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Thread: First lathe recommendation.
11/12/2013 14:18:43

Hi Jim,

I bought my first lathe two years ago, a Sieg SC2 from Axminster. I didn't know of all the model engineering suppliers at the time.

Thoughts on ownership since then:

I now wish it was bigger (no surprise there), but what I've learnt in the last two years means I have a much better idea of what I would be looking for in an upgrade.

The nut that locks the tailstock to the bed is a pain in the bum. Try to get one with a lever lock. (i.e. Super C3 from Arc or Super Mini Lathe from Warco).

If you decide to fit a thread dial indicator to the saddle for screwcutting you have to remove the leadscrew cover permanently on the Axminster or Arc machines (didn't stop me). Warco has a thread dial indicator fitted.

Turning anything bigger than 3" diameter (e.g. small engine flywheel) gets a bit challenging.

I bought a vertical slide but it is IMHO a waste of money. When I came to machine the bedplate for the Stuart S50 I decided it wasn't worth the hassle of trying to do it on the vertical slide and bought a separate milling machine (bug had well and truly bitten by then). The link provided by Michael Cox 1 above explains why.



Thread: Archive/Adobe
08/12/2013 14:55:22

Hi Rod,

As the magazine opens in a pop-up window when clicked it might be that popups are blocked in your web browser. If 'BT Internet Browser' is a version of Internet Explorer then you can check by going to Tools->Pop-up Blocker to see if it's on or off.


Thread: Am I a member of this forum?
06/12/2013 23:05:27

Hi John and welcome to the forum.

You seem to have a good range of experience and knowledge that beginners like me need regular access to. wink

Hope you enjoy it here.


Thread: General Chat Topic?
05/12/2013 23:10:57
Posted by magpie on 05/12/2013 16:45:48:

..... is now installed in a small spare bedroom ......

Be careful who you tell about that Derek, someone might find a way of charging you for it. wink


Thread: lathe wanted
28/11/2013 23:33:14


Are you aware of this firm in East Manchester, they might have something suitable and presumably you are somewhere in the North West so might be worth a visit.



Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
24/11/2013 21:30:23
Posted by JasonB on 24/11/2013 20:26:04:

Looks like its a Bin Chuck nowwink 2


Very good, Jason. I'm treating it as a "learning opportunity". There seem to be rather a lot of them.


24/11/2013 20:20:38

Errr, today I over-tightened this pin chuck. sad


pin chuck.jpg

20/11/2013 21:37:26

Not today, but last couple of months. Some parts for the Stuart S50. Crank, crankpin, con rod, crosshead, valve rod, piston, piston rod etc. Some final finishing needed but I want to make sure they are going to fit together before spending any more time on them.


con rod etc.jpg

Thread: FreeCad
16/11/2013 00:30:51

Hi Bob,

I am a complete novice at CAD but since starting model engineering have been impressed by others skills that I thought I would like to have a go at learning it just for fun. I didn't want to buy anything because I don't intend doing any design work or CNC. Just a source of entertainment in the winter months. Anyway I tried Google Sketchup, ProgeCAD 2009 Smart and Draft IT and didn't really make much progress. But I downloaded FreeCAD about a week ago after reading the other thread on CAD programs and I've found it easier to get started with than the others. I realise that you get what you pay for and that it is a steep learning curve but this is just my thoughts as a beginner.

The tutorials on YouTube by Martham Engineering **LINK**

and Bram De Vries **LINK**

are good starting points.


Thread: Where do I
14/11/2013 20:49:11
Posted by Oompa Lumpa on 14/11/2013 08:47:45:

.... I was looking at going to the Manchester show next year (going off topic) but I cannot find the event advertised at all.....

Hi from Tameside, Graham,

The Manchester Show was cancelled after two shows. It was organised by Meridienne like the Midlands one. Great shame as I thought it was reasonably well attended. Presumably they were charged too much for the venue.

I buy from Noggin End but the postal charges put me off if I only want a small quantity. Chronos sell some metal and include postage in their prices.


Thread: 2" scale TE Lathe Swing?
11/11/2013 14:20:54

Jason; Thanks for the reply. It prompted me to go and re-read your Galloway build on MEM. Just shows that even though the WM-280 is capable of swinging it you still have to figure out how to machine it.

Bazyle; Thanks for the reply. I have an SX3 mill which should be good enough for anything I'm ever going to make. The point about machining the cylinder base is the sort of useful information that I as a novice would never have guessed. And I really should go and join Rochdale SMEE. Long term I would love to build a traction engine but I'm building my skills (very) slowly.

Ryan: Apologies for hi-jacking the thread.


Thread: ME Cover Change
11/11/2013 11:24:38
Posted by Ketan Swali on 10/11/2013 16:55:46:


I know for a fact that when Dave Fenners' daughters picture was on the front cover of a particular issue of MEW, the sales went up by a good percentage for MyTime Media. Also, if the cover looks good and if it starts to sell well, may be the manager/person stacking the shelves at W H Smiths may be encouraged to put the magazine on a higher shelf, saving you bending down. It can only be good for you, the magazine, the advertisers, generating more interest.


Ketan at ARC.

That's the answer, put Kate Middleton on the front with a steam engine and sales will go through the roof. We might all ignore it though, thinking it was a misplaced copy of "Hello". wink


Thread: 2" scale TE Lathe Swing?
11/11/2013 10:46:55

This is a question I've been trying to answer for a while. As a beginner I thought my mini-lathe (C3) would do me while I got a few projects under my belt. In theory it is a 7" swing but I've learned that there is more to it than that. I struggled to machine the rim of the 3" flywheel for the S50 I'm making because the cross slide would only just retract far enough. I suppose you could use a LH tool in the back of the tool post but I'm not sure how successful it would be. If I decide to buy something more capable in the future I'd like to be more aware of what its limits were.

Any comments from the more experienced members would be much appreciated.


Thread: Are the Gremlins at it again or is MTM imposing on me.
30/10/2013 22:56:18

Hi Bob,

If you bookmark this page


it will take you to the first page of any thread you click on. Or at least it does for me.


Thread: Looking for help and advice
30/10/2013 00:33:54

Hi Nick,

When I got interested in model engineering about two years ago I found the following web site useful


For my first project I chose this little oscillating steam engine


but then I like steam engines laugh

One of the best beginner's books, in my opinion, if you've not done much in the way of metalworking is:

Model Engineering: A Foundation Course - by Peter Wright

I've found the majority of people that I've come into contact with on forums and at shows to be very helpful and friendly. Also most of the model engineering suppliers are like a breath of fresh air compared to dealing with most other modern businesses.

Best of luck with whatever you decide to make.


Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
17/10/2013 00:14:12

Unfortunate typo there Neil. cheeky


Thread: Warwickshire Show.
15/10/2013 21:58:18
Posted by Lathejack on 15/10/2013 01:10:21:

.....I just hope the rain eases off a bit.........

So do I. I got stuck in the mud in the "car park" last year. Four-wheel drive this year. Hopefully I won't need it.


Thread: Cheap work light......
15/10/2013 21:48:45

Hi Rik

See here



Thread: Warwickshire Show.
14/10/2013 22:34:43

I'll be there on Saturday. Easy to spot me, glasses, beard and going grey. So that narrows it down to 50% of the attendees. smiley


Thread: What did you do today? (2013)
14/10/2013 09:47:03


Thanks for your suggestions. DOC was 5 thou, feed was by hand and I tried varying it without much effect. I should have added that the length of the reduced section is only 2" so I don't think there is room to get a travelling steady in as well. I'm using a rotating centre in the tailstock. I have a RH carbide tool that I could try. It could be that the piece of steel supplied with the kit is not free-cutting. I've read that often poor finish is caused by unsharp tools or incorrect angles. In fact it reminds me of the finish I got when using the cheap set of brazed carbide tools I bought with the lathe (soon stopped using those). I'll try another piece of known FC steel.


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