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Thread: Are Model Engineering Exhibitions The Same
15/08/2018 12:37:19

Yes, they are all the same. Well, actually they are getting worse. Quite often see the same models with absolutely no progress since the last time they were exhibited. Fewer trade stands. Can't possibly agree with a golfing dress code. Since the demise of Sandown they are all too far away or awkward for me to get to. Did try Brooklands but that was all over the place. Might, just might, try that one again so......

I have the ultimate solution. I don't go anymore!

Thread: Clock making for the penniless?
11/08/2018 15:45:52

You could always make a wooden clock. Just so happens I have some plans that are in need of a new home.....wink

Thread: My Traction Engine Model
06/08/2018 12:30:12

I've signed up and voted too.

My daughter always buys me a Star Wars Lego something-or-other for Christmas to keep me quiet while she plays Scrabble with mum.

I will make sure she knows about the traction engine! smiley

Thread: Should every machine tool be bolted to a concrete floor?
20/07/2018 17:15:31

None of my machines are bolted down.

Instead they are mounted on antivibration machine mounts.

Boxford in their instructions for installation give effectively three ways to go.

The Centec 2A is on one of their monster cabinets and is very stable despite or because of its weight.

My Startrite pillar drill I admit is a little unstable and probably should at least have some outriggers added to the base to extend it. I haven't fixed it down as I haven't actually fixed its position in the workshop. Not danced with it, though!

As AW2, it's easier to rearrange ones workshop if needed if they are free standing but mine are lightish machines. You wouldn't want to do it with yer Colchesters and Bridgies...

boxford installation 16.jpg

Thread: Selling old lathe and new mill
17/07/2018 18:11:18

Try here as well:-

Thread: Boxford bolt-down
08/03/2018 15:51:37

Don't remember posting a link!

What can't you see?

All three pages of the Know Your Lathe are in my photos Boxford AUD

Edited By Old Elan on 08/03/2018 15:53:23

08/03/2018 14:47:50

Cabinet mounted Boxfords can be bolted or mounted on machine mounts as shown in Know your Lathe. The pages either side of this one are in my album for reference.

boxford cab mount.jpg

Edited By Old Elan on 08/03/2018 14:55:32

07/03/2018 14:24:55

This used to be on G and M's website until they 'updated' it.

I'm sure they won't mind a free advertisement!

Mine is also on machine feet.

I would be very careful rocking it to get feet in. They are rather top heavy so fall over easily! Either borrow an engine crane if you have room or pry it up onto timbers front to back to get your clearance.

boxford dims.jpg

Edited By Old Elan on 07/03/2018 14:30:48

Thread: RC car
27/02/2018 14:53:42

No current experience but probably a Tamiya is a safe bet. Kits you can build up together but don't forget to budget for paint, radio gear, batteries and a (fast) charger.

I built a Schumacher for my daughter (yes, really, it wasn't for me, honest!) 20odd years ago but they look a bit expensive these days.

Thread: Vice clamp downs
10/02/2018 14:39:27
Posted by Vic on 10/02/2018 12:18:44:

The question remains, why shoot pictures in portrait mode?

A portrait is not a portrait if in landscape orientation!

A picture of a tall building? Mountain? My pictures of Polly might show you what I mean.

It's all to do with artistic interpretation but I do accept that a lot of engineering folk have no artistic inclination.


I have a wife who is constantly taking pictures with her mobile. Up-side-down! Microsoft Office picture editor is her friend.......

Thread: Making an alloy gear knob, help needed
02/01/2018 12:40:25

And what is wrong with gold alloys

Absolutely nothing!


Thread: Bench grinders
28/11/2017 19:09:54

I did a grinding course with SMEE and they INSIST on B rated eye protection.

Most safety glasses are F rated and are not suitable for grinding.

As an aside I thought that full face visors were mostly B rated or above.

Thread: Tool Owners Ghosts
23/10/2017 20:56:25

It is nice to have passed on tools. When I retired from a large communications company one of my colleagues donated his toolbox from his previous employment as a toolmaker.

All sorts of 'goodies' including his apprentice pieces.

I'm not sure I would have done that. A generous gesture.

Of course he initialed everything but needless to say his aren't mine.....

Thread: Boxford model a cross slide
15/09/2017 11:39:40

Have you tried John Ward?

Thread: Centec vertical head
06/09/2017 10:45:27

If it's the one on that well known site it is now at £300. Still a bit stiff for a Mk2 in my opinion. It also has a very nasty paint job!

Note also that there is no pully or belt tensioner shown.

Thread: Centec2 knee adjustment
04/09/2017 10:43:43

Sean, try this URL.

John has shown a 2A of course. The 2 has some kind of ratcheting system AFAIK. It's the 2B that has the screw under the knee.

Edited By Old Elan on 04/09/2017 10:46:31

Thread: Ground level 5" gauge
20/08/2017 20:36:06

Mods come in!?!? 

Or hopefully he is recovering from his stroke and getting vocal?

Edited By Old Elan on 20/08/2017 20:36:42

Edited By Old Elan on 20/08/2017 20:42:20

Thread: Boxford
14/01/2017 15:00:11

You could try John Ward at

I recently bought a cross slide screw and nut from him.

Excellent quality and well priced.

Thread: WSP books
17/12/2016 15:27:55

I wouldn't bother with No 22 unless it has been revised.

My 1994 published copy is hopelessly out of date.




Edited By Old Elan on 17/12/2016 15:28:50

Thread: Heinz Beanz advert banned for health and safety reasons
23/11/2016 20:57:28
Posted by Richard S2 on 23/11/2016 20:41:14:

Enjoy your life the way you want to!.


Trying all the time!

Sadly, it seems youngsters (and others less well informed) won't be able to....

I still haven't seen the ad. So, no. Not 100%

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