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Thread: anything about this lathe Harrison lathe
25/06/2017 09:57:20

Ha George - I recognise that lathe!

Many ( no many, many! ) years ago I went to secondary school which was a " new idea" technical school ( to sit alongside grammar schools). It had a wonderfully equipped engineering workshop which had six lathes, two of these were Harrisons that you picture. My first turning was using the Harrison to make a plumbob - I still have it somewhere! I didn't get as far as screw cutting but the lathes website given above , by Brian, will most likely be a good route to follow.

Regards Norman

Edited By NJH on 25/06/2017 09:57:52

Edited By NJH on 25/06/2017 09:58:56

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
22/06/2017 22:06:03

"Next Friday is my last day of earning a living, now 63 i've decided that the time has come to give up the day job and have a rest but I'm being told by my retired friends that it doesnt happen"

I was offered ( and took!) early retirement 23 years ago. I've never been at a loss for something to do and I've never regretted taking the offer. I enjoyed my time at work but I enjoy my time at home with my wife more. We both have our own interests which we follow although we go most places together.

.....and of course if we don't feel like doing something then we don't do it!

Good luck and welcome to the " retired old f..ts club!


Thread: Myford Rear Tool Post "Block"
21/06/2017 12:20:49

Just so Clive!

I was in the same position and yes I ended up with a spare - I still have it and maybe it will be useful some day. The important thing about QCTP is to have plenty of tool holders - otherwise the QC bit is not that at all!


21/06/2017 11:01:01


Your photo shows the Myford rear toolpost - it has has a special QC tool holder and parting blade. The whole shebang is available HERE .

I have one and it works well - one for your Xmas list maybe?


Thread: Lunokhod
17/06/2017 16:16:06


I think you need a holiday! teeth 2


Thread: Merryweather Steam Fire King self propelled
15/06/2017 12:23:56


Absolutely splendid work! Really good to read a build thread like this. Even a bit funny - the trick of using Grannies walking frame as part of your planning made me laugh - nice to make it a family project!


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
13/06/2017 10:10:43

Ah Neil

That is one benefit of Staffies - very short coat and no Hoovering after them............however they do still shed some hair. Indoors I often walk about in bare feet and once had a painful pricking in the sole of one foot but nothing obvious to see. It proved eventually to be a short, almost invisible, Staffie hair which had worked its way into my foot! I tend to wear slippers indoors now!


Thread: BA's VW moment
07/06/2017 17:05:40

Not this old chestnut again! What's in a name anyway? I guess we are all model ENGINEERS here and, as the saying goes " Sicks munce ergo I cudn't even spel injineer and now I are one"

Here , surely, we are all defined by what we do not by by any formal qualification relevant or otherwise.


Thread: We have upgraded
05/06/2017 18:37:12

Hi William

Yes the standard 3 jaw chuck for my S7 has "Made for Myford " on it.

Good luck with it I'm sure you will enjoy it and it will,teach you a lot


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
05/06/2017 10:46:55

Thanks Mick

I'm pleased that your wife had a successful outcome to her treatment .... and her experience is encouraging!

Yes everyone tells me it will be OK and I'm sure that they are right ..... on my list of "things that I'm looking forward to" though it ranks pretty low!


04/06/2017 21:42:08

Thanks Michael

That's just what I want to hear! I have an appointment, next week, with the eye hospital consultant for assessment. I'm happy that it's all gone well for you - but I would be lying if I said that I was not concerned about the process!


Thread: How to attach a quality drill chuck to a Morse Taper 2 arbor?
01/06/2017 17:41:13

Just buy a No2 MT to JT6 arbor and push the arbor into the JT6 socket in the chuck! ..Just make sure that the arbor and the socket are clean and push together (and a tap with a mallet might be appropriate!)


Thread: Would I need a Super 7 if I had a Myford 254S
31/05/2017 20:37:16

The rule is really that you can do small things on a big lathe but not big things on a small lathe!

I had a retirement job in a workshop attached to a university research lab. The 'experts' ( not me I hasten to say!) had a Smart & Brown and a Chipmaster ( much bigger than your 254) on which they produced some very small things ( Think hypodermic needle size!) The bigger machines are, of course, more rigid.


Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
26/05/2017 00:15:52

Years ago we had a litter of Staffies from our bitch. We prepared the kitchen with new vinyl floor covering and put the whelping box in there. It was a great experience - she gave us 5 pups ( we kept one bitch and sold the other 4 at a good profit) From small furry bundles they grew until they were able to tumble out of the box ..... and then the mischief started! Between the five of them they managed to uproot the new vinyl floor and rip it into small pieces! We kept one pup and sold the other 4 at a good profit. The one you see as my avatar ( an old lady of 12 now) we bought in and is a relation to our original bitch - we decided that we would let other folk have their kitchen floors wrecked!

We wouldn't be without our Staffie - a good friend and, with her funny little ways, she makes us laugh every day.


Thread: myford motor
25/05/2017 17:06:32

Hi Garry

Have a look here :-

motor plate.jpgmotor conns.jpgreversing switch001.jpg

Edited By NJH on 25/05/2017 17:08:34

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
25/05/2017 15:45:11

Oooooh Clive!!

At least it seems that no lasting damage has been done. I guess a 6 month old Airedale is not the most sedate or quiet of dogs - good luck with the house insurance ......or how about the dog insurance? ( I guess they will say that you were "in charge" of the dog so it was your fault!)

Hope that you feel better soon


Thread: Chucks
25/05/2017 09:11:04

"Four jaw is much safer, way harder for workpiece to come out of the chuck"

Well maybe I've been lucky but I've never had a regularly shaped workpiece "come out" of a 3 -jaw -

On the other hand I'm always a bit wary when holding irregularly shaped components in a 4-Jaw !



Edited By NJH on 25/05/2017 09:12:34

Thread: hi
24/05/2017 19:05:17

Welcome Garry - GIVEN a Myford S7 lucky you. I have one and get on really well with it - any problems you have ask here there is almost certainly someone who will have an answer.

Michael - thank you for that link it means I can access the info easily - my paper copy is always in the workshop when I need to refer to it indoors!


Thread: Workshop tips from long ago
23/05/2017 23:52:05

.......and today you can buy an electric engraver from around a tenner! - quite a bit safer too I feel!


Thread: Chucks
23/05/2017 10:58:06




Well you have been given lots of (varying!) advice!

Mine is get the lathe with the 3 jaw and get used to using the machine. Whilst doing so save your pennies and buy a 4 jaw independent as soon as you can.

I do accept that you COULD do all your work in a 4 jaw independent and you will, in time, need one - but you can get cutting metal straight away with the 3 jaw, gain experience and have fun! What you don't need now is additional difficulties!


ps I have 3 jaw s/c, 3 jaw Griptru, 4 Jaw s/c , ER collet chuck and 4 Jaw Ind chucks for my lathe. The 3  jaw s/c gets most use.


Edited By NJH on 23/05/2017 11:03:08

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