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Thread: Storing small lengths of steel stock
06/02/2019 09:42:36

I use 4" drainpipe on end. There are 5 rows of pipe, 1 x 12", 1x 24" 1 x 36" The pipes are glued together with normal plastic glue and are self supporting. They sit on a piece of 1/2" plywood.

The pipes are set a little way from the corner so that large pieces unable to fit in the pipes are able to be propped up in the corner.

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Pieces that would get hidden in the short pipes are put in Linbins. The items wrapped in newspaper are steel billets.

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Works OK for me.

The Emerald Isle

Edited By steamdave on 06/02/2019 09:43:48

Thread: super 7 headstock bearings
05/02/2019 22:35:49

I've had this note about S7 bearing adjustment (I can't remember where I found it) and you may care to read and follow:

Sounds like out of adjustment bearings. The pressure from the live centre is reducing the front bearing clearance to zero. Carry out the following as per Myford (Nottingham) practice:


This is what Myford Ltd used to do:

1. Power Down

2. Remove all belt tension.

3. Remove Chuck

4. Rotate RH collar one complete turn. (top towards you).

5. Rotate LH collar one complete turn. (top towards you).

Spindle should be completely free of front bush.

6.Loosen Allen screw on collar at end of spindle.

7. Using the Allen key tighten collar as tight at it will go by hand.

Inner tapered roller races are now locked together with correct pre-load.

8. Back off LH collar one complete turn + a bit (top away from you).

9. Rocking the spindle by holding the spindle nose tighten the RH collar by hand (top away from you).

10. When you feel resistance to movement stop.

11. Collar should be just tight enough that spindle can just be moved by hand holding the nose.

12. Do up the LH collar by hand (top towards you). You should still feel resistance when turning the spindle by the nose.

13. With the crescent wrench (adjustable spanner) on the LH collar tap the end smartly with a 12oz hammer.

The spindle should move forwards by a couple of tenths and be completely free running.

14. With the lathe running slowly (lowest direct speed) put the oil gun in the front oil cup and pump until oil issues from the front bearing. (It comes out of the back and is sprayed around by the bull wheel at least it did on mine).

15. All should be sweetness and light with great rejoicing in heaven and on the earth.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Alternative to a QCTP?
03/02/2019 12:21:18

For many years I used a GHT designed 4 way toolpost on my Myford. In fact, I made 2 - one was to be for non ferrous metals and the other for normal steel turning. Then a few years ago, I fell under the spell of the supposed superiority of the QCTP. In my mind, changing over was the worst decision I made regarding tool holding but couldn't go back because I sold them!

The GHT design was far more rigid, it had accurate indexing and with all my tools pre-shimmed to centre height, it took very little time to change tools when required. Another big advantage was when making multiple parts like special screws, just a spin of the turret and the correct tool was presented.

True, it was only practical to hold 3 tools, but that never was a problem. As has been mentioned earlier, a Lammas 3 way tool post would probably be the perfect compromise. The idea of changing turrets never really happened unless I had a large amount of brass/bronze turning to do.

As has also been said, at the end of the day it is what the individual feels happy with using.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Some big tools
23/01/2019 11:58:39
Posted by Georgineer on 22/01/2019 13:46:19:
Posted by roy entwistle on 22/01/2019 12:00:49:

I seem to remember when everybody was getting solar hot water, You never see it now


I had solar hot water installed. I sincerely wish that I had left the money in the bank.


From an Irish perspective and my age profile, solar water heating is not cost effective. Taking into consideration the cost of installation and the savings, it just doesn't work. Perhaps in a large family which includes teenagers it may be different.

In a household of 2, how much pure hot water is used daily? The hot water normally has to be mixed with cold water to be usable, so take showers x 2, a bit of other cleaning usage, say about 80/90 litres. The installation cost of solar means that I can use a lot oil (no gas available in the stix) to heat that 80 litres. Dishwashers and washing machines which are the main appliances using water seem to be all cold fill anyway. (OK, I'm sure you can prove me wrong).

I'm not interested in the possible increase in value of my property because I will be here until carried out in a box (or plastic bag!)

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Bronze for bushings
10/01/2019 22:51:30

Shaft diameter is 1/2". The original intention was to drill 29/64, true up with a boring tool and finally ream.

With confirmation that the material is suitable, looks like I will be doing a bit more boring than originally anticipated!

The Emerald Isle

10/01/2019 20:32:18

I need to make a pair of bushings for a silver steel crankshaft which will rotate about 4 - 500 rpm.

I've got some bronze - drawn, I believe looking at the spiral marks on it. It's playing hell with the drills, just as bad as phosphor bronze: the hole seeming to close in on the drill and then the inevitable seizure. I could continue by boring, hoping to hit the correct size.

Regardless of technique, if I can machine it successfully will it in fact be good as a bearing material?

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Power cross feed on Myford Super 7
07/12/2018 16:22:10

Has it jammed because you have wound the cross slide out too far and the lead screw has become disengaged and you can't wind it back in?

If so, you can restore normal operations by trying to wind in the cross slide and at the same time winding the leadscrew handle forwards and backwards maybe half a turn each way. It may well take several attempts, but it will eventually go.

The Emerald Isle

Edited By steamdave on 07/12/2018 16:22:55

Thread: Myford ML7, or Colchester Bantam/Boxford model A easiest to use?
05/12/2018 10:58:08

I started off with a Myford S7 and later bought a Harrison M300. S7 is imperial, M300 is metric.

For sure, the M300 is a far more capable turning machine, but I don't like it!

My main dislike on the M300 is the low position of the controls - I seem to be stooping to use the cross slide handwheel. Also being an imperial dinosaur, I struggle with the metric dimensions when moving between the two machines. I don't like the direct reading of the M300 cross slide dial and that doesn't help me.

I have recently sold the M300 and am much more confident in my turning now using the trusty S7.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Are Stevenson's ER Blocks Useful
04/12/2018 20:11:10
Posted by thaiguzzi on 28/10/2017 11:03:55:

Yabbut, when will someone make and sell square and hex ER collets? That's another advantage 5C has.

Harold Hall described collets for square material that would fit inside a standard ER (or probably any other) collet.
I had several Burnerd multisize square collets and I never ever used them!

The Emerald Isle

Thread: The demise of the High Street
03/12/2018 22:21:42

Seems like it's not too bad living in deepest, darkest West Cork. Skibbereen and Clonakilty are thriving little towns.

Plenty of independent small shops, free parking (2 hour limit) and a very good local market on the weekends. Lidl and Aldi have made an appearance but they do not seem to have taken away too much trade from the smaller independent shops. No Tesco, M & S or other multiples.

Only thing lacking is a decent tool shop!

The Emerald Isle

Thread: 'shop tip from 1921
24/11/2018 22:28:15

Here's a 1921 Pop. Mechanics method of clearing a drain. Sounds quite exciting!


The Emerald Isle

Thread: Sussex Steam Co. can't contact them, no answer for weeks!
24/10/2018 16:17:19

Thanks, Rod. Please send me a PM or email.

The Emerald Isle

24/10/2018 14:30:17

The wife of Sussex Steam owner is very seriously ill and the business is moribund at the moment. MiniSteam maybe taking up some of their designs in the future.

Rod. I would be interested in your beam engine kit if Fabiano doesn't want it.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: A New Golden Age of Model Engineering Exhibitions
23/10/2018 13:53:34
Posted by JasonB on 23/10/2018 08:02:37:

I also like to see exhibits in the American style (and Guildford) where the exhibitor gets allotted table space and can be present to chat about their models and possibly even run them rather than just being stood on a table with other entries in a comp or display class where a steward can't be expected to answer more than basic questions about them. This is what Dave was wanting in his thread the other day and also what Mike T did along with fellow IC Engine Builders Group Members.


The only possible 'excuse' for English shows and the number of club stands stewarded by club volunteers (well done those people, by the way) and static displays is that 'over there' the exhibitors generally are individuals because Model Engineering clubs as they are in England are very few and far between. Some of the exhibitors to the major shows will travel for several days to get there and back home again afterwards.

One income generating item in Cabin Fever and NAMES are the auctions and commission sales. The last CF that I attended had a lot of non ME but engineering orientated content for auction: There were a lot of antique engineering tools and scientific instruments, including a lot of Tesla items as well as a large number of models. The auction was conducted on the first day and took up most of that day. Items for commission sale were displayed throughout the exhibition with a wanted price label on them. When bought, they were generally removed at the time of sale.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: ME Shows in UK for private exhibitors
18/10/2018 22:19:42
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/10/2018 22:18:19:
Posted by mike T on 12/10/2018 17:17:01:
Posted by steamdave on 12/10/2018 16:08:21:
I am looking for a similar type of event to Bristol where I can have my own space and run engines if desired. As you say JB, the Midlands show is not like that. Looks like I'm out of luck.

The Emerald Isle


Now that the Bristol Show has gone, like so many other shows; you and I and some others are all looking for somewhere else where we can have our own table and a chance to run engines.

Good hunting


Might be worth getting in touch with Gavin Rex to see if the Doncaster show can help. His details are here:


Well, it's 6 days since I messaged Gavin Rex and so far I haven't even had the courtesy of an acknowledgement. Not very encouraging.

The Emerald Isle

12/10/2018 16:08:21
Posted by JasonB on 12/10/2018 11:34:09:

Dave the Midlands will take models in the competition or display classes, only thing is I doubt you would be able to run the engines in the same was as you were at Bristol and would not get your own bit of table.

I am looking for a similar type of event to Bristol where I can have my own space and run engines if desired. As you say JB, the Midlands show is not like that. Looks like I'm out of luck.

The Emerald Isle

12/10/2018 11:23:17
Posted by Mark Rand on 12/10/2018 11:09:04:

How much does it cost to hire an Antonov? surprise

Cost not the problem, Mark. Its the private landing strip that stops me! Ha Ha.

The Emerald Isle

12/10/2018 10:15:15

Thanks for the suggestion, Mark, but they do not accept private entry displays.

I won't be flying with my models!

The Emerald Isle

11/10/2018 22:53:36

No doubt by now, most people will know that there will not be a 2019 Bristol ME Exhibition.

I have been going over from Ireland to Bristol for a few years as a private exhibitor and was wondering what other similar exhibitions are around for private exhibitors. Ideally, I would like to attend a show that is on for more than one day to make the travelling worthwhile.

Any suggestions (and perhaps an invitation)? I don't do hot fog.

The Emerald Isle

Thread: Marine Plastic
28/09/2018 12:14:25
Posted by Tim Rowe 1 on 28/09/2018 09:22:16:
Posted by Clive Brown 1 on 28/09/2018 08:54:53:

For a sailing-boat application, I'd consider Tufnol rod. Widely used for marine fittings, pulleys, rollers etc. Tough, weather resistant, easily machined and not too expensive.


+1 for Tufnol

A delight to machine and the smell - aah! memories of my granddad's workshop.


Tufnol was/is used for many yacht fittings. Self lubricating and long lasting. So another +1 for Tufnol.

The Emerald Isle

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