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Member postings for Phil Stevenson

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Thread: Miracles do happen
30/08/2020 10:14:46

Losing one glove is painful

But nothing compared to the pain

Of losing one, throwing away the other,

Then finding the first one again.

Piet Hein

Thread: Hello
17/08/2020 10:17:46

Hi from yet another West Midlander who likes his guitars. I've been banging out chords for many decades but never made one until lockdown when I started on cigar box guitars. Just about finished five to date and started on numbers 6 and 7, all different in design and make up. I've discovered the Midlands is a bit of a hot-bed for CBGs (you must have come across Chicken Bone John). I'll never win any prizes for my instruments but they all work (!) and they have been great fun to make. Thank heavens I have 2 garages full of accumulated tools and machinery to help with my new found challenges in woodwork, metalwork, electronics etc. Btw, Paul, the guitars on your site look stunning.

Thread: Making Rings
23/01/2020 11:35:27

Not to take anything away from Steve's work - brilliant! - Cliffs Shed on the Toob has quite a lot of detail on ring making from coins. Interesting bloke. Cliff's Shed

Thread: Royal Mail tracking
22/11/2019 20:17:27

To add a little perspective to Royal Mail's reliability, I sell an item on Ebay for under a fiver plus second class small parcel postage, currently £3. I have sold about 300 of this item over the last four years and have only had one reported non-delivery (I had to take the purchaser's word and remain somewhat suspicious as he wanted a refund not a replacement item). Still a 99.7% success rate isn't too shoddy for RM's cheapest plain vanilla service.

Thread: Colchester Lathe Factory
31/05/2019 17:28:47


Sorry, here's a better attempt at the link. I hope ....

31/05/2019 17:26:30

Brief but interesting article on the trials and travails of our surprisingly improved (productivity-wise) steel industry.
31/05/2019 16:47:52

According to a House of Commons briefing paper, in 2016 the UK produced 8 million tonnes of steel; China produced 808 million tonnes. UK is such a small producer it is almost off the graph. This represented something like 0.01 of the UK's economic output. Not many other similar sized industries get quite the attention that steel production does.

I'm sure I read somewhere recently that in the last two years China produced more steel than the UK has in the whole of history.

Thread: North West 200 coverage
14/05/2019 09:55:14
Posted by Robert Atkinson 2 on 13/05/2019 22:11:48:

That brings back memories. 40 years ago I was a fairly newly licenced radio ham and a member of RAYNET covering the races providing communications for the Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance. I was at the last first aid post on Quarry Hill when Tom Herron crashed. 1979 was a bad year, three riders died. I left NI a couple of years later.

Robert G8RPI.

I grew up in Northern Ireland and followed bike racing closely throughout my youth like many others. Of course I had bikes and specialised in taking them apart then failing to put them together again; that was as close to engineering as I ever got and I still have many of my original tools. At 65 years old I have seen remarkably few dead bodies and have only ever seen one oerson get killed. Andy Manship (Yamaha?) came off right in front of us at the NW200 early seventies and hit a curb etc at some speed. A harrowing memory. If you don't get bikes and bike racing so be it, each to his own. I personally still find it one of the greatest visceral thrills imaginable (from the armchair in my case) as do many others. There is a film about the amazing Dunlop family which is inspiring, gut-wrenching, fascinating etc which explains how they couldn't resist facing the awful danger of racing. Closer to home, I believe bikes are a great source of interest to young people in making them wonder about engines and pick up a spanner.

Thread: Flying Scotsman 5 May 2019
06/05/2019 15:10:16

Running two hours late by the time she got to Solihull and beyond. I still can't believe I stood on Dorridge platform for over two hours (two flippin' hours!) waiting, waiting, waiting with all sorts of rumours buzzing up and down the mob. Worth the wait? Of course it was!! No matter how many times I see her, I still get a thrill.

Thread: A Unique Word?
27/04/2019 07:25:38
Posted by John Olsen on 27/04/2019 07:19:58:

Mississippi is not the word I was looking for....


Bookkeeper is in the middle of the link I posted. Is this the one you're thiking of or is there another?

26/04/2019 15:59:37
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 26/04/2019 14:09:39:
Posted by Phil Stevenson on 26/04/2019 14:04:34:.
As an aside can anyone guess the (allegedly) only word in the English language with 2 consecutive h's? I hesitate to ask this as someone is bound to know of more than one ....

I know the word but it's withheld due to risk of starting a roughhouse. Oh fishhooks!

I should have seen the worms wriggling in their can! Who am I to say you are right or wrong? I'm doubting the misconception I've been labouring under for years now. My word is ranchhand but I can only find a correct attribution to this spelling in American English. UK English suggests all these words are two words or hyphenated.

Worms back in their can and lid sealed for now.

26/04/2019 14:04:34

Given that there is no definitive authority on language, just traditional bodies who postulate on what is correct, you can make up what you want and call it legitimate. That's how language evolves for better or worse. This lot would say you are "not really" correct Neil. sss

Words with sss are either hyphenated or one s is dropped, vis Mick's examples.

As an aside can anyone guess the (allegedly) only word in the English language with 2 consecutive h's? I hesitate to ask this as someone is bound to know of more than one ....

Thread: Neil's Irrelevant Press Release Thread
08/02/2019 10:44:15

How about a movement to oppose all movements that pick a month to lecture the rest of us what to do, not do, not eat, not drink, scratch or pick. I, and everyone with an IQ in at least double figures, is perfectly capable of making their own lifestyle decisions without some self-appointed do-gooder stating the bleeding obvious to earn their 15 minutes of fame.

Just re-read this and sorry, not trying to have a pop at any fellow posters on here!

Edited By Phil Stevenson on 08/02/2019 10:45:50

Thread: Gatwick Drone 'Attack'
24/12/2018 09:59:41

Having had my knuckles rapped earlier in this post for veering towards politics (a fair cop), things seem to have veered well away from the tech of drones to delve back into politics and even religion without comment from the mods (no sex, yet). Does that mean I can start to talk about the success or otherwise of terrorism again?

21/12/2018 16:27:19
Posted by Mick Charity on 21/12/2018 16:10:58:
Posted by Phil Stevenson on 21/12/2018 14:06:13:
We all like to think that terrorism doesn't work, but ......

Norn Oirelan is the classic example of how terrorism simply does not work.

All of that grief for what?

Second biggest political party in NI (and significant influence on the biggest party by headcases on the other side), devolved government (when they stop playing with themselves), representation at Westminster (if and when SF ever decide to take their seats). I'm most definitely no apologist for any of them, but they will argue that little of this would have been achieved without years of mindless violence. Moderate politics has been snuffed out in Northern Ireland due to decades of terrorism. Not exactly terrorism, but female suffrage was brought about by significant civil disobedience, Gandhi had his moments (albeit peaceful) and Nelson Mandela is perhaps the best known example of "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". There are many examples around the world where illegal violence against innocent civilians has resulted in great social change whether we like the smell of it or not. Sorry to have rattled on ... Time for a Christmas sherry and a mince pie. Peace and love to everyone.

Thread: wood turning
19/10/2018 22:23:15

What timber? Big difference in tooling requirements between pine and boxwood and every shade of grey in between. Also different cuts needed for parallel grain and end grain on most timbers. The round polished carbide tips mentioned above work pretty well for end grain of denser timbers. The ideal answer is to learn the techniques of woodturning as Mike suggests above in order to get a good shape and finish but that's quite a learning curve. A sharp HSS knife tool driven by lead screw will give you a decent parallel cut.

Thread: How would this lathe tool be used?
19/10/2018 20:55:25

The tool looks just like a hand chaser as would be used by a woodturner. Very commonly done in some forms of wood and exotic material turning. I once watched the now deceased Bill Jones make up a chess king out of about 6 pieces of ivory (or more likely imitation ivory), all individually turned and hand threaded to fit together to form the finished piece in order to maximise the use of the material. Hand threading lidded boxes is pretty commonly done nowadays, usually in boxwood, African blackwood and other very dense timbers to take and hold a fine thread. There is definitely a knack to doing it but if you are shown the technique by someone who knows, you will have a fair chance of making a functional male and a female thread within an hour. Lots of stuff on Youtube as usual eg **LINK**. Hand chaser sets are available for wood turning. I know nothing about hand chasing metal, you may not be surprised to hear ....

Thread: Oxy Acetylene or Oxy Propane?
02/10/2018 16:46:03
Posted by Samsaranda on 02/10/2018 15:50:43:

A few years ago bought a MAPP gas torch and cartridge from Axminster, it was a good bit of kit, when the cartridge ran out tried Axminster for a replacement and they had discontinued MAPP gas. Have not been able to obtain a replacement cartridge since, manufacturer was French perhaps they have something against the British and refuse to sell to us? Also have not seen true MAPP gas available since.

Dave W

And Screwfix sell it **LINK**

Thread: Rocol RTD shelf life
02/10/2018 08:46:12

I always understood that many sell by-type dates were there because of the packaging more than the food inside. Tin cans have a limited life (yes I know somebody had a bully beef sandwich from a WW1 tin and they lived to be 105), Plastic bottles of water are dated because of leaching of the plastic components into the water.

Thread: Selig Sonnenthal lathe going (nearly) free!
25/09/2018 19:40:24
Posted by JasonB on 25/09/2018 19:30:25:

Link works

Thanks Jason. Wasn't sure if you had to be a member to read the post. Assuming you won't be able to post a reply I'll volunteer to act as an intermediary (within reason).

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