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  1. Hello. I have decided to catalogue some of the build logs i have found inspirational over the last couple of years in a place where I can find them easily !! Not an exhaustive list but if you are building then take a look at these... Please add to the list if there are others you have found useful. There is nothing like reading build logs to keep you going with (and changing!) your own build so Cheers to all of you for posting them!

    Adcnc's build log

    Jazz turns the beast on its side!

    Michael's build

    Bruce's build

    HiltonSteve first build log I read on mycnc I think

    Jonathan's first build inc. rotating ballnuts

    Matt (aka creaky)'s build

    Matt's second super-fast build

    Jonathan's "sufficiently strong machine !" (Needs no intro)

    Adil - one to watch...

    Silyavski - one to watch...

    EddyCurrent - one to watch...

    Last edited by JoeHarris; 19-02-2014 at 02:40 PM. Reason: missed eddy's off the list!

  2. Oh and another leg done.Click image for larger version. 

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  3. Garage finally free of bits of bathroom, so I decide to get the big sheet of steel I've got for welding on up onto my bench. I added a couple of extra legs for extra support, managed to get the thing up onto 3 bricks, but my 1st and only attempt to lift it onto the bench did not go well! Think I need some friends!!Click image for larger version. 

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  4. Take two!Click image for larger version. 

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  6. I have just realised that I started this build log just over two years ago and I still have not finished the frame! I knew it was going to be slow going but I had not appreciated the time it takes to build one of these things. So anyone with a busy job and young family just starting out on a project like mine... Don't expect to have it done in a couple if months!!! Pretty much everything I have had to learn from scratch and it has been a lot of fun so far so please don't let me put you off. Just taking a LONG time!

  7. #127
    I started mine in 2010 and have only just got the frame welded up so you're doing better than me!!!


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    Making some progress on the frame. Welding at long last!

    And another distraction! There goes the money saved for the next batch of parts... Click image for larger version. 

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  10. Ohh, looks like a classic Drummond model B circa 1920. What's the condition like?

  11. Sure is! Pretty good condition, bed ok, spindle running true so I think bearings are ok. Looks like the back gear has experienced some pretty severe torque at some point as there is a broken tooth on the gear /corresponding broken tooth on the spindle and a twisted back-gear shaft. So my first project is going to be to make a new one, figure one missing tooth should be ok but spares are pretty easy to come by if i need them. I have an m type topside coming too with a Norman toolpost. The original topslide has had a bit of a dodgy welded repair job on the ways which was bothering me! All in all pleased with it for a first lathe and I love the look of it with it's curved headstock brace...
    Last edited by JoeHarris; 04-10-2014 at 11:00 AM.

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