Llwyndrissi Halt.

Post pictures and information about your own personal model railway layout that is under construction. Keep members up-to-date with what you are doing and discuss problems that you are having.
User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:59 pm

PinkNosedPenguin wrote:Hmmm, judging by their (scale) size, are you planning a rainforest for your layout :lol:

I don't see any white stuff out your windows - unlike out of mine where its still several inches thick . . . ?

Snows gone now.
A tropical island maybe on the cards with connections to Captain Whitebeard.

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:47 pm

Probably more of a toy then for serious work, nevertheless, it works and does a job. I have set up my older 6v Unimat 1 with parts from the Unimat Classic, being a bench type jig saw attachment. After a few adjustments I gave it a try and had it cutting PCB board, though slowly. If I wanted to make sleepers it would be a bit time consuming, but it is good for accurate work with softer materials like softwoods (E.g. thin pine that I will be cutting and hobbyist plyboards etc).
The good thing is that I can keep this as it is while I can dedicate the other tools to other uses. Ideal for my little workshop...
Maybe in future years I will get a circular type table saw if I am careful with my fingers. At least this tool above is made with a short stroke, which means if my fingers touch the jigsaw type blade it won't hurt my skin, unlike a circular saw which has potential to do some harm.
I am happy though just to have something different in my little collection of tools. :) No doubt I will be putting it to work in the future.
Attachments
IMG_20190205_233121.jpg
IMG_20190205_233153.jpg

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:14 am

And here is the miller. :) Not tried using it as a miller yet. Quite a versatile machine. It makes a difference having spares to set them up like this. It takes a while to set the machines up so it is quicker to set them up like this. It also gives me a chance to use the strengthening plates as one tends to leave them out due to the extra time to put the things on. The plates are designed to be used when one decides to work tougher materials. They keep things rigid and stop things flexing, not that there is much flex. The early Unimat 1's don't have these and neither do the basic Unimat 1 sets. The Unimat 1 classic 6 in 1 does and so does the Metalline. For the miller it is an L shaped bracket. I believe a flat plate can be used as a steady by leaving some screws loose so they can move with the upper slide. I may experiment like this in the future, though my upper slide is stiff through lack of use.
The flat plates are thick heavy things which are ideal to use when one sets it up as a lathe. They make it sturdy.
This is the vertical miller set up. They can also be used as a horizontal miller. There is an accessory to allow other angles as well. (Also it can be done without this accessory, but the extra accessory makes things easier).

I must say that setting these things up is like playing with Lego. Not quite so easy at first, but now I am getting the hang of things it's like child's play! I dare say one can set them up in different ways to how the manufacturer intended with a little thought. Not sure what practical use this could be though, but it could give possibilities.
Attachments
IMG_20190206_030900.jpg

User avatar
GreenBR
Posts: 97
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:12 pm
Location: Staffordshire
Contact:

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby GreenBR » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:01 am

Hello,
If you think of it as a lathe on its side with the work piece stationary that might give you some ideas fo use.
Maybe..........
Stephen

Apparently my memory has been degraded - so i am not stupid after all - what a relief!

http://www.mainline-railways.co.uk http://www.preserved-railways.co.uk

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:56 am

Thanks GreenBR.
I believe I can add the plastic table instead of the vice. It depends what I am working on I guess. I may find it more useful as a horizontal miller as I can visualize using it like a mini planer to reduce wood to the right thickness for using it as a waggon chassis. Mind you, in this upright configuration it is ideal if I use it with a drill bit instead, and drill wheel holes in chassis. I know I have a minidrill and a stand, but this is a little more accurate as I can screw a guide to the table so all wheel holes end up in the same place.

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:14 pm

I just had a go at milling a piece of wood and it works well. The only limiting factors are the ranges of the slides, and maybe it is not suited for harder materials. The Metalline I have does have a great range of its main slide so I could use this if I need to. Also the Metalline slides are silky smooth in their operation. These cheaper plastic slides tend to jerk a little which is ok with soft materials but if I was to try milling something tough, I would want a very gentle approach, as the milling tool does work hard.
HI am enjoying this. :D

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:54 pm

Is just an experiment to learn how the miller works. A little box! I was going to make aa hole right through but I decided I didn't want to risk milling the little plastic vice, so it has ended up as a box with a small hole in it.
Attachments
IMG_20190207_134938.jpg
IMG_20190207_134955.jpg
IMG_20190207_135014.jpg

User avatar
manna
Posts: 868
Joined: Mon May 31, 2010 10:13 am
Location: Booborowie S Aust

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby manna » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:12 pm

G'Day Gents

I like your little box with half a hole in it, it reminds me of one of the horse watering troughs, that used to be all over the place, when I was a kid.

I even backed my truck into one, up in the East End one day. :shock: that would have been about 1973/4.

manna
EDGWARE GN. Steam in the Suburbs

Jaz
Posts: 117
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:03 pm

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Jaz » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:29 pm

they were a hang on from the old days left as a tribute to gone by age, cannot even think when i last saw one, i think the last i saw had a liner and plants in it, so many items of their era have slowly disappeared, I get quite sad, especially when you see the speed recent signal boxes have disappeared replaced by souls metal boxes, even the good old red postbox is gone, mobile phones making them pretty much defunct, even their blue and glass replacements also removed. Even the worthy preservation stations rarely have some of those often seen items, such a shame. Hope you manage to find home for one on the layout :)

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:56 pm

I have not yet fully decided what will end up on my layout. All I can say is that it is not going to be a conventional scene. I am going to have some fun here with a tropical UK based theme with an interesting story involving a characterful individual.. It will be fun. I probably will include my new plantpot, and it will be easy to make some more. :)
Thanks for the reply.
Water trough... Does look similar. The ones round here in fields are galvanized metal or some are old baths.

User avatar
manna
Posts: 868
Joined: Mon May 31, 2010 10:13 am
Location: Booborowie S Aust

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby manna » Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:19 am

G'Day Gents

Google 'Granite Horse Trough' plenty to look through, some look remarkably like yours.

manna
EDGWARE GN. Steam in the Suburbs

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:36 pm

manna wrote:G'Day Gents

Google 'Granite Horse Trough' plenty to look through, some look remarkably like yours.

manna


Thanks Manna. Well, I now know I can make a horse trough! :) Just need a horse to go with it! :lol:

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:20 pm

Just trying out some ideas. I was looking for plastic to turn to make some wheels but at the moment not a lot comes to hand. (Plastic is an insulator so ideal for metal axles. I don't need wheels. I just want to make some!) Now I did have some wooden dowel handy. Not sure what it came off other then some sort of tree! It is close grain so it is not pine. Not sure. The wood was used for something before I found it and said "Hmmm" but I can't remember what. I think it was going to be firewood.
Anyway, I thought I would put it in the lathe to evaluate its useability and so far it is giving results beyond what I had expected. I have not yet fully worked on the flange, as to do this I want to first drill out the centre and then mount it on a mandrel so I am not machining too close to the chuck. I could even take the chuck off and mount the mandrel in a collett if it poses an issue, but I don't see it will be a concern. It is more of an issue is how thin dare I turn the flange? It is currently at about 1mm wide or just over. Fine for a waggon for display use, but it would be nice to actually run what I make, so we shall see how things go. That's enough experimenting for one evening. :D

While I am writing this I do have an idea. The wood wheel is ideal for being a type of template to form wheels... It looks like more experimenting will arrive further down the line!
Attachments
IMG_20190211_231924_718.JPG

Jaz
Posts: 117
Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:03 pm

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Jaz » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:44 pm

I love put this to one side items, and see what i can do with it, especially when whatever you do with it ends up of value on the layout - or indeed anywhere else :) Many an engineering layout incorporates empty plastic bottles and miscellaneous items, and with you actually popping on the lathe, you are one step up go for it! :D

User avatar
Mountain
Posts: 4306
Joined: Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:43 pm
Location: Somewhere in Wales, UK.

Re: Llwyndrissi Halt.

Postby Mountain » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:09 pm

I enjoy experimenting. Many things may not ever be used, but are a process of finding out the ideas that work and those that don't work. Knowing what does not work is just as valuable as knowing what does work.
Also, using tools like a mini lathe and learning techniques are all part of the experimental process. I have not tried horizontal milling yet. I need to take it easy while milling, especially so that my fingers don't end up anywhere near the milling tool.


Return to “Personal Layouts - Under Construction”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests