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Thread: Stuart Twin Victoria (Princess Royal) Mill Engine
24/06/2022 07:33:14

Nice result and plus one for the fillet.yes

It looks like you were using a carbide EM which precludes the idea but if you use a HSS cutter you can radius the teeth by hand on a bench grinder to give a radius. I have a tin of several such modified cutters - very useful at times

All looking good Doc - hope that second one goes as well

Thread: Amadeal VM25L R8 Milling Machine
23/06/2022 19:09:05

I have an Amadeal too - very satisfied. You will soon learn it's capabilities but 'start easy and work up' rather than down!

Strongly advise you follow the advise of all the comments but contrary to Jim Nic I would say that if you do get a vise with a rotating base then you have an 'attachment' that when wanted is an absolute godsend.

I agree - it's not used very often but when you want to swivel your vise you can guarantee the bolt holes wont align with the tee slots at the angle required. Yep you can clamp the vise down but if you have the base that's so much simpler.

Remove it as soon as you get it and store it under the bench - the vise will be much more rigid without it and less high

Enjoy yourself


Thread: Stuart Twin Victoria (Princess Royal) Mill Engine
23/06/2022 07:40:51

Thanks for that Doc, I'm going to give that a try on the marine engine glands.

There is one thing to consider with PTFE as a packing material and that is if the model is run on steam then PTFE can swell and tighten things up. Like you though I only build to run on air and as friction, or rather lack of it, is important for low speed running at low air pressure then 'every little helps' as they say!


22/06/2022 18:31:51

Yes it's the square section type I use on pistons Jason but I'm not sure there's anything corded/braided that would be small enough to use directly on rod glands - I'm not aware of any that is.

22/06/2022 18:27:28

Whatever you are happy with Doc. I haven't tried it so can't really comment but if Jason has used it successfully then carry on - one things for certain it'll be a lot cleaner than using graphited yarn!

I like the braiding BTW but I did you have to use a fair bit of tape to get that bulk?


22/06/2022 11:15:51

Though a small annular gap is desirable I would just ream it a standard 5mm - you could buy a special 5.01/02 but it's hardly worth it - if it does need opening up slightly it could easily be lapped to give a looser fit

As said before I always use PTFE impregnated braided yarn as a piston seal but always use the string like graphited packing on the piston and valve rods. Though I have no experience in using the PTFE tape as you describe I feel there could be a possibility that 'strands' of it could find their way between rod and hole which is very unlikely with the coarser graphite packing. I unwind the basic graphite 'string' to give (still quite coarse) individual strands that makes for easier packing, especially on small glands, but have used fine cotton line with graphite which works just as well.

As always it's a matter of choice though

Regards - R

Edited By Ramon Wilson on 22/06/2022 11:16:01

21/06/2022 22:27:44

Ha, Commiserations! I remember doing that just after starting a new job - very embarrassing and it quickly lead to the practice of mic-ing the drill as soon as it's selected, something I still do even to right up to today!


You should get away with leaving as is and allowing the packing to take up the discrepancy - the annular gap after all will only be just under .003" The slope on the mating faces will squeeze the packing inwards equally. Personally I would use a fine thread loaded with graphite than the traditional graphite packing which can be quite coarse and usually requires stripping into the individual stands for ease of packing. I have a good supply of Graphite if you need some BTW

You could use 5mm ground stainless rod too - just ream the two parts at the same time after assembly to suit.

Either will easily overcome this slight setback.


Edited By Ramon Wilson on 21/06/2022 22:28:17

21/06/2022 08:01:11

Yes, of course Doc, if you want the two parts to match that's a different matter. Full size of course it's very unlikely so I've never attempted to make them the same but I agree it does look neater

Incidentally the plate clamp method of work holding is perfect for doing the eccentrics - makes the job very simple indeed and everyone identical. Perhaps something to bear in mind when you get to that stage.

My rotary table was one of the first tools, the first I think, I made when starting out. It was from the old MES castings and has done me proud over the years. I added a degree ring at some stage but the best mod was, without a doubt, to fit dead stops to it - takes away that ever present potential of over movement!

All sounds good so looking forwards to seeing your engine grow

Regards - R

20/06/2022 09:32:37

"Then remembered I’ve not yet made the brass blanks for the gland collars…doh!"

Ha! you won't be the first to get ahead of yourself Doc - know the feeling.

I like your idea of using the JBW before machining - a much better way of taking care of low spots rather than afterwards.

Apart from the glands what's the next in line?

Best - R

19/06/2022 09:58:33

As an after thought Doc, my comment referring to a 'spigot' was such that you should have between the RT and the chuck - to align the chuck to the table - not the aluminium spigot used in the part.

Forgive me stating the obvious but it goes without saying really - once you have the R/T truly aligned with the spindle and the DRO/dials zeroed anything else bolted to the RT has to have the same reference.

I have a stub of steel that locates into the 1.00inch hole in the RT which then registers into the back of the chuck. Also have a 6" diameter sub-plate that does the same.

Once the R/T is set then the part is set to the same reference - it should then all be in alignment. If of course the chuck has a considerable run out then the only way round that is to have the chuck float and align the part - which is why a simple plate is sooo much easier wink

Hope I'm not offending your sense of understanding of this situation smiley

18/06/2022 19:45:43

If that's the case then the relationship between the four jaw (I assume it's a self centering one?) and the RT is awry somewhere -

If the R/T is true to the spindle

and the R/T hole is running true

and the four jaw chuck is reasonably accurate (much better that 9.5 thou) I think mine is around 2-3 at worst

then the only thing left to influence it is the aligning spigot, the plane of the RT or the bolting tension.

You could check this by removing the spigot and let the chuck float on the RT. Repeat your exercise with a bar in the collet clamping the chuck to it with everything 'on centre'. Clamp the chuck just sufficiently tight enough and test for run out - then tighten up and recheck. Check there's no detritus under the chuck too

18/06/2022 19:19:48

Ah, I didn't read that right.

Once the R/T is positioned under the spindle and running true that's finite so if the spigot is running out - and you are confident that it's true to the OD of the cover - then the four jaw must be influencing it in some way - slightly tilting it perhaps.

Try holding something round, smooth and straight in the four jaw that you can test with the dti to see how much run out you get - near and away from the jaws

18/06/2022 19:09:07

Good result Doc yes - your 9 1/2 thou is a fair old run out but as you appear to have done the boss bore and holes at the same setting irrelevant really so everything should be fine.

Don't know if you've checked my thread I put up for you yet but you'll see that a simple plate will do just as well as the chuck and give you a lot more head room to boot. That's my biggest issue on the Linley when the RT and chuck are together.

I have a small DTI articulated mount that fits directly in the drill chuck - a real boon when space is at a premium.

Heavily distracted into a 32nd scale Phantom at the mo but your posts are having the opposite effect!

Keep it coming


Edited By Ramon Wilson on 18/06/2022 19:10:37

Thread: Diamond shaped steam piston glands/pipe glands
18/06/2022 08:24:33

Ah, but the difference is Jason, a simple piece of steel plate or CNC - depends what's available to most eh smiley

Love that green BTW

Jeff, apart from an oscillator that Twin Vic was my first steam engine built sometime in the eighties I think. I sold it via 'Old Glory' mag quite some time ago to a lovely old boy who obviously was going to appreciate it. I expect he's gone know - wonder what happened to it?

As always Hopper there are many ways of skinning that cat usually all born from trying to simplify matters without losing the precision. yes I offered the above only to show what can be done without using a RT but a comment if I may - if filing buttons are left soft they should be able to rotate as the file touches them otherwise they can get filed too. Like you a small flat had to be put on to get the button to sit, hence the 'heat treatment' - quickly heated, quenched in oil and used as is so the file skates across the surface.

Best - Tug

17/06/2022 23:09:12

In the thread by Dr G on his making of the Stuart Twin Victoria the making of these small but significant parts has been discussed. Rather than spoil Doc's thread here are a few images to explain an alternative way of manufacture.

First off some simple maths to establish the half angle of the diamond is required. Once this is known the 'fixture' can be tackled. It's just a simple piece of mild steel plate (ali would do) with two parallel edges a bit wider that the mill vise depth.This has a hole drilled in close to the edge that will take the diameter of the gland boss. Another hole is drilled to coincide with the gland bolt hole at the angle previously worked out

The plate with two embryo glands. The deep chamfer is to cater for the radius on the boss

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The plate is set level in the vise (image gives the appearance of an angle but it is parallel with the table) and the cutter set to the depth required.

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A small pin is turned to match the clearance hole and the boss clamped in place. The part is milled to the depth set........

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.........then rotated to mill the opposite side

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The plate can then be reversed or the part inserted from the other side of the plate to do the same on the remaining edges

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Initial milling complete

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A filling button is turned up and hardened.....

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.......and the ends brought to shape by filing

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I appreciate this shows steam pipe glands but the principle is exactly the same for piston rod glands. The part would not have a centre hole in at this stage however. It would then be bolted to it's respective cylinder cover and be drilled and reamed together

This image shows a round gland being opened up with an FC3 cutter before being drilled and reamed in such an operation

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Here is a pic of my Twin Vic which is when I came up with the above method - have used it many times since


Hope that's of interest to you and to anyone else that it can benefit

Ramon (Tug)

Thread: Stuart Twin Victoria (Princess Royal) Mill Engine
17/06/2022 20:25:04

Not a short cut just easier ways of going about matters for the same result. Working to a paper template is not on other than for a guide. Establish the centre - move out to drill and tap the gland holes and mill the profile if desired

Well yes you still could - both Jason and I are saying the same thing. He suggests a drill bit - I prefer to use the more precise location of a cone.

Running as truly as possible just turn a short piece of say 8mm dia steel to a 60 degree point. Providing the R/T is truly centred it's just a matter of moving the plate holding the part on the R/T with the centre you've just turned held in the drill chuck locating which ever hole you wish to work to. You allow the plate to float until happy with the position then clamp up. Very simple and easy to position.

Obviously set the R/T to a 'zero' and align the centre line by eye or a square off the back column for radiusing the outer points. Bear in mind that a full size engine would be very unlikely indeed to have the glands the identical shape of the casting.

I have a very quick way of machining diamond shaped glands so will do a separate thread on here later for you and others rather than put more images on your thread - must water the garden first though!

Best - R

17/06/2022 10:25:30

Whilst I certainly compliment you on the thought you are putting into this Doc I do think that you might be over thinking the process from the fixture point of view.

I've found these image from a couple of build that might be of help in the future.

This is the type of ali split clamp fixture I was referring too. It's being recycled from previous use and is for holding the eccentrics. The drill diam is the amount of throw of the eccentric, the parallel being set to the clamp not the other way round.


The initial set up is as described before by 'cone'


Once set up the fixture is bored to take the part then released and moved over the 'throw' amount. Drilled and reamed for the shaft and the boss turned


Whilst the above is on the lathe the principle is easily transferred to the mill on the rotary table.

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Incidentally setting the work piece with a cone from tiny to big is pretty accurate but don't use a pre - tapped hole as a location - unless you have counter drilled the first the first thread out before threading (best practice anyway)

In early days of my journeyin ME I was told by an old and much missed 'mentor' you ought to make your self a toolpost drilling/milling spindle. He was absolutely right, but you do need means of dividing in the lathe for it to be of best use. I think you have an ML7 in which case the 65T bull wheel is not of use but an expanding arbour inside the rear of the spindle to hold a gear and a firm detent is well worth making.

Sorry for more pics on your thread but I do feel they are relevant.

Best - R

15/06/2022 22:55:01

Doc -

I think I follow what you are describing - taking the corner out with a triangular file would seem best by hand or possibly a slitting saw by milling? I take it you are making oval/elliptical shaped glands as opposed to the diamond shaped style?

It's always good to have scraps of ali to call on especially if you can get some tooling plate - very flat and stable but anything is better than nothing.

14/06/2022 22:11:54

Well I can't disagree with you there Doc, not the ideal set up to use a DTI on. Whatever, what matters is that you got there in the end - more good progress yes

Just as a matter of interest do you have any scraps of flat aluminium plate to call on? Ideal for making quick one off fixtures for jobs like these and easily recycled for something else down the line.

14/06/2022 17:31:19
Posted by JasonB on 14/06/2022 16:36:11:

And all my videos of running engines are the confirmation that I need that it works for mesmiley


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