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Thread: Scam alert
21/12/2019 13:51:18

About 6 years ago I ripped my home phone clean out of the wall and threw it out of the window! I was up a ladder painting and the scammers caught me in a bad mood.

Problem solved.

I have a mobile, who's number I only share with friends. When filling in online forms I make a number up.

I don't have anymore scam calls.


Thread: New Pratt chuck without mounting holes
18/11/2019 12:48:37

It looks like it originally had a screwed bore. If you look closely it's had a screwed insert added and locked with a grub screw.


Thread: Rod Stewart's Model Railway
13/11/2019 21:46:46

Looks like he's managed to squeeze in a couple of blast furnaces too.

Who would have thought.


Thread: Fly Tying Vice
27/10/2019 21:24:54

Lovely looking vice and fly!

The design looks simular to a LAW vice.


Thread: Boxford metric lead screw fitted to imperial lathe?
26/10/2019 22:10:30

It does look like you will need to purchase an imperial leadscrew and clasp nuts. Also 24,26,28,32,36,44,48 and 127/100 change gears if you have an imperial model A but want full metric screwcutting functionality .

+1 for Brians book.

Thread: Tom Senior M1 Vertical Head Drawing
12/10/2019 10:57:47
Posted by Bob Astill on 12/10/2019 08:25:23:
Posted by old mart on 11/10/2019 16:07:30:

You may be able to get answers on the Denford forum. Denford own the copyright on all the Tom Senior archives.

Great site but still no blow up of the head their is a photo of the drawing i need lol so close but so far

Hi Bob,

The picture of the drawing is all I have. I managed to find it late last night. I was going to send it to you today.

I replaced the bearings in my knuckle head a couple of years ago. From memory the bearings were considerable more expensive than a metric equivalent.

If I had to change them again I might consider re-engineering the casting to take metric bearings.

Out of interest do you have a link to the bearings you purchased?


11/10/2019 13:09:01

Hi Bob,

Which vertical head are you interested in? S type or knuckle head?


Thread: Safety Glasses
09/08/2019 18:05:28

I use these. **LINK**

Cheap as chips !


Thread: Automotive starter ring (ring gear)
03/08/2019 13:41:59

Could you chain drill the centre out and finish the bore on the lathe? Alot quicker than milling.

As Howard says. A lathe that can swing that diameter should be able to manage intermittent cutting.


Thread: Chester 836 Milling Machine
01/08/2019 11:19:23
Posted by Graham Williams 12 on 01/08/2019 00:11:59:

Hi Steve.

When are you back at work



Hi Graham,

Back to work on the 12th. Feel free to PM me.


31/07/2019 10:53:29

Hi Graham.

No problem for me to reply but if you want specific details about the Chester 836 best wait for me to get back to work.

You should know that our machine has only one pully as supplied. It's a synchronous pulley and belt.

Just to add. My opinion of the machine hasn't changed from my first reply to Colin. This is NOT an industrial quality machine.


Edited By fishy-steve on 31/07/2019 10:57:59

Edited By fishy-steve on 31/07/2019 11:12:37

30/07/2019 13:25:00
Posted by Graham Williams 12 on 27/07/2019 01:47:34:

Hi Vic, thanks for your input.

I do not have a problem with slipping belts. Please read my posts. The VMC has a toggle latch and a hinged lid with a quick release clamp on the motor mount...its a belt drive machine designed for quick ratio changes by slipping the belt....of course its no bother! If the Chester 836 and WM20 had a similar system I would be happy...


Edited By Graham Williams 12 on 27/07/2019 01:49:49

Hi Graham,

I've only just seen your post. (I'm on holiday at the moment)

The Chester 836 comes with VFD so no faffing with belt changes.

It will easilly handle what you intend to use it for.


Thread: Inverter Remote Stop button.
12/07/2019 23:21:07

Did the article ever get written?

I'm running my Meddings drill using the IMO Jaguar Cub inverter. I currently run it directly from the inverter but I want to run it from a remote control station. Start/Stop and speed control pot.

Thread: Hi from south Wales.
19/06/2019 21:42:46
Posted by Michael Edwards 1 on 19/06/2019 01:11:11:

Hi Chris im from Blackwood, welcome. you could start with making muzzle break for your airgun out of brass

Small world. So am I.


Thread: Laser Tachometer
03/05/2019 10:29:15
Posted by Adam Harris on 02/05/2019 19:47:36:

I've just bought the DT-2234C but might also try one those permanent installations

Hi Adam,

Wish I had seen your post earlier. I purchased the same tacho that is in the picture of the first post.

It didn't work. It was a piece of junk. Hope you have more luck with yours.


Thread: Telescopic bore gauges
17/04/2019 12:53:03

I've got a cheap set in a blue wallet.(not from ARC). For me they are only any use for picking your nose with.

I have now purchased a set of second hand Starrett 229s.(The same as the set I use at work.)

A point that is worth making is that the Starrett 229s have 1 fixed bar and one sliding. In my experience it is far easier to get the correct feel with this type of telescopic gauge. The cheap sets tend to have 2 sliding bars. Also, I believe Starrett make a set with 2 sliding bars. Maybe someone could confirm this?


Thread: Simple WorkshopTips
07/04/2019 10:29:07
Posted by Hopper on 07/04/2019 02:10:46:

When screwcutting or even regular turning etc, use a whiteboard marker to mark the zero point on the dial and the desired full depth etc. Whiteboard marker wipes off with the rub of a finger so you don't end up with a cross slide dial full of multiple permanent marker lines.

I was shown a similar trick by an old turner many years ago. He always had a pencil tucked behind his right ear when screw cutting. He would advance the cross slide and mark the dial before every cut. This way he never lost track of his depth.

I've done the same thing when screw cutting ever since.

Thread: What new lathe?
25/03/2019 19:43:57
Posted by David Standing 1 on 25/03/2019 15:14:34:


It's a matter of logistics.

Three lathes, three milling machines, two large benches, a Clarkson grinder, pedestal grinder, floor standing drill, floor standing polisher and various storage cabinets have to all share the same space!

The Student is that way round so I can get the change wheel door open, and pass material through the spindle.

It sits back to back with my Myford 254S as that is the most economical use of space.

Ideally I would have it flat to the wall, but there is already a tall tool cabinet, Myford 254S, and a Warco WM18 along the same wall!

I should have clicked on your photo albums before commenting. That's a heck of a well equipped workshop you have there.

I had the use of Colchester students and Harrison M300s and 400s as an apprentice. Great machines.


25/03/2019 12:55:42

Very nice!

Not sure if I would have it that close to the wall though. I've had to remove my tailstock a couple of times to face off extra long jobs that were sat in a steady. Looks like the wall will prevent you easily doing so? Completely unnecessary if you only machine short lengths of course or if the machine isn't sited yet.


Thread: Chester 836 Milling Machine
21/03/2019 19:14:46

Hi Colin,

I use one in work. I'd say it's a bit light for Industrial use but a good machine for hobby use. It has had light use in the 5 years that we've had it from new. The one shot lube pump broke pretty early on.

If you need more info just shout.


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