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Member postings for michael cole

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Thread: Metal Packs.
18/05/2013 15:14:13

Be careful and check before you buy. I ordered a pack of round section steel bars, some years ago.Amost half of the weight of the pack was made up by very small sections which are only good for mixing glue. As some time has passed I am not sure of which firm I ordered from. I did ring and complain and received a second pack, again largely made up with 2mm or so rods.

Thread: Hobby related novel
28/04/2013 17:15:39

The first Shute novel that I read was "Around the Bend " about a charter air business set in the middle east. A very good read.

Thread: Boxford lathe prices/opinions
12/04/2013 19:04:57

The 127/100 gear is permently mounted in the gear train, so the swop from imp to metric takes me around one minute.


12/04/2013 15:53:17

I have had in the past myford, and underdrive Boxfords and currently I use a modern Boxford.

The only item that if seens to be missing is the headstock bush, The standard headstock taper is a version of 4.5mt and the bush takes this down to 3mt. New bushes are available from Boxford

. I see that it comes with a lagre set of gears, this with the 3 lever gearbox and standard 127 toth gear will let you cut just about any thread imp and metric you should want.

I would be happy to bid up to £1500. The harded beds just do not wear in a shool setting, but watch out for any dings.


Thread: Is it just me?
03/03/2013 12:41:24

I do not mind OT threads but i do want the title to be informative.Titles like "Is it just me" are hopeless. A lot o MEW readers are not steam modelers but reparir and build bikes and cars.


Thread: Model Engineers' Workshop Issue 201 - A Preview.
01/03/2013 07:09:37

The H.Hall tool holder we had some time ago,so that is a repeat. Nothing of great intrest in this issue.

Thread: boxford model aud
25/02/2013 12:34:43

My late model AUD would not start on top speed on very cold days. I just use to warm it up by running it on a slow speed for 5 mins.


Thread: Importance of the forum in your life.
19/02/2013 16:53:48

While I check this forum most days, it is the traction engine and steamboats sites that I would miss if they get pulled.


Thread: A preview of Model Engineers Workshop
01/02/2013 19:16:08


it looks like a good issue to me, as I like the cover and no CNC.

Thread: Bar stock
17/12/2012 18:31:53

PM sent


Thread: J B WELD
11/12/2012 11:02:19

Thanks Jason

I have used the high temp stuff to repair a traction engine cylinder (1/3 scale) where i drilled too deep. I also find that it does slump quite a lot. I also use milliput as a filler in where i just needed a gap filler. I suppost it is a case of having 3 or 4 different types for the partiular work in hand.


11/12/2012 07:09:33

Hi Jason

Why do you not recomend the fast set or marine type. I just finished my high temp JB weld ( red and black ) and was thinking about getting the fast set next time. I find that the high temp needs at least 24 hours to set. When i do not require the high temp this long time is a bit of a pain.


Thread: Bar stock
05/12/2012 20:49:47

I just ordered some 1inch and 2 inch leaded bronze bar in 2 inch lenght. But this was for a particular job. Buying cheap on spec I would order by at lest one foot.


Thread: What was your best buy
27/11/2012 15:44:10

I rate my shaper top with the bandsaw second.

Thread: Steel Tender Waterproofing
14/10/2012 19:22:19

Isoflex or Por15. Go and have a look on the Traction Talk forum. I asked this same question over there.


Thread: Beware Bought Lathe tools.
14/10/2012 09:21:11

Every brazed tip tool that i have brought has required to be sharpened. This included a multi tip face milling cutter that came with a second hand mill, The first owner had tried the cutter and saild it was hopeless, i sharpened all the tips and find it cuts OK.

So my point is even if you ordered a 55 deqree point tool, i would not expect to use it without a touch up on the grinding wheel.

I know that this means they can supply the same tool what ever the angle you ordered.!!!

This only applies to brazed tip tooling tooling, HSS tooling i find if better finished.

Thread: Harrison 140 headstock taper
20/09/2012 18:46:11

Same here with my boxford. 4.5 MT to 3MT bush in the headstock. Still availabe new from boxford.

Thread: JB Weld
06/09/2012 10:15:16

I have done a very similar repair to a shaper clapper box using JB Weld and two studs. It is still working fine after 2 years since the repair.


Thread: Sulphuric acid
25/08/2012 17:53:53

If you need to dispose of any acid try your local Boots the Chemist. Mine in Wallasey are only to please to get rid of it for me.


Thread: Workshop disposal
21/06/2012 11:15:29

Just to say I have the same drill press and paid £40 for it last year. I thougth that I got it a bit cheap.


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