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Thread: Brown tarnish on brass plate
14/06/2019 21:37:04

Hi , I made a Congreve clock about 4 years ago , the brass has a bright polish and coated with Renaissance wax. Its kept in a glass case.

On the brass plates I keep getting a brown mark , almost like a light rust, just in a couple of small areas. I can polish it out but it always seems to come back .

Is this caused by a bit of contamination in the brass plate itself?

Thread: Cast iron dust , is it really that bad for lathe beds.
14/06/2019 20:16:35

Well finally finished my barrels , I was going to machine a spare but got fed up with the black mess.

May regret that decision later down the line .

Have spent the last two days cleaning my mill/lathe , to be fair the most of the dust was external and

the slideways were still clean but at least I feel better now and the machines are all readjusted .


02/06/2019 20:11:55

I will give it a wipe over before I start barrel no2 then probably do a strip down when I get to no4.

I like to keep my machines clean anyway so I suppose a strip down will not do any harm.

Judging by how easy It is to machine I am guessing I have soft meehanite bar.

02/06/2019 13:57:36

I have been machining a 2'' round piece of cast iron into a finned barrel for an engine I am making.

Going between lathe and mill I have managed to produce a large amount of swarf and everything is covered in black dust, including me.

Not enjoying it and I have another three to do.

Will all this dust be a problem, do I need to strip down my equipment and wash everything off when I finish barrel no4.

Thread: Need help making a camshaft
05/04/2019 20:03:06

That's great Jason thanks , I presumed the flank had a slight radius, just curious but how do know

the flanks are flat.

05/04/2019 17:47:34

Looking at the timing it shows the crank moves 240 degrees for the inlet and 260 for exhaust so that would be

120 and 130 for the camshaft . On the dials for the jig it states 130 / 140 which confuses me .

Here is the whole plan , you will need to zoom in img_1302.jpg

05/04/2019 17:44:24

Its for a four cylinder Gypsy engine, the plans show that the cam is built up from separate parts ie. the lobes and bearings are machined then Loctite onto the shaft.

Now I understand what a camshaft does and how it operates but I have little knowledge of making one. After some research I feel making the lobes on my mill using small flat cuts with the aid of a rotary table would be the best option for me.

So I need to come up with some figures for the machining process.

The plans show just one lobe as below


There is also a timing guide and some plans for a jig which I am not sure how its used but I assume it may be for a grinding machineimg_1297.jpg

Thread: Making split bronze bearings [ silver soldering ]
28/03/2019 18:20:45

Well I tinned each half with soft solder then clamped them together and re heated.

Worked well, I managed to machine 5 bearings with little trouble although the bar did split on my third bearing

when I drilled out the centre, the drill pulled into the bronze.

I re soldered but this time put a jubilee clip around the outside until I had finished the bore .

22/03/2019 14:05:54

Well thanks for the replies, certainly given me something to think about.

I was worried that the solder on the mating surfaces would compromise the final bearing size

but I see this is not the case.

I will get some solder paste and give that ago first , will let you know how it goes.

21/03/2019 20:52:16

I need to saw a piece of phosphor bronze round bar in half and then solder it back together before machining to size for the split bearings.

My question is, do I put flux on the mating surfaces before clamping together or leave them clean , clamp together and then just run flux along the join.

When the piece is soldered I will need to turn the diameter down so I presume the solder will need to penetrate the join so it stays in one piece.

Thread: What is a good quality lathe paint
21/03/2019 20:36:57

lathe (8).jpgI did my Myford about two years ago, as already said keep the old filler coat on . Once you sand off the paint the filler is easy to sand and you can get a nice finish .

I used HMG Paints C71 enamel **LINK**

Use a good primer , I used HMG again , still looks good today.

lathe (5).jpg

Thread: Line boring question
08/03/2019 15:10:29

Hi , my lathe has not got reverse so is there a way of sharpening a cutter to run in both

directions, I was thinking a single point with a rounded tip. This is so I can use a shorter

bar and reverse it to do each half as suggested in the Benz thread

08/03/2019 10:55:40

I am nearing the stage of line boring my Gypsy casting, I have done all the set up on my Myford saddle and intend to first drill the hole up to 14.5mm then bore out to the correct 5/8 inch [ 15.8750mm].

My question is , what diameter round bar should I make the boring bar out of.

If I use 14mm would that be enough clearance for the cutter or do you think I should drill through 15mm and use a 15 mm bar.

The casting is approx. 7 inches long with 5 main bearings to bore through.

Thread: Straightening a wayward hole
28/02/2019 13:31:37

Thanks everyone, put an End mill through each casting this morning and it actually

cut through really easy . All holes are running parallel now.

I think I will be investing in some quality drill bits now.

27/02/2019 21:01:13

Yes it is the Gypsy , the drill bit was from Screwfix [ Erbauer ] and was new.

I am using my Chester Champion mill to do the drilling , I centre drilled first then followed

with the 2mm drill bit.

I have been getting aluminium sticking to the drill so withdrawing it to clean regularly.

You can not see it on the picture but this is how I discovered the holes tapered inwards.

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27/02/2019 20:15:16

Thanks, I will have a go tomorrow with an End mill .

I have not used castings before and did not realise how hard it can be to

drill through even being aluminium.

27/02/2019 18:14:51

Should I put a M2 mill through or open it up with an M3 .

27/02/2019 17:45:28

I have been machining some main bearing caps today from a casting.

I centre drilled then put a 2mm pilot hole through each cap which will be used to spot through to the crankcase and then opened out to 4mm for the mounting bolts.

Now I have discovered the holes [ 10 of them ] have all run out of true , I suspect I used a badly ground drill bit.

I need to straighten these hole as I open them out to 4mm and was thinking of using a BS1 Centre drill as this is quite stiff and only 1/8 diameter.

What do you think

Thread: A bit of fun and practice.
04/02/2019 14:23:42

Made this Cube inside a cube piece a while ago , it was good to make as I was fairly new to the lathe and needed practice using the dials and grinding lathe toolsp1030328 (medium).jpg

Thread: Looking for 1/4 scale Gypsy build thread and info
26/01/2019 19:30:26

Thanks , I will give the MEM site a go .

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