Well it’s been 2 months since my last post, work continues to interfere with my hobbies. But progress is made, the front columns turned up well, an interesting piece of off centre taper turning – all ran to plan.
The interesting thing about the columns is that they are tapered AND erected at an angle to the vertical, so the top and foot have to be machined at an angle, while the taper is machined “straight” . The book of words (articles from 1980 Model Engineer) explain this well, and the jigs to do the job arrived with the castings (clearly the original owner started my making the jigs – far more organised than me!) – here are some pictures…
The erection went well, and having proved the assembly, I tore it down again to tackle the slide-bar construction…..