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Thread: Dore Westbury Milling Machine
01/10/2019 17:28:36

This is not an answer to your specific question as I only have the MKl D/W, but that was supplied to me by Model Engineering Services with a small canister of extremely thick grease. I've used this religiously over the last 40 years and it works well and to a degree reduces the very loud noises that this type of gearbox produces. I'm not aware of the MKll gearbox design but I would have thought that any grade of oil would want to flow downwards I.e. away from the parts that you are trying to lubricate.

Phil

Thread: Battery longevity
25/08/2019 12:08:35

Not sure if this is unusual but it has certainly impressed me. In the mid eighties I bought a Phillips battery razor for the occasional vanity shave as I normally use a wet razor. I don't recall what the battery life was in it's early days but I had occasion to use it the other day and the batteries died mid shave. When I took the old batteries out I was amazed to see that they had a best before date of March 2002. I don't use it that often maybe 4 - 5 times a year but for there to be any life in the batteries after all this time has impressed me, whether the razor was used or not. Whilst not wishing to contravene any advertising rules I stress that I am just a very satisfied user of Duracell batteries.

Phil

Thread: A few newbie questions, sorry
16/07/2019 11:56:35

Don't worry about the oilers, it would appear to be an odd quirk of the S7, mine does this as well and has done so from when the lathe was purchased new in 1973.

Phil

Thread: An electrostatic mystery ...
13/07/2019 11:35:40

Interestingly I had all but forgotten about the anti static chains and straps hanging from the rear of cars, never see them nowadays. Does this mean that cars no longer produce static or have we all become immune? I'm sure some of the boffins on this forum will be able to provide an answer.

Phil

Thread: How to de-oil an oilstone?
20/06/2019 16:43:18

I realise that you want to clean a dirty stone but many years ago as an apprentice I recall the old hands used to keep their oilstones in a tabacco tin with the lid on, with some paraffin in the bottom of the tin, this used to prevent the build up of crud in the stone. Since then I have always done the same but used WD40 instead of the paraffin, reduced fire risk.

Phil

Thread: Rudder Bushes on Boat
15/05/2019 16:34:58
Posted by Clive Hartland on 15/05/2019 14:39:49:

Boil the Nylon and let cool and it will not absorb any more water.

First time I've ever heard that. I've always understood nylon is hygroscopic, end of story. But no doubt someone will be along soon to prove/disprove.

Phil

Thread: Cutting steel to size
13/05/2019 11:05:11
Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 13/05/2019 06:37:24:

So what do you use for flat plate? I had to saw up some flat plate 11" wide and 4mm thick the other day. Used my jig saw with a metal cutting blade and a little bit of ROCOL cutting oil . Did the job quite well.

And what were the vibration and noise levels like? I've done similar in the past albeit with a relatively cheap and nasty jig saw and was very glad when the cut was finished.

Phil

Thread: Bandsaw blade jig
12/05/2019 16:00:42

Do you suffer with any problems with respect to the heat of the soldering affecting the hardness/temper of the blade material? Just asking because I can see this as a great way to save on blade costs by making your own from coils rather than paying for manufactured to length.

Phil

Thread: Aspiring Myford User
20/04/2019 16:14:13

Mark, sorry I can't post any photos as I sold the lathe probably 25 years ago and I never did take any close up shots, so everything I'm saying is purely from memory. Fortunately long term is good but don't ask me what I did yesterday! Your photo is exactly as I remember mine with the exception of the two brass round screws, that looks like a later addition/modification. What are they securing?

Phil

20/04/2019 12:01:02
Posted by Mark Beard 1 on 19/04/2019 23:14:14:

Hi Phil, from what I’ve read (from Tony Griffiths), earlier models seem to have had cast-in-one beds and headstocks, and later ones removable headstocks. So this puts mine at before 1937. That’s nice, it’s about the same vintage as my late father. Can you remember where the serial number was located? Dark blue-Free is a good description. Mind. Reds a good clean to be sure. Glad to know it’s not just mine that isn’t black or later puce.

I’ll take another look for the Super 7 serial number. Yes indeed, that’s all helpful. Cheers, Mark.

Mark, the serial number on the ML2 was stamped on a raised boss on the front of the bed approximately half way down below the headstock. Incidentally the Oilers were picked out in red paint, these weren't the type that we see nowadays just counter sunk holes in the castings.

Phil

19/04/2019 16:23:01

Mark, I had a ML2 which my father bought new around 1936/7 and it's serial number was L277, the colour was a dark ish bluey green, best way I can describe it. The ML2 differed from the ML1 in a few ways but the most significant was the seperate bolted on headstock.

Also, my Super 7 which is a 1973 model has its serial number stamped under the front way just to the right of the gap, I know that later models have the serial number stamped at the rear but I don't know when this changed. Hope this is of some help.

Phil

Thread: Motor mountings
16/04/2019 11:52:37

Many years ago I made my own countershaft assembly to drive my ML2, the belt tension between motor and countershaft and lathe spindle was was arranged by the motor being mounted on a hinged plate and the weight of the motor provided the belt tension. This whole arrangement including the lathe was mounted on blockboard which I think was around 35mm thick and the blockboard was in turn mounted on brick pillars. This worked well apart from the blockboard used to 'drum' to such an extent that it was very annoying. To offset this I inserted rubber mounts between the motor feet and the hinged plate, I tried different types of rubbery materials both soft and hard and I was quite suprised to find the most effective was a hard rubber that I made by cutting slices from a rubber door stop.

Phil

Thread: Knurling Tool for Mini Lathe
13/04/2019 11:29:22

I can't help much with respect to current commercial offerings but many years ago I made one to a design from the ME. This uses a nut to apply pressure to the knurling wheels and whenever I use it I am suprised at how much pressure is required to achieve the depth of cut that I want. So my thoughts are how effective are the styles shown in these links, is it easy to apply sufficient pressure with a knurled knob as opposed to a spanner on a nut?

Phil

Thread: Myford colours
10/04/2019 16:39:20

Allowing for my tired old eyes and the vagaries of of colour reproduction on computer screens it doesn't look anything like the correct colour to me. Have you looked at lathespares.co.uk they do Myford grey at not quite half the cost of buying from Myford? No connection just a satisfied customer, I found the paint an excellent match and easily applied.

Phil

Thread: From the ground up!
04/04/2019 16:37:43
Posted by John Milton 2 on 04/04/2019 15:02:16:

I have two 'virtual' labels in front of me to stick on my barn find Lathe and no one is committing YET to either it being an ML2 or ML4 I mean come on guys the suspense is killing me here. I don't think this is going to matter in the big scheme of things but we do all like to know these little details. If only for the e.. auction listing.

I had an ML2 that my father passed on to me when he bought his Super 7 in 1973 and that had a 3 1/8" centre height. Your photos shows one or two other differences from mine, the Oilers are not original they would have been a flip top type about 10mm high as fitted also my ML2 did not have a cover for the change wheels and the headstock was bolted to the bed with bolts that were visible, I can't see them in your photos. Dad bought his in around 1935/6 and I do remember the serial number was L277. Another difference is the top slide on mine was only attached to the cross slide with one bolt (a very poor arrangement) and originally had pulleys for flat belt drive. The colour of mine was a very dark blue bordering on green but I have always wondered if that was just the paint darkening over the years with ingrained oil and dirt.

Hope this helps a bit.

Phil

Thread: Soft Feel Finish on Radio
01/04/2019 16:52:59

I've had all manner of items where this has happened, the latest being the remote for the Sky box, in this case after about 2 weeks of stickiness the rubber has now started to disintegrate. Fortunately I'm not too worried as I've decided to ditch Sky after their latest price rise and switch to Freesat. I too have tried all manner of potions and powders, some work for a short time but I haven't found anything permanent, its just another one of the modern world's annoying tricks sent go upset old folks like me.

Phil

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
29/03/2019 18:16:02

Blimey a strimmer, I'm still using shears, you don't get any one sided cutters with those just aching arms.

Phil

Thread: How Are Letter / Hallmark Punches Made?
22/03/2019 11:39:18

Dave (SOD), In my younger days I used to suffer with "rusty fingers" where anything ferrous I touched would have a rust mark within a few hours. As a consequence any of my steel rules would over time become black in colour, even the so called stainless variety. To make them readable I used to fill the engraving with a white Chinagraph pencil and this certainly lasted quite well, maybe a black Chinagraph pencil if such a thing is available. Fortunately for me this skin problem disappeared after many years.

Phil

Thread: Tile drlling jig
18/03/2019 16:47:32

So we will knock that device off the list of recommendationsno

I've always found masking tape on the tile stops any masonry drill from slipping and of course it's easy to mark out the required holes on the tape.

Phil

Thread: Rear toolpost for M Type Drummond lathe
16/03/2019 11:07:21

I'd be very interested to hear how you made the cutter, the photo is a bit unclear but I assume you have reground an endmill to suit?

Phil

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