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Member postings for Chris

Here is a list of all the postings Chris has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Free Book Offer now on its way
05/05/2010 10:26:06
Here we are well into May and I still haven't recieved my Foundation course book. Could someone tell me the number to ring to chase up the problem.
Thanks, Chris.
Thread: Choice of small milling machine
03/05/2010 18:52:23
Hi Peter, just been on the amadeal site. Some very good prices. Have you any knowledge of their tilt and swivel vices? They are very well priced and look sound but pictures can be deceptive.
Chris
Thread: Advice for first time visitor to Harrogate Show
03/05/2010 18:46:20
I'll be happy to see you and your creations. I'll have to be careful though, it sounds as though Circlip could be my twin brother. Grey beard, outward signs of brewery shares. Perhaps we should all get together and have a Santa's summer re-union. Sorry John you started this as a serious thread and it's rapidly becoming a goon show script.
Chris
03/05/2010 10:55:25
Steady on there Mr Circlip. I'll be wearing a pink carnation and carrying my 'man bag' should you care to introduce yourself.
On a more serious note it would be good to meet some of the people from this site, in particular some of you who have guided me through the first 18 months of getting started in this hobby.
Chris.
02/05/2010 22:57:42
Glad to hear you are on your way John. It's a great show, did my first last year. Nothing like the bike shows and I did those for many years. The big thing is that they all want to talk to you, even when they are busy.
I'll be Kwak Jack spotting on Saturday.
Chris.
Thread: A beginners locomotive
26/04/2010 20:56:55
Hi Vincent, I am thoroughly enjoying building the Northumbrian being serialised in ME at the moment. The instruction are good and the couple of problems I have had have been quickly sorted by members of this site. My only regret is that it is not in 5" as some of the parts are pretty small and the end product will only pull myself (hopefully). A further advantage is that the whole cost is only about £300 / £350 so buying those odd 'replacement castings' doesn't hurt too much.
Chris.
Thread: 5" Rocket
22/04/2010 17:08:25
Come on Jason. That would be like me mistaking your TE for a steam waggon. .
Chris.
22/04/2010 10:43:44
On the front cover of ME Vol202 No4350 there was a picture of a 5" Rocket which was on display at the Model Engineer exhibition at Ascot. The picture was taken by one Roger Bunce.
Perhaps our editor has more details.
Early on in the Northumbrian series it was mentioned that someone was scaling it up to 5". I wonder if that project has developed?
Chris.
Thread: Very early locomotive boiler feeds
09/04/2010 21:18:17
I found the curator of the manchester museum of science and industry very helpful with my enquiries about Northumbrian. They cover the Liverpool Manchester Railway history.
Hope this helps. I too am fascinated by the very early locos and would like to know more about your Lancashire Witch. My next project will be a 5 inch oldie (there are very few about) but a 7 sounds even more exciting.
Chris.
Thread: Blowers / lighting the fire.
09/04/2010 21:04:34
For what it's worth, the members of my local club all use charcoal soaked in parafin to start their fires. This seems to rapidly lead to the need for coal and even the larger locos seem to be in steam very quickly. Is it possible that your kindling ashes are clogging the grate. This is just what is required for a wood burning stove where top draught is needed but not good for a fire requiring strong bottom draught.
Chris.
Thread: Clarke 500 lathe/mill handbook.
05/04/2010 10:43:49
Thinking about it my comments about Machine Mart are rather outdated. Soon after buying my lathe (15 years ago) the main start switch stopped working. The guy in the local shop told me to ship it to their workshops, I think it was Shefield for repairs! They were unable to supply me with a switch to fit myself.
However as I say that was some years ago so hopefully things have changed.
Chris.
02/04/2010 20:41:29
Heck, suddenly replies after ten months. I actually contacted Clarke by phone and a very helpful bloke downloaded both the parts list and full instruction manual. Gave the advice to someone else recently in the beginners questions section and I think he too has been successful. My experience of Machine Mart is not as good as it could be regarding after sales service or information. Suspect they employ salesmen rather than engineering enthusiasts!
Chris.
Thread: Newbie here - Anyone used a Clarke CL430 or Cl500 for screw cutting?
25/03/2010 11:44:00
So there is someone else out there with a CL500. I have not yet used mine for screw cutting but there are three pages in the full manual which should get you started. My lathe did not have the full manual when purchased but I contacted Clarkes direct (by phone) and they down loaded it to me free of charge. The pages you require are 20-22. They are not particularly comprehensve but do include the gear change charts etc. Hope this helps.
Thread: Renewing Subscriptions
12/03/2010 13:09:25
Another 40 minutes and I have discovered www.subscriptions.co.uk which seems to have sorted out my problem Geoff. I don't know if it will work from your side of the big blue planet but it may be worth a try.
I think a link to this site from the SUBSCRIBE section on this site would be very useful should our new web master be listening.
Regards, Chris.
12/03/2010 12:38:22
I'm with you all the way on this one Geoff. I have just spent a totally fruitless hour trying to find a way of registering my change of address.
Surely in the 'Subscribe' section there should be some way to access ones subscription account and amend its details. I've done it in the MY DETAILS section on this site but have no idea if this is linked to the subscription section.
I fear the loss of Magazines and my free Foundation Course book.
Chris.
Thread: AXLE BOX SPRINGS
09/03/2010 17:05:43
Thanks to all for the addresses and Jason for the cutting methods. I was just about to dismantle the old Joe Anna for parts! The way I play the piano the neighbours would probably have been grateful.
Chris
08/03/2010 08:54:59
Try Part 5, Fitting the Wheels and Axels, page594, where there are instructions on making the springs and wire sizes.
22g for the driving and trailing wheels. 1 1/4 for the drivers and 5/8 for the trailing. Tender springs are recommended at 26g and 5/8. (Part 9, Page 257).
Can you recommend a supplier of piano wire Donald as I haven't found one yet.
Chris.

Edited By Chris on 08/03/2010 09:09:25

Thread: Starting from scratch
20/02/2010 22:40:35
Ohh how close you and I are. Like you I started in this mad game about 15/20 years ago and house building, kids etc put the thing on hold.
Now I'm back and although very dependant on the advice and help of members of this site (you know who you are) I am enjoying every minute of my engineering.
I have the Clarke 500 lathe/mill combo ( Machine Mart or Chronos) which is happy to handle everything involved in the Northumbrian build which is running in ME at the moment plus much more I suspect. Not the best I'm sure but a good starter point and heavy enough to feel like the real thing!
After that it's taps, dies, drills, lathe tools, mill tools etc etc etc etc etc, all of which can be bought as they are required. Been at it about a year and still have a wish list as long as my arm.
Beware this is a very adictive hobby.
Chris.
Thread: Diamond tool holder.
17/02/2010 21:48:17
I have recently watched the sales demo video on the diamond tool holder which seem very impressive. I am also aware that in my 'boring question' thread I was encouraged to work with something other than my faithful carbide tip tool. PLUS the fact that I am aware that nice sharp shoulders are essential sometimes. AND the fact that you have encouraged me to sharpen my own tools.
Is this tool any good. At £80 it aint cheap but if it is as good as the sales vid then it is impressive.
(Note for Meyrick; I bought the Harold Hall book and I am collecting the bits to make the off hand grinding table).
Chris
Thread: Slitting saw
16/02/2010 20:56:54
Thank you gentlemen. Just come out of the shed having made the inside rocker arms for Northumbrian, slots and all. My biggest suprise was being able to do them in one cut (courtasy of your advice) as I had antisipated it being more like a milling process. Small repeat cuts.
The picture was very helpful Tony and I now realise that I need a machine block to raise the height of the cross slide to make the best of my Clarke combo mill head. More packages in plain brown paper to get past 'she who steals the duvet '. Anyone know a good source for these, (machine blocks that is). The Clarke one seem a bit steep at £65, or am I displaying my proximity to the Scotish border again!
Cheers, Chris.
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