Here is a list of all the postings Oily Rag has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Recommended paint for a FLB redwood external door?|
There's only one 'paint' for exterior hardwood - Sovereign SX70 - stain and clear top coat. I guarantee you will not be disappointed (except possibly by the price - but quality comes at a cost!). I have used it on my front door and everyone that comes to the house comments on the gloss and durability of it.
Sovereign Chemicals are based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria (tel 01229 870800)
For paint I would recommend Sikkens 'Rubbol AZ Plus' it is what they use on the front door of a particular house in Downing Street, London! Available in other colours than Black though.
|Thread: Raglan training lathe value?|
Late to this discussion but in defence of the Raglan Loughborough I have to say that they all came (as far as I know) with a flat machined along the front bed face below the front way which accepted the saddle rack. I have a nice example which was given to me as it was being scrapped out from a school. It came with a capstan attachment so the bed was unworn - for some reason it did not have a cutoff slide, I know not why! The capstan attachment I use on my LJ MkII when ever I need it. The rest of the machine was parked up in a corner of my shed awaiting some inspiration as to what I was going to do with it.
I thought about a CNC conversion and also about a 'swinging bed' cam grinder. The former would have used a stepper driving the longitudinal traverse hand wheel (using the bed mounted rack and positioned by a DRO scale) the cross slide (from my Raglan 'spares' would have been driven by its leadscrew via a stepper and positioned by reference again to a DRO scale.
However I fancied converting it to the latter 'swing bed' cam grinder as a more challenging concept.
As has been said previously they are built solidly, the 'Boro does not suffer from the LJ problems of a 'weak' spindle (i.e bowed) which is generally caused by the bull gear self engaging by the seizure of the drop gears riding on the bull gear eccentric shaft (or being maliciously engaged by school delinquents!) as the 'Boro does not have a back gear assembly. The spindle bearings are Timken taper rollers and although the C5 grades are almost impossible to find they do exist - at a price! but standard grades are still available at around £30 a set. The lack of the bull gear assembly also results in the 'Boro spindle being shorter than its equivalent in the Little John. One oddity is the spindle bearings are grease packed - if the machine has stood for anytime expect the grease to have 'caked' solid and the bearings to need re-packing.
They usually come with a nice heavy gauge metal stand, due to the underhung motor system, and the flat belts for the 3 speeds result in a smooth power transition. With a 3 phase motor and a VFD speed control is easily achieved (although you may wish to rig up a separate motor cooling blower for use with extended slow speeds)
They are generally unloved machines which have a good pedigree. I am torn at the end of the day between modifying mine or just returning it to its original condition - with a capstan and a 'cut off' slide and possible a bar feed system. I would advise anyone to grab one if they see one advertised at the 'right price (£150 - £250?) as they are very rewarding machines, the only downside maybe the shears are as cast, unlike the 'bolt on' Little John and 5" Raglans, but they can be reclaimed if worn fairly easily.
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