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Thread: Metal de-coroder
22/06/2019 13:30:27

This stuff is used by museums to restore old metal so it is safe to use on delicate items they wouldn't be happy dunking in a tank of vinegar, lemon juice or molasses. laugh

It is concentrated so diluted in water for normal use, the small sample bottle will still go a fair way.

I've written to WD40 to ask why we cant get hold of their rust soak liquid over here just as an aside.

Best regards Mick

22/06/2019 11:13:46

That chuck refurb is a pretty amazing piece of work! There is hope for a lot of scrap out there lol.


Thread: Milling Machine Identification
22/06/2019 10:56:53

Definitely a home brew job, a lot of work to make it too.

Not sure how well it will clean up or perform but a good project to have a go at.

I think the hardest job will be to get any cutters to run true, the arbor is missing and the support bracket.

Good luck in making it a runner

Best regards Mick

Thread: Metal de-coroder
22/06/2019 10:23:33

Hi all,

I've been looking around at renovation products for use at Wentworth and came across the stable mates of Renaissance wax polish. One of which is metal de-coroder liquid.

It is for ferrous and some non ferrous metals and is safe to use.

Initial results are pretty encouraging based on some simple tests.

Just wondered if anyone had used this stuff before.


Mild steel plate and a well rusted drawer lock after a couple of hours dipping in a solution of the product.

Regards Mick

Thread: Wentworth woodhouse
21/06/2019 11:29:53

Well the new workshop is now available for construction. The laser has gone to a better place; much cleaner room lol.

I'm now faced with planning the machines and layout for it.

Hopefully the size, 6.6 x 3.5 metres will be plenty to include benches, storage and machinery space.

Anyone care to comment on the use of the space is more than welcome, I'm hoping to set it up as a specialist restoration shop for on site projects.



Thread: Odd sized strong bar
19/06/2019 15:59:04

I have always known the tool as a strong bar or breaker bar from my motor vehicle engineering days.

Flexible handle fits nicely too but the ones I was using were 1/2 drive and 18 to 24 inches long so not really a handle.

It was very satisfying to crack the wheel nuts with one, using the inertia of the wheel to exert a high torque on the nut and free it. Sort of spin the wheel clock wise then pull up on the strong bar and arrest the spin suddenly. Hard to describe but very effective.


Thread: Precision Metal Pen Oiler
18/06/2019 11:42:47

Neat little tool, around a tenner on the bay of e.

I've just made a rack of mini bottles for my toolbox from old eye drop bottles.

Washed and dried, labels steeped off, filled with oil, thread lock, bearing adhesive, glue and new labels printed up so I have a small amount of each to hand when out of the shop.


Thread: Tools or 'things' as therapy
18/06/2019 10:10:21

NDIY the Raglan is a splendid manufacturer, I had a 5 inch and a loughborough as well as the vertical mill. I upgraded to a new Boxfod X10, that does not have back gear or auto carriage stop or one handed speed adjustment. Wish I had kept it now!


Thread: Metal Bandsaw - Chester H80 or Warco CY90
18/06/2019 09:10:06

Depends on proposed use I guess.

Many favour a bandsaw but I love my donkey hacksaw.

I have a six inch and a four inch just for good measure.

There are plenty od used ones out there with more than enough life in them.


Thread: Odd sized strong bar
18/06/2019 08:57:38

Here is the item, any thoughts please.


18/06/2019 08:54:57

Hi all,

I bought what on the face of it is a 1/4 drive strong bar but when received will not fit my sockets.

It 6.99mm across the square so near on 9/32nds.

Is it just a poorly made quarter drive or is there some obscure 9/32 drive socket set out there?

Regards Mick

Thread: Tools or 'things' as therapy
18/06/2019 08:49:59

I love all my tools, machines and assorted nick knacks.

It would be hard to pick out any favourite but I too have a 4" Bahco mover that seems to always be close by.

My current favourite is a Facom ratchet screwdriver set, which has a ratchet handle, bits, 1/4 drive adaptor and 5 sockets in a box 5 x 2 inches. It's so cleverly designed I just love using it.

The smell of a well used and oiled tool transports me to my shop where ever i am. Should i be disclosing this in open forum?


Thread: First Project
17/06/2019 16:41:32

I'm not sure how much knowledge you have of the processes involved in even a project not involving castings.

If you dont have a lathe or mill or access to them you may as well save your money.

Hemingway kits are about as basic as they come, with a box full of metal cut to rough size and the engineering drawings to turn them into the required parts for the finished project. If you have no machining experience and no machines I dont think you will get very far. There certainly would not be enough time on an evening class basis to learn the skills and machine each part.

I do hope you were joking about the 6ft square shed, you need a lot more room than that for the things you are looking at building.

Thread: What Myford is this?
16/06/2019 07:41:12

Looks like it would be a serious restoration project, thank goodness it's too far away for me to bid on lol.

I cant see there being a crate load of parts floating round for it and without them it's a plain turning lathe of little capability from what I can see.

I agree though it would be grand to see one in the flesh and working.

Regards Mick

Thread: Hardening a form tool made from Gauge Plate
15/06/2019 06:21:33

Not sure if it's been mentioned already but I use a magnet to test if the steel has reached the curie point and is hot enough to quench.

I only Quench in brine if I want glass hard results and stick to Quenchall 22 oil for most jobs.

I have a chart of useful tempering temperatures in my shop for various tools, I'll have a gander to see if it mentions lathe tools.

Regards Mick

Thread: Gents impulse clock
14/06/2019 21:28:46

Door was locked but took an up skirt of the mechanism....20190614_173918.jpg

14/06/2019 20:58:03

Or am I looking for something different? This was thrown in one of the cellars!

14/06/2019 20:57:18

Oh my word! What a wealth of information completely over my head lol.

You are one seriously clever guy SOD. I take my hat off to you.

Apologies for the photo orientation but this is the clock I wondered if was a master for the gents skace clock?

Staff though it was some kind of time recording clock or clocking in machine but I'm not sure.


Thread: boxford 10 XX lathe
13/06/2019 21:01:56

Hi Alex, I have two boxford X10 lathes, great machines. Name plates seem to be an issue, mine are missing too.

It would be nice to have them even though they add nothing to performance lol.

Welcome along.


Thread: Gents impulse clock
13/06/2019 10:02:39

I was a bit too targeted in my search, looking for impulse clock which gave no results.

It came from the lady Mabel college which was based at Wentworth woodhouse. I was asking what the master might look like as there is a long cased clock with a pendulum just sitting on the floor in a corridor and I wondered if that was the master.

I'm rubbish at any kind of electronics but it would be nice to make the thing run again. Looks like all the others were stripped out and have gone.

I'll have a look at the bigger clock and report back if they appear linked.

Best regards Mick

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