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Thread: Wooden Gears
12/01/2021 08:34:14

That is a beautiful thing Michael. As for my son's venture, I think that he has settled on maple to make the gears. Now all he needs is the means to cut them as in Michael G's link.


Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
13/11/2020 10:50:07

The greatest strength of this forum is that its members give freely and generously of their expertise and experience to anyone who asks for it. I hate to think how much this expertise would cost in the commercial world even if it were possible to put a valuation on it. I would hate to see changes that would jeopardise this philanthropic relationship.


12/11/2020 10:09:46

Just got back from the shops where I was charged or rather asked for £186 for 3 loaves of bread. Why? New software.


12/11/2020 07:07:04

Almost every time that an "improved" website is introduced it is anything but an improvement. More flashy , trendy colours maybe, anything but intuitive and a complete relearning experience with loads of "*****£$%^&*aaghs" as I fall for the quirky bits and do it wrong yet again. No give me "old and quirky" every time over the equally or more aggravating "new and quirky".


11/11/2020 07:02:20

Honestly, without exaggeration, this is the best platform that I have worked with.

Mick H

Thread: Budget CNC
30/10/2020 08:01:18
Posted by David Colwill on 29/10/2020 08:32:02:
Posted by mick H on 29/10/2020 07:48:33:

Thanks very much gents. I have sent him all the links. I have a feeling that he might be attracted to the machines oriented towards wood as he has a wood lathe and enjoys the medium.


Oh dear! smile p

Sorry David, have I missed something?


30/10/2020 08:00:08
Posted by Ronald Morrison on 29/10/2020 21:22:06:

Does the CNC he desires need to be able to cut metal? Would a wood cutting CNC machine satisfy him for a while? How about helping him build a CNC router? With that approach he/you can save some money and have a better understanding what it takes to make a CNC machine. Knowing that will set him up to be better able to understand and use a CNC mill. Here are a couple videos on making one.

Do it yourself CNC

$500 home built CNC router

Hallo Ron.....I haven't spoken to him for a few days but I would guess that a compromise might be an attractive idea. He loves building things so a home built CNC might be just the job for now. He has access to and is competent on his brother's metal lathe and milling machine and has his own wood lathe so he probably has the wherewithal. As for helping him build it, there is nothing that I would like better but he lives in OZ and I am in the UK. I will send him the links. Thanks for the interest.


29/10/2020 07:48:33

Thanks very much gents. I have sent him all the links. I have a feeling that he might be attracted to the machines oriented towards wood as he has a wood lathe and enjoys the medium.


28/10/2020 16:35:43

Is there such a thing as Budget CNC? My 16 year old grandson in Australia would like to expand into this area. He has experience with computer building and programming together with manual lathe, milling machine and 3D printing experience.

An off the shelf machine at circa £3000 is out of his reach at the moment even with Christmas on the horizon. Should he just save up his dollars or try a different approach?


Thread: Kerr's Minature railway closing
04/10/2020 08:43:57

Dave, I have sent you a pm


Thread: waterproof sealing strip
02/10/2020 18:45:05

Thank you gents for the usual abundance of ideas. I am making a submarine ....outline only, not a diving model....which will be a replica of the Jules Verne Nautilus, 1954 film version. The model is 32" long. The stern and bows are built up from turned oak and the centre section of the hull is a 10" length of 110mm drainage pipe. This centre section has a section 8" x 2" cut out of the top into which the motor, battery and servos etc can be accessed. This is the hatch that I hope to close with a piece of curved 0.5mm brass sheet. I now feel that it would have been easier to give this information at the outset so apologies for the omission.


02/10/2020 15:02:50

Assistance required please to locate a sealing strip. The strip is required to seal a thin metal plate which goes over an aperture in the top of a boat's hull. The metal plate is removable for access to a battery and other gubbins inside the hull. The metal plate will not be below the waterline but very close to it and will inevitably get wet when the boat is in motion. I would like the sealing strip to have as low a profile as possible. The metal plate will be screwed down onto the sealing strip to give a bit of squeeze. Does such a sealing strip exist ?


Thread: UNF reducing bush
20/06/2020 13:19:10

Can anyone assist in locating a 7/8 (male) x 3/4 " (female) UNF reducing bush. I am blowed if I can find one on Google.


Thread: Gear software
19/06/2020 13:29:33

Thank you gents. Just what he needs.


19/06/2020 08:03:38

I recently asked for information on types of wood suitable for making gears and had a very generous and helpful response. May I now take this a step further and ask whether anyone knows of software into which one can input gear data ie pcd, number of teeth and module and obtain a two dimensional printout of the gear. This is for my son who needs to make wooden gears for a project. His hope is to glue a paper image of the gear onto suitable wood and cut around it.


Thread: Wooden Gears
14/06/2020 13:41:12

My son is building a wooden traction engine. I have already warned him of the difficulties of raising steam in a pine boiler wink but he is pursuing the project and as he is a glutton for punishment wishes to make a full gear chain in wood. What sort of wood would the forum advise that he uses?


Thread: Tufnol - cylinder block?
06/06/2020 08:20:20

I originally asked this question because I have a big lump of Tufnol ( 9x6x2" which has been sitting under the bench for a few years now and apart from a small offcut to make a repair has been unused. On another note, I recently built a two cylinder marine engine with a solid brass cylinder block which has heat loss issues. Putting these two thoughts together I wondered whether a suitably lined Tufnol block might be feasible. As far as stud fixings go, I can forsee no problem with appropriate inserts. A Tufnol retailer has identified my block as Whale grade which has a working temperature up to 130C which would only give me a working pressure in steam of about 25psi so I think the idea has fallen at the first hurdle as far as steam is concerned. So what can I do with my big chunk?


Thread: Pillar drill running in reverse
24/05/2020 21:03:49

Thanks gents. I will try and get some photos to post.


24/05/2020 18:31:27

I have just spoken to my son in Canada. He bought a S/H pillar drill (make SA LR 102902-6) about a year ago and has only just started using it but it runs anticlockwise. It seems to be a straightforward pillar drill with an induction motor and no reversing facility. What could be wrong with it please ?


Thread: Tufnol - cylinder block?
30/04/2020 11:32:13

Thinking of steam Roy. About 60psi.


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