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Thread: Dead Sherline motor?
26/03/2018 15:37:57

I have no idea what happend inside this motor, but particuarly one side of the commutator is scored and pitted. The brushes looks fine actually, and they are long with plenty of life left in them. Maybe some dirt got into the motor!?

Thanks for replies so far!

26/03/2018 14:28:40

Here's what my Sherline motor looks like inside now. Today a fuse popped, when I was going to mill a piece of hardwood for a project. I fixed the fuse, and was going to carry on, when the motor started making a dragging rattling noice, and produced smoke,

Can this be fixed?


Thread: AF hex?
17/11/2016 17:29:37

Thanks too all, I just figured it out myslef actually! (Not too stupid after all!)

17/11/2016 17:15:25

I just want to know what AF means. I read in an instruction that the part is made from 4mm AF hex?

Thread: Using acetylene with silver solder
05/05/2016 14:50:13
Posted by Ianmac on 07/10/2012 21:37:14:

Many thanks all for the feedback.

Looks like Ive scored an own goal by being slow and /or allowing the Acetylene flame to hit the SS.

I also used Cadmium SS ! Bought a batch at the right price just before it became illegal to sell it.

I'll revisit the affected areas after a clean / acid pickle

again many thanks


Using Oxy-Acetylene can locally overheat small areas where you can have cadmium boil off, this can me very bad for your health, even fatal if you keep it up. I would only use propane or propane-air with this old stock of ss.

Thread: MacBook Proo access to digital magazine
18/03/2016 19:15:03

I just renewed my subscription, and due to lack of space in my small home I choose a digital subcription this time. I have however no idea how to access it. I just got a mail from the publisher with a code, a three digit one, that I am supposed to use somewhere? I have clicked on the heading "DIGITAL" and found a number of choices, but none of them were for a MacBook Pro that I use, closest thing was "iPad".

Can someone give some good advice, please!?

Thread: Case hardening mild steel
23/06/2015 09:33:16

If you want to colour case harden them, which is the same thing really except you get them to look pretty as well, I suggest The Machinist's Bedside Reader No2 and No3. Guy Lautard of Canada has in depth explanations how how it is done.

Other than that I know that the old gunsmith trick was (is) to just wrap the part in leather and bake in clay, but I have never done this, since I always used Kasenite that can be ordered from Brownell's in the USA. Or perhaps Triebel in Germany who also sells sundries and tools for gunsmiths.

Thread: 1" minnie
05/05/2015 19:23:52

Good suggestions all three of them! Thanks!

05/05/2015 18:30:43

Thanks! I had hoped one of the more ME oriented suppliers would have it, since I doubt these guys would sent a short bit off to Sweden. And finding anything non metric here is very hard!

05/05/2015 17:29:36

I've looked around and can not find any 2 ⅝" copper tubing anywhere, got a suggestion where I can get some?

05/05/2015 16:04:15

I just found the drawings for the metric version. Browsing over them I noted that the boiler tube is 67mm, that is 2 ⅝" if I'm not mistaken, not a very common diameter is it? If this is suposed to be a metric version, why not make it 70mm on the drawing?!

Thread: ME articles in MEW
13/11/2013 12:34:39
Posted by JasonB on 13/11/2013 12:32:23:

Axel have you read the article as you say you don't take MEW?

The track article could just about be anything as the subject matter is about more casting than making a model tank and the links and wheels are just being used to demonstrate the methods.

No difference to the white metal casting article that was in ME a while back that used chuck jaws to illustrate the methods.


Fair points!

13/11/2013 10:20:47

I do not get MEW any longer. What I want is a magazine that prints articles on Model Engineering, so I get ME, and I am happy with it. Now I see the cover of MEW announces an article on a topic that definitely is not a "workshop" issue but very much a ME issue; making tracks for a tank. What is up with this!? Having trouble with the genres?

At the same time ME has more "Workshop" content now than it has had since MEW was started. Not a bad idea, it is something I can understand, but the "tank tracks" is definitely not at home in MEW. I feel the publisher just tries to screw me over so I take another subscription, just to get that one article I find interesting.

Thread: ME Cover Change
13/11/2013 10:08:20

I'm just a young'un at 42, and maybe I need new spectacles, but I find the small print of the new design hard to read. I have to constantly sort my ME's cos so far I've been to lazy/poor/stupid to not buy the binders. As a consequence I am totally against these changes! And besides changes are usually bad. Concentrate on making articles on steam and such, do not change anything, If I wanted change I would go to YouTube!

Thread: An announcement from the Editor of Model Engineer.
17/01/2013 08:22:43

Welcome Diane! Bye and thanks to David, you have done a superb job as editor. And you have chosen a very good sucsessor, I have enjoyed Diane´s writings very much. Maybe this will inspire more ladies and girls to join the hobby!? I hope Diane will try new ideas from her female perspective!

Thread: Co2 Cartridges
16/01/2013 13:16:35
Posted by Rod Ashton on 16/01/2013 11:27:35:

Scallop a piece off the fat end. Add a handle and you have a superb ladle for hot lead or hot most things? Works beutifully!!!

spent bulbs make decent handles for files

Thread: Churchill Cub Lathe
09/03/2012 08:08:22

Heating the chuck kan perhaps help, it does wonders often on stuck threads!

Thread: What type of end mill
09/03/2012 08:05:14

For making chopper parts, even for 90 sized ones, u'd hardly need a very big machine. I'd say a Taig or something like it should be perfect. Get all good books on machining u can, they save u money in the long run! I like Sparey very much, and the Home Workshop series are superb too.

If I were u I'd get a sherline with mill column, and a hand shaper as a compliment too it.

Thread: Nice Vice ?,
06/03/2012 08:43:08

Most vices are ok, except the screw often too small or badly made, if this is replaced any vice will do really! The only ones that Ive broken have bbeen cast iron that I over tightened. My fault really.

Thread: Forgework of small parts .
06/03/2012 00:05:24

Gunsmiths do this still alot. Very practical it is.

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