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  1. Re: Trainer in Lathe, Milling and Welding Wanted

    Do you have a lathe, milling machine and tig welder?
  2. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    It is good you have help with this. Its always amazing how the world can be such a small place. Looks like all you need for that is a hacksaw ,file and drill press.It would probably be best to get a...
  3. Re: Looking for a motor and gearbox for a winding machine

    Try Zest. Bearing man but they are big bucks.We all want to know what you are winding. ?Yes we are nosey
  4. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Nice . Dont do what I did and put a switch between the motor and the vfd. Yes Im electrically challenged
  5. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    You are now opening up a huge can of worms. ;DI dont know where you are relative to the time warp in real terms you are .
    How do you propose plotting out its wear.?Wish I had a level but its not...
  6. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    As in facing cut. Makes sense
  7. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I dont think the big gear meshes to the rack. Do you know what they mean by surfacing and sliding. Is surfacing like facing?
  8. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Unless your lathe doesnt have a rack and uses the leadscrew for autofeed through the wormbox which I dont grasp.
    In this pic just above my homemade thread cutting dial you can see the rack. If you...
  9. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Is there not a rack gear under the front way.?I would have thought that gear engages on it. Is the pinion gear attached to the handle not running the big damaged gear that runs on a straight rack.?...
  10. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    How is your rack.?That gear probably can be braized up. I notice the carriage wheel is on the right and not the left like on some lathes. When its on the left your hand gets burnt from shavings if...
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    Re: My Knife Making Thread

    Does brass make good rivits? Do you need to heat them up to soften them.? I ask this because I need to make some rivits for a still Im making and have no copper rod to do this. I would like to use...
  12. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    But we are living in a time warp. Is it possible this lathe is painted a beautiful battle ship grey and all the knobs are already shiny and its already turning out parts.?;)
  13. Re: Looking for a motor and gearbox for a winding machine

    Could a stepper motor attached to a cheap rotary table work?
  14. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I just wouldnt bother. Its just not important. The amount of oil would be minimal. I think you would open up a can of worms. Lathes leak.When they stop leaking then you need to worry.Does this lathe...
  15. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Are you not worried that the cast iron has absorbed the oil and it would be possible that the paint wont adhere and possibly peel and being a splash system (is it ?)that the bearings could be...
  16. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Often just moving the carriage from the headstock to the tailstock with the carriage clamp snugged can give you an indication if you have excessive wear or not. If the gib plates bind you may have...
  17. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    My comment refers to if you cant get a matched set.This is from www.Lathes.co .uk .An amazing site for info.


    . Mounted on a large adjustable plate inside the headstock end of the stand, the...
  18. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Nor did I . Google makes you clever. Apparently you are sopposed to put a chalk line on both belts and start it. If the chalk lines dont match when stopped they are not balanced. So then you must buy...
  19. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    The grubscrews are painted port and starboard.;D Whats that wormscrew thing do. Is it where the thread dial normally would be . Whats the front look like. Some colchesters have a threading dial that...
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    Re: My Knife Making Thread

    ..it looks real good .......What did you change in your approach?
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    Re: MIG and TIG welding Machine?

    Im a weekend warrior and have found that by the next time I weld I forgot what I learnt the first time.But what I have learnt is that for body panels for me my mig on spot weld type setting is far...
  22. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Im chomping at the bit to make comments to help cause Ive done this a couple of times. My problem is I can do it and forget a week later.But because I dont have a timewarp machine I guess I just have...
  23. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I agree . I have a beautiful austrian lathe with pretty much everything I need (not really thats impossible) but what it lacks is rigidity in a small footprint. This colchester is a perfect size and...
  24. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    With method if you welded or borrowed a right angle plate you could use your topslide as a vertical milling slide. I would grind a flycutter tooth using the profile of your gear as a template. The...
  25. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    What did your lathe come with .?You could set it up like this.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=87&v=5ygh6gmlC0Y&feature=emb_logo
  26. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Very nice . What mill have you got.I guess a fly cutter is the simplest option. Buying a set of cutters is way to expensive because for every pitch you need a set of eight gears to cover the range.I...
  27. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    There are ways to do this by cutting vees at the correct pitch distance into a piece of tool steel and hardening it . Then it can also generate a fairly accurate tooth. Its in Ivan Laws book . I...
  28. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    The other way you could do this I think is if you put a bar between centers and crossdrill in the bar to make a fly cutter in the shape of a tooth . Then if you made a free spinning mandrel that can...
  29. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Theoretically if you can get your lathe to work you could cut the gear yourself by grinding a piece of hss for a fly cutter. I have made a 20 spline broach tool using the top slide as a shaper and...
  30. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    The change gears are generally cast iron and the headstock gears normally are case hardened or induction hardened because they have to mesh during changes and not only just go round in circles. I...
  31. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Im not referring to the 109 tooth spur change gear. Those are cheap and easy to make. You could probably machine that in delrin plastic even. I have never made a spur gear but if you have the...
  32. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    That would be worth it if he throws in his hilti impact drill on the shelf, the drill press in the background and his inverter system which looks neatly wired.;D

    These combo systems are generally...
  33. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Lets forget about the change gear for now(unless you dont have the full set of change gears) would you be able to use a vfd and get around having to fix that headstock gear. I ask this because a vfd...
  34. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Just a thought . Not being naturally mechanically minded I might say something dumb but not having the lathe in front of me its easy to not see if this is possible or not. The gear that is gone in...
  35. Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I see you have a machine vice. ? Do you have a milling machine.?
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