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Member postings for Steve Withnell

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Thread: Whats this Tool? Workshop find.
27/01/2021 19:48:38

Obviously for slicing something into smaller strips - the name on the side appears to be "GASO"

Anyone recognise this?


gaso 2.jpggaso 1.jpg

Thread: Workshop Clearance - Advice
10/01/2021 15:39:46

Posted by peak4 on 09/01/2021 13:18:34:

Sorry to hear that Steve, I have vague memories of visiting your Dad's company many years ago.

Hi Bill,

A long while ago now! Dad sold up about 30 years ago, can't believe he's been retired that long. Sadly, his stash of vintage car parts doesn't appear to have any commercial value either - I had a word with Matthewsons and the stuff he has appeals to a particular generation, those folks now in their 80s.

Hope you are keeping well.


10/01/2021 15:28:52

Posted by JasonB on 09/01/2021 13:21:55:

Given the current situation I should think a trader is about the only option as they can travel for work purposes.

I think that's a key point Jason thanks.

10/01/2021 15:27:33
Posted by Dave Wootton on 09/01/2021 13:44:13:

A friend had to do a similar thing with his fathers workshop a few years ago, he wanted everything gone as a job lot because the workshop was in the midlands several hundred miles from his home. He tried several dealers and received a couple of paltry offers. He contacted David Anchell of Quillstar who made a reasonable offer and collected promptly, I have no connection with the business, but I did buy a lathe from him years ago and was very pleased with the whole thing. Might be worth a phone call, I just checked and he still has a website so still trading.

Thanks Dave. I'll take a look, I may need to wait until we get down from this Tier 5 if the dealers are looking at scrap prices.


09/01/2021 12:18:50

Sadly, I need to clear my Dad's small workshop. I need this done as a job lot and within the Tier 5 guidelines. The other issue is that I need to maximise the cash value to contribute to carer costs.

What is the best way to get this done? Looking for good advice.

Key contents:
Brittania gap bed lathe from c1905 with change wheels
Myford ML10 little use, with change wheels
Clarke CL300 with 3 + 4 jaw chucks and vertical slide
Axminster (Sorry Ketan!) branded Sieg X1 (short bed) some collets, drill chuck
Two bench drill presses one is a B&Q brand and the other an Aldi brand I think.

The Brittania has a single phase 1HP motor think GEC and there is an English Electric 1HP spare motor too.

There are the usual biscuit tins with odds and ends, I don't think there is any volume of tools or cutters, just the odd one or two.

It's all installed and working but between Covid and other issues, I'm not prepared to unpick the bundle.

If you have had to do this, then any lessons learned would be helpful.

Location is in the North West.



Thread: Electric vehicles
18/11/2020 19:32:54

Yesss Electrical near us have a free recharging point...mind you the electrician I last used on a job went to Yesss because they did free pies on a Friday


Thread: Rubber mat.
01/11/2020 16:03:31

I just use a couple of layers of carpet offcut...

Thread: .DXF Files for Meccano Chain Wheels
27/10/2020 13:31:04
Posted by JasonB on 27/10/2020 12:17:12:

I did not find it but could measure from my drawing. I drew a 0.250dia circle and made it tangental to the 0.046" one for the valley and then also made it pass through (coincident) one end of the 0.015" arc.

Edited By JasonB on 27/10/2020 12:21:12

Thank you!

27/10/2020 12:10:31

Started drawing my version - thing I can't work out is how to establish the centre for the 0.125inch radius? The valley and 'flat' on the tooth I can work out, but finding the centre is defeating me!



26/10/2020 16:58:02
Posted by JasonB on 24/10/2020 18:26:56:

If you have CAD then you could draw them up from this

Thanks Jason, helpful as ever.

Much appreciated.


24/10/2020 18:11:16

Where can I get hold of meccano chain wheel drawings in .dxf format ?

I have an old radio that using rubber drive belts for part of the tuning mechanism and they perish very quickly, as they get cooked by the valves.

Meccano chain drives would look neat and be a long lasting solution.



Thread: Marking out blueing or pens?
17/09/2020 10:22:08

I started off using acidified copper sulphate solution, mainly because I was learning from books that came out of the Ark's library. Then got converted to a big fat black Sharpie and never needed anything else for marking out.

Thread: A new [to me ] style of scam eMail
15/09/2020 11:50:24

Just 'block sender' and delete, really not worth messing with. You can track the issuing mail server (sometimes) and eMail a complaint, but I think those 'abuse' mail addresses just point at a delete folder.



Thread: 6mm Metric Fine Screws in Brass
06/09/2020 13:06:13
Posted by Emgee on 03/09/2020 22:49:22:

Steve is that M6x.75 mm ?

If so I can cnc them, if you only need a couple I could do them for the cost of material and postage.


Thanks for the kind offer, but I am after quantity. I can manage with 1mm pitch, it's just that 0.75 or .5 would make for a better job.



06/09/2020 13:04:39
Posted by David Noble on 03/09/2020 21:05:41:

Hello Steve,

Accu are good.


Looks they have good stuff - but only 1mm pitch in Brass (£1.95 each, so should be good!).

I look to them in future.



03/09/2020 20:19:27

Struggling to find 6mm metric fine crews in brass. Looking for cheese head 25mm - 50mm long.

None of the usual suspects appears to stock these - anyone know of a specialist supplier somewhere?


Thread: Warco Minor mill/drill
02/08/2020 11:50:41

Andy, this is how I added a DRO to the Minor. The DRO is simple type from Arceurotrade. Then I just took a piece of aluminium plate and bored a hole in it to be a slide fit over the spindle assembly. There is a caphead screw out of sight which acts as a locking screw to stop the plate swivelling.

The plate is then useful for hanging clocks off...but you lose the depth stop which I miss very rarely.

I drilled and tapped a hole for a mounting plate in the mill casting to hang the DRO off.

I have a graph somewhere of the the DRO readout plotted against the manual readout off the fine feed, apart from a stiction/backlash problem the graph wanders about all over the place!


01/08/2020 18:11:40

Warco Minor? I cut these bevel gears on mine and machined the cams for the Nemett four stroke. So the machine does work. You must put a DRO on the Z or it will drive you nuts!


Thread: Today's delivery
30/07/2020 14:48:26
Posted by MC Black on 30/07/2020 08:33:15:

I ordered a yard length of #10 - 32 studding from the only United Kingdom supplier that I could find.

It came wrapped in a layer of bubblewrap in a 3" diameter tube.

It was bent.

If it was in bubble wrap inside a 75mm tube and a metre long, it can't have been that bent! If Parcelforce managed to bend it without damaging the tube, then they must have had a touch of the Yuri Geller going on!


Thread: Opions sought on using the USB Photo Stick for photo storage
30/07/2020 09:46:41

I don't like manual backups of anything, because they get forgotten and the media lost. I have a load of USB sticks. Somewhere.

Cloud storage is often free depending on storage requirements and fully automated and 'always on'.

If you are like me and can't quite make the move to moving the electronic copy of my life onto some remote hard drive, then you can buy a NAS drive and have the 'cloud' copy tucked away in the house. I use 'Allways Sync' so that hard drive always contains upto date copies of work from any of my devices. The weakness in that plan, is that I make manual copies of the remote drive onto a portable hard disk once a quarter and then lock that away, off network.

Manual sticks I only ever use for file transfer - typically from the Laptop that generates gcode to the PC in the workshop that runs mach3, though I am tempted to put the workshop PC onto the network and get rid of those sticks altogether, because the temptation then is to alter the drawings on the stick, which then don't match the 'Final' versions on the laptop.

The irony is that I first got involved connecting cnc machines to ethernet to eliminate paper tapes in 1983/4 so I'm a bit behind at home!

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