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Member postings for Matt Harrington

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Thread: Oxy Acetylene or Oxy Propane?
02/10/2018 16:12:02

MAP-X gas is available from Toolstation. Is this the same thing?



Thread: A Big Treat coming for Readers of MEW
02/10/2018 14:19:41
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 23/09/2018 15:27:05:

I've been having a go with the package.

I produced this today, as a tryout, it's a hull for a British Power Boats Whaleback ASRL, using a paper 1940s plan as a guide. Took me about 2 1/2 hours, but I'm learning as I go along. This is an STL exported from the program, I'm going to try 3D printing it.


Neil, I shall class you as a 3D printer expert (well, you have written a book about the things!) and as such, you are more than familiar with 3D modelling. I would be interested to see how a user with a minimal 2D CAD experience will cope with such systems and also a user with no experience of CAD.

I have sold CAD/CAM systems (on and off) for the last 40 years and I'm always interested in user expectation. Ability is something else and have see 80 year old youngsters perform magic on a CAD system and yet a young draughtsman have no ability.

I suppose what I'm saying is that a lot of prospective users get put off early on thinking that a design system is too complicated - something that new systems seems to be addressing these days.


Thread: Oxy Acetylene or Oxy Propane?
01/10/2018 11:03:41

I have had no regrets from moving from acetylene to propane. I changed the handset but some people don't even bother doing that!


Thread: Wanhao i3 Plus Mk2 printer
29/09/2018 08:30:19


This then made me do a search and **LINK** looks to be my sort of level!


28/09/2018 17:20:28

And just to compliment it, I have bought your book!!

28/09/2018 16:01:47

I have nothing to do with this company but their price for the i3 Mk2 seems very good!

Needless to say I have ordered one and delivery is free!

I feel more or my valuable hours being used up!!


Edited By Matt Harrington on 28/09/2018 16:02:13

Thread: Pultra dividing head
06/08/2018 17:20:32


Did you get sorted? I Think the draw tube is something like 40mm longer. I'll fish one out if you need help.


Thread: Myford ML10 vs The Rest
31/07/2018 11:39:17

Here you go:


If you are after a 10, this has all the right bits!


29/07/2018 13:15:47
Posted by Fowlers Fury on 29/07/2018 12:15:13:

Matt H. wrote "If you plump for an ML10, try and get one with the integrated motor mount. It makes it much easier to mount the lathe on a benchtop should you go that route".

......and it brought back the wretched memories of trying to line up the separate motor mount, with drive belt in place, reaching over the ML10, trying to hold it all in position whilst marking out the bench for the fixing holes ~ a right PITA. I fully endorse his recommendation !
Looking in the xls index of Model Engineer articles 1959-98 there are many refs to the ML10 and accessories.
For example:- No. 3771, 156, "Some Modifications to the Myford ML10 Lathe".

Edited By Fowlers Fury on 29/07/2018 12:15:45 (Tried to insert table from xls, didn't work)

Edited By Fowlers Fury on 29/07/2018 12:18:15

Ha! exactly - I remember it well!


29/07/2018 09:21:06


I've had a couple of ML10's in the past and the only bit that annoyed me was the tailstock - where I always caught my knuckle on the withdrawing thread. I extended one handle and that was cured. If you plump for an ML10, try and get one with the integrated motor mount. It makes it much easier to mount the lathe on a benchtop should you go that route. (and also the later 2 speed (10) and longer bed. I think the serial numbers start VSL......


Thread: CNC needle cutting
29/04/2018 09:28:33

Fascinating - learn something new every day....

Thread: Schaublin 13
05/04/2018 11:39:42

I suspect if there are a lot of accessories, then this is where the value lies. David should know.


Thread: The Ageing Engine
29/03/2018 23:36:17

Trevor, that is indeed, a labour of love - and I love it.....

Now the bit is between your teeth, when do you hope to finish it?


Thread: Shortening screws
20/03/2018 14:55:37
Posted by Gordon W on 20/03/2018 14:12:41:

Thanks for the quick replies! Wildings tool is the sort of thing I was thinking of, looks quite difficult to make tho'. The woodworking tool looks do-able, will think some more. Another idea- was looking at my clutch pencil, some have a lead sharpener at the end. This is just a long blade at an angle, this might be improved, more thinking.

I think the tool is easy to make by using a triangular or wedge file file end on and then again at right angles.

How about this gadget? **LINK**

20/03/2018 13:17:28

Hi, I think John Wilding did a chamfering tool in one of his books.

This is the sort of thing:



Thread: Replacement tailstock, sculpture or fabrication
18/03/2018 17:03:17


A little late in the day but you may find it interesting.

I have a UW1 and it would be possible to take a Myford tailsotck (later type ) and graft that onto a cast iron block. I have a picture somewhere. Even easier would be to find a tailstock raising block for a UW1 and graft to that.


Thread: Shortening screws
14/03/2018 09:55:33

Thanks for posting Alan, I like simple approaches and the brass collars are just that.


13/03/2018 13:41:18

I use simple jig.

This one is a little better and easy to make on the lathe:


Thread: DML caliper
12/03/2018 17:16:28
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 12/03/2018 14:13:22:

I can vouch that the 'budget' M&W calipers from Machine DRO are very good for the price.




Thread: Myford super 7 rear swarf tray.
06/03/2018 09:13:26

The open end is a good idea. I may add something like that to my rear splash back.


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