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Thread: 55 Degree dovetail cutter, Where from?
22/09/2014 18:08:00


Why not make a cutter as Michael Cox suggested, but use a 55 deg DCMT carbide insert.


Thread: Adcock& Shipley horizontal Mill
09/09/2014 12:13:59


Found a couple of USA dealers selling them ( but at $50 or $60 each not cheap.

Have you tried G&M Tools to see if they have a used arbour and or spacers.

Regards Barry

Thread: T nuts
06/09/2014 19:41:33


Rotagrip do a large selection of T Nuts etc. Or try RDG Tools.

Regards Barry

Thread: Bullfinch Blowtorch
03/09/2014 19:50:38

Hi Graham,

Bought my "Bullfinch" as a set from BOC on special offer. Torch and 1472, 1220 1240 and 1260 nozzles.

The two I mostly use are the 1472 for small / fine work and the 1220 or 1240 for a bit more heat. The 1260 is for heating the shed on a cold day.

Regards Barry

Thread: Cowell sensitive tailstock attachment
21/08/2014 14:22:00

I have an urge to modify my spare Boxford AUD tailstock into the Cowells type. Problem is in finding a supplier (other than a stockholders) of 1 1/16 inch Ground mild steel bar for the replacement tailstock spindle.

Anyone know of a supplier. ??



Thread: British machine tools
04/08/2014 10:31:26

Re the price of Boxford lathes.

I have the 2009 price list and for a Boxford model 280 (11" swing, 30" BC) it was £10,000 plus vat. So I guess its now about £13K.


Thread: Special rivet ,
14/06/2014 22:12:51

Hi Dave,

I did something similair on my engine. I just bought a few 1/8" brass rivets and put a thread on them. Held the rivets with a little split collet in the 3 jaw.

Regards Barry.

Thread: Tool Post Material
14/05/2014 00:56:39

Hi Wallace,

I have made one for a friend who had the holders but not the toolpost. I made that out of cast iron. Filthy stuff, but easier to cut . Just used steel for the clamp (EN 8). Been working ok for many years.

Regards Barry

Thread: Poor surface finish
05/05/2014 21:40:56

Hi Martin,

I had exactly the same problem when I first got my Boxford ME10. The problem was caused (at least in my case, by motor vibrations through the drive belts. I found that if I slacked of the tension the helix pattern disappeared. But then there was insufficient power to the spindle. I read a suggestion that the linked belts, NutLink is one brand, gave a smoother transmission than the solid belts fitted as standard. Fitted the link belts and problem gone.

Regards Barry

Thread: Lead Screw
23/04/2014 19:00:03


This little chart may help -

Regards Barry

Thread: Whats this oiler called?
13/04/2014 13:10:07

Hi Ian,

ArcEuro sell them - heres the link:

Regards Barry

Thread: Tom Senior M1 paint colour
10/04/2014 09:24:58

Hi Dull,

Paragon Paints do it for £26 a Litre.

Regards Barry

Thread: Working phosphor bronze sheet.
09/04/2014 19:05:36


I had a similar problem when I had a plate camera and none of the lenses had a filter thread. I machined up a short tube of aluminium, threaded one end for the filter. Other end was bored a couple of mm larger than the lens barrel and a strip of baize glued around the inside so its a close, but easy fit on the lens barrel.

Regards Barry

Thread: Dividing Head Handle
07/04/2014 18:15:32


Here is how its done on the Vertex DH.handle.jpg

You pull the index pin out and as you start to turn it the peg (just visible inside the handle) drops into the cross slot. A quick twist to the right and the pin locates in the plate again.

Regards Barry

Thread: Favourite old tools.......
07/04/2014 17:36:21

Dam - just my luck the owner turns up. That said if you bought it when you first started work at say 15 yo, that makes you 102 years old. Far to old to make use of it any more............smiley

Nice try.

07/04/2014 14:43:29

Have'nt got any old tools worth a mention, but do have an old Gerstner tool chest

tool chest.jpg

Bought it at car boot sale. Managed to beat then down to £10. One of the draw backs is stamped with a duty paid stamp for Windsor, Ontario and is dated 1927. So its 87 years old and still as solid as the day it was made. Often wonder who may have own it.

Regards Barry

Thread: Benson Vernier Height Gauge
02/04/2014 10:22:26


Have just checked my Benson VHG, and the screws on mine are 6BA. The knurled heads are 7/16" dia. and just under 3/16" thick.

Regards Barry

Thread: Self ejecting tail stocks tools
04/03/2014 10:57:54

John, I thought about that before making my little ring thingy. But had no joy with holding the taper securely while I drilled it.

Regards Barry

04/03/2014 10:15:47

I have the same problem on my ME10. Drill chucks and stuff with a tang on the end ejects ok, but the various centres I have dont.

Cant use David Jupps spanner method as the the tail stock spindle does'nt retract into the tailstock casting. Sticks out by about 3/32 or so.

What i did was was machine a ring out of a bit of 1 1/4" steel, bored to slip over the taper (from the small end) and counter bored about 1 1/8" to pass over the tailstock spindle. Hope that descricption makes sense.

Well done that you have a clutch. When I bought my ME10 (new from Boxford) they had stopped offering the clutch as an option.

Thread: Lathe facing convex or concave
25/02/2014 10:48:57
Posted by John Stevenson on 25/02/2014 09:16:17:

The normal day to day standard is the Badgers Arse, as in " rough as a Badgers arse " but how does this compare to the actual British Standard ?

Can anyone give a definitive answer what Ra is a badgers arse ?

I am trying to imagine a couple of BSI engineers holding down a badger ( vicious little buggers) while running a surface gauge over its rear end.


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