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Evan Lewis from New Zealand

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Evan Lewis01/06/2020 09:30:03
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I live 100 km south of Auckland and have a Boxford Model A (1953).

I have done various projects on the Boxford and recorded them in 24+ YouTube videos:

https://www.youtube.com/evanecent/playlists

This includes stripping down and overhauling the head, and a few other parts, rewiring the motor for reverse and making several different attachments for the lathe. It started out as a beginners lathe tutorial, although I am no expert myself.

The first major project was to build several versions of the Hero's steam engine which was described by Heron of Alexandria 2000 years ago. I wanted to prove that it could do mechanical work. I built one that reached 5400 RPM and was able to lift a weight on a crane and from that I could calculate its power and efficiency.

It is all described in detail in a web site I built:

www.HeroSteamEngine.com

I inherited a Hero's steam engine which my grandfather built 100 years ago and that is what sparked mu interest. I had his version running at 2400 RPM.

I also inherited the Boxford lathe from my father. He was a high school teacher in Engineering at Te Puke High School. When they upgraded their lathes he bought the least used one of 6 and now I have it.

I was in his class for 4 years and went to University of Canterbury (NZ) to do engineering but didn't get into engineering school. So I ended up doing a PhD and then going to medical school in Miami. In between I lived in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, Ulm Germany, and several American cities but now back in New Zealand. I am now semi-retired and full time lathe student.

Someone was asking for sources of information about Boxford lathes so I might as well include some links here:

https://www.facebook.com/marklord44

He has a facebook group page for Boxford users with over 400 members and is about to close the doors to new members due to abuse. Called

Simply Lathes

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=simply%20lathes

Have you joined the Boxford Users Group. It has over 300 members and is an excellent source of information and discussion, photos, documents etc..

https://groups.io/g/BoxfordLathe-UserGroup/topic/73275655?p=Created,,,20,1,20,0

Happy Turning everyone!

Neil Wyatt03/06/2020 13:09:02
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Welcome to the Forum Evan,

Neil

Brian H03/06/2020 18:02:52
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welcome to the forum Evan from the owner of a Boxford AUD.

Brian

Grindstone Cowboy03/06/2020 18:53:21
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Welcome Evan, I have been watching your series. I have a Boxford C bench type.

Regards,

Rob

Oldiron03/06/2020 19:22:09
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Hi Evan welcome to the forum.

The old Yahoo Boxford users group was awash with idiots & stick in the mud operators. I had many abusive emails when I suggested that Yahoo groups would be discontinued after it was taken over by Verizon and an alternate site should be formed just in case. I even offered to setup and fund a new forum for free. The only people who could use my email address were the moderators. As least I can say " I told you so". I hope that it has improved since it was moved to .io

regards

Evan Lewis08/06/2020 12:47:10
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New program to determine what change wheels to use to cut imperial or metric threads on any South-Bend clone with or without a gearbox. I have a Boxford Model A with gearbox. The software is free and readily available because it runs online. Yes it really is free. The URL is currently case sensitive:

www.HeroSteamEngine.com/RideTheGearTrain

Corny names tend to be easy to remember and search online! Contact me by email and tell me what you think.

I am not sure which thread to add this to for promotion. It would be good if you would allow me to post it on several; Machinery and computers and old machinery types would be good. I think I will go ahead and you can delete if you consider it inappropriate. I am only trying to provide a free service which should be helpful.

Oldiron,

The new Boxford group is thriving with a lot of active discussion going on. I have not seen any abuse etc. It is great and very helpful.

Evan

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