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Thread: Any geologists out there?
06/10/2019 09:01:23

I have seen teredo marine worm holes in mahogany about that size or bigger.


Thread: Small Scale CNC work required, any takers?
18/09/2019 15:32:41

Hi All,.

Finally got around to having another go at these plough plane cutters.

I have several RECORD & RAPIER 043 type small planes all with no cutters. These are quite wanted so had to sort it out!

I finally came up with this fixture made to hold the gauge plate exactly square, clamped by the top plate:


Using a 1/16" HSS slitting saw at low speed in back gear I was surprised how easily the cut went, no chatter, or nasty ringing sounds this time. I used lots of oil on the blade and a slow but constant feed. I fed the stock after each cut allowing for the blade thickness on the DRO.

3 cuts giving a 1/8", 3/16" & 1/4" blade set took exactly 8 minutes and the finish was way better than the chop saw method from before with the parts only needing a quick deburring. No bending or jagged ends like before.

I ground the bevels on each one then oil hardened and tempered to straw colour.

Fortunately the 043 irons do not have the grooves so they are very easy.

Now wondering whether the MYFORD would be man enough to gang up 2 or more saws and try the grooves?

Any thoughts on that please?

Cheers, Martin

Thread: How to upset the neighbours!
09/09/2019 14:30:09


Many years ago I had a long drive of a LOLA T70 MkIIIB, lots of fun, doubt that I could even get in it today!


09/09/2019 11:11:06


You are spot on, its one of two built by LOLA as Sebring homage cars, was going to be 6 but the other 4 never happened. Roll cage and bucket seats are there. Engine is 255bhp, all body parts except the tub are either glass or alloy, only the windshield is glass, all other is perspex. The exhaust sysyem is a $4000 work of art! Has overdrive also.

The owner is about to order an MGBGT from Frontline MG, worth checking that out! 2 year wait though.

The very distinctive straight 6 sound has to be heard to be believed!

Cheers, Martin

09/09/2019 08:51:48

Hi All,

This caused a bit of a stir when it arrived on our drive at the weekend!

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An old pal from NZ keeps it over here to use when he is in the UK.

Seriously loud, my pal and his wife wear noise cancelling headphones with intercom when using it!

Can anyone guess exactly what it is?

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Equity release!
01/09/2019 18:32:36

Colin, You have a PM


31/08/2019 10:38:41

Hi Bazyle,

Actually I disagree on a couple of points:

We had 4 independent valuations by estate agents, two of whom were aware that we were looking at ER, two who were not.

Valuations varied by less than 5%

We then submited our top numbers to the ER perople and when their valuer came round they agreed our top valuation with no quibble.

The property does not become "theirs" until you ( or in our case both of us die. Even then they (ER) only get their portion of the sale proceeds including the accrued interest, your estate gets the remainder.

They make their profit by the way the compound interest accrues very favourably to them.

Cheers, Martin

31/08/2019 07:24:22

Having recently done this for my wife and I the only important comment I can make is that one should consider the option whereby you can access whatever sum is arrived at in installments as you need the money rather than take it all in one large lump. This REALLY mitigates the rate of the compound interest that accrues.

I know that the OP said this does not matter but it is just prudent to not pay more than necessary.

The amount released can be hugely increased if you really do not care about the rate of initial interest charged, we opted for an extra 0.25% and got another £30k avialable!

Also be very awrae that any "bail out" of the scheme in the first 12 years is VERY punitive.

We have no kids either and will use the dosh to ease our later years and have some fun, ie holidays which we never had before!

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Unusual Boat Propellers?
05/08/2019 17:57:16

Hi All,

Came across these at the car boot yesterday and my magpie fetish grabbed me by the wallet!

The are two LH & RH props for what exactly?

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The blades are not the usual shape but have a straight cut across them.

Some one said they are 'surface acting' whatever that is.

They will probably end up as 'steam punk if they do not sell!

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Nice bit of boat jewellery though! smiley

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Edison thread tap
01/08/2019 06:39:18

Hi All,

FWIW, on film sets these days, (and for some time) the large diameter cables used for film lighting are all made of aluminium, purely to save weight.

Film sparks are usuaully of large build and still sometimes struggle to carry the larger length cables used on location. How they ever managed with copper I cannot say.

How they manage the terminations when used in alll weathers again I do not know.

Cheers, Martin

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
27/07/2019 08:34:49

Hi all,

Had the Dorset Air Ambulance land in our field a couple of years ago and it is now a designated landing site for them if needed.

They do such great work and need all the support they can get!

Cheers, Martin

Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 22:28:14


I must add myself to the list of members who are hoping you will reconsider.

I have always enjoyed your posts and learnt much from them.

Come back soon!

Regards, Martin

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
15/07/2019 18:10:02

Old broken chisel handles are a good source of small pieces of boxwood.

Perfect for the model ship purpose above and can be picked up at car boots for peanuts!

We use LV bowls for making mallets, hardly any waste that way! They have got harder to find and therefore more expensive but I never pay more than a fiver for one.

We remove a LOT of broken boxwood handles and keep the best ones for using to replace bits of lost "boxing" on antique fillester or rebate planes. Fiddly work to get the end grain right but worth doing on some of the more valuable planes.


Thread: Any other bowmakers on here?
13/07/2019 16:54:35

Hi Mike,

IRRC are not the best bows made of Pernambuco? I bought an old violin once in with some other tools and junk and it sat in the shed for months until someone with some knowledge came by and saw it in the corner. He pulled it out and said that the violin was rubbish but the bow was possibly special; it had silver inlays along with the nacre and was beautifully made. It went to a posh auction house and made over £150 which amazed me!

Never seen another one since..,boo hoo!

Cheers, Martin

Thread: One for the shooting fraternity!
10/07/2019 22:34:14

Fortunately not an oversight.......blush


09/07/2019 18:56:44

Hi All,

Bought a big box of engineering tooling at Sunday's car boot and was about to chuck out the rusty rubbish at the bottom when I saw these two items stuck together in a large glob of black grease covered paper.

One appears to be quite old by the patent date:

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The other is by Parker Hale Model:PH16 and is well marked:

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What sort of weapons would these be for? Air guns or something more potent perhaps? After some careful cleaning up they both work very well on the fine adjustments.

Cheers, Martin

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
03/07/2019 22:13:27

Boiler Bri, sorry, now listed.


03/07/2019 12:24:54

Nigel, The worm gears turn smoothly when operated with a small mole grip on the spindle to use as a handle and feel good with no binding or rough spots so the engineering is not too far out. There are no bearing in the supports which I found a bit odd.

I should add that I have no interest in using this item, I have just cleaned it up to move it on.I may make a coiuple of hand wheels though?

Cheers, Martin

03/07/2019 11:07:34

Hi All,

Today (& yesterday!) I got stuck into the old rusty telescope mount that i got last week:

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Managed to get it apart with no damage and now it looks like this:

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Ther is one sheared off screw and it looks to me like it is missing a couple of hand wheels for adjusting the worm gears. Anyone got an idea of how big a diameter these should be as there is quite a bit of friction in the gears?

Quite a fun little project to do while sitting under a brolly in the sun!

As you may tell from the colour it is for a MYFORD telescope! laugh

Cheers, Martin

Thread: Bookpress 5tpi Square thread help please!
28/06/2019 17:06:18

Eva, You are quite correct, the original screws were cheese headed. Two of them were so seized that I had to saw them off from under the retaining plate. Then had to redrill into the old screws and tapped M8 to fit cap screws I already had. Did not want to spend more time on this as it is designed to make a profit!

currently on you know where smiley

regards, Martin

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