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Thread: Complete beginner checking in and asking the usual question!
20/05/2013 20:43:12

Hi Frank,

Welcome to the forum, the folk on here are very helpful even if they argue with each other occasionally. cheeky

I'd say you already possess the most useful skill you will need - accounting. You'll need to find creative ways of extracting more money from somewhere without it being noticed. There will be no end of things to buy. wink

I bought my lathe 18 months ago and have really enjoyed learning to use it. It's a steep learning curve though. I went with new for the same reason as Chris but as Ian says the best thing is to buy something and start using it. Only then will you know what you want to make and what tools you will need to make it.

I found the following sites useful




Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
19/05/2013 20:49:51

It looks absolutely superb Jason. Very inspiring to the rest of us (especially beginners like me) to try harder. Keep up the good work.


Thread: Not enough hot air...
16/05/2013 22:57:34

Hi Chris,

Congratulations on finishing your first engine. It's quite satisfying when the first one runs. I finished a very similar one last year. Here it is running on a car foot pump.

Another shameless plug wink
Thread: Are your cap head/grub screws filling with swarf?
16/05/2013 11:23:44

Sounds like an idea worth trying. Alternatively you can fill them with grease. I use this on allen bolts on my bikes.


Thread: S50 cylinder machining setup
14/05/2013 22:03:53

In the end thanks to Ian's suggestion I used this setup:-

cylinder milling 3.jpg

The front clamps were left out of the picture for clarity. It might not be ideal but it seemed to work. Then I used the same arrangement for the mounting face which is facing forward in this picture.


Thread: I think my dividing head makers needs....
13/05/2013 11:05:48


I don't think an MEW review would be much use to us as they are unlikely to be critical of any supplier for obvious reasons.

I have noticed that Chronos and EKP allow online reviews by customers which might help. It certainly does for Axminster and Screwfix which some of us probably use occasionally. Trouble is most of us are unlikely to post reviews.


13/05/2013 09:37:22

What we need is Which? to do a report on model engineering tools. cheeky

It worked for consumer electronics. I don't think there is a television, camera, Hi-Fi, or phone etc. that I've bought in the last twenty years that I've been disappointed with. What makes the difference, in my opinion, is that there is a source of independent information on how good a product is. Even ratings for books on Amazon are an improvement on what info we have for tools.


Edited By Gary Marland on 13/05/2013 09:41:25

Thread: S50 cylinder machining setup
08/05/2013 16:30:13

Hi Michael,

Thanks for your input. I can feel the purchase of another angle plate at Harrogate coming on wink only have one at the moment.

I'm loosely following the Tubal Cain write-up serialised in ME from August 1992 and trying to figure out which bits are better done on the milling machine. I assume he did the bore first because it was easier to measure an exact amount from the edge of the bore to the portface (which he did with a height gauge) rather than trying to bore to an exact diameter with the edge of the bore ending up a specified distance from the portface. More difficult to describe than to do.


08/05/2013 14:22:24

Thanks for the suggestions guys.

Bruce - good point about the vice jaws. I've not checked them so if I end up using this method I'll put a DTI on them first. I knew about putting it in the centre to minimise twisting forces but had just clamped it quickly for a photo so might have forgotten to move it into the centre before cutting. What is the benefit of putting paper next to the jaw? I would have done all the cuts in the same direction.

Chris & Ian - I'll have to think about this. I presume you mean with the end flange against the plate/s and a bolt running through the bore or perhaps on either side. In that case how would I ensure the bore is parallel to the table?

Doh! Thinking this through as I type and I've just realised that of course the bore is perpendicular to the end face so that ensures it is parallel to the table. I started off using the tool blank through the bore so I had a reference to set the amount of metal to remove. But maybe there is another way. I didn't like the idea of scribing around the casting as Tubal Cain suggests. He was doing it on a lathe only.

I'm not really as thick as this sounds, it's just that experience is incredibly useful when workholding.


07/05/2013 22:34:03


I'm making a Stuart S50 and I've faced the ends of the cylinder and bored it out on the lathe. Now I need to machine the portface parallel with the bore. Is there anything wrong with this setup?

cylinder milling 1.jpg

cylinder milling 2.jpg

The rod is an HSS tool blank and I've set the unmachined mounting face vertical with a square. I was going to cut towards the vice jaws to minimise the risk of the cylinder moving in the vice. I can't think of any other way of holding it. Or should I do it on the lathe like Tubal Cain did?

Any comments welcome.


Thread: Time in the workshop
07/05/2013 16:28:32

I've never listened to much music on the radio. Even with the programmes that play music I like (which are few), the inane drivel that the DJs come out with soon puts me off.


07/05/2013 14:03:46

Another thumbs up for Radio 4 here. Although I only like some of the programs (factual and comedy). The plays and The Archers drive me round the bend so I either turn off or play my iPod through the radio (all kinds of rock and folk).


Thread: Emma Victoria
30/04/2013 19:57:28
Posted by Jeff Dayman on 30/04/2013 15:27:36:

Neil, what did you mean with your reference to a "Mornington Crescent"?

James, the pic looks good. You must have been in the antigravity bay of the ship for that one!


Jeff, he means he listens to BBC Radio 4. It is a game on a popular radio show.


Thread: Dead centre vs. live centre
17/04/2013 23:16:52

Hi James,

Welcome to the forum.

My mini-lathe came with a spring on the chuck key. After it had jumped out of the chuck for the third time I took the spring off. I just got into the habit of making sure the key is on the bench before I start the lathe and also not standing in line with the chuck is an idea. I also removed the guard which was another major inconvenience and prefer to just be careful.


Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
17/04/2013 16:13:38


What I did yesterday was finished four of these T-nuts as suggested in Harold Hall's book "Milling: A Complete Course". This was the first milling I've done. Wanted to try something simple before making a mess of the S50 castings. Might try some clamps next.


Thread: Preparing castings
09/04/2013 09:10:12

Thanks for the tips Fizzy and Jo. I've been using a permanent marker for marking out so will leave the painting until last and just get on with the machining.

As far as rust is concerned, my workshop is an unheated garage so I do have to guard against rust. I usually put everything away and cover the machines up at night to try to limit condensation.


08/04/2013 23:25:01

Thanks for the ideas Brian and Neil.

Brian, the casting for the base is hollow and the bottom edge is the reference face. It has a high spot in the middle of both sides (~0.75mm) which I'm going to file down or might try the Dremel as suggested on various threads on here. The base is about 9" long so it won't swing on my lathe. I could mill it though. Just starting to learn how to use my new mill at the moment.


Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
08/04/2013 22:31:28

Thanks for the suggestion Martin, but as Tan Y Groes is about four hours driving away it'll have to wait for our next Wales holiday. (Anson Museum only half an hour away). Others might be interested though, it certainly looks like a comprehensive collection.


Thread: Preparing castings
08/04/2013 13:31:36


I'm just starting on my Stuart S50 (finally) and Tubal Cain suggests giving them a coat of spray primer to make marking out easier and probably to stop rust. Do others do this or is it a waste of time? I was thinking of an etch primer as Chris Vine suggests in his book. Is this over the top? Also there are a few hollows around the base, should these be filled before priming and machining or later?

Thanks for any help.


Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
08/04/2013 10:07:05
Posted by Andyf on 08/04/2013 07:14:04:

Well, Gary, there's a thing. I live in Sale and worked in Wilmslow from 1976 until retiring in 2006, and had never head of the Anson Engine Museum until now. Looks worth a trip - shame it doesn't open on weekdays, because I still go to Wilmslow every Wednesday for a 5pm pint with old colleagues.


Hi Andy,

Definitely worth a trip if you're in the North West. You're unlikely to spot it when passing because it is hidden away off the beaten track. They do open Friday so maybe persuade your old mates to go for a drink on Friday instead. wink


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