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Thread: Quality Problems With the Sieg sx2.7
28/09/2020 19:07:11

Hi MichaelG, I like your scrappy little sketch. smile

Regards Nick.

Thread: Warco Major Mill
28/09/2020 18:27:14

Hi Derek, sorry I don't know anything else that may be suitable, may be worth looking around second hand places.

Regards Nick.

28/09/2020 18:02:49

Hi Derek, you can get a power feed at power feed Warco. Just scroll through the accessories

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 28/09/2020 18:05:31

Thread: Bent woodworking lathe spindle
26/09/2020 22:10:31

Hi, years ago I bent the shaft on my petrol lawn mower by trying to cut a piece of railway line, hiding in a long patch of grass. nerd i looked at the price of a new one and it wasn't that much cheaper than a new mower. crying 2 Both were out of my budget range at the time, so I stripped the engine down and stuck the end in the lathe to see exactly where it was bent and the only action i could take at the time was to stick it through the a hole in the piece of the railway line, where the bolts for the fish plate are bolted on, and with the bent part at the top, whacked the end with a copper faced hammer a few times and while checking it in the lathe for straightness. It ran for several years afterwards. angel

Regards nick.

Thread: Customs payment is it a scam
22/09/2020 13:50:36

Hi, yes I agree with Dave (SOD). It was the fact that the Royal Mail web page came up and the fact you have to enter a notification code and not send any payment to an email address and no mention of the post office itself, that I was trying to make aware of, plus the P.S. search I put in wouldn't accept "passage card code" on it's own but adding number only lead to things like door lock codes. I suppose "passage card code" can be interpreted as something official for items coming from other countries.

Regards Nick.

Thread: Query - Derek Brown's Pipe Bender - MEW 297
22/09/2020 13:24:26

I have scanned those from the original magazine, which needed tidying up a bit as even the type there wasn't the best, I have put them in this album Nick's No2

Regards Nick.

Edited By JasonB on 22/09/2020 13:27:42

Thread: Customs payment is it a scam
22/09/2020 10:43:56

Hi David, I've just done a search for that customs email address and it takes you to a Royal Mail site, which does come up with the Royal Mail address in the bottom left hand corner when you hover over the links, it has a box for you to enter a reference number, which can be found on your "Fee to Pay" card or if you received one, your SMS/email notification, but it doesn't seem to be directly connected to the Post Office, it is however linked to customs payments and the list of payments are given in GBP not Euros. So the actual email address may be a scam and why, as has been said, would the Royal Mail be concerned with a commercial courier. Like Oldiron says, try contacting DPD and it might be worthwhile contacting Royal Mail also to enquire if they would be connected to such payments. Don't totally ignore it, but check it out before clicking any links. My Norton security didn't flag up any security risks by searching that email address as you have written it.

Regards Nick.

P.S. passage card pin code number, has a connection to door locks, digital ones I presume.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 22/09/2020 11:20:38

Thread: Mini-Mill DRO
21/09/2020 18:48:03

Hi Chris, this is what I did with my mini mill DRO for Mini Mill I can still adjust the gibs, although a little fiddly.

Regards Nick.

P.S. DRO's for a Mini Mill

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 21/09/2020 18:59:31

Thread: Query - Derek Brown's Pipe Bender - MEW 297
21/09/2020 15:19:19

Hi, I have found five dimensional errors; item 1 Base, bottom hole centre should read 0.683" below the top five hole centres, item 5 Anchor Posts, from bottom of the shoulder to centre of the radii should read 0.313", item 6 Levers, lever for odd 1/32" sizes, middle hole of the three should read 0.938" from common data point, item 7 Formers, top left hand 1/4" former diameter should read 1.5", bottom left had 3/32" former, notched dimension should read 0.125".

These are all from those published in MEW 64 Feb-March 2000.

Regards Nick.

Thread: Reminiscences
20/09/2020 10:36:53

Hi, Saturday morning pictures as we called them was sixpence, and if it was your birthday, you could go up in front of the screen before the start and have happy birthday sung to you from everyone, luckily my birthday never fell on a Saturday.

Regards Nick.

20/09/2020 08:14:49

Hi, I can remember my first day at school, it was about a 3/4 of a mile walk, no bus route and no family car, it fact neither of my parents ever drove a car let along own one, I probably went with my elder sister and brother. However, the 1st year class were still using wooden framed slates and chalk to write on. By about 11.00 o'clock I'd had enough of school and put my slate back on the shelf went to the cloakroom and got my coat and went home, bearing in mind that one road to cross was a fairly busy main road (for it's day and a five year old) into town, but did have a Zebra crossing, which I had been taught how to use. Mum was a bit surprised and she was busy mixing stuff for cakes. can't remember the conversation, but it ended in tears as I was told I'd have to go back after dinner with my sister and brother. Never did like school, but never played truant and only had about one week off with illness in my last year. Junior school was a 1/2 mile walk and a short bus ride away unless we missed the bus and it became a 1-1/2 mile walk and very often arriving late, senior school was about the same until I had a bike when I was about 12 and by the time I was 13, we moved closer to the schools myself and siblings went too. Although my elder sister had to go further to her high school but I think she got the bus into town from the end of our road. My two younger sisters only had about 200 yards to walk to their senior school, as that was at the end of our road also.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 20/09/2020 08:31:01

Thread: Rotary Table 3 or 4 slot?
18/09/2020 18:43:14

Hi, mine has 3, and it is very often a nuisance and would prefer 4, but I bought it off a neighbour several years ago for a song and it wasn't that old or used much, just to say he offered the price so who was I to refuse. Go for a 4 slot I say.

Regards Nick.

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2020
18/09/2020 11:25:54

Hi Samsaranda, hope you didn't damage the waterfall! smile o Seriously though, glad you haven't seriously hurt yourself, get better soon.

Regards Nick.

17/09/2020 19:19:24

Hi, if the tang was designed to be driven or even partly driven, why is it not tough enough to resist twisting and wringing completely off? I don't believe it's there as a warning or any kind of safe guard, as by the time it's wrung off and the drill bit stops turning, it is already starting to do damage inside the quill and this will accumulate the more times it happens.


They are not particularly hard as you can use a file on them without any real trouble and who would design a drive dog with such a sloppy fit, as the chances are if it started to turn in the quill, you would get an impact load onto the two opposite corners of the tang and that to me is not good engineering design.


The drill makers tell you that the tang is for ejection purposes only, so why don't people believe them, and I'm sure manufacturers don't make their machines with abuse as a given thing to do by not keeping tools in good order and not discarding damaged ones.

Regards Nick.

Thread: Taking Leave
17/09/2020 09:26:24

Hi Andrew, I think your words are always well respected, your knowledge is well worth reading, so yes spend less time by all means, but keep the door open. Besides which, we all want to see your engines finished.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 17/09/2020 09:43:26

Thread: Best way to remember Mill movements when turning hand wheels
17/09/2020 09:18:27

Hi, I don't have a problem of which way the the table moves with respect to the turning of the handles, but there has been odd moments to which way I have to move the table and have to stop and think for a moment, seems strange, but hey, none of us are infallible.

Regards Nick.

Thread: 2020 Stevenson Trophy Competition
17/09/2020 09:07:46

Hi, well I've already voted, so it won't affect me, not saying if I did or did not vote for this one though.

Regards Nick.

Thread: close account
17/09/2020 08:53:26

Hi Pence, seeing how you don't have to pay to use this forum, you don't really have an "account" it is termed as a membership and as Chris Evans has said, just stop using it if you wish to leave. you can always use the contact link and get in touch with Neil Wyatt, just scroll down to the "Get in touch" below the adds on the right hand side of this page.

Regards Nick.

Thread: "The Unique"
17/09/2020 08:29:54

Hi Nigel, I think the "Unique" was really a name, maybe it was the first of its type as opposed to a dial gauge which were more expensive and the cheapest ones being a little over £3.00 in my Buck & Hickman catalogue of 1964. The Verdict "junior" was a similar product and was 4 Shillings dearer (20p) than the "Unique" at the same time.



Although our family was of "working class" we must have been lucky to live in a house with an outside flushing loo i.e. could only be accessed buy going outside as it was in a lean-to, although the coal hole and pantry were all part of the same lean-to, but were accessed from the scullery indoors. We also had an indoors flushing loo and bathroom in one, but from what I can remember being told, the water was heated by a fire with a back-boiler which I can't remember, but was either not working or was very inefficient, hence the use of a tin bath, but I was only a toddler at the time, but I can remember a new Coke burning stove designed for heating water being installed in the kitchen which meant we could have proper baths. The Coke stove was also brilliant for doing toast with the front door open and exposing the vertical grate holding up the red hot burning Coke, happy days.

Regards Nick.

Edited By Nicholas Farr on 17/09/2020 08:31:19

16/09/2020 19:34:43

Hi Howard, talk about the Escort, I learnt to drive and passed my test (first time) in 1972/3 in one. Never had one of my own though, I didn't/don't like Ford cars.

Regards Nick.

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