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    Problems with Steel

    Hi Doug, The toolmakers I worked with used naturall occuring lubricant when drilling small holes - spittle. Hi Norman, perhaps the malapropism explains all the BullSh** TerryD
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    Buying a lathe

    Hi Goldstar, These ML Super 7Bs are not just 'second hand' lathes they are fully refurbished according to the New Myford website. Their refurbish program includes strip down, bed regrind, new bearings, repaint etc etc and includes a new Pratt Burnerd 3 jaw chuck on backplate and a Dickson QC...
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    Problems with Steel

    Hi Goldstar, Like you as an old timer, I also usedtools which had been passed down to me from father and grandfather. but unfortunately I had a devastating garage/workshop fire which destroyed all of my tools and machinesas well as my sailing dinghy and 2 Triumph Stags one of which I was...
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    Problems with Steel

    Hi goldstar, I no longer use Slocomb drills for anything other than on the lathe when intending to turn between centres Instead I use spot drills. I was recommended to these by the late John Stevenson when I used to correspond with him. They are excellent and have much smaller lands than...
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    Problems with Steel

    Hi, Probably trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs but here goes - Always start with a centre punch mark, this not only locates the hole but gives a place for the 'land' of the drill (the inevitable flat across the end of the drill between the flutes) which allows the cutting edges to...
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    Problems with Steel

    Using too little pressure can also cause problems. The drill can then rub which causes it to overheat and lose it's edge. Unless you calculate speed/feed rates (assuming of course a sharp drill) it is a matter of 'feel' which I developed in my 50+ years of experience, Best regards, TerryD
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    Buying a lathe

    Hi, I bought a Warco UK, Chinese WM 280 variable speed lathe and stand a few years ago which I was very impressed with, it was to replace an old Boxford CSB which was destroyed in a disastrous workshop fire some years ago. However I decided that it was a bit ott for my needs so I sold it and...
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    Buying a lathe

    Goldstar31, This table shows the pay in old pence per 10 hours of work for a labourer and a skilled worker: http://www.wirksworth.org.uk/A04VALUE.htm You will see that a skilled man earned in the south of England averaged 297d (£1/4s/11d) per 10 hours. The working week then was 48 hours on...
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    Buying a lathe

    Hi, The Myford has a gap bed so that with a faceplate or thin chuck it has a larger swing. TerryD
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    Buying a lathe

    Hi, According to Lathes.co.uk and the 'New' Myford website the ML7 cost £34 without a motor when introduced in 1946. In that year the average wage for a skilled worker was just over £4 per week. So the lathe cost about 8 weeks pay plus a motor. That works out to about £4000.00 at todays...
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    Trying to understand cam shaft gearing. Help needed.

    That's a lovely engine. A friend of mine, Eric Whittle, here in the UK, now sadly departed, designed and built a very nice award winning Vee 8 engine. He only had a small lathe and bench tools and made it from bar stock, making all the parts except the small BA hex head scrws that he used...
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    DIY tangential tool | Diamond Tool Holder and plans in video description

    The book I have, which was a standard text book, is entitled " Workshop Appliance" and subtitled " - including descriptions of some of the gauging and measuring instruments, hand cutting tools, lathes, drilling, planing and other machine tools used by engineers" (the Victorians loved...
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    DIY tangential tool | Diamond Tool Holder and plans in video description

    Hi all, It's interesting to note that tool holders similar to the 'Diamond' holders now available and examples being shown here were being used in the 19th Century. I have a facsimile of a Victorian treatise on engineering tools and machines which illustrate two different examples of such tool...
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    My Drill Chuck Keeps Falling Off

    I wouldn't use engineers blue for marking out. That is greasy mucky stuff used as a 'witness' when fitting parts together, I'd prefer to use 'layout blue' which dries hard and quickly.
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    Mini Tube bender.

    Forming arm The forming arm is free to swivel in the main pivot arm so that it can be swung free from the tubing after forming. The swivelling pivot is around the centre hole of the arm as seen below. As you can see the lager swivel pin is shouldered to ensure that the nuts on either side...
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