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Thread: In a pickle?
02/07/2020 06:12:32

Realistically Geoff, your fears are Baseless.



Thread: Machining cylinder from solid
13/06/2020 09:18:54

I don't know if this is any help, but I found it very encouraging and in fact it's the first thread I ever saved to favourites from this forum:


Some bloke who calls himself Stub Mandrel...



Thread: Myford Ml7 micrometer dial.
11/06/2020 12:53:20

By sheer coincidence I've just been reading ME 3536, 7th May 1976. On p450 there is a short article on making these dials, with what looks like a good, clear drawing.

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post a scan of this article here, maybe a Mod could tell me?


Thread: How easy is it to make a chain sprocket?
31/05/2020 18:15:33

Brian, Technobots do nice chain and sprockets, the online shop is pretty good too.



Thread: Source for small scale Aluminium chequered plate
24/05/2020 10:45:21

knurled copper pipe.jpg

Hi John, I don't know if this is any help as it's copper, not aluminium, but a splendid chap from the Coventry MES told me how to do this when I admired a model of his at the Large Scale Model Rail show at Leamington last year.

I put an offcut of copper water pipe into the lathe and knurled it, and whilst it was still spinning I took the sharp edges off with emery. I then opened out the pipe along the long axis, and a very crisp, smart piece of chequer plate emerged. The pipes in the picture are 15mm and 22mm.

I hope this is of some help.


Thread: Bumblebee behaviour
22/05/2020 14:42:17

A very interesting link, thank you Michael. I'm moving house soon, and hope to eventually have some bees of my own...along with a couple of Alpacas, but that's another story!



Thread: Split-spoke wheel castings- where from?
08/05/2020 17:02:05

Wow! Thank you Nick! That's great, I can hopefully get some more now. I'll have a good trawl of that website, looks very interesting!

I've just finished machining the wheels, as predicted, they turned beautifully and I'm really pleased with the result.

John. split spoke wheels after turning.jpg

08/05/2020 13:46:46

Greetings everyone! I've just started machining these wheel castings, I've got four of them and (I think) they will end up under some sort of 16mm scale locomotive, maybe a light railcar for inspection purposes or something.

My question is: Can anybody identify the maker? They are 1.450" diameter, have 'T15' cast into them, and are, I imagine, what LBSC would have called 'good, grey cast-iron', as they machine beautifully.

I can't for the life of me remember where I got them from, possibly a steam fair or similar: I'm in the habit of buying any little thing like this that grabs my attention.

The picture shows one of the wheels before I started machining; you can see how clean the casting is, with no tidying needed.

Thank you!


08/05/2020 13:39:45

split spoke wheel casting.jpg

Thread: Whatever happened to...
22/04/2020 19:33:19
Posted by Ian Skeldon 2 on 22/04/2020 19:24:32:

One of my favourites was a chewing gum, I can't remember the name of it but, the chewing gum itself was pink in an oblong shape and tasted hot and maybe cinamon? The wrapper was red.

If it was pink it could have been Dentyne or Big Red.


Thread: Interesting Marking-out Tool
22/04/2020 06:50:05
Posted by Bill Phinn on 21/04/2020 19:02:31:
Posted by OldMetaller on 21/04/2020 16:07:06:

Hi Bill, we're members of the North Wales and North West branch of SoB

That's my region too, John.

Hi Bill, what a coincidence! Mrs Metaller is Sue Wood, the area organiser! Hope to see you at a Kelsall workshop, when all this madness is over!


Thread: Diesel Loco Cab Interiors
21/04/2020 16:14:19

Hi Mark, welcome to the forum. If you need any photos of detail I can help, I drive them for a living, although not very much at the moment.


Thread: Interesting Marking-out Tool
21/04/2020 16:08:16
Posted by Hopper on 21/04/2020 11:35:44:

That's a nice bit of kit. Similar to a tool my mate an aircraft engineer has. They apparently used it to mark out even spacing on rivet holes on aircraft when installing panels on the "skin". So could come in useful for all sorts of jobs around the workshop and the house. Quicker than measuring, dividing in the head then marking each step.

And so perfect for me, as I can't do even simple arithmetic! frown


21/04/2020 16:07:06
Posted by Bill Phinn on 21/04/2020 12:34:38:

John, that's definitely not a bookbinding tool, at least not one that's ever been marketed as such.

I'd be interested to know what your wife bought at the auction. I was notified of it through the S.O.B. [been a member for 23 years], but couldn't attend.

Hi Bill, we're members of the North Wales and North West branch of SoB, Mrs M bought a litho stone, some paper and yet more bl**dy flat irons, you can't move in her workshop for them already!

I'm not actually a bookbinder, I joined because I like to learn new stuff, and they are a great bunch! I did learn to do leather inlay at one of the SoB workshops, though!


20/04/2020 14:43:06

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I got ordered to drive Mrs Metaller, who is a bookbinder, to an auction of bookbinding tools in Leicester a few weeks ago. This one item caught my eye, and I was able to successfully bid on the lot that it was in. The other stuff wasn't very exciting, but this tool is a little gem.

It is minutely marked 'Made in West Germany', so presumably that dates it from a few decades ago. It opens and closes with a lovely, smooth action and the points are extremely sharp. I imagine it was used to mark out for when a book gets stitched together, but Mrs M was unable to enlighten me on it's precise use.

It's quite nice that, when a bookbinder retires or otherwise stops binding, the Society of Bookbinders arrange for his or her tools to be offered to other, still active, bookbinders, which removes the dread possibility of an avaricious dealer offering a widow or widower a ridiculously small sum for what are, very often, lovely tools that have been cherished.

I don't know if I'll ever use it, but it's taking up next to no space hanging on hooks along with the protractors and spring-leg callipers.


Thread: Whatever happened to...
20/04/2020 14:25:33

Vesta Curry... smiley

God, I loved that...with a cup of Camp coffee and for dessert, a bag of wine gums!

How the hell I'm still here, fifty years on, is a mystery to medical science! surprise


Thread: Tailstock alignment of an ML7
10/04/2020 09:24:51

That is ingenious.


Thread: Station Road steam
02/04/2020 07:08:47

The frequency of their website updates has increased dramatically- great entertainment value in these lockdown times.

At the moment they have a lovely narrow gauge version of 'Juliet', very characterful!


Thread: What to do with a stationary engine
27/10/2019 05:39:23

I like the primitive 'deadman', where if you take your foot off the pedal, the belt slips.


16/10/2019 10:37:41
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 09/10/2019 09:43:29:
Posted by not done it yet on 09/10/2019 08:25:30:

But only because the Sun is directly over the Prime Meridian, the arbitrary line which was chosen (as it passed through Royal Observatory at Greenwich - hence the term GMT (expanded) in reference to time zones)

Only four times a year... Google analemma, actually 'equation of time' might be safer if your typing is suspect.


How did you find that out, Neil?!?! surprise

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