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Thread: The Fount Of All.... Hignorunce?
14/02/2022 20:18:44

I learned to tie knots and splice rope from the book that Niel mentioned and I still have it somewhere.When I was an apprentice, the lorry drivers on the firm would bring their ropes to me to splice the cut ends and also to make eye splices and I would whip them on completion.


Thread: What Did you do Today 2022
04/02/2022 20:51:30

Yesterday I cut the male dovetails on the shaper ram.The ram is 13" long and the cuts were just possible on the SX3 with little to spare.The female base for the ram needs a slot 11" * 1 1/2" in the centre to allow for the scotch crank to pass through and I have been chain drilling with a slot drill and hope to finish it tomorrow, it's tedious work.


Thread: That Strange Calculator Again
15/01/2022 16:15:45

I havn't a clue to it's use or how it works but where the fractions have +1 to 9 attached does one take the number and using the lower table add the corresponding number to the fraction.If this is correct it would be a guess.


Thread: shaper cross feed
13/01/2022 12:50:08

Thanks for your informed replies.Clive has answered what I required and is obvious once described.The shaper was 80% finished when I aqired it and the plans have written on them is pootatuck metal shaper 1930.Made out of plate and well wellded.I think he couldn't make the drive gear to the skotch crank and pinion drive.As he has made the crank mechanism well and I can't get the machine under the mill to alter it as the plan,I have fitted a 100tooth gear on the crank shaft and fabricated a cage to carry a pinion and pullys bolted on with slotted adjustment to the bolts for depthing the gears.The motor and drive pullys will be hinged off the back of the shaper.The ramm was fishbellied and I could just get it on the mill to flatten it this made swivelling tool carrier out of square and the bore also.When the ram was having the top of the slide true I cut across the face of the ram to allow trueing on the lathe faceplate and allow me to true the bore.Now to the bearing slide which is alsobowed from welding I can't get it under the mill or to support it with the head horizontal,so a lot of scraping to come.Something I haven't seen before is he had inserted a strip of brass to both sides of the of the bearing with gib screws from below.


12/01/2022 15:37:07

I have the plans for the unfinished shaper I inherited but I can,t understand how the cross rail feed is stopped ,also do I have to have a left hand cross feed lead screw.Any help from small shaper users will be appreciated.


Thread: Running 'nukes' in the red
01/01/2022 22:43:10

Just received my joint gas and electric bill ,they weren't wrong about price rises,it made my glass eye water.This might mean I will have to get up and use my machines on economy seven to keep the cost down.


Thread: What Did you do Today 2022
01/01/2022 22:34:51

Made three plug guages to fit a ball race a existing bored gear and a pulley so that I could get accurate readings when I make the arbour for all three.This is a part for the making of a shaper which I am trying to finish when the original maker died and left it 80% complete but with no idea of his thinking I am makeing the most of it.The plans are labled putnook but he never followed them completely which is making it difficult.


Thread: Classifieds
14/12/2021 18:14:29

Hi Andrew,

I might have an ML7 that you might be interested in.Made in 57and bought in 58 used until the owner became ill in62 and when he died was sold to an agricultural engineer in 63 and was stored in the back of the workshop until the present agricultural engineer decided 7 years ago to make a shaper and he moved the lathe to his home workshop where I set it up for him,he has only made the turned parts of the shaper on the lathe and as he was also ill he stopped using it a year before he died this year.I have seen this lathe stored in his workshop nd have known it for the last 40 years.I have measured the bed and it has no wear across the shears and the depth of the shears are the same both ends.If you are interested please post me.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
05/12/2021 16:58:07

Great work Andrew .


Thread: jury service
02/12/2021 19:12:06

I was not pleased about being called but when I heard the details of the crime I was pleased when the judge sent the accused to prison for 12 years and I had played my part in the outcome.I'm 75 now and I am glad I won't have to do it again.


Thread: small shaper speeds
30/11/2021 20:08:43

I have taken on the building of an 80% completed shaper of a deceased friend.Unfortunatley he has made it from three different sorces and left no notes.The box containing the scotch crank has no room for the gearing inside and I think because he left a long shaft on the outside that he intended to fit will fit a 100 tooth gear connected to a 20 tooth and on this shaft will be polley v belt pulleys 5" 3.5" 1.5" to the same on the 1420rpm motor this will give speeds of 85 284 946 Are these speeds acceptable or are they too fast.He has let brass into the steel box for the sliding holder to bare on is this acceptable.The shaper is roughly the size of the gingery shaper.


Thread: MJ Engineering Burrell 2" - tips requested
30/11/2021 19:27:51

Jon I forgot to mention that the engines were serialised in the Engineering in Minature magazine starting in June 81 to January 87 and the construction was described in detail ,a real help for the construction.Try and get hold of these magazines.


30/11/2021 19:10:22


I will post it to you unless you live near Grantham Linc,s PM with your details .I built the single cylinder version as at the time I thought it would speed up the work.I bought all of the materials for the whole engine from the original suppliers and designers in Ringwood for around 400gbp.


30/11/2021 14:22:02

Hi John,

A lovely engine to build with lots of small parts to make.I built mine over 29 years as family and work intervened over this time.When I was younger I wished that I had gone for a 3" engine but now I am pleased I didn't as this engine at around 90lb is enough to hump into the boot of a car.I have a wooden former for the tender if it is of use to you it's yours.The only thing that the ML7 can't handle is the rims of the back wheels ,but with the mill and a rotary table you can true them on it.I bought an old ward 2A just to do my wheels and sold it to a factory afterwards a nice machine but with a 5 horse single phase motor to quick on the clutch and the whole house was out ,I was pleased to get rid of it.Constructing the boiler can be an interesting task.On completion of the boiler I did a hydraulic test and it held fine and then the creaking began and My son who was 5 at the time said I can't pump it any more,it was at 300psi.


Thread: SX3 Mill Lead Screw Lubrication
29/11/2021 14:29:48

Hi James I too have had a problem on my SX3 and was not sure on the dismantling to get at the problem.I phoned Arc Euro Trade for advice and on their website is a full guide on dismantling and reassembly,I managed it easily and if I can most competant people can.I just oil my leadscrew from an oil can,I use hydraulic oil.


Thread: Looking for engineers
26/11/2021 22:03:34

I live in Linc,s but where in Linc,s do you live, it is a big county.I would be pleased to help if it was close enough.


Thread: Gingery size shaper speeds
18/11/2021 18:42:26

Unfortunatley Jhon P the pedestal is already made to take a skotch crank which will be driven externally and it has been made as a box so there is no way to drive it internally.I will use stepped pulleys to reduce the speed to the tables provided by Ian and it might need an intermediate pulley shaft to achieve this.Thanks to you both.


18/11/2021 18:34:16

Thanks for the speed tables IanT,the tables were what I was after.


18/11/2021 12:31:24

I couldn't stand to scrap my late friends project of a small shaper,he had 80% finished it ,but unfortunateley for me he used two sets of plans.There are no gears involved in his construction and it seems he was relying in the scotch crank driven I think direct from the motor.I think a lot of reduction will be needed and advice on the speeds of these small shapers would allow me to work out the correct pulleys and intermediate pulley for reduction.


Thread: Ml7 advice on asking price /NuTool milling machine and others.
17/11/2021 08:11:20

Thanks Tony I will do that.


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