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Member postings for Rik Shaw

Here is a list of all the postings Rik Shaw has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Bonhams Link
08/09/2019 12:01:31


No - its an eccentrics crank! (Or maybe a cranky eccentric).

07/09/2019 18:43:29

I'm really pleased that Rowland Emmets "A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley" sculpture was withdrawn from the auction and sold to the National Railway Museum.



Thread: Help what is a fair price
05/09/2019 13:22:49

John - One (with bits) sold on ebay in August for £250.


Thread: Finished my beam engine.
06/08/2019 23:01:30

Malc - a fair price is one that you will score on an average ebay auction. To maximise your "win" a nice base would score points. Try it with a reserve that is acceptable to yourself.

" Can any of you give me any idea of a fair price?" No, but the bidders on ebay will!


Thread: Upgrading to fibre optic broadband
01/08/2019 00:29:01

Robin -Just to give you an idea, here in our village we are on FTTC and get about 56Mb/s download speed when the wind is in the right direction. Viewing the odd YouTube vid is as much strain as we ever put on the system and the lack of buffering is lush. We have used different providers in the past but have found that when things go belly up they blame BT - and of course, BT blame them. So we KISS and stick with BT.


Thread: Quality digital vernier calipers
29/07/2019 17:42:32

I have two of the WORKZONE make and apart from one small thing I am quite content with them. The one "small thing" is the flimsy battery cover on the "instruments" which over time on one of them has worn on one edge and fails to lock the battery in position without an unsightly winding of sticky tape.

I performed minor corrective surgery this afternoon using a thin alu strap and ended up so:


I used the hand held pin chuck to drill the plastic case as I suspected there would be circuit/components below the screw holes (2.5mm) and so it turned out to be

Only a piddling job I know but I no longer have to wince at that mess of tape.


Thread: Steam powered RC aircraft
28/07/2019 17:45:11

Kiwi Bloke - I made a tissue paper hot air balloon for the kids many years ago and read in the book of ‘structions that it was illegal to “take fire aloft” in some states across the pond. Here in the UK we are a bit more relaxed but some folk do take liberties. Vast quantities of hot air commonly rise over regional and central seats of government for instance.

I have never tried fitting my seven cylinder radial in an air frame but it CAN lift my spirits when I run it up. (I didn’t build it by the way.)


Thread: ARC NCIH Part Off Blade
23/07/2019 18:32:53

I use one of those generic insert holders that takes 3mm wide tips. I use an assortment of grades which I nab on ebay when they slip through in my price range. blush Sometimes with flood coolant but more often than not without. I don't have a rear mounted toolpost. Due to an enhanced sense of self preservation for both me and my kit I always feed in by hand. Using this tool holder I don't bother with HSS.

Lathe is Warco BH600G


Edited By Rik Shaw on 23/07/2019 18:34:22

Thread: Toyo MD-1 mini drill - drive belts needed
22/07/2019 20:13:06

Manfred - I took the little lathe to the firm in the link and they matched the o-rings to it. By the way, I tried polyurethane / hot knife belting route but it did not work - I recommend the o-ring option as the way to go. Good luck.


22/07/2019 18:53:04

Hello Manfred - I have a Record ML-210 mini lathe (Toyo look-a-like) which uses those o-ring type drive belts. I managed to obtain some spares local to me from here:



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.


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