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JohnM25/03/2019 19:30:33
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Hi everyone

I was hoping to join quietly but it seems my first job is an introduction so.. Here goes. I'm a 50+ Londoner living in Lancashire, that's a very long story in itself. I used to be a Carpenter but the dust is no good for me as I am a chronic Asthmatic, so I thought maybe Metalwork is the way to go to ease my daily boredom.

I purchased a small simple lathe about two months ago on a whim and although it was a little moth eaten it seemed to work okay. I decided to strip it and repaint it as I had no clue what I even wanted to do with a Lathe as yet. So I set about removing all of the old paint and I found that it was hiding some P38 disguised as glue so used my (second hand inherited) welder to bridge the gap and fix it. First ever weld and it worked okay I think. Sanded and re-painted I was now hooked so went out looking for more.

i'm all in and have now completed a second refurbishment of a Clarke Lathe and using it as a stepping stone to something a little better. I try to do things properly so I am renovating as an excuse to not do any turning as yet. looking for as much info before I start to play and save myself from losing my fingers or limbs. I have kept all my photos and short videos as I have gone along so I may share them if there is any interest.

I'm going to be looking for some advice and I'm in turmoil though as weighing up all the different options mean my head gets turned again and again while I am looking for the very best option. I Will have a read of some articles and then just dive in I guess.

Cheers John

Martin W25/03/2019 19:48:47
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Welcome to the madhouse that said there are a whole pile of people on here who will be only too pleased to give you sound and valuable advice. I know that there will be interest in your pictures and videos and once here they could well be of benefit to others.



Chris Evans 625/03/2019 19:50:44
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Welcome along John, enjoy your new found interest and ask as many questions as you like.

JohnM25/03/2019 19:51:49
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Thanks Martin, I guess I will be uploading some then

JohnM25/03/2019 19:53:22
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Thanks Chris I will do.

Brian Hutchings25/03/2019 19:54:48
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Welcome John, what sort of lathe do you have?

A good source of information is;


JohnM25/03/2019 20:33:42
117 forum posts
147 photos

Hi Brian

I have uploaded some photos of my first project simple Lathe. My second is a Clarke CL500M. I will upload some pics of that one tomorrow at some point. 14 days and nights solid to clean it up strip it rewire and paint it.

Hopper25/03/2019 23:35:01
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Looks a bit Super Adept-ish but not quite. There is a squad of Adept experts on here who will be able to advise on that. Nice work, whatever it is.

JohnM26/03/2019 07:15:24
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Thanks Hopper for the pointer.

My aim is to sell this one on ASAP as I'm on a mission to get a fund together for a decent Lathe to tinker around with. Looking at some threads on here my initial plan for a good old fashioned English engineered Lathe is not as important as I first thought.

David Noble28/03/2019 18:39:32
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Hello John,

There is a whole stack of talent on here willing to help as I've found out Shout if I can help.


fizzy28/03/2019 19:46:09
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Hi John. I too am in Lancashire and am not native to these parts. I also run a little company called Pendle Steam Boilers and have owned a fair few lathes and the like over many years. Welcome to the forum and if you need help with anything just pm me.

JohnM28/03/2019 21:15:09
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Thanks so much. I just took delivery of my next project today but think I have bitten off more than I can chew. Photos to follow.

JohnF29/03/2019 12:15:08
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Welcome to the forum John, another Lancashire lad here -- t'other side of't t'hill from Fizzy though just outside the County town!

Looks a fair project you have acquired !  Where in Lancashire are you ?


Edited By JohnF on 29/03/2019 12:18:55

JohnM29/03/2019 12:53:03
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Hi John, I'm in sunny Blackburn but still trying to keep my Cockney accent as best I can after 15 years of lanky dialect I mean GRAVY on Chips though!! Well to be fair I now agree it's not THAT bad haha

JohnM29/03/2019 12:55:09
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Not even sure which forum to post my documented attempt to breath life into this ML 1-2-3-4 any pointers please?

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