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Member postings for David Davies 8

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Thread: GH Thomas S7 topslide improvements
25/10/2021 14:45:33

A very neat job Colin.

I also have carried out GHT's slide gib pinning and locking screw mod to my two Boxford CSBs and my Myford ML7 so I know what you meant when you said:-

- this is the bit where GHT talks obliquely about 'clamping it as best as you can'.



Thread: Extension to Digital Version
16/09/2021 19:31:18

My copy of 308 arrived in Cardiff today.


Thread: Milton Keynes Metals?
21/12/2020 10:29:52

+1 for Macc Models and M-Machine.


Thread: Size question
21/12/2020 09:54:21

Nigel Graham wrote "There is plenty of information, hand-books etc. on building locomotives and rolling-stock, but I do not recall any similar literature on building the track".

Martin Evans wrote a book 'Outdoor Model Railways' in 1970 which contains chapters on track and track laying. The content includes reference to gauge widening on curves, super elevation and transition curves or 'easement spirals'.

There is also much information on rolling stock, passenger cars and signalling.

Copies will surely come up from time to time on the second hand market. I bought mine for £2 as an impecunious 12 year old in in 1970,' hot off the press'.



Thread: Cheap Ultrasonic Cleaners
19/12/2020 07:20:32

Ultrawave ultrasonic cleaners are made in Wales, at Cardiff. They may have something suitable.

I have no connection with this firm.



Thread: Mastercard ...
11/12/2020 17:38:09

One wonders how an equitable settlement will be achieved. The PPI settlement turned into a farce, no doubt this will too. However as John Lawes says above it serves as a warning to all card system operators.


Thread: Taper turning
29/11/2020 19:49:43


there were two articles in MEW a couple of years ago by Alan Hearsum about making a TTA for his Drummond lathe. This was based on the Myford design.

I have the issue numbers but not to hand at the moment. Will post details tomorrow.

Chris Heapy also described a Myford TTA many years ago.



PS:- issues 233 & 234 Autumn 2015

Edited By David Davies 8 on 29/11/2020 19:57:24

Thread: Taper Turning attachment - what a revelation
28/11/2020 20:33:10

Post script, after consulting the Oracle, AKA Tony Griffiths, the Holbrook must have been a B13 or B17. His description of the cross slide is better than mine!


28/11/2020 20:05:51

I once used a Holbrook lathe which had two cross slides IIRC, one above the other. The top one was connected to a hand wheel on the operator's side and its nut was mounted to the bottom cross slide. The bottom one was capable of being locked to the carriage or connected to the TTA.

l believe South Bend patented a telescopic cross slide screw for their TTA which removed the need to disconnect the cross slide nut. This was only available on their bigger lathes.

One day I'll get around to commissioning the TTA on my Boxford!


Thread: BANG!
23/11/2020 21:44:55

Simon 0362 wrote:-

"Unfortunately I did this before returning the meter to a voltage configuration and promptly put a straight short across 220 V."

This mistake is easily made. For this reason, at work, the leads supplied with (Fluke) multimeters were removed and replaced with leads having fused prods before the instruments were issued to our electricians.

Because of the fused leads an instruction was also made that the electricians should test their meters on a known live circuit at the start of each shift thus proving that the fuses within the prods of the leads were healthy.


Thread: Threaded spindle mistake
22/11/2020 22:17:53

One must also be aware that inverters set to ramp down too quickly (possibly regenerating or using dynamic braking resistors) can cause a chuck to loosen when stopping while running forward.


22/11/2020 22:03:14

The mistake is that the chuck will loosen whilst accelerating in reverse. Applying the brake whilst running in reverse will serve to tighten the chuck to the spindle.


Thread: How to Adjust Old Breaker
19/11/2020 22:34:15


as Pete Rimmer says above the conactor is a three phase unit. The live should be connected so that the current passes through all three poles (ie wire all three poles in series) otherwise there will be an imbalance and the overload will trip. The neutral should not be switched but should be permanently connected. These thermal overloads are designed to trip on true three phase overload and also on loss of one phase hence the need to have equal current in all three poles.



Thread: Electric vehicles
19/11/2020 17:25:01

Derek Hall 1 said

"Well I am thinking to myself to what I would be doing if I was a silly teenager with his mates coming out of the pub/nightclub late at night when every sensible person is asleep in 2031........."look at all them electric cars being charged...lets unplug em all for a laugh"..........."

Didn't anyone hear that alcohol is to be phased out by 2029 for health reasons? Once this is implemented there will no longer be any drink induced tomfoolery.


Thread: Composite washers for Bullfinch and Sievert propane torches
15/11/2020 15:24:15

I have several Sievert Propane blowlamps, the older handles have a 10 x 1 thread to take the neck tube, the newer ones have a 3/8 BSP RH thread for the neck tube The neck tubes have a hemispherical end which seals against the cone within the handle. No gasket is used. If there is a leak one or both of the mating surfaces is marked or the neck tube captive nut has not been tightened sufficiently.

This method is exactly as used on oxy/fuel gas lamps for the hose tails at the regulator and at the blowpipe.

The burners do have a gasket where they seal against the neck tube but I cannot say what the gasket is made of.



Thread: Milling attachment
15/11/2020 08:32:47

Hi Paul

thanks for that, I will trawl through vol 95.



14/11/2020 18:59:31


in my 1982 version of Ian Bradley's Myford series 7 manual a "shop made" milling attachment is shown in 2 places, fig 10.4 in chapter 10 and again fig 14.3 in chapter 14. Only a short paragraph mentions it in chapter 10.

My query is; does anyone know if this attachment was ever described in the ME or elsewhere?



Thread: Cuttings an 8tpi thread in free cutting silver steel
03/11/2020 14:14:45


setting the topslide ar 14.5 deg is not the same as making the tool match the helix angle of the thread. The leading edge of the tool must have its clearance angle increased as the helix angle increases. If not the tool will foul the work. The trailing edge of the tool does not need the same treatment as the helix is going away from that edge. The treason for the 14.5 degrees is so that the cut is only applied by the leading edge, the trailing edge merely follows.



02/11/2020 15:16:04

You could try cutting an 8 tpi 55 or 60 degree thread first then cleaning it up with the ACME tool.



02/11/2020 14:55:28

Too quick Jason!

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