By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for GaryM

Here is a list of all the postings GaryM has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
08/04/2013 00:37:11

I visited the Anson Engine Museum in Cheshire, North West England. **LINK**

It has a great collection of internal combustion engines of various types. It also has a few steam engines, including the 250HP Stott mill engine which steams a few times a year and occasional craft workshops.


Thread: Any ideas how to fix this?
06/04/2013 09:55:27

Hi Scott,

Some ideas here:


Andy posts on here and might have some ideas.


Thread: Which Drill Press
03/04/2013 23:36:07

Hi Brian,

I bought the ED16SB about 18 months ago. It is a lower spec but similar in other respects. At the time they did woodworking versions of the engineering drills that were identical apart from having a through slotted table which I think I would find more useful when trying to clamp things to it. They don't seem to stock them any more. Also easier to clear swarf off.


Thread: Single Acting Steam Engine
25/03/2013 22:26:12

Hi Stick,

Are you not tempted to take it apart and give it a good clean. I think it would look really good.


Thread: Maybe there is still hope
22/03/2013 21:55:56

In the UK, for about thirty years governments of various shades and the media have denigrated science and engineering as careers and emphasised finance, marketing, media, culture and sport. It is hardly surprising that most youngsters are not interested in making things. They are a product of the society those of us over fifty have created. I think they have every right to be disillusioned after going to university, getting a degree as they were told to do and then finding that there are no jobs at the end of it. I think a lot of people are just waking up to the mess we are in and maybe it is not too late to do something about it. Lots of people on here have still got skills they could pass on to the younger generation. Sorry it's a bit of a rant but it's born out of frustration with 'the powers that be'.


Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
17/03/2013 08:42:10

Hi Norman, I think I might just not tell anyone when I retire. laugh


16/03/2013 22:06:23

I finally got round to borrowing an engine hoist from work to get my new mill onto the bench I made for it. Only two months after the mill was delivered. sad I really envy those who are already retired. Can't wait to start learning how to use it.smiley


Thread: Crossing the Rubicon - 1000th Post
15/03/2013 14:03:40


It's just a sign that you've contributed a lot. And forums need contributors rather than readers otherwise there is no forum. smile


Thread: Classic bike
06/03/2013 22:45:37
Posted by ronan walsh on 05/03/2013 20:52:06:

a proper home workshop and proper (read very expensive) classic bikes in the video below.


Fascinating link Ronan. I hope he's got that workshop well secured.


Thread: Bench for SX3 milling machine
25/02/2013 09:22:43

Hi Francis,

Thanks for your ideas. I did think about trying a chain block from the roof truss with additional supports but I don't think I've got enough headroom. I was also a bit wary of constructing something without knowing if it would be strong enough.

As an aside does someone know how to work out the sizes of wood or metal that will support certain weights. I presume it is related to the cross-sectional area, the span and some measure of strength. This is one reason why I was going with the engine crane, someone else has done the calculations for me.


24/02/2013 00:30:17

Hi Francis, thanks for your input. I am raising the mill off the bench on a wooden plinth. If I get the height right it should give enough clearance for my hand. I decided that was preferable to having the handles sticking out beyond the edge of the bench. Less likely to keep walking in to them. I was intending bolting it to the floor once I've got the mill on it. Next step is borrowing an engine crane from work, although they seem to weigh as much as the mill. Some weird logic going on here.


Thread: Importance of the forum in your life.
19/02/2013 14:00:40

This forum is an oasis of sanity and common sense compared to my day job which is increasingly bogged down by policies and procedures that make no sense whatsoever and seem designed to stop you from doing any useful work. I've only been a member for a year but would miss it greatly.


Thread: Repeated articles
15/02/2013 18:32:06

By way of a contrast, I used to subscribe to a photography magazine and they repeated virtually the same articles every year. They must have figured out that most people were only subscribing for a year. I've only been getting MEW for a year but I feel I'm getting good value at ~£3 delivered.


Thread: Running small stationary steam engines
14/02/2013 12:03:22


You could consider an aquarium air pump. I have no experience of using one but I've seen them suggested before. Someone else might have more knowledge they can add.


13/02/2013 21:44:34

Hi Howard,

How about this one from Axminster


I was thinking of buying one for just the same purpose but haven't done so yet. The noise level is 70db so not as noisy as most other cheaper compressors (~90db) but not as expensive as the Bambi/ssch types. I thought it might do if I ever got into air-brushing.


Thread: Something a little different from the day to day ME
11/02/2013 17:07:10

Fascinating Mike, now that's what you call heavy engineering.

Thanks for the link.


Thread: MEW200
11/02/2013 12:07:21

Thanks for the reply David and Rod. I obviously was being impatient as in the time since I posted the message the postman has delivered it.smiley

Looks like a good issue from my perspective.


11/02/2013 09:05:29

Have most people on subscription received this issue now? I've just renewed mine and am concerned that I've missed an issue. As the "on-sale" date was 15th Feb I assumed it would arrive later this week.


Thread: Stuart S50 metric conversion
04/02/2013 13:36:34

Hi Mark,

It might not be as simple as that. I only started model engineering a year ago and for my first project built the simple oscillating engine here


This is dimensioned in metric but uses BA threads. When I came to buy some of the materials I found it was easier to source imperial sizes for some parts. So I made it with a mix of metric and imperial. The silver steel for the shafts was imperial. The frame was specified as 20mm but I used 3/4" etc. I think I learned more by adapting some of the dimensions to imperial and figuring out which ones were critical to its operation.

As someone who went to school in the sixties and seventies I think I find this easier than some people and quite often work interchangeably in both units.

It still amuses me that B&Q sell 8' x 4' sheets of wood as 2440mm x 1220mm.


PS I'm hoping to start the S50 soon. Delayed by purchase of milling machine.

Thread: Bench for SX3 milling machine
03/02/2013 23:50:38

Hi Paul, the stand was optional (£200) and I had a sturdy set of drawers that I wanted to incorporate under the bench. The finished height of the bench is 970mm. Interesting that you've fitted wheels to the stand though.

Hi Clive, thanks for the tips. I have some kitchen worktop offcuts so might use that for a plinth. About the right thickness. My drill press is sitting on some. I hadn't come across the green chipboard so will look out for it. Might come in useful for other things. The bench top is 700mm x 750mm so standard worktop was not wide enough. The bench is free standing as all the wall space is in use so access all around is not a problem.


Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Support Our Partners
Eccentric July 5 2018
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest