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Thread: Removing bang in self tappers
27/09/2020 19:00:56

Slotting with the Dremel works very well.

I removed the engine number plate from my Morris Minor engine with that method.


Thread: Ideal Dimensions of Vice Clamps
27/09/2020 11:38:12

I have a slightly different method for attaching my vice onto a jig borer, the table has three radial tee slots so the normal methods do not really work.

This is what I came up with, it is a separate sub base which has location buttons underneath, one button goes into the central hole, the other goes into the front slot. The whole lot is then held down with custom made Tee Bolts.

You will see the vice is held down to the sub base with similar clamps to the others shown previously, and some additional cap head screws act as dowels to make sure it goes in the same place if removed for any reason.

Cap head screws are OK until they fill up with swarf, then it is a pain to have to clean them out before the vice can be removed. So I try and use hex head fasteners and spanners for this purpose if I can.

The vice can be removed and replaced with other tooling such as chucks and collets extremely quickly using this method.

boley 004 21-09-13.jpg

And if I am working on very small parts I just hold a smaller vice in the main one.

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Edited By Phil P on 27/09/2020 11:39:48

Thread: Parting off question
16/09/2020 13:08:25


Can you reveal where to buy those holders and inserts please.



Thread: Claude Reeves 4 Legged Gravity Escapement Regulator
14/09/2020 21:05:51


A pal of mine has almost just completed the same clock and is currently running the movement on test.

He too has used ball races along with quite a few other mods to the Reeve design.

I just sent him the link to look at this one, and he was pleasantly surprised to see he was not the only one making it.


Thread: Scaling back forum activity
11/09/2020 11:50:45

It is the same on many forums, people get upset about something or someone and spit their dummy out.

They make a big fuss and publicly announce that they are feeling hard done by and are about to depart the forum, then there is a flood of pleas from all their mates to try and beg them to stay on. It is in most cases just attention seeking.

I don't know Barrie and I honestly cannot remember any of his posts, so in this instance and not knowing the full circumstances it would be unfair of me to tar him with the same brush. But it is very common.


Thread: Steel stock for newbie ???
11/09/2020 11:41:28

I get quite a few bits of random material from our scrap bin at work which so far have proved to be decent quality as you would expect.

But we have a twice yearly auction at our model engineering club and quite often there are materials to had for pennies, you should see my stock of cast iron, brass and aluminium bar built up over the years.

The steel obtained from the club auctions has been very dubious though, I always give each piece a trial machining before it goes into stock, I reckon around 60% of it I take to work and dump it in the scrap bin having marked it with a felt pen so I don't pick it out again later !!


Thread: Dead blow mallet
02/09/2020 21:56:49

I just use a lump of lead in my hand for setting parts in the vice.

I recycle old car batteries and melt the lead in a steel pot with my blowlamp, then pour it into a mould made from a short piece of round steel tube, about 1.5" dia and 2" long.

I have a few of these dotted around the workshop and they last ages without getting too deformed.

Not sure about the safety aspect of car battery recycling, so please take proper precautions if you do attempt it.


Thread: Workshop Equipment
22/08/2020 11:34:30
Posted by Pauline Davidson on 22/08/2020 00:52:13:

Hi Phil,

Just to let you know I have read your PM and will be following up your lead.

In response to AJ & Peter Low 4, I will make an effort to get to the Bristol branch of the RRHT; I look forward to seeing the exhibits and archives, if it is anything like Derby I'm already getting excited!


I you wish to send me your email address via a PM, I will forward you a copy of the latest BMES newsletter to have a look at.


21/08/2020 20:34:34


I have sent you a PM with some information on local Model Engineering clubs.


Thread: Lathe tooling identification - help please
21/08/2020 15:37:01

The capstan tailstock unit looks very similar (but not identical) to the one I have on my Super 7

It fits an ML7 tailstock and was made by Cowells.


Edited By Phil P on 21/08/2020 15:39:26

Edited By Phil P on 21/08/2020 15:40:30

Thread: TBH!
12/08/2020 14:27:46

I am sat working from home in the only available space............The conservatory.

Currently 37° with all doors and windows open and fan blowing.


Thread: Rotary Table Choice 36:1 o 90:1
11/08/2020 21:24:34

Does anyone else use "factors" for working out what divisions you can use a particular dividing head or rotary table for ?

I have done charts for all of mine with the standard hole plates, and some that allow different indexing plates to be used from other units, so I can mix and match between different ones.

The excel spreadsheet table shows every possible division that will be available for each combination.


Edited By Phil P on 11/08/2020 21:26:51

Thread: Music in the Workshop
02/08/2020 11:36:43

My wife has Classic FM on constantly in the house and insists having it on in the car as well.

I dont mind it too much, but when in the workshop it is usually Pink Floyd / David Gilmour or Supertramp.


Thread: Step chuck modification
06/07/2020 09:12:33

It is nice when all your work holding gear fits multiple machines.

I also try and use the same collets etc, on my dividing heads and rotary tables.


Thread: Bar top "copper". What is it?
19/06/2020 10:21:29

Is it just copper that has work hardened ?

Try heating a bit up and see if it goes bendy.


Thread: Sodium Nitrite
19/06/2020 10:17:29

The Field Marshall comments bring back happy memories of when we had a couple of those tractors.

We always used to start ours on the handle, they have a very simple de-compressor mechanism to allow you to crank it easier, there is a threaded groove on the outside of the flywheel into which a roller lever engages to pull a cable that opens the de-compressor valve. you have to be carefull to note which groove you put it in, because that dictates how many turns you crank it before it drops off the edge of the flywheel and hits full compression. We used to do three turns and then Bang, Bang, BAng............

12 bore blank cartridge starting was reserved for showing off to friends, my dad did this once and forgot to remove the plastic bucket that kept rain water out of the exhaust chimmney. It flew about 20 feet in the air and came back down and landed perfectly over his head, I wished I had a camera handy that day !!

It was quite easy to accidentally start the two stroke engine backwards if it kicked back, you then had one forward and three reverse gears. Our Fowler VF crawler was almost the same, but that did run the opposite way to the Field Marshall engine.


Edited By Phil P on 19/06/2020 10:18:46

Thread: Wot's this for ? help please
17/06/2020 11:11:03

The clip could not have just dropped off the shaft if that is where it fits.

Was the whole thing assembled like that when it arrived ?


Thread: Parting off
12/06/2020 08:45:24

I think the reason why a rear inverted parting tool works better is explained quite well here.

By working better, I mean a reduced chance of it digging in due to inadequate rigidity on a small lathe.



Edited By Phil P on 12/06/2020 08:45:47

Thread: Drill press identification
05/06/2020 17:14:10

Looks like it has Atlas features to me, more likely in the USA as well.

Table, Base, Capstan handle hub, shape of guard, logo on front of head etc.



Edited By Phil P on 05/06/2020 17:16:06

Edited By Phil P on 05/06/2020 17:17:01

Edited By Phil P on 05/06/2020 17:18:21

Thread: I have a Fobco Universal MT, can it be used for milling?
28/05/2020 19:54:39

Yes you are quite right, I just realised after I had typed that sentence.


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