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Member postings for Malc

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Thread: Beam engine flywheel
20/06/2016 19:36:37

Hi folks I'm after some opinions. I am in the process of building the Beam Engine from the drawings by Julius de Waal. The flywheel has a double thickness rim. I have built the hub, spokes and inner rim up to form the flywheel and am now faced with the task of making the outer rim. This is 15mm wide, 10mm thick mild steel and needs to be formed into a ring with an inside diameter of 200mm to be a tight fit over the existing inner rim. Would it be possible to form this thickness of mild steel using bending rollers? I also thought it might be possible to heat the 15 x 10mm strip and hammer it to shape around a former but as this is the outer rim it needs to be tidy looking when finished. I wondered how you chaps would tackle the job? Thanks in anticipation!! Malc.

Thread: Borax suppliers??
25/05/2016 19:42:38

Hi Folks, many thanks for the great response. My wife (super shopper) came back with a 500g box for £1.99 from a local cheapie tool shop. However having looked at the box again it does say "Borax substitute" so I will have to give it a try. Thanks again all, an interesting set of replies.

25/05/2016 13:43:46

Thanks all for the input. The wife is currently looking round town for me, will let you know !

25/05/2016 12:00:01

Hi all, I would like to try some borax for a small brazing job. Does anyone know where it can be bought locally (Leics.) without having to buy from the Internet?

Thread: Beam engine builda
11/05/2016 18:57:00

Hi all, I have found the drawings etc on this website for the above beam engine by Julius de Waal. It is built from stock rather than castings and I fancied having a go. Has anyone built this? There is no mention of it being run but it certainly looks as though it was built to run. Any info. / opinions would be appreciated.

Edited By Malc on 11/05/2016 19:04:09

Thread: ML7 top slide improvement
30/12/2015 23:15:26

Hi Bandersnatch, I mounted the cross slide end casting on a vertical slide and used an end mill to cut the recesses. To enable the cross slide to be positioned I borrowed the top slide leadscrew and end casting and fitted on the cross slide using an intermediate "conversion" plate so the smaller end casting could be screwed to the cross slide. This was a rather crude temporary measure but I only needed to move the cross slide into position to centre the vertical slide holding the work. I used the leadscrew set in the chuck to centralise the hole in the end casting then locked both the cross slide and vertical slide before machining. Malc.

30/12/2015 22:04:32

Hi Clive, These are news to me. I'll have a search around the net. Thanks, Malc.

30/12/2015 19:44:37

Hi all, I have just fitted the Arceurotrade thrust bearing set to the cross slide of my ML7 and am really pleased with the job. I am so pleased with it that I am considering doing the same to the top slide. However the top slide end casting is smaller than the cross slide one and I am concerned that there will be very little thickness of casting left around the edges after boring out to accept the diameter of the thrust bearing. I just wondered, has anyone out there done this mod to the top slide? I have only heard of it being carried out to the cross slide.

Thread: Dewhurst switch
11/03/2015 23:48:23


I have sent you a PM re: the ML7 wiring.


Thread: Height adjustable Workshop seat
01/03/2015 13:21:29

If you find a suitable method of extending the leg let me know, both mine need extending! Actually it's my own fault, when I built the shed I built the floor far too near my ar........

Thread: Remap ?
28/02/2015 15:14:48

Hi Michael,

I was considering it as a volunteer, but have had a lukewarm response from charities in the past.


28/02/2015 13:40:13

Just wondered whether any of you chaps have had any dealings with Remap? Would be grateful of any comments / opinions.Thanks, Malc.

Thread: SPG Tools
05/02/2015 09:12:55

Hi Mike, I tried the websit last night after Robbo's posting, and it was fine!  By the way, Brian, I will try to send you a PM.  I say "try" as I've never done it before.  Malc


Edited By Malc Wilson on 05/02/2015 09:17:16

05/02/2015 09:12:53

Hi Mike, I tried the websit last night after Robbo's posting, and it was fine! Malc.

04/02/2015 22:17:52

Hi Brian, I am on the "Asda" side of town. Malc.

04/02/2015 19:12:16

Hi Gordon, SPG is local to me. I bought my first mini lathe from them and found Simon to be very helpful and obliging. Price was the main reason for my buying from them at the time and being local was another consideration. I have bought a few other bits from them since and have always found them reasonably priced. I have no connection with SPG apart from being a satisfied customer. All the best, Malc.

Thread: Singer 660 A1 sewing machine
31/07/2013 18:45:05

Hi Geoff, you are right, the plastic pin is a rather crude means of locking the nut to the threads. You will need to "shock" the nut loose initially. I used to heel back hard on the treadle, this has the action of forcing the pulley drive disc hard onto the brake. Whilst holding the treadle heeled back , use a well fitting spanner and give it a sharp clout with a metal hammer (or what have you)! to release the nut. Hope this helps,


Thread: ML 7 cross slide mod
03/05/2012 23:36:35

Hi All,

I am considering fitting needle roller thrust bearings to the cross slide and compound slide screws of my ML 7 to reduce the play. Arc Euro Trade do a kit for the job. Has any one done this mod? Is it successful? Are there any pitfalls? I would be grateful of any comments.

Thanks in anticipation


Thread: Vertical slide from India
15/04/2012 21:09:13

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the reply, it has given me more confidence to buy the slide. My first lathe was a Chinese model and I was quite sceptical when I first bought it, but it turned out to be OK. Very impressed with your pictures and quality of your projects. I guess I'll have to push the boat out and spend some money- after first consulting my financial controller (S.W.M.B.O) of course! Thanks again.


15/04/2012 10:55:18

Hi all,

I would be grateful of opinions here. I have been looking for a Myford vertical slide for some time for my ML7. Have reluctantly even tried EBay but with no luck. However I see that Chronos are offering one for £105 but of course it's from India. Has any one bought one of these? Are they any good? I am tempted by the thought of a new one for the price of a tatty one off EBay. Obviously the quality will not be the same but for hobby use? What do you think?

thanks in anticipation


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