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Thread: pillar drill advice
30/11/2012 14:07:52

Hi David,

I have the ED16SB from Axminster that you linked to but only bought it about a year ago. I've found it to be as good as I was expecting for a cheapish pillar drill bearing in mind that it was my first proper piece of workshop equipment. The equivalent woodworking drill is the WD16SB which was the same price when I bought mine but now seems to be quite a bit dearer. These two are identical apart from the table and the thing that is not obvious from the pictures is that the table on the woodworking drill has slots that go right through whereas the engineering one has T-slots. I think I might have found the woodworking table more useful in practice but I am a newbie. smiley


Thread: Amsterdam, things to see?
29/11/2012 23:24:07

Not model engineering but the Pancake Bakery on Prinsengracht is a great place to eat. Usually very busy though.



Thread: Cheap and safe machine worklight
28/11/2012 22:26:41

For info GU10 refers to the base connector style of the lamp.



Thread: Choice of first Stuart Turner Kit?
27/11/2012 23:43:16


Tubal Cain articles are available on this very site, linked to from near the end of this thread


in ten PDFs. Worth downloading if you are buying the S50.


26/11/2012 17:35:10

Hi Brian,

I'm just about to start the S50 as my second engine. I chose it because like Joel above I like mill engines. It's slightly larger than the 10H. There are a series of articles somewhere on the net detailing Tubal Cain's approach to building it. I can't remember where I found them but if you search he called it "Sally".


Thread: First project
06/11/2012 16:17:13

Thanks Jim, I thought about the Paddleduck engine because it is more like an engineering course with all John's extra tips, rather than just a set of plans but in the end plumped for the S50. I might try it in the future.


Thread: Knurling
06/11/2012 13:46:01

David, I don't often find threads having this problem but this one does. What makes it more infuriating is that there is no way of viewing the hidden text. Zooming text size just zooms adverts as well. angry

Might be something to do with the pics in Graham's post.


Thread: First project
06/11/2012 13:38:44

Thanks Jeff.

05/11/2012 22:52:27

Thanks Andrew.


05/11/2012 21:35:00

Thanks Bob. Next is a Stuart S50 bought at the Midlands exhibition. Feels like I'm following a well trodden path here. I need to have a practice milling on the lathe first so I don't make a mess of the castings.


05/11/2012 21:07:13

I hope no-one minds yet another oscillating engine but here are some pics of my first project which I completed last week.

Took me about six months (a few hours a week - not retired yet sad). Very steep learning curve (more reading than doing) but it did work first time.

Based on plans from **LINK** to whom I owe many thanks.





Thread: How Britain Worked
22/10/2012 13:52:41

If anyone wants to watch this it is repeated on channel 4seven tonight at 8pm. That is channel 47 on freeview, 127 on freesat, 140 on sky, 195 on virgin. I've recorded it but haven't watched it yet.


Thread: Midlands Model Eng show v Sandown
20/10/2012 19:03:11

Hi Chris,

I went on Friday and stayed all day. Really enjoyed it but as I have only attended Manchester and Harrogate once each I don't have much to compare it with. Think I heard one of the main machine suppliers saying they weren't going to Sandown this year.

One thing that did surprise me was how muddy the field, sorry car park, was. I managed to get my car stuck for the first time in thirty-five years driving and would like to say a very big thank you to the three gents who helped push me out (Black VW Golf) if they read this forum. Hope they didn't get too muddy.

I'll be going next year as the wife loved Leamington Spa.


Edited By Gary Marland on 20/10/2012 19:04:13

Thread: Milling on the mini-lathe
16/10/2012 13:43:38
Posted by Harold Hall 1 on 16/10/2012 08:31:09:

Pleased to learn Alan that you are finding my square collet jaws useful. I first came up with the idea when I had to make about 100 2mm square nuts for a monmouth cart I was making. The thought of having to make these using a 150mm four chuck soon forced me into coming up with a better method. Incidentally, they are not tapped, just held on with a minute dab of adhesive.

If anyone is interested in the jaws for square material, see here

As you are presently working without a milling machine Garry, you may find the projects on my website for the lathe only workshop of interest. See this page for a list of them.

Whilst many of them will not be of interest to you, you will no doubt find some of the setups within them helpful, giving you an idea of just how much can be achieved without a milling machine.


Thanks Harold

I've looked at your site before for the info on tapping drill sizes but I'll have another look at the suggested pages.


15/10/2012 16:43:09

Thanks Joe, the end mill holder you linked to was the one I had in mind but I'll probably go with the ER25 collet chuck that Terry and David suggested as it seems much more versatile.

David, I realised it would need a drawbar for the morse taper collet but hadn't thought through the fact that the bore would be blocked therefore the backplate fitting one you linked to is a more sensible choice when holding stock.



15/10/2012 14:39:49

David, thanks for the advice. An ER system is looking favourite then. As you can see I was composing my previous reply for about 30 mins blush


15/10/2012 14:35:12

Thanks for the suggestions Terry and Andy.

Terry, would the chuck that attaches to the backplate be the better choice or does it make no difference? Prices seem similar.

Andy, I've read that suggestion about the gear somewhere else in the last few days. A handwheel on the leadscrew is looking useful and I'd read about the modification on other sites but it was a bit too much work at the time. I might try the gear idea.


15/10/2012 12:29:25

I've had my mini-lathe for 9 months now and have nearly finished my first little engine (steep learning curve and slow progress). I might buy a milling machine sometime in the next year, but in the meantime I'd like to try milling in the lathe and would like your advice. The lathe is a Sieg SC2 with an MT3 spindle and I already have a vertical slide.
Would an end mill holder, the type with a grub screw on the side as sold by Arc and Chronos for example, be a suitable way of holding an end mill? What would be a sensible cutter size to try for learning? I was thinking of using a block of aluminium for practice.
It seems that the main problems are that I will have to put the depth of cut on with the carriage handwheel and that I will have to feed the material towards me to avoid climb milling. Or should I forget the idea and wait for the milling machine.
Thanks for any help.
Thread: Non de plumes
13/10/2012 21:56:05

Reminds me of a Beatles lyric from 'Rocky Raccoon' on the 'White Album'

Her name was Magil and she called herself Lil
But everyone knew her as Nancy


Thread: Vulcan bomber XH558 to be grounded
13/10/2012 19:42:56

Thanks for highlighting this Ady. It'll be a great shame if it stops flying. I'm sure it inspires lots of youngsters to want to work in engineering. Planes are like steam engines they come alive when they are running especially to children. It's interesting to note that the cost of the wing repairs are one week's salary for Cristiano Ronaldo or Lewis Hamilton. Strange priorities in where we spend our money.


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