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Member postings for Alan Jackson

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Thread: Mini Mill Belt drive conversion
04/11/2018 11:20:15

I have a friend who has a mini mill which has stripped its plastic gears. He is looking for a replacement 37 tooth helical gear. I have seen in the past magazines a belt drive conversion, but cannot remember where the article came from in the MEW. Can anybody point me to the article or better still are there conversion kits available?



Thread: A question for Thomas the Tank Engine fans
25/09/2018 12:00:51

Lots of engines on the scrap heap crying 2

... and that's before Annie and Clarabel start selling their stories to the paparazzi...

I do hope your are not referring to the alleged steamy incident when Gordon shunted Clarabel up the sidings one dark night. That was years ago and I thought long forgotten.

24/09/2018 12:19:40

Politically corrected, the Fat Controller has been renamed Mr Topman

Thread: Colchester chipmaster rebuild
10/09/2018 15:48:16

Well done Adam, I am quite sure you will be very happy with this lathe


Thread: A Rant to our suppliers of drills
20/08/2018 17:58:40

I always drill first with a small pilot drill then a drill just smaller than the finished size, finally open the hole up with the required size, this avoids any drill point grinding coming into play and avoids oversize holes. I think it is an accepted fact that drills usually cut oversize if the drill point is dictating the cut.


Thread: Hand files for aluminium
06/08/2018 09:31:40

I have found that painting the file surface with white spirit helps to reduce the file clogging. I use a wire brush to clear most of the file grooves but I still have to pick out the stubborn bits with a pointed object.


Thread: Rear toolpost for parting tool
20/07/2018 17:45:31

I did the same as Chris and added slots to my cross slide that can fit a rear toolpost etc.rear toolpost1.jpg

Thread: reel mower sharpening?
16/07/2018 18:09:53

Years ago I tried to sharpen my Dad's cylinder lawnmower. Well it took me all day to dismantle it then place it on my old lathe to skim the cylinder and reassemble it. Eventually I devised a thin sheet of metal the width of the cylinder clamped to one of the cross bars that space out the bearing end plates. On the other end of the metal sheet I clamped a parallel, oval shaped sharpening stone that was used for sharpening scythes etc. The plate assembly was pushed up to the cylinder so that the sheet metal acted as a spring. Then by dragging the lawnmower backwards it sharpened the cylinder. This worked very well and I sharpened quite a few lawnmowers. I even thought about making and selling them but rotary blade mowers were becoming the thing. This way saved dismantling and reassembling the whole mower.


Edited By Alan Jackson on 16/07/2018 18:11:29

Thread: Surface Grinder, luxury or essential?
06/07/2018 10:06:55

End of full travel

Here is my home made surface grinder made from the bottom half of a Dore Westbury mill and a large lathe toolpost grinder. It is very useful for many small uses and finishing after machining.


Start of full travel

Edited By Alan Jackson on 06/07/2018 10:08:10

Thread: L. H. Sparey Running Centre
22/06/2018 11:23:16

Hi James,

If you look at my photos you will see a simple design I made years ago and its still working very well.p1040869.jpg


Thread: M-Machine
20/06/2018 10:21:49

Hi All,

I would just like to convey my appreciation of M-Machine. I ordered some metals on Friday evening and it was delivered on Tuesday morning. How's that for fast efficient service.


Thread: The Workshop Progress thread 2018
11/06/2018 10:55:17

That looks a fine piece of engineering Neil, congratulations


Thread: A recommended live center?
05/03/2018 15:38:20

You could make your own centre



Thread: Sad but true!
31/12/2017 11:09:18

What about references to earlier articles to make and recycle your own spark plugs.


Thread: Anyone had a look
26/11/2017 10:02:23

No Problem Neil, I would not like Peter to take the blame for my doings


If I had helped direct Lord of the Rings I would have made cost cuts by cutting it down to Lord of the Ring, using only one ring.


Edited By Alan Jackson on 26/11/2017 10:02:55

25/11/2017 10:26:55

Neil my name is Alan not Peter


Thread: Bench Covering?
25/10/2017 10:31:48

I have a rubber car mat on one half of the bench and the other half covered with a piece of carpet. The carpet is useful for dismantling parts as they stay where they are, it also is a good soft surface for filing small parts etc.


Thread: John Stevenson
20/10/2017 11:22:26

I hope you will soon be up and running John and looking forward to a pie and a pint or two.

Best wishes


Thread: Does this count as a manual tool?
20/07/2017 21:22:54

Looks like a handy tool for safe breaking

Thread: Modern Flute Making
16/07/2017 10:50:22

I would like to congratulate Stephen Wessel on his Modern flute making articles. It is most informative and Stephen details many clever techniques.


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