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JasonB20/10/2012 20:28:50
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I had been thinking about posting this thread and JS's post in another thread has prompted me to do so.

This forum is unlike most other model engineering forums that I visit in that very few people post what they are doing, most members on other forums have a build diary going of their current project but looking at the Work In progress section of this forum there is hardly a thing.

So I'll kick it of with what I got upto today. Starting with this 5mm plate


and this bit of scaffold pole


I ended up with this base for my doubled up Easton & Anderson beam engine


and a good start on the cylinder pedestal


Well to tell the truth I had already made a start on the base. So what did you get upto in the workshop taday?


John Coates20/10/2012 20:35:11
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I didn't - I'm going in there now. Today I have been mostly riding my motorcycle nerd

Tomorrow I shall mostly be cleaning it !

Andrew Johnston20/10/2012 20:55:52
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I was tidying up in the greenhouse this morning and was duty tug pilot this afternoon, so not much workshop time. However I did finish cleaning and assembling the connecting rods for my traction engines. I also had a final clean up in the workshop ready for the new (to me) lathe I am collecting on Monday.



fizzy20/10/2012 21:13:50
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Did the washing up. Two loads of washing, cleaned car, hoovered car, made breakfast in bed for wifey, ate last nights left over chineese...then into the workshop! STEAM TESTED MY FINISHED 5" STEEL BOILER...that went perfect but the steam regulater valve came loose, so a complete redesign is under way. I got bored of this so made me a blower valve and fitted that. Cooked me a curry, had me a bath and here I am! Just need 4 cans of Stella' and ive about done!

Skarven20/10/2012 21:14:47
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I was assemblying and lubricating the front suspension of a 1997 Polaris Indy700 CX snowmobile. Some of the points required a conical grease gun! i haven't seen those for a while. Is that an American thing?

A picture.

Polaris Indy 700 XC

or maybe like this?



Edited By Skarven on 20/10/2012 21:23:56

Steambuff20/10/2012 21:16:02
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Spent the day at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition ... Suspect I'll be doing domestic duties tomorrow!!!


Another JohnS20/10/2012 22:48:53
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CNC milling the steel "table raising" discs for my Worden cutter grinder.

Actually, the mill is doing it downstairs as I type.

Maybe I should go and take the dog for a walk whlst my robot finishes my daily work for me.

Another JohnS.

magpie20/10/2012 23:03:18
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Finished the motor assy for my fibre optic clock. I can post some pics tomorrow if there is any interest.

Cheers Derek

merlin21/10/2012 00:12:46
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To the Show at the Warks Showground, a round trip of 150 miles.. First time on my own with the satnav. I upset the Garmin lady; on a straight road to the showground she was telling me to turn left, then a mile further on to turn right, on and on.

I am always careful wherever I park and I noticed that the car park surface was soft but was really surprised to get stuck, with the front wheels (auto gearbox) just digging in. A couple of kind fellas towed me out using my rope. On the way out of the car park I saw at least two other cars being pulled out by 4wd vehicles, so be warned!

Bought a strange hybrid grinder/polisher and, at last, a graduated scale for the mill table.

It was a good show, but no Merlin clock.

John Stevenson21/10/2012 01:49:57
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Had some problems with the laser cutter getting the bed level.

It's worked by 4 acme screws geared together by some 15 tooth 3mm pitch timing pulleys on the bottom of each screw and a long belt round all 4. move the master screw and the other 3 follow.


Problem is slack the belt off to move one screw and the rest move as well so spent about an hour getting nowhere.


The pulleys have no boss on them and are loctited onto the screws and even if free there is no room for any other method of fastening. So hobbed 3 new pulleys with flanges and secured these by a grub screw so I can adjust each scrw in turn.


Now got the table level to 0.1mm instead of about 2.0mm, It's not critical to 0.2mm but 2mm is a bit much holding focus on 10mm thick material.


Emptied four 5 gallon drums of ash from the big wood burner ready for next week.

Off to Stafford Classic bike show on Sunday.


[edit] Spent tonight sorting out a big load of early Myford advertising bumf into model and putting old price lists with them, probably stuff the lot on Ebay.

Interesting that from 1977 to 1983, 6 years, a ML7R doubled in price.

Found a leaflet on a VM-D miller, can't recall that one ? Looks like a Rodney but slightly different.

Also found two leaflets on the Rodney miller with the designers notes with it, presumably to sell it to management ?


John S.

Edited By John Stevenson on 21/10/2012 01:55:33

Ady121/10/2012 01:57:13
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Turned down one end of a 33 inch square rod on my 16 inch lathe

Probbly screwcutting it tomorrow

Edited By Ady1 on 21/10/2012 02:02:30

Another JohnS21/10/2012 02:40:05
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My Worden table risers, hot off the press, so to speak. Rather than mounting them in the lathe, I just did them on my CNC mill. 3 3mm thick sheets needed turning on outside, with offset hole, and 2 holes for screws to mounting arbours.


_Paul_21/10/2012 02:41:34
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Put the motor back on the Bridgeport after changing the excruciatingly expensive "clutch" parts crying.

How is it an American 2HP motor is about twice the weight and size of anything normal disgust I have no shop crane so had to lift the bloody thing up by hand crook

Terryd21/10/2012 07:33:37
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Hi All,

I thought that I'd better add to this thread. I suffer from a bad back after a serious motorbike accident years ago so a pain free day is a bonus and I tend to make the best of them.

Had a varied day today, traditionally we always do our weekly supermarket shopping on Saturday morning so off the local Morrisons at 8:00. Had some maintainance to do so cut back a rampant Wisteria I am trying to kill off - I had sprayed it with glyphosate 4 weeks ago (and managed to kill off a bit of the lawn as well crook. Then cut the lawns.

After lunch decided to tackle a dicky Z Scale on my milling machine - a variation of the Weiss - equivalent to the Warco WM18. Stripped it off the machine, disassembled it, cleaned it and in the best Haynes manner 'reversed the process' - seems to have worked so far (need a fingers crossed emoticon here).  I was amazed by the stainless steel body. The groove for the slider appeared to have been cut with a blunt cold chisel by a blind rice farmer.  All pictures clickable(except Milling cutters).


Got down to some serious work and tried an assembly of my part refurbished Grinding rest which I managed to rescue from my garage fire. - remember this?

Fire damage


I have de-rusted the main components and reassembled it after some fettling, the lower parts are finished. I just have to work on the upper section and make new knobs and handles but it actualy works well using a common handle in each clamping screw..


grinding rest assy.jpg


I'm also making the accessories again as most were lost in the debris.  Started off by cutting a couple of lengths of rescued steel

rusty bar.jpg


rusty bar1.jpg


A bit slow as I have no mechanical saw and neeed to use my trusty hacksaw which originally belonged to my grandad. Like me, its a bit rusty and worn round the edges but works ok. smile

I cleaned them up a bit, removing the rust manually as my acid bath needs replenishing (it's outside - never in the workshop. As I have broken a small tap some time ago and needed to tap a few holes accurately I made a simple tapping guide and turned up a bit of scrap. marked it out and drilled it.

tapping guide.jpg

I intend to also use it for BA taps hence the other centre punch marks. a simple device, it works quite well, yes - seen here in use tapping the square tool holder for the above grinding rest:

usin tapping guide.jpg

It not only guides the tap vertically but also helps to prevent any tendency to bend the tap due to uneven pressure thus snapping vulnerable ones.

See next post as this one is too long (first time for everything)

Edited By Terryd on 21/10/2012 07:49:13

Terryd21/10/2012 07:50:32
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Saturday continued:


Made up a few bits after cleaning up the steel, mostly involving milling and drilling with a bit of turning and benchwork:-

Here are the swivel plate, square tool holder (both from the above rusty bars) and eccentric for slitting saw sharpening. I don't need the latter at the moment but thought I would make one while i was at it. here they are kept together with temporary screws so the hiding fairy won't get them. wink 2.

grinding attachments.jpg

I then cleaned down the machines finishing off by Hoovering all the hiding corners where the brush won't reach - amazing how names can become verbs, a bit like 'Googling' - and swept the floor.

At that I gave up in the workshop as dinner was served - a home made chille con carne made with roasted fresh chilles - delicious.

I then had to chase three items on eBay - two solid carbide slot drills and a ripping cutter, again solid carbide. Managed to get all three for £1.25 as I was the only bidder, combined postage just a few pounds. teeth 2.  I intend to try milling HSS as was described some time ago on this forum and at that price I won't mind much if I knacker them.

carbide slot drill 2.jpg


Then finished off the evening with a bottle of good French red bottled sunshine with a couple of tenor sax jazz CDs - Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins in the background.

And of course composed a few posts.

However I refuse to go into what happened next but it was a good day, and the back held up,

Well, you did ask wink 2

Best regards


Edited By Terryd on 21/10/2012 07:57:26

John Stevenson21/10/2012 09:24:45
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Sounded like an enjoyable day, that is until you got to the bottle of red and the Jazz CD.

Have you given any thought to replenishing your acid bath with the red ? smiley

John S.

Clive Hartland21/10/2012 10:32:18
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Spent a couple of hours fitting a 'Z' axis reader to the Sieg X3, found that the alu. brackets supplied are not square so spent time milling them true. The brackets not being square cause the bar to bow when the screws are tightened up and make it impossible to measure with a dti running up and down the bar. Left it with just a few 10ths to adjust.

Also modified the handles on the mill, the originals are just M8 threaded screws and are awful to use but now after making plain shank bolts it feels totally different when turning the handles. (details available if anyone interested)


Kevin Bennett21/10/2012 11:25:50
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spent the last hour making a pallet for a 12" angle plate i sold on eBay and oil waxing it up for shipping. and the rest of the day on eBay as i have 81 items ending today going to busy packing for the rest of the day

than have a few pints of Guinness


NJH21/10/2012 11:42:26
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What a lot of "Busy Bees" you are!

I spent all day Saturday delivering my wife ( 60+ miles) so that she could "babysit" the grandbrats for the night then returned home ( another 60 miles+) so that I could " babysit" the dog! Not much workshop time yesterday I fear and today? - well I need her back!


NJH21/10/2012 12:35:47
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"Well, you did ask " - No we didn't and that is definitely too much information!!

I agree with you about Coleman Hawkins however and a while ago picked up a CD of " Coleman Hawkins encounters Ben Webster" to replace an old recording I had. Cool stuff - just the thing to relax with and enjoy a nice mug of cocoa! ( When you give up wine for a bit it tastes foul!)


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