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mechman4812/06/2018 23:23:17
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Decided to modify my vice handle on my WM 16 mill ; it always caught on the 'X' slide handle wherever I put the vice so I chopped approx' 35 mm of its length, re-drilled & tapped for 8mm handle, now I can have the vice anywhere on the table without having it catch the 'X' slide hand wheel.

George.

Ron Laden13/06/2018 05:59:28
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Thanks Brian and Ian, yes I will report back on the new lathe and let you know what I find straight out of the box..

From all I,ve read and the videos I,ve watched on youtube, mini lathes seem to be a bit of a mixed bag. It would seem that you can be lucky and the lathe will need very little adjustment or setting up whilst others need quite a lot of work to get the machine to its best.

I am quite prepared for slides out of adjustment, backlash and chuck run out etc, actually these are things I am quite looking forward to, setting up will help me get to know the machine. Obviously it would be nice to plug the lathe in and off you go but I suspect it wont be quite like that.

Nige13/06/2018 08:21:08
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Good luck Ron😀 You and I are in similar positions being beginners with new lathes and this is a fantastic place to ask for help, some really nice people live here 😊

Nige

Ady113/06/2018 09:38:04
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With a brand new lathe and a brand new lathe user I strongly recommend you slacken the drive belt for the first 6 months of use

Bashed knuckles and saddles crashing into chucks have a high probability, a loose belt reduces the effect of any disasters

In bygone years I doubt that any production factory would let the new apprentices anywhere near a brand new lathe

Ron Laden13/06/2018 10:03:37
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Posted by Ady1 on 13/06/2018 09:38:04:

With a brand new lathe and a brand new lathe user I strongly recommend you slacken the drive belt for the first 6 months of use

Bashed knuckles and saddles crashing into chucks have a high probability, a loose belt reduces the effect of any disasters

In bygone years I doubt that any production factory would let the new apprentices anywhere near a brand new lathe

Well, I,m not strictly a brand new lathe user, its many moons ago but we had a small Myford in the fitting shot where I worked. We would use it now and then but it was very basic stuff i.e. shorten a spacer, open up a hole, a bit of tapping and reaming. One thing is for sure I am certainly no machinist so a beginner in that sense.

Edited By Ron Laden on 13/06/2018 10:04:55

Ady113/06/2018 11:28:26
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I stand corrected, good luck Ron

Martin Kyte13/06/2018 11:36:32
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The late George Thomas wrote that he always ran his Myford with the belts on the slack side and no-one could say he was a beginner.

regards Martin

Neil Wyatt13/06/2018 15:56:21
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Don't slacken the drive belt on a mini lathe, it has a toothed belt on a nylon motor pulley. Run it slack and the pulley will slip with an awful sound and wear rapidly.

Tip - when the pulley teeth wear, you can turn it round for a new lease of life.

Neil

mick7014/06/2018 07:56:06
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little project me and my 10 yr old been working on.

need to make some custom length spokes for a bike project, already got threading head as used to use it in lathe.

but as lathe in storage at min had to find another way.

took old crank and bottom bracket from bike we cut up for parts along with crank arm and a center stripped from old pedal.

and made tool works great, next stage is make die holder for it for small work.

might also weld to box section then can clamp it down to any surface.

total cost excluding head was £0 as all from scrap pile.

Edited By mick70 on 14/06/2018 07:58:49

Neil Wyatt14/06/2018 08:51:22
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Did you write the article on spoke threading that appeared in ME?

Neil

mick7014/06/2018 09:52:23
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not me.

i haven't written anything for publication since early 90s.

Sam Longley 114/06/2018 13:47:32
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Tried threading a shortened spoke for a part on my traction engine. Getting diameter correct for a 2 mm die is difficult so may have been my fault but i do know that the die from the London Tap & Die co was as soft as " !!"forget the technical toolroom term & i never managed it.

Please update on spoke materia, diameter & die used as i have to try again when i return from my travels. I want to end up with 2mm x ( from memory) 40 tpi

As a beginner i find 40 tpi pretty awkward

Sam Longley 114/06/2018 13:48:46
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Tried threading a shortened spoke for a part on my traction engine. Getting diameter correct for a 2 mm die is difficult so may have been my fault but i do know that the die from the London Tap & Die co was as soft as " !!"forget the technical toolroom term & i never managed it.

Please update on spoke materia, diameter & die used as i have to try again when i return from my travels. I want to end up with 2mm x ( from memory) 40 tpi

As a beginner i find 40 tpi pretty awkward

mick7014/06/2018 14:09:27
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if i remember correctly a spoke is 2.2mm x 56 tpi.

rolling head i have works fine for bike spokes.

stripped load of 26" wheels down and i just use the spokes from them to do short one.

hard part is working out length you need.

just measured some vary from 1.89-1,96mm

Edited By mick70 on 14/06/2018 14:11:33

Ron Laden14/06/2018 17:27:17
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The shed arrived today 6.00am the delivery driver set off from Lincoln for North Devon at 1.00am ...surprise talk about dedication to your job.

The minilathe also arrived teeth 2 but I resisted the temptation as I spent the day weather sealing the shed panels ready for assembly tomorrow. Well ok..maybe I did open the box to have a little peep.

Ron

Joseph Noci 114/06/2018 17:48:23
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Posted by Neil Wyatt on 14/06/2018 08:51:22:

Did you write the article on spoke threading that appeared in ME?

Neil

Speaking of articles..What happened to my purported Shaper story, Neil?

Joe

Windy15/06/2018 15:24:55
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1990 Renault passed mot an advisory but have all the bits was pleased emissions OK was well below CO and HC.
Have used premium petrol for a while things seem to run better on that.
Got steamer liner bored and honed last night so have to finish internals of the piston today then sort timings of exhaust ports in liner.
If I don’t get any hold ups might be able to test basic engine on compressed air before sorting fuel and water pumps at end of July.

Husband and Wife speed friends have donate a motorcycle for my project would save a lot of work if suitable a lot depends if room for the bits.

Helen would like to pilot it she was doing 152mph on one of there bikes at last Elvington on Tuesday will be riding Hubbies 180mph plus Generation 1 Hayabusa at Elvington again.

Makes an interesting life having friends like them.

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Neil Wyatt15/06/2018 17:28:55
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Posted by Joseph Noci 1 on 14/06/2018 17:48:23:
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 14/06/2018 08:51:22:

Did you write the article on spoke threading that appeared in ME?

Neil

Speaking of articles..What happened to my purported Shaper story, Neil?

Joe

Hello Joe,

No forgotten! I got it in October '17, but I have some contributions from January '17*. I don't use contributions in strict rotation as I try to balance each article in terms of authors, content and article length/style but as a longer article it will be a little while yet, I'm, afraid.

Neil

*The queue is a lot shorter and fairer than it was...

Ron Laden15/06/2018 18:49:52
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Well its been a long hard day, started at 6.00am but the shed is almost built apart from fitting the door. I have built many a shed single handed over the years but this will certainly be the last one, I think its time to realise that I,m not as young as I was, I,m knackered.

Now to fit the shed out: a second layer of 12mm ply flooring screwed through to the bearers, the floor they supply is no where near strong enough, it never is. Polystyrene insulation, benches and electrics then I can move in.

Ron

martin perman15/06/2018 20:41:29
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Today I took two engines to Bolnhurst vintage rally, which is local to me, and set them up ready for the weekend.

Martin P

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