different things so, accepting your absolute right to agree/disagree or understand/misunderstand me I will leave it there.

Take care,


21/06/2019 20:07:44
Posted by Barrie Lever on 21/06/2019 19:46:03:


I can only assume you are joking with this line.

"And as CADCAM means that accuracy can be maintained with little or no skilled input"

Having been lucky enough to work with some of the most skilled and talented toolmakers and machinists on the south coast, I never saw the work that they done to have been succesful without a lot of skill.

Like I say I think you were joking !



I am sorry but no. The key word in my post was maintaining. Setting up a production process takes skill and knowledge and the toolmaking is obviously skilled as well, but unlike a manual or semi manual (eg capstan) system which needs a skilled operator, once it has been set up the task becomes one of machine minding and inspection of product.

I can't really make sense of your sentence, but I assume you are referring to manual machinists and toolmakers which were not what I was referring to in my post, quite the reverse in fact.


21/06/2019 19:16:03

I am often surprised by the opinions expressed about cheap tooling. There has been cheap tooling for the last 150 years or so - called continental, made in Hong Kong, Jap rubbish (or similar!) and at present it is China getting the abuse thrown at it.

If cheap does the job then don't pay more! It is a sound engineering axiom that accuracy costs money, so don't demand more accuracy than necessary for the job.

If the collet is too far out send it back, if it is too expensive to do that (would you pay postage on a three quid collet?) then buy another - you are still in pocket and it usually works, particularly if you are making parts to fit together rather than absolute sizes.

Today many brand names, even those with a reputation going back years, have changed hands so often that the name is all that is left - Moore and Wright has had 5 owners as far as I can see as one example.

They say quality tools will last a lifetime - but as an amateur how many times might I want to use something in the ten to twenty years remining to me? - and as CADCAM means that accuracy can be maintained with little or no skilled input, many cheap tools today are close to being as good as more traditionally made ones in the past - not feeling as nice, and perhaps not as long lasting, but in general accurate enough to do a job at a price that means they can be afforded and used in place of a second choice lash up. So affordable milling machines, collets, oxy-propane and all the other things unheard of in an amateurs workshop 30 years ago or so are nearly universal today.

Please can we condemn and banish from our workshops bad tooling - but that doesn't mean banning cheap tools or Chinese tools or any other tools unless they truly are unfit for the purpose and circumstances they are going to be used in!


Thread: Boiler cross tube leak.
20/06/2019 10:00:14

I agree that many small leaks can apparently be stopped in a boiler - potato peelings, mustard, china clay and porridge have all been suggested, and according to what I have read all work to a greater or lesser extent.

If an issue with insurance were to arise for operating in public, at a exhibition for example, then the appropriate boiler code would need to be followed which will specify the steps it is acceptable to take.

if it is only going to be run in private then you make your own decision and take responsibility as seems appropriate.

Thread: Improving runout in a slitting saw
18/06/2019 17:34:07

Apropos of nothing it is all part of the richness of the English language that 'Improving runout in a slitting saw' can mean both decreasing it and making it more concentric or increasing it and making it more eccentric.

I know what you mean, but isn't language wonderful!

Thread: Tools or 'things' as therapy
18/06/2019 17:17:20
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 18/06/2019 16:42:15:

Just to say, tools as therapy... buying them is almost as therapeutic as buying them

Presumably you mean as using them?

The pleasure of sorting through the adverts and catalogues, some sell it cheaper, but delivery is longer - is the item someone else is selling the same? But the first supplier you look at has a reputation for poor customer service, while the next is great, but more expensive - then someone suggests an auction site or an Asian mega site. What to do?

At last the decision is made. To hell with it, hit the credit card. When the box, crate or Jiffy bag arrives unwrap it and remove the preservative. Stroke it. Stroke it. My precious, My precious.

Imagine Blofeld in the Bond movies with the white cat and you get the right image.

Better stop now and get back to my drawing. With green crayon. They don't allow me anything sharp in here!


PS To Plasma: "I love all my tools, machines and assorted nick knacks"

Look at my username please.


Edited By Nick Clarke 3 on 18/06/2019 17:26:52

Thread: Illegal CD copy
13/06/2019 22:05:34

I'm not certain that making a living or adding to a pension is quite doing it for the money ........

No one could deny that LBSC was a small locomotive enthusiast even if he lived off his writings and equally Don Young retired from marine engineering and wrote for ME as well as his own magazine.

ditto ditto Keith Wilson and Tubal Cain

Thread: Material storage fpr Lathe/other machines
13/06/2019 17:58:28
Posted by mechman48 on 13/06/2019 12:11:26:

I can still see the garage floor... so I must be doing something wrong... thinking


Don't worry the floor will disappear from view sooner or later, I think mine does about 35 milliseconds after clearing it on average!

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