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Member postings for Rob McSweeney

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Thread: Can you ID this vintage lathe?
24/01/2021 09:07:29

Iooks like a 5" Drummond to me.

Plenty of info on www.lathes.co, plus a group on facebook and what used to be a yahoo group which has now migrated elsewhere.

Thread: My compact workshop
15/01/2021 16:54:24

Do I spy a Walker Turner bench drill?

Thread: oversize ER16 collets
15/01/2021 12:08:12

www.westontooling.co.uk have them listed at £20 each Doesn't necessarily mean they are in stock, of course.

Thread: ME BEAM ENGINE - Something to Run.
11/01/2021 12:02:16

If you are looking for a bit of "spectacle" how about a table-top fountain?

Thread: Finding a good home for my Dad's engine
11/01/2021 11:56:08

It might be worth contacting the model engineering societies nearest to Chepstow (possibly Newport) as your father may have been a member and could well have had his boiler examination carried out by the club inspector. People there may remember him, and things he may have said about his work in progress.

Thread: Holding drills in ER collets
06/01/2021 15:05:27

Possibly worth investing in a few spare nuts, so that if you are drilling several sizes in sequence the drills can stay in their collets and save time and fiddling about?

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
01/01/2021 16:44:00

For possibly the first time ever, I manged some workshop time on New Year's Day, finished machining the backplate for the new 3-jaw my wife gave me for Christmas.

Thread: Vintage lathe cross slide adjustment
31/12/2020 13:23:16

Rather than fitting a dial, have you considered a digital readout? Not too expensive these days, or you can modify a digital vernier for a low-cost version. You can then swap between metric and imperial as you wish.

And, if you do find yourself bitten by the bug and upgrade in a while you can transfer it to another machine.

Thread: Bit of Xmas Fun, Competition!
27/12/2020 14:22:43

Thanks for posting this Martin, I must get round to making a few myself.

Does anyone feel like posting another of these competitions for New Year?

Thread: Etching brass
18/12/2020 09:07:50

One low tech, but time consuming, method would be to use 'Letraset' (which I have just checked on ebay and is still obtainable) 40 ish years ago I etched the registration number onto my car windows with a little kit which used Letraset for the characters and a little oval mask to contain the etch, this worked well and I would imagine would work just as well on brass, probably better as you will have the work lying flat.

Ooops! have just realised that you will need reverse image to make a stamp, probably not available in rub-down, but I am leaving my post up as the idea may help someone in another application.

Edited By Rob McSweeney on 18/12/2020 09:10:59

Thread: Parting-off Tools for Small Lathe
14/12/2020 11:59:39

I would question Mr Duffer's advice to 'run the lathe in reverse' - this is generally advised against as it can cause the chuck to unscrew from the mandrel under load. Normal practice with a back toolpost is to mount the tool upside down and cut with the normal direction of rotation.

Thread: HELP in constructing 5 inch gauge points
09/12/2020 13:00:16

The finescale railway modelers, EM & P4, will have a lot of useful info online which will scale up - in terms of the mechanics of the thing, what all the parts are called , what part is cut at what angle, what is joggled etc.

Thread: Threads on milling cutters
04/12/2020 14:10:30

Some of the older textbooks describe grinding a drill bit with a flat end as a "bottoming drill".

Could be worth trying with a long series drill, unless you need carbide for the metal you are working with.

Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
11/11/2020 08:46:28

Imho, this is the best of the forums I visit.

Clear and straightforward to navigate, doesn't take an age to load like some do, and not plastered with adverts.

I fail to see what Mr Jones is objecting to.

Please don't change it.

Rob

Thread: How can a steel thermos drinks flask fail?
09/11/2020 16:07:13

I had one (which was excellent for the first few years - I once filled it on a Friday evening, forgot to take it with me, and the water was a nice temp to wash up with when I got home on Sunday) which developed a pinhole in the inner wall through corrosion/erosion cycle.

Thread: Two sides of a coin?
02/11/2020 17:50:25

If you don't mind me asking - how do you go about ordering from M Metals? Looking at the website I don't see any online ordering facility (or indeed any way of making an online payment) - is it back to the old way of requesting a pro-forma invoice?

Edited By Rob McSweeney on 02/11/2020 17:51:52

Thread: Steam pump
27/10/2020 10:31:49

Kennions are listing drgs and castings for two LBSC designs, duplex and single cylinder Wiers pump.

Thread: is it a flycutter ?
15/07/2020 15:19:22

Possibly an early form of combined drill/countersink? The absence of a screw to lock the drillbit rather speaks against that, unless the toolbit in the slot can bear down on the drill and lock it. Or, is the bottom of the hole threaded to hold a threaded drill shank?

Thread: I'm making D reamers on a ML8 please help me get a proper lathe!
25/02/2020 09:14:31

Hi Sam,

If you are not familiar with matalworking lathes, can I recommend that you get hold of a copy of - "The Amateur's Lathe," by L.H.Sparey, readily available on Ebay and elsewhere, first published probably 75 years ago now but still an excellent primer in small lathes and their use.

As regards the slot cutting (and I know what the job is btw) you will not need a power feed, racking the carriage to and fro with the carriage handwheel will suffice. For shorter slots (up to perhaps 2" long) you may well be able to rig a lever across the face of the handwheel which will make things very comfortable. I can't remember where, but there is at least one video on Youtube showing this operation.

Happy lathe hunting!

Thread: I just had to buy this
10/02/2020 18:03:46

Workshop thermometer?

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