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Wadkin LQ restoration

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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby wallace » 28 Mar 2019, 19:36

Bit more done

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Its pretty nice to have a few hold downs

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And a bunch of scary stuff

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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby wallace » 11 Apr 2019, 17:00

There are times when you just have to give up and give the item o the big boys to sought out. After god knows how many hours I spent trying to get the adapter out of the spindle, I took it to a local engineering place. They put it in a lathe and bored it out. They said it still wouldn't come out until there was a thin sliver left. The best £20 I ever spent, I wish I'd done it weeks ago and saved 15hrs of trying to get it out.

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The surface had suffered a bit with my attempts at removing the adapter so I put in in the lathe and gave it a skim.

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The keyless chuck came out nice after a night in evaporust and a wire wheel

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The head was fun putting back onto the main casting

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The spindle assembly was a bit easier, I used the table to lift it into the housing

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The hold downs were blackened with frosts blackening solution

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Im quite liking the blackened look

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A little update on mamma blackbird, 3 chicks hatched this morning

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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby wallace » 11 Apr 2019, 17:11

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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby Malc2098 » 11 Apr 2019, 17:25

Three shiny hand wheels. A chap's day just can't get any better! :D

Seriously, from someone completely ignorant of engineering machines, your posts are marvellously entertaining and informative, but above all show what incredible restoration skills you have.

My congratulations to Mama BB!
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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby TrimTheKing » 11 Apr 2019, 17:45

Bl00dy gorgeous!

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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby Robert » 11 Apr 2019, 22:40

When you get to the end of one of these renovations and post the finished pictures I go back and remind myself how it started out.

It is all amazing but the model plate and lube plate under it didn't look like they could ever look as perfect as they do now. Magic!

Right now get going on the next one ;)
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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby fiveeyes » 13 Apr 2019, 01:11

I plead ignorance....what does one use this beast for?
Looks great!!! :text-bravo:
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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby wallace » 13 Apr 2019, 10:12

fiveeyes wrote:I plead ignorance....what does one use this beast for?
Looks great!!! :text-bravo:


Its a pretty versatile lump, you can drill,bore,rout,use it as a spindle moulder, stair trenching and even mill. They were also used in smaller pattern mill shops
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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby Jonathan » 13 Apr 2019, 19:01

Wallace
If woodwork machinery restoration was an Olympic sport you just won gold!


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Re: Wadkin LQ restoration

Postby MY63 » 13 Apr 2019, 20:48

Excellent work and an excellent read thanks.
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