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Member postings for Rik Shaw

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Thread: Surplus subjects learnt at school.
20/07/2019 10:24:11

OK not at school but at ten years old I actually BECAME a surplice subject when mother insisted I joined the church choir.angel


Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 17:59:42

Bye for now Andrew - enjoy your "vacation" and we'll look forward to your return, refreshed, invigorated and ready once more to join the fray and contribute as per your usual.


Thread: Learning Fusion 360
18/07/2019 14:57:59

Fusion 360 has now got one of those infuriating splashes on the “can” declaring “NEW, IMPROVED”. To explain, I have just watched a Fusion 360 vid about the NEW UI toolbar vs. the old one. I am quite pleased that I have not spent too much time learning about the old version because listening to the two vid presenters, the new toolbar is the way to go and I plan to go that way also.

Only problem is that much of the currently available tutorials / vids cater for the inferior taste of the old and not the delicious “NEW, IMPROVED”



Thread: Angle grinders - Dangerous or not
17/07/2019 18:24:51

I am never to happy when having to use an angle grinder. A chain saw even less so but in one workshop I have "fettled" in for a living the machinists would run a mile if a job came up for the grunty old Butler slotter. I know of at least two occasions when aforementioned machine demonstrated its taste for human flesh. vamp


Thread: Engineers blue alternatives
16/07/2019 13:42:54

Stuarts blue if I wanted to get a "witness" but for general marking out I use copper sulphate .


Thread: Best way to cut HSS tool blanks from bar?
16/07/2019 13:36:47

Jim, I use a similar abrasive disc for slicing HSS. Not sure whether it was ALDI or LIDL but I bought a stand to fit the angle grinder which allows it to be used like a chop saw - it works well.

The only tool steel I know that cuts when red hot is Stellite. I am not aware of any grade of HSS that would cut at those sort of temperatures. In fact, when referring to the cutting/shaping of HSS in the cutter grinding dept. where I laboured a spell the advice given was "if its brown its cooked, if its blue its buggered."

The above refers to the 1980's so apologies if things have moved on.


Thread: Any other bowmakers on here?
14/07/2019 17:23:42

I posted my previous without reading the thread (slaps forehead!)


14/07/2019 17:21:20

There is supposed to be a good crossbow on Antiques Roadshow @ 8.00 this eve. BBC1.


Thread: Recent threads
14/07/2019 10:23:59

Hello Martin - Can't say that I have noticed any increase in verbal "bovver" of late but that might be because I only read threads with titles that look interesting to me.

By the way, I looked for you and your engines yesterday at the Stow-Cum-Quy show but didn't spot you.


Thread: More mystery tools
13/07/2019 16:47:39

Real works of art, a pleasure to view. Interesting that the engraver has been thoughtful enough to depict your target just in case all that crusted port and vintage cognac has clouded your memory.


Thread: Curious
09/07/2019 15:01:41

Clive - Sorry to hear about your pain. I can sympathise. The disk at the top of my old spinal fusion op has prolapsed and has been giving me stick for many months. Neither Ibuprofen or Paracetamol will pacify it and Co-codamol and Tramodol only made my constipation so spectacularly chronic that I ended up in an ambulance on the way to A&E a couple of months back. A re-bore was avoided but it was a close run thing!

I have not conquered the back pain by a long way but after 4.30 pm of an afternoon I find a steady oral infusion of Scotlands finest brings me some peace. As for the other problem, the odd cabbage and onion curry can bring a little light relief (well it makes me laugh). kulou

Hope you bee sorted out soon.


Thread: Work Shop Talk - Tour of my Work Shop
09/07/2019 14:17:22

This thread has reminded me that I need to take photos in the workshop for insurance purposes. I have nearly finished taking the pictures (a lot) and would like to make them viewable on this thread for any one on here who might be interested.

Two things then:

1. What would be the easiest (free) prog/app to batch shrink the pics for upload?

2. What method to use to make a LINK which would make them viewable on here?



Edited By Rik Shaw on 09/07/2019 14:18:17

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
08/07/2019 17:13:38


Took a break this afternoon from a sweaty workshop and the fiddle of milling 1/8” steam ports. Logged on to a website that offers five free ebooks a month and selected “engineering” as my category and was offered this book authored by one Gints Jekabsons :

"Adaptive Basis Function Construction:An Approach for Adaptive Building of Sparse Polynomial Regression Models"

…………and wondered if they had steam ports as well. Then it dawned on me ---- hot air engines don’t have steam ports…doh! crook

Edited By Rik Shaw on 08/07/2019 17:15:47

Thread: Curious
05/07/2019 17:56:46

I think it was Clive the bee man who recommended scraps of leather as a good source of case hardening carbon so I have collected a small sack full ready for when things get serious! 

By the way Clive, how are the bees doing these days?


Edited By Rik Shaw on 05/07/2019 18:09:25

Thread: Source of plastic rod
03/07/2019 18:27:59

Good info from all - thank you. Donkey, you appeal to the cheapskate in me. I will checkout both of those salubrious retailers toute suite.


03/07/2019 15:17:02

Looking for a supplier of hard, tough, round plastic rod. It needs to be easily machinable, take a polish and lend itself well to being engraved. Diameters? Anything from 1" up to about 3". One 300mm'ish length of each would be more than adequate.

If it was possible to obtain man made ivory then that might possibly be just the stuff I'm looking for. In fact, if it were ivory coloured so much the better. Does such a material exist other than in billiard balls (phenolic resin) ?


Thread: Spotted in Pewsey
01/07/2019 10:37:12

When Aunty Grace and Uncle Fred used to keep the Royal Oak at Wootton Rivers in the '50's my brother and I used to walk from there to Pewsey through the lanes scoffing wild strawberries picked from the steep verges. I don't remember seeing that watchmakers shop in Pewsey though.


Thread: Snail Problems
29/06/2019 19:18:58

Wife and I will review our use of slug pellets after reading some of your posts. I'd hate to think that they were causing harm to our tasty little hedgepigs.

Rik (Joking and serious at the same time!)

29/06/2019 10:28:34

Howard - I can only assume that your wife does not want to hurt the critters. To protect our hosta's my wife generously provides the snails with a rich diet of slug pellets. They don't like it up'em!

One neighbour with a kindlier streak used to collect all she could from her garden and propel them into a nearby field with a tennis raquet……..mad old bat laugh


Edited By Rik Shaw on 29/06/2019 10:30:52

Thread: Mounting an ER collet chuck
29/06/2019 10:06:59

“ Or shallow so the bolting outer face contacts the backplate.”

Just that Rich!


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