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Thread: Toby - a beginners loco
03/02/2013 22:34:11

But parting is such sweet sorrow. I'm sure that's been used a few times on here. Sorry.cheeky

Thread: Bench for SX3 milling machine
03/02/2013 21:57:39


Hi guys and thanks for the replies.
Keith: I'd already thought about the height as at 6ft 2in I need the bench higher than normal (one reason why I like to make my own). The mill table will be at around elbow height when installed.
Bazyle: As you say the handwheel projects beyond the front of the base so if I decide to have them overhanging, the base will still be fully supported.
Jason & Clive: I'd sort of discounted the supplied feet and was intending bolting it to the bench. A lot of what I've read seems to emphasise stability and rigidity so I thought bolting down better. Maybe it's not necessary for model work.
At the moment I am favouring lifting it up on some ply the same as the bench top and keeping the wheels within the perimeter of the bench so I don't keep catching them. I was just asking the question in case someone came up with a reason why they should overhang.
I looked at all the photos on the workshop thread first for any ideas.

Edited By Gary Marland on 03/02/2013 21:58:35

03/02/2013 14:42:18


I'm in the process of building a bench for my new mill. The handwheel for raising the head (Z-axis) is at the front corner of the base and is lower than the base. Therefore should I raise the base above the bench surface or should I have the handwheel overhanging the edge of the bench. Sorry if this is a stupid question but as I haven't used a milling machine before I wanted to get it right before putting the mill on it. It weighs 160kg so I don't really want to be taking it on and off that often.

Any other tips welcome too.


Thread: Completed - Diesel Shunter in 3 1/2" Gauge
28/01/2013 00:04:52

Great set of photos Neil. Every time I see pics on here of things people have built it really encourages me to get on with building something myself. It's a hell of a learning curve though. After my first year of model engineering (admittedly, lucky if I get one day a week) I still spend more time reading how to do stuff than doing it. Must try harder this year.


Thread: TV programme tonight
23/01/2013 18:59:28


Just letting people know about a programme on BBC 4 tonight. "The joy of train sets: the model railway story". 9pm Wednesday 23/1/2013. Some of us might enjoy it.


Thread: Milling Machines
20/01/2013 10:55:01
Posted by Stub Mandrel on 20/01/2013 09:50:41:

Hi Gary,

I'm afraid your experience is typical of the problems experienced by purchasers of far-eastern machines. They simply refuse to hoist themselves up on to the bench - a complete contrast with under-priced home-grown products that will, quite literally, dabnce around the workshop, the lathe performing a graceful pas de deux with the mill, before leaping, in perfect alignment to the ideal resting place.

Of course, this is the ONE thing the sellers of these recalitrant machines won't tell you as they slip you another mug of their so-called 'tea'.


Hi Neil,

No mention at all in the catalogue wink 2

"pas de deux" ? Isn't that "father of twins" ?


20/01/2013 00:13:37

In the time this thread has been running I have taken delivery of my new milling machine (from Arc), taken the packing case off it, been out and bought the wood to make a bench for it, borrowed a mitre saw to cut it up and been to work. Can't wait to get it cutting some metal, however at 160 kg the biggest problem is going to be getting it up onto the bench. Another engineering problem

Hope you enjoy using whatever machine you buy Steve.


(a beginner with one year's experience)

16/01/2013 23:36:47

Alan, Neil's article is in MEW 199 February 2013.


Thread: Outstanding Service
14/01/2013 20:07:36

How's this for a tale of customer service. I ordered a milling machine (whoopee) from ArcEurotrade on the 5th Jan 2013. Delivery was planned for today (14th). Then last Saturday, February's MEW arrived and I noticed that Arc had an advert with a special offer on the exact machine I'd ordered offering over £220 worth of accessories included in the price. The offer period doesn't start until the 15th. To say I was gutted is an understatement. These were the items I would have had to buy in the next few months. So I phoned them this morning to express my disappointment even though I thought it was just my bad luck to have ordered at the wrong time and would have to put it down to experience. However I was absolutely delighted when Ian at Arc told me the accessories had already been included in my consignment which duly arrived around mid-day. If this is not an example of outstanding customer service then I don't know what is. I think they have a customer for life.
Many thanks to Ian and Ketan
Thread: Unusual Steam Engine
13/01/2013 21:53:47

So inspiring to see something a bit different. Good camera work too. Thanks for posting Terry.


Thread: Equipping a workshop
10/01/2013 00:17:05
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 09/01/2013 19:02:12:

Jeff and Gary,

I think we owe David Clark some credit ...

There is a "shortcut" version of that Google Search on the homepage.


Thanks for pointing that out Michael, hadn't spotted it. blush


09/01/2013 14:00:35
Posted by Jeff Dayman on 08/01/2013 19:34:29:

<snip>......... unfortunately the search function in this site is rather iffy.



Hi Callum

There is a huge amount of useful info on this forum but as Jeff says the search function is rubbish. I find that if you put the following text into Google with the item of interest in place of 'workshop' you will get much better results. workshop

I've gained a lot of knowledge in my first year from the helpful folk here.


Thread: drill sets
06/01/2013 00:34:08


I bought a set of these from Machine Mart when I started:


They seem ok to me but I'm only a novice. Also bought the metric equivalents at the same time. Then later I bought a set of metric 1.0mm to 6.0mm in 0.1mm increments from Arc as I found the 0.5mm increments of the Machine Mart set were too large for some reamed holes.


Thread: Bolton Steam Museum
28/12/2012 13:09:58

Website here


I'll be there this weekend. Probably on Sunday. If you visit and you are local you could always consider joining the society, it's only £15 and they don't get any help from public funds.


Thread: Cheap surface plate ?
24/12/2012 15:43:23

They are also sold at Argos for £7.99. I bought one two weeks ago. I'm hoping it will be flat enough for my needs, but haven't checked it yet. Got the idea from a previous thread on here.


Thread: Introduction
22/12/2012 23:04:00

Hi Lee,

I got my mini-lathe just less than a year ago and I bought one of the sets of carbide tipped tools like these:


I thought they would get me started as I didn't fancy making my own from HSS blanks (not having used a bench grinder for about thirty years). After making a few parts for my first little engine I was getting a bit disappointed with the poor finish so decided to have a go at grinding a simple knife tool. I though I would be doing well if it performed similarly to the carbide tools but was amazed at the improved finish considering this was my first attempt. So as others have said, have a go at making some tooling yourself. Lawrence Sparey's book "The Amateur's Lathe" which although a bit dated is a great starting point.


Thread: A Pleasant Christmas
22/12/2012 16:09:37

Siddley, you're never alone when you're a member of this forum.

Thanks to everyone for their encouraging comments through my first year of model engineering. Hoping to get in the workshop after Christmas Day to make a start on the S50.


Thread: Help for beginner
05/12/2012 23:52:57
Posted by DMB on 04/12/2012 17:33:06:

<snip>......IMHO = modern computer abbreviation = In My Honest Opinion.....<snip>


I think IMHO is normally taken as In My Humble Opinion although David Cameron may disagree

Thread: Axminster Power Tools - Bargain
05/12/2012 23:25:33
Posted by JohnF on 05/12/2012 10:22:42:

Hi All, I have one of these from a different company and have found a problem with battery life. It seems there is a small drain on the battery all the time and the only solution is to remove the battery after use.....

Isn't it the case that any electric circuit that doesn't have a mechanical on/off switch is going to have a small drain on the battery when switched off, as part of the circuit at least needs to be powered up continuously to respond to the momentary press on the switch? Although, it's thirty years since I worked in electronics so a little rusty.


Thread: SOBA rotary table
02/12/2012 16:31:16
Posted by Les Jones 1 on 01/12/2012 19:56:29:

Hi Bob,
I don't have a manual on the Soba rotary table but I have this document on using a rotary table which you may find useful. I do not remember the website where I found it. It is in a "Dropbox" folder which I will remove after a few days. If anyone wants it after this time PM me with an email adress and I will send it as an attachment.


The document Les linked to is on LittleMachineShops web site here:-




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