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Offline steampunkpete

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Hello from St. Albans UK
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:13:28 PM »
Having cut my teeth on Myfords as a new engineering graduate in the early 1970s, I'm heading to retirement at the end of this year. I have recently set myself up with a Clarke version of the C3 mini-lathe and a pillar-drill. Currently I'm doing various of the common fixes on the C3. (Saddle gibs, T-slots for the cross-slide, better gibs for the cross and compound slides, taper-bearings for the headstock, hand-wheel for the lead-screw so far).

I'm planning to get a milling machine of a similar size to the C3 (I'm very short of space). If anybody out there has any advice on which one to get I'd be grateful.

I like the idea of steampunk and am thinking about projects in that direction. I tried a walking stick to get my hand back in, but it turned out early-Jetsons instead.
I also have a one-sixth scale WWII Jeep on the blocks, being a representation of one used by my father.

If I can't think of anything else when I need to relax after a b*****y day at work I'll just turn some scrap into swarf - how sad is that.

Offline Meldonmech

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 04:45:14 PM »

  Hi Pete

                       Welcome to MadModder.

                                                              Cheers David

Offline krv3000

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2014, 05:02:24 PM »
hi and welcume

Offline Brass_Machine

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2014, 05:18:56 PM »
Hi Pete,

Welcome to the collective :borg:

Would like to see you work on the C3. A few of us have them and have been modding them. Would be nice to compare notes.

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Offline Bangkok Mick

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2014, 03:17:02 AM »
I also lived in St. Albans for many years and still have family there.

Welcome to the forum.

Cheers Mick

Offline steampunkpete

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2014, 04:39:21 PM »
My mother's family came from this area from way-back. If your family has been here for anytime there is a vague chance we are distantly related. It's a bit of an engineering desert in these parts, except for Chronos which is in easy travel distance.

Offline John Rudd

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2014, 09:16:14 PM »
Hi Pete,
Welcome from me too.....and to answer the q re a mill, get yourself the Sieg offering from Arc Eurotrade and not the Clarke offering.... a far superior machine..... :dremel:

Usual disclaimer..... just happy Sieg owner.....  :)
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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2014, 12:22:52 PM »
Thanks, John. I've seem some good comments about them online, so I think that that will be the place to purchase. I might even go up there for a day trip to pick one up and browse the shop for any useful / necessary stuff to go with it.
Pete

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2014, 08:49:51 PM »
I might even go up there for a day trip to pick one up and browse the shop for any useful / necessary stuff to go with it.
Pete

errr, yeah the guy that owns that place is very friendly     :)
just make sure you take plenty money with you.... you wont be disappointed :lol:
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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2014, 06:34:13 AM »
Is there something you are not telling me John?

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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2014, 08:20:45 AM »
Keetan's place is an Aladdin's cave  :ddb:
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Re: Hello from St. Albans UK
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2014, 09:00:10 AM »
What Andrew said...... :)
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