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Thread: Air supply to test run steam engine.
07/05/2020 21:13:02


I guess I am too late with this comment for Roger it may be of use to others. A repurposed refrigerator ran various small model engines successfully.

Thread: Quick setting nuts
06/05/2020 10:17:46

Hi Added this sketch of 12 mm Slip Nuts we fabricated and used to quickly remove machine guards


Thread: ANZACS - We will remember them!!
26/04/2020 23:06:10

Martin Dilly Get your jib down this is Brown's Yard. This thread is about Anzac Day Commemoration NOT a game of Political Football "Kia Kaha Arohanui Aotearoha".

26/04/2020 07:00:53

Anzac Day commemorates the Gallipoli Landing on 25th April 1915 2779 New Zealanders, about a sixth of all those who had landed on the peninsula lost their lives and 4,852 wounded.

Thread: Small skeletonised drill Press
07/04/2020 08:32:28
Posted by Steve Crow on 06/04/2020 18:26:41:

Ebay link

Words fail me.

Looks like a Black & Decker dril press. I doubt if you will find a hand drill to fit. My sister in law worked for B & D in the 50's on testing drills off the production line 40 hours of use and failure were very common.

Thread: Mystery machine..........
04/04/2020 21:59:14

Hi Morty

You have made a great job of the restoration on this one now a few things you may want to consider.

Teeth cutting on the pull stroke with the crank turning anticlockwise.

With power hacksaw blade fitted cutting thicker material use the weight as far from the crank as possible maybe even a little more weight on the blade lifting handle and reduce the load for thin material.

A drip feed of cutting oil on the blade will greatly extend the blade life.

Fit a large sheetmetal tray under the vice to catch the swarf and cutting oil.

Best possible place for a lockdown in a workshop Stay Safe

Thread: QCTP dilema?
20/03/2020 03:32:06

Hi Bosún

A wedge and piston tool post and tool holders fabricated from mild steel are fairly easyif you have access to a mill with a dovetail cutter.

The mottley collection in my workshop have stood up to hobby machining very well for well over ten years.


Thread: Holding End Mill on small lathe
15/03/2020 18:42:29

Milling cutters in a lathe or drill chuck will hold much better if the shank of the cutter is inserted as far as possible.

Tighten the chuck using all the three holes plus once more in hole one.

NEVER use a cutter with the diameter of the flutes greater than the shank in a three jaw chuck.

As an old mentor of mine said "Tighten all four holes in a three jaw chuck and five holes in four jaw chuck".

Thread: Gas Strut
04/03/2020 21:50:25

Hi Bernard

The most common mount for a gas strut is inside the vertical column of the mill. You will need to fabricate mounting brackets for the strut and drill a hole in the back of the column.


Thread: cylinder lubricators
23/02/2020 20:38:20

Hi John Working in industry I worked on machines that had a sprag clutch fitted. They come in all sizes with the same dimensions as a Ball Bearing. possibly one of the very small ones would fit the bill. Took a peek at you tube

Not a good idea to make the outer in  any old steel it will FAIL even in a short time. The whole thing needs to be made from hardenable steel and properly hardened and tempered. The units I worked on had given thousands of hours service in harsh conditions.


Edited By oldvelo on 23/02/2020 20:40:55

Thread: WM18 - Broken it again :(
23/02/2020 17:49:51

Re ducting the gap between the top of the motor and the fan is 4mm so think ducting would prob not held and be a bugger to design.

Just an Idea Plywood 10 mm thick say 120 mm x 120 mm bore a hole in the centre to fit over the motor bolt to the underside of the fan.

22/02/2020 20:54:12

Looks good make sure that the fan has a duct to the top of the motor to get the full airflow over the motor and not bypass it by just ventilating the cover.

22/02/2020 20:26:34

Sounds like good plan with a 120 mm computer fan on the inside of the cover, As Martin points out that running in reverse may be a problem running in reverse,

The computer fan will cope at low speeds. How many times will you be running in reverse at highest speeds if a problem switch off the auxiliary fan.

Cool Running

22/02/2020 18:49:41

"Note sure where I would fit it ie above the motor and would it suck out heat or blow in cold air?"

If the fan on the motor air flow comes out of the top Then mount the fan on the top of the fibreglass housing to suck out the hot air. Push old air in if the outlet is at the spindle end of the motor.

Fit a duct to fit over the diameter of the motor to the fibreglass cover to get maximum air flow through the motor.

I fitted an auxiliary fan on the mill years ago the motor never gets hot even at slow speed and a heavy cut with 4 AMPS showing on the meter

Thread: cylinder lubricators
22/02/2020 03:17:24

Hi John Please post more details as to the end use of the lubricator. I.E. Lubricant amount and viscosity continuous or intermittent delivery Etc.


Thread: WM18 - Broken it again :(
21/02/2020 18:04:11

So many explanations of what went wrong and why it happened at what needs to be done to fix it.

Prevention is better than cure. Fit a an AMP meter to the DC motor leads in a position where you can see it easily..

Fit auxiliary cooling fan to the motor

amp meter.jpg

Mark the Meter With Maximum Rated Amps of the motor.

Adjust the speed and feed to below the marked amps.

A KB Electronics AC to DC controller set up correctly with the "Locked Rotor Test" to Less than the rated motor AMPS will trip on excessive loading.

Either one will will help I prefer both "Belt and Braces" man myself

Edited By oldvelo on 21/02/2020 18:05:12

Thread: Bandsaw woes.
20/02/2020 22:54:40

Hi Robin I have a copy on blade tracking for band saws By John Pitkin

Band Saw Adjust

I have found this invaluable please add credits if you post the contents on line.


Thread: Noisy Lathe Gearbox
08/02/2020 09:50:09

Hi Geoff

Single Phase motors have a tendency to cause chatter in lathe and mill gearboxes and run roughly due to not being synchronized with the 50 cycles per second power supply when they run at 1425 RPM.

Cured mine by Replacing the drive motor with a  Variable Speed DC motor and pumped oil supply using a fully synthetic 30 oil . Photos in My albums.

The problem with E.P. oil attacking bronze is when it becomes contaminated with water the reacts with the sulphur additive used for Extreme Pressure loading on gears.

An alternative used in extremely high humidity used on worm gearboxes was 600w steam cylinder oil.

Edited By oldvelo on 08/02/2020 09:52:33

Thread: Morse Taper Removal
25/01/2020 19:29:35


There are More

photos in my albums of a "Morse Taper Removal"drawbar-release.jpg for an X2 mill that may be of some use.


Thread: Strange (to me) chuck jaw design.
25/01/2020 18:53:29
Posted by ega on 25/01/2020 15:44:54:

How many of us remove the spring from the chuck key?

Never had a new fangled chuck key in the 1950's. Old mentor " It's called a chuck key cos if you leave it in the chuck the lathe can chuck it at you".

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