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Thread: Lifting A Tom Senior Light Vertical
19/10/2019 19:04:55

I have moved my Tom senior four times now and I have always taken the table and knee off a lifted the main coloumn off the base. I lifted it with a light alloy scaffold pole through the top holes. Two strongish blokes can lift the coloumn and I have always built a breeze block staircase next to the machine. This way we can lift it in short stages and have a rest as it is very heavy. I have also moved it on my own intact many times by crow barming it up onto broom handles then it rolls very easily.

Thread: Telescopic bore gauges
16/10/2019 10:00:56


If you put the spring loaded bars vertical but hold the handle up about 20 degrees then snug up the lock. The bars are lightly clamped too big for the bore then push the handle down to about -20 and take it out. They have then been squashed down to the bore size and wont be disturbed whilst withdrawing from the bore. I get good measurements like this with no skill needed.

16/10/2019 08:04:23

What do people mean when they are saying things like "practice to get the feel of them". I must be using them wrong. How are you actually using these telescoping gauges then. I have a cheap set in the blue plastic and have never had any problem with them whatsoever. I hold it in the bore with the handle pointing up about 20 degrees tighten it slightly so it's too big then push the handle down to about -20 degrees and take it out. What is the correct technique? Thanks.

Thread: Worried
26/09/2019 09:05:20


I was looking after my 14 year old nephew and I was breaking some concrete with a hammer. He asked if he could help so i gave him the hammer and the only thing he hit was the back of his head. A very nasty wound so your dead right.

Thread: Just bought an ML7, what should i do first?
07/09/2019 20:14:44


I don't know what your budget is but if you can afford it I would scrap this lathe and get something in better condition. This damage should not happen to a well looked after machine. Not all ML7s have damaged backgear, my two never did. Parts will be quite expensive and good used ML7s can be seen regularly on ebay that will come with no damage and lots of tooling. This would probably work out as beater value in the end.

Good luck


Thread: Chosing a drill grinding attachment or machine
02/09/2019 16:13:21

Why is it that all the drill grinding jigs I see have the drill pointing up? This seems to need a fairly high grinder and a tall jig. Why cant the jigs be mounted horizontally and use the bottom of the wheel?

Only asking as I am thinking of turning a tripet grinder like the one below into a tool and drill grinder and I have never used a drill grinding jig before.



Thread: Mystery Tooling
14/08/2019 17:55:46

Hand turning rest

Potts milling attachment

And dont know

Thread: Garryflex Blocks
31/07/2019 04:52:42

Yes. Great on brass before soldering for example and all sorts of other polishing jobs

Thread: Guess the Chemical?
27/07/2019 20:49:34


Thread: Unknown 8 inch shaper?
23/07/2019 00:56:20

Has a lot in common with a royal by the look of it

Thread: august editors bench
09/07/2019 17:17:36

Haven't had that either. When should it have arrived?

09/07/2019 17:12:45

What August issue? Last one I had was Doug hewson doing the pansy wheels.

Thread: What do you use your lathe for?
06/07/2019 09:28:42
Posted by Andrew Johnston on 05/07/2019 19:06:34:
Posted by Richard brown 1 on 05/07/2019 18:36:35:

A mill cant make a mill because how do you make the spindles and circular bits with a mill?

Yes it can, use your imagination! smile

A horizontal mill can be used to turn short, large diameter parts that would otherwise be too large. See here:



I had seen something like that in ME but I'd like to see you make a leadscrew on a mill dont know

05/07/2019 18:36:35

Surely a lathe could make a lathe if you don't include making the bed as that could be cast then scraped.

A mill cant make a mill because how do you make the spindles and circular bits with a mill?

Thread: Mounting an ER collet chuck
29/06/2019 17:15:15

Well armed with all your advice I went out and cut a register that was just a little tight and a little shallower than the recess in the chuck. I then pulled it up onto the bolting face using the bolts. With a Verdict indicator on the internal taper it moves with the slightest sway about 0.0002 inch. If anyone is interested the chuck came from Arc and the camlock backplate from Rotagrip.

Thanks to all of you who gave advice.


28/06/2019 22:25:59


Are these registers definitely the way to get the best concentric fit? Is that how they are made? Is it a ridiculous idea to just nip it up and then gently tap it across in a similar way to moving something onto centre in a four jaw chuck.

28/06/2019 20:50:57

HI when mounting this er collet chuck onto a backplate. Should the register be cut deep so the chuck mounts with the central lower face in contact with the backplate. Or shallow so the bolting outer face contacts the backplate. Or maybe it doesn't matter.

Thanks Rich


Thread: Making leaf spring buckles
28/06/2019 19:14:53

Colin I folded my loco buckles and then soldered the end in. If you mill them from solid leave it attached to the bar as it makes it easier to hold when your filling.

Regards rich


Thread: Do you clean your workshop at the end of the day?
28/06/2019 18:07:06

I clean and put away on the days I'm too tired after work and can't be bothered to try and make bits.

Thread: Making a Start in FreeCAD
24/06/2019 15:50:41


They had a word for that, the preponderance of ths gun, obsolete now when they don't have trunions

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