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Thread: What is it?
19/04/2020 20:41:36

Photo from the OP in america showing what he was taught these clamps were made for.


19/04/2020 18:58:25

Jason. That's brilliantly friend, well done. None of the U S chaps nailed it at all.

Could you tell me if there are any written details on the opposite page of the book, what type of work it is good for, I.e. door casings or just general more joints.

Thanks a lot, Mick

19/04/2020 09:59:14

This view may help a little.

The crook in the handle us designed to fit around the mechanism so it sits neatly.

Again for corner clamps a pair would work but surely a set would be four of them.


19/04/2020 09:39:35

It's not a clamp or cramp, whatever the difference is.

I thought about carrying logs or wood, but it doesn't seem to self lock when applying lifting pressure.

Apparently it could be used for a number if jobs but is specifically designed for a given purpose.

Also could be used singly but really better with a pair.

Makes a frustrating job much easier.

Leaves tell tale Mark's in the wood it had been used on.

19/04/2020 08:56:55

Handle is four inches long, vee shaped "jaws" are two inches long.

19/04/2020 08:55:39

This one in from a friend in America.

Wood working tool used in construction?

Any ideas welcome as I'm struggling.


Thread: Thoughts for those falling ill
07/04/2020 08:24:33

Hi all.

I know we try not to be political and this thread does not seek to do that in any way.

But I do feel the need to say I hope that our prime minister can recover from this virus. I cannot imagine how things will develop if he does not get over this terrible infection.

Regardless of politics or personality this guy is first and foremost a fellow human being and deserves our support, as do the many thousands suffering similarly.

The fact that he is also our countries leader makes his wellbeing that much more important.

Please join me in wishing him well, and the many others who are affected by this disease.

I truly hope we can start to drive infections down and begin to recover our lives.


Thread: Small skeletonised drill Press
06/04/2020 19:55:04

There is a champion no 2 on ebay at the moment but £225 looks a bit dear to me. Plus it's in lovely condition.

Are they called camel back pillar drills rather than skeleton type?

Not a lot of work to make one from scratch to be honest.


Thread: Todays news -- well done
05/04/2020 20:16:32

Having spent the better part of the last 30 years as a beat constable I'm I credulous as to why law abiding people can seriously take the side of any idiot who decides to flout the restrictions placed upon us all. Regardless of your politics the requirement is to stay home, except for the specific reasons given. If you dont like it, tough. The police do not have time to go round explaining things that do not need explanation or to engage in arguments with the likes of these idiots.

Go home, stay home, it is simple.

I have been asked to return to my old force during the pandemic, but I have declined, I would not waste my time trying to enforce the restrictions upon people who quite simply should know better.

The next step will be a blanket ban on outdoor activity, due to these morons who cannot abide by the current guidance. Across for my home I watched a dozen men playing football today for two hours. Pure arrogance and stupidity. Hopefully a dose of the virus would smarten them up a little.

Rant over, everyoneneeds to take this a bit more seriously and do as they are told for a change.


Thread: New storage space
05/04/2020 19:25:40

Things have moved on a little, sorted the levels out so I can concrete as and when I can get materials delivered.

I have decided on splitting the space into two levels, for ease of concreting mainly.

I can also use the lower level as a service bay for my tractor and other machines.


Thread: Inlaying silver in brass.
31/03/2020 17:01:23


I have used Neil's suggestion on projects before.

I have stamped text into steel, then run silver solder over it and filed back till the letters are revealed.

Works well on key fobs, tags etc


Thread: New storage space
31/03/2020 11:44:46

Thanks for the advice Bazyle, I was worrying about damp, as the soil floor is quite wet.

I'm going to put down a thick membrane before I concrete and hope that will contain any damp.

Decided it will be far easier to get dry ingredients and mix in batches myself.

Let's face it I have plenty of time on my hands.


Thread: Coronavirus
24/03/2020 15:02:08

Local police are forcing our high street shops to shut as no one is taking any notice of the measures announced last night.

We are really pretty lax and deserve to get a real spanking from this disease, but then everyone will bleat they didnt know how bad it was. Italy Spain France, all taking it seriously, us, it's just an early bank holiday.

Loads of folk out walking, kids playing in large groups, and this is only day one.

Soldiers next, mark my words.

I managed to get my push bike serviced in case it ends up being the best way to get about.


22/03/2020 22:52:03

Having done 30 years in the police I'm glad I'm out of it for this particular issue.

We police by consent but that means morons have latitude to say I dont consent to being told what to do,even for their own good.

Maybe this will change society but I seriously doubt it.

Just had a mail from Trade point at B&Q saying due to large numbers of people buying domestic DIY stuff they are cutting opening times, limiting numbers in store and having staff enforce social distancing. So people are using their time to do up the house. Clever.

Thread: New storage space
22/03/2020 16:33:05

It's bad for everyone, so many people affected whether they have it or not. But that's for another thread.

I am very happy with the storage space so far. I can fit the machines in I intended to and I've made it usable to do some servicing and repairs in on the mowing machines.

I'm just deciding on the concrete floor, for the size of it I think I can mix my own gear and take my time laying the floor. If I had a mix delivered I'd be up against the clock.


22/03/2020 07:52:57

I have made some progress but been halted by the total collapse of our business due to the virus. We have lost all our bookings and income for the foreseeable future so are on a financial lockdown.

I can cope with a mud floor for a while and use up any spare bits I have laying about rather than spend on new stuff.

It fits my tractor in and a few other bits so in satisfied with the job.


Thread: Could bigfoot be real?
22/03/2020 07:45:34

It's long been my intention to have a bench, but something I have not got round to in this new house (well three years is a short time to do anything really).

The absence of a bench can be limiting, there is nowhere to leave part built projects while a start another project.

Every horizontal surface is pressed into use instead of using a bench, milling tables, lathe trays, shaper vices, all become storage spaces for varies items over time.

Similarly I lose floor area when pressing it into service as a temporary tool box. Most of my tools have permanent homes but find themselves relegated to the floor until I need them again.

The upside is that my flexibility and core strength is maintained as I dance my way between various islands of floor space in the shop, gracefully navigating the table of tooling. Until that is I am halted by finding a long lost item with a shin or hip.

If I had room for a beach I know it would soon be engulfed in the same kind of mess the rest of the shop enjoys, so I soldier on without one.

Maybe I will use this quiet time to clear away some of the stuff to its rightful place, then spend the recovery period looking for it.


Thread: Escort anyone?
17/03/2020 07:00:13

I had a similar experience when working.

A colleague showed me his new state of the art writing instrument, titanium with milled grip etc. Write in space and under water.

I asked where he had gotten such a gem of caligraphic artistry, and was told just Google "Pen island"

You can imagine the flashing lights and sirens in our IT department when Penis land hit my screen.

Nice one guys, nice one.

Thread: Coronavirus
17/03/2020 06:47:55

We are doing similar to many communities and offering help to our older and vulnerable people where I live.

This forum is doing the same thing by providing communication and support in times that are going to be trying for those of us at higher risk from this virus.

12 weeks without contact would be unbearable for me, so let's keep on chatting here with our older colleagues until this thing runs its course.

I anticipate doncaster will be off this year so we need to keep in touch online as much as possible.

Mr Corbyn should be setting an example and following advice if he expects us to do the same. It is for our safety after all, we are not infected and need to stay that way.

Please stay safe and well,


Thread: Lucky escape.
17/03/2020 06:13:52

We were taught about BLEVE at police training school in the late 80s.

It was something that could happen during road or rail crashes and the kind of incident we hoped we would never see.

We were told a rail tanker explosion in America was something like a small nuke going off and the cylinder acted like a rocket, flying a great distance spewing flame as it went.

No wonder any cylinder involved in fire is treated with extreme caution by the fire service.


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