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Baz17/10/2020 22:41:56
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Morty be careful what you fix the felt on with, many years ago I was given a surface plate so I made a nice wooden cover for it, varnished it and decided to put felt inside it. Glued the felt on with evo stick resin w wood glue, put a drop of glue all round the edges then across the diagonals then across the middle, stuck the felt on and thought no more about it for a week, removed the cover to find a beautiful surface plate with a very rusty Union Jack shape on the top.

Steviegtr18/10/2020 14:01:52
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Hi Morty , great to hear you have sorted your retirement & mortgage out. That alone lifts a great pressure from your health problems. I am not in the best health wise myself.

But luckily i have a workshop i can soon warm up. Hoping to be able to carry on as usual through the winter months.

Be great to see the pictures of the finished product, once done.


Morty18/10/2020 18:16:45
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Hi there!


Thanks for the heads up about glue iissues, I did spot this recently on the forums:-

I will use 'full-fat" (solvent) Evo-Stik contact adeshive if I can find some!


Nice to hear from You!

Yes, I think that finishing work will help physically and mentally, My job was in industry, 12 hour shifts and fairly heavy,so this will help in not aggravating My health problems further.

I'm sorry to hear that You are suffering problems with Your health as well, best wishes.

Heating for the shop is something I need to look into, if only to protect things over the winter, I have an indoors workshop I use for other modelling activities, but impractical for heavier machinary.

I will look at the modern storage heaters and weigh up the costs etc.

Thanks for looking in!

Keep safe!

Cheers, Pete

Steviegtr19/10/2020 00:14:03
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Hi again Morty. I have a simple Greenhouse tubular heater that i will be switching on once the temps drop super low. Hoping it will just give the place an airing. I have a dehumidifier in my main garage adj to the workshop. Which i need to really leave there as it is looking after a very expensive motor car.

These heaters are 60watts per foot from memory. Mine is a 2 foot version. Picture below.

I am fortunate in that when i built the garage /workshop i used 100mm insulated fridge panels , so the in to outside temperature differential is quite large. In summer it is cool with ref to outside temp.

In winter it is warm with ref to outside. So not hard to keep at a constant temperature of which we know helps to stop condensation.

Take a look at my youtube channel on building a garage. It is a bit amateur but gives a good idea of what can be achieved for a relatively low cost.

Building a garage or mancave cheaply

greenhouse heater.jpgSteve.

Edited By Steviegtr on 19/10/2020 00:18:01

David Scott 419/10/2020 01:21:40
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Hi everyone,

I have had a MK1 for 2 months now and have just about removed all the bits. I got it for free and yes it has a gearbox. The state it was in as it lived in a workshop with a leaking roof for about 30 years reflected the price. I got a Raglan 5 from the same workshop days later. 22 miles round trip into the bargain also free. The crosslide is yet to move.

5 weeks until the clutch rod moved and still no idea on how to clean this out. It seems to be an expanding unit inside. Yes I have a later Super 7 with the later clutch. People on Facebook Myford section had a competition as to the worst state. I think mine won. It had water in the oil box and the gearbox. Funny I got a filing machine with a crank within a box and a dipstick which showed just how much water had been in there. £20. Which came with a small Flypress. £20. I had no room for these but could not let them go in the skip which I passed many times.

I would be interested in any information on the clutch please.

David and Lily who assists.

Steviegtr19/10/2020 02:09:34
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The MK1 clutch is a cast iron split ring expanding device a bit like a drum brake. I believe it grabs onto a drum affair. The lever opens the drum & frees the centre which stops the machine. Be very careful if you strip it down because there are no spares available for this item.


Morty19/10/2020 15:59:39
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Hi there!


I was thinking of a tube heater, but was not sure of the running costs, I presume that You would have to keep them on all the time due to temperatures going up and down, causing condensation?

I could fit one in the corner between the lathe and mill, which is convenient!


Welcome to the Myford resurrection club!

I have seen online that the mark 1 clutch is a moped style clutch, and have been told that You have to strip the shaft out in a certain direction, check back in the thread, I cannot remember of the top of My head which direction!

It sounds like We will be progressing at about the same time!

Keep safe, Cheers, Pete

Steviegtr19/10/2020 16:21:11
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Hi Morty. The tube heaters as said are approx 60watts per foot. They come in a variety of lengths. As yet i have not had to use mine. It is probably going to be once the frost comes in. I suppose a Thermostat mounted in the workshop & set to a lowish temperature would be ideal.

They are never going to warm the shop, but could be just enough to help with condensation.

Regards. Steve.

Morty20/10/2020 08:35:31
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Hi Steve!

Yes, that was My thinking, putting a thermostat in.

As You say, it is keeping the condensation at bay, variations in temp. Would be the thing to avoid.

I will be protecting the bits of the lathe over the winter, by next winter the workshop should be up and running and insulated.

Keep safe! Cheers, Pete

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