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Member postings for Rob McSweeney

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

Thread: Oofle Dust
04/05/2021 19:54:44

Anyone come across the word 'oofle' in another context? When playing cribbage with my late Dad many years ago, he used to use 'oofle' in the context of 'turn, as in 'it's your oofle now, come on'.

Thread: 4662
14/04/2021 11:59:31

Am I the only one to see the thread title and assume that it referred to a loco of that number?

Thread: Any clock historians here?
30/03/2021 12:37:56

Obscure question I know. Google and my limited collection of books have failed to produce an answer.

Can anyone give a rough timescale for the transition between the use of a circular clickspring and the pivoted catch with a flat spring on 30-hour longcase movements?

Thread: That little elf under the workbench again
22/03/2021 16:20:35

Until someone comes up with a brass magnet, the elves will always have the upper hand.

The little ******s in my workshop also have a particular liking for the screws from tct tooling.

As I was typing that last line I realised that I should buy one of those magnetised trays and rest the toolholder on that when changing tips - bet the elves still get the last laugh though..

Thread: WHAT IS IT ?
21/03/2021 14:39:45
Posted by noel shelley on 21/03/2021 13:56:26:

Having contacted my friend, one thought that has come from else where is that it might be connected to surveying or architecture - does this shed any light on the matter. It seems in very good condition. The reflections in the picture indicate that A) it is of thin material, aluminium or tinplate? B) it is pinned in place by the four corners? and C) it was not a costly device? Just some thoughts ! Noel.

If it is aluminium, we should bear in mind that back in 1908 when this device was made, aluminium was regarded as 'the new wonder metal' and was being used for jewellery and the like, so not necessarily inexpensive.

21/03/2021 13:03:12

Could it be possible we are not seeing the complete device? Might this be the 'setting' element?

Thread: Does old meths burn less hot?
12/03/2021 19:05:25
Posted by Rob McSweeney on 12/03/2021 19:02:31:

Now then, how do I find a bottle of meths in these days of essential retail only?

Just checked Wilkinsons (10 minute walk away) website and they claim to stock it.

12/03/2021 19:02:31

Many thanks,

Highly likely that it is down to water being absorbed then, given that it is a roughly 1/4 full 2 litre bottle that has been sitting in a shed for some years. I presume the dye has lost its colour due to exposure to sunlight.

Now then, how do I find a bottle of meths in these days of essential retail only?

12/03/2021 18:32:29

Having failed miserably to anneal the end of a clock arbor, using the spirit lamp that came with my chemistry set some 50 years ago, and then trying with a vintage Valtock meths blowtorch and failing to get a good flame - both of which should have dealt with the job easily - I am wondering, does meths lose its potency with time? This bottle is several years old and has lost its purple colour.

Thread: Longcase repeat - operating cord/string
28/02/2021 12:46:19

Thank you Rod and Peter.


26/02/2021 19:43:18

On a longcase clock with repeat, where does the operating cord emerge? Does it hang down inside the case, or emerge from the side of the hood?

On the movement I am currently working on, the hole in the little projection on the warning lever (does it have a name?) is tiny, less than 1mm, and I am wondering how a cord could be attached - was it a very thin but strong thread, such as silk, or would there have been a wire ring through the hole?

Many thanks in anticipation, Rob.

Thread: Starting out a young enthusiast
15/02/2021 18:51:02

May I suggest a couple of books, both of which are readily available secondhand on ebay for not a lot of money.

The Amateur's Workshop, Ian Bradley - this will give you both a valuable oversight of what is required.

An Introduction to Benchwork, Stan Bray - your son can launch himself straight into this one, which will teach essential skills with hand tools.

On skill I would suggest he should learn early on is silver soldering (which may also be of benefit for your craft work)

A gas cannister blowtorch, some solder and flux and a suitable surface to work on will cost you £40-50 to get started, and will open up a lot of possibilities .

Once car boot sales are open again, set your son to work gathering a comprehensive set of spanners, hammers and other useful hand tools.

Thread: Tailstock turret
05/02/2021 03:05:29

Would it be possible to drill and tap the hole for the locking plunger (possibly smaller than finished size) ahead of schedule and use it to secure a packing block?

Thread: Can you ID this vintage lathe?
24/01/2021 09:07:29

Iooks like a 5" Drummond to me.

Plenty of info on, plus a group on facebook and what used to be a yahoo group which has now migrated elsewhere.

Thread: My compact workshop
15/01/2021 16:54:24

Do I spy a Walker Turner bench drill?

Thread: oversize ER16 collets
15/01/2021 12:08:12 have them listed at £20 each Doesn't necessarily mean they are in stock, of course.

Thread: ME BEAM ENGINE - Something to Run.
11/01/2021 12:02:16

If you are looking for a bit of "spectacle" how about a table-top fountain?

Thread: Finding a good home for my Dad's engine
11/01/2021 11:56:08

It might be worth contacting the model engineering societies nearest to Chepstow (possibly Newport) as your father may have been a member and could well have had his boiler examination carried out by the club inspector. People there may remember him, and things he may have said about his work in progress.

Thread: Holding drills in ER collets
06/01/2021 15:05:27

Possibly worth investing in a few spare nuts, so that if you are drilling several sizes in sequence the drills can stay in their collets and save time and fiddling about?

Thread: What Did You Do Today 2021
01/01/2021 16:44:00

For possibly the first time ever, I manged some workshop time on New Year's Day, finished machining the backplate for the new 3-jaw my wife gave me for Christmas.

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