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Thread: Hello from the UK
14/10/2021 20:24:58

Hi Ches, You will find many friends here and much help for any problems you may find in your travels
.I am from Arbroath, where in Scotland are you based?
I have almost completed a Vee 8 Glow Engine of 10.5cc capacity, half way through manufacturing a brass clock.
I also fly RC model aircraft (& crash them) super glue is great stuff!
Ask anything at all there are no silly or stupid questions just some of the answers.

All the best
Vic McConville

Thread: What's this please 2
01/11/2019 16:38:00

Hi Bob, The above device is a fill used in Clock making to file smooth a rivet pin flush with the parent metal causing as little damage as possible.

Hope this helps


Thread: ER32 Extender
01/11/2019 16:12:06

Hi Vic, Another Vic (Victor J) I have an ER32 Straight Shank Collet Chuck unused from Cutwel (Code ER32-100)

I have extended it by 80mm but it has never been used. It could be held in a four jaw Chuck if need be.

If you PM me I can send photos and can arrange delivery ( I have no use now for this Chuck

Victor J

Thread: BR1 Tender tunnel
07/04/2019 11:28:38

Hi Brian,
I have a Beugler Pin Striping Kit , This Kit is brand new ,never been used, an impulse buy I am afraid.
Looking at their website the kit I have would seem to be a Professional Kit priced are you sitting down? £219
How ever there is no way I would have paid that amount (I have a reputation to uphold, i am Scottish and very mean.)
Joking aside this kit is of no use to me, if you are interested drop me a PM and tell me what it would worth to you if anything.
Victor J

Thread: Does anyone do a small mill but still has good travel.
30/10/2017 10:16:00

Hi again Martin, Sorry the travels are 150mm x 350mm not 250mm x 350mm.and Z travel is the same as the Bridgeport by a lifting knee.

Old age creeping up i think


30/10/2017 10:12:05

Hi Martin, i have a Chester Machine Tools 625 Mill which is very like a small Bridgeport with power feed, I have R8 Tooling in mine which is pretty robust.

Have a look at the Chester UK web site and check out their smaller mills, my work shop is 2mtrs X 8mtrs any my mill is across the 2 mtr. the travel is 250mm x 350mm

You can find Chester Machine Tools on this page over to the right and down.

Hope this helps


Thread: Sieg C0 set up
10/08/2015 09:50:52

Hi, John A Cole 1,

I have A Sieg C0 lathe which I have modified in a few area's
If you remove the Tail stock and look under the carriage along the ways from where you have removed the tail stock you will see the strips of steel that secure the the carriage down.
They are very fiddly to set and keep set as they use grub screws locked with nuts to allow minimal lift with smooth movement.

If you are interested I could describe what I did to improve the accuracy of the carriage.
Victor J

Thread: Does anybody own a Sieg Nano Lathe ?
10/07/2014 12:36:54

Hi Brian,
The three jaw Chuck screws on to the headstock with an external 14 x 1mm thread on the spindle and an internal 14 x 1mm thread in the chuck, the chuck is located on a registered shoulder and gives the run-out on my chuck of 0.002" total.
Hope this helps

10/07/2014 09:52:09

Hi Again Brian,

The drill chuck screws on to the tail-stock 14mm x 1mm external thread as does the three jaw chuck.
The live centre is a slide fit inside the tail-stock sleeve.

Victor J

10/07/2014 09:26:54

Hi Brian John,

I do not have a Nano, I have a Sieg Baby C0 Lathe.
Which is about the same Size.
It was delivered 6 weeks ago, one day after ordering.
A test piece of S/S was turned down to 0.010" dia (.25mm dia) before it broke off.
The three jaw Chuck run-out was less than 0.002".
Although only 150watt motor I cannot stop the chuck by hand so the power is good.
The tail-stock alignment was out by about 0.004" (0.1mm)but can be adjusted.
The only problem was the way the carriage/cross slide is secured to the ways, but now after a bit of work is very good and robust.
The statements above were the areas where there is no information anywhere on the net and were my main worries before ordering.
In my opinion this lathe will be much better than the Nano mainly because any faults can be corrected easily.
I already have a full workshop, this lathe is for clock parts and use in the house in the cold Scottish winters.
any questions please ask

Victor J

Thread: Please assist with my fist mill choice
29/10/2012 20:53:30

Hi Mick D,

Where in the North East do you stay, I have aChester UK 626 Vertical Mill which I think is the same as the Warco VMC.

I have an R8 spindle and table movements are the same.
I stay in Arbroath Angus, if you want you could visit and cut some metal to help you decide.

PM if you are interested.

Victor J

Thread: heat treatment oven
04/11/2010 07:47:44
Hi David,
I have Gallenhamp oven for which I have obtained and fitted a Digital Temp Controller and thermo couple for around £40 ,the control is within 3-5 Degrees.
Do a search for Gallenhamp oven on this site and you will find my queries and the answers,as I am at work I cannot access the old receipt for thr controller.I will get back when I have more infi for you.
04/11/2010 07:46:52
Hi David,
I have Gallenhamp oven for which I have obtained and fitted a Digital Temp Controller and thermo couple for around £40 ,the control is within 3-5 Degrees.
Do a search for Gallenhamp oven on this site and you will find my queries and the answers,as I am at work I cannot access the old receipt for thr controller.I will get back when I have more infi for you.
Thread: Cad for complete beginners (CAD for idiots)
20/03/2010 16:42:27
Hi Ray,
Try Draft It from cadlogic,i have used it for some time and it fullfills all my needs
It is free to download a simple version,this will get you started.
It has lots of tutorals to help you,if you like it you can upgrade for a nominal sun ( £20)
The free version may be all you need for some time to come
Hope this helps
Thread: "TINKER" tool & cutter grinder
03/02/2010 21:14:01
Hello Vic here again,
Has anybody come across a "TINKER tool & cutter grinder.
I read about this tool in an American website ( guy
I would like to pursue this further,the website sells a set of plans to make this grinder but I would like to know before buying the plans  has anyone else tried to make this unit.( I am Scottish and a bit canny with my cash.)
Thank you in advance
ps I told you I would be Back
Thread: Information on a Gallenhamp Oven
03/02/2010 20:44:12
Hello Again helpfull People,
Thanks everybody for your very good input on my oven.
This project will be put on the backburner for a little while untill  my electronic friend looks into the best gear to get.
I will be taking onboard all the suggestions especially the safety side of operating this oven.
Again many thanks
ps as "Arnold" says I'll be back
30/01/2010 07:21:51
Hi everybody,
Thanks for the great response to my questions.
Hello Tony,
 Very good advice on the safety side of this oven,I had not given any thought to the possible solvent problem,I will take all your advice on the handling of hot objects.
Is there any way I could get a circuit diagram for this type of oven,I would like to upgrade the control to a semi auto digital control.(the chap that gave me the oven (for free) works with me at the same company and is an electronic wizard.)
I would not be leaving the oven to operate without my presence.
Thanks for the link
Hello Gerald,
Reading through your reply,you are based in the USA, I am in Scotland and it is bl---y cold at the moment -2 centigrade in my workshop today.
Very interesting comments on controlling the oven, I will let my electronic wizard friend read your comments on control as I am more on the metal cutting side of life.
Any more complicated than a 13 amp fuse causes my brain to shut down for a week.(some workmates would suggest that I that I am always in that state.)
Thank you all
This a great site
29/01/2010 18:39:57
Hello again Tony,
I have tried the oven/furnace tonight.
The result was a great success,after maybe 45 mins the indicated temp had risen to 900 degrees centigrade.
On opening the oven the inside was glowing a dull/bright red.
The setting on the control knob was set at 100, at less than 70 on the dial the power light would switch off.
The oven blew a fuse at the earlier attempt to test because the fuse was only 3 amp.
Again any info will be a great help to me.
If the indicated temp is correct this oven/furnace will be great for heat treatment of carbon steels
28/01/2010 19:57:12
Hi Tony,
Thanks for your reply,here some details
1. The internal space is 7" deep x 5" wide x 4" high.
2. The lining is a white very hard cement like material.
3. On the front face below the counter balanced door there is to the left a square black    Centigrade guage indicating up to 1100 degrees.
4. In the centre a red power on light.
5. To the right there is a large black control knob graduated from 1 to 100 but no indication as what the graduations mean.
What I would like to know is
1. What temp will it go up to.
2. How long can it be safely held at its top temp.
Any info at all will be very helpfull.
I got the oven from a friend and he tells me it came out of a university lab.
It does work as my friend tested it and took it up to 200 degrees (indicated)
When I tried it it blew the fuse on the extenion I was using but I think it was a very small fuse.I will try this weekend again when I have more time.
Thank you for any help you can give.
23/01/2010 09:30:06
Hi everybody,
As I am new to forums,and do not know my way about as yet,I may have placed this question in the wrong spot.
I have just aquired a small Gallenhamp oven,on checking everywhere online at the companies website I can find no reference to my particular oven.
Amps 6.5AC
Volts 230/50
App No C3575
Cat No FR520
Any info would be of great help.
I am just starting model engineering and thought this oven would be just the ticket for small scale heat treatment
Thank in advance
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