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Thread: On a lighter note - Are you an interior or an exterior type.
28/03/2020 22:14:10

so if the roll sits in a vertical holder attached to the floor , should it be unrolled to the right or left of the dispenser?

Towards or away from the pot as it where? surprise

Thread: Ian S C Back again
21/01/2020 19:15:04

good to see you back in the swing

another Ian

Thread: Alexander master toolmaker
23/12/2019 20:10:45


the photos Phil posted are better than the diagrams in the manual which just shows piling pints etc and general arrangement.

I remember Phils dad very fondly for his useful guidance and advice to me before I bought my Alexander.

Hope it works out well for you.


22/12/2019 19:26:29


I too have such a machine but have never taken it to bits to the level you seem to be going. I do have the manual which has several exploded parts views if that would be helpful?


Thread: Ornamental Turning
17/11/2019 18:59:33

drop mark baker at GMC publications a line as they had a series showing how to adapt a rotary table, chuck and compound table to fit on a wood working lathe and convert it into a basic ornamental turning set up. I have the articles some where as I bought the equipment. last year to do just that but then events so far have prevented me achieving it

regards Ian

Thread: Polishing Acetal/Delrin and other plastics
02/11/2019 10:10:29

oh my typing ! NEVER HEARD not no ever heard

02/11/2019 10:09:43

I have the micromesh system and use it but for making a few knobs it seemed a bit OTT so hence the advice given. It shou”d have said STEARATE lubricated paper, fingers faster than brain as usual !

Circlip, I have no ever heard of sovent vapour polishing, please elaborate on that one !

regards Ian

01/11/2019 18:51:58

sand it from 180 grit through to 600 preferably with steam ate lubricated paper or ABRANET at slow speed in the lathe .Then wet sand with wet n dry upto about 1200 grit, follow with metal polish eg t cut if you want a really gloss finish.

doesnt take long with each grit but wipe the work between grits with. damp paper towel to remove dust and possible grit parictles before using the next grit.

Thread: TTFN
19/08/2019 21:26:08

Welcome back.

On the gliding front - watched an aborted winch launch on Sunday, first time ( in 25 years) I’ve seen one abort on take off. Tail wind led to th decision apparent all were well, safely grounded it.


Thread: Home Workshop Site
19/08/2019 21:23:08

I assumed he was on holida. Please add me to the list 9f those wish8ng him a speedy and full recovery Ketan and thanks for the information.


Thread: TTFN
18/07/2019 22:11:54

I wish you well whatever you decide. Thanks for your input and for explaining things .

regards Ian

Thread: Suitable wood for making tool holders
25/06/2019 18:59:24

Beech ,or elm ( difficult to get now ) , sycamore is ok to work with too. Seal it with lots of varnish or tung oil to seal the wood.

Thread: Easy Button Die Storage Solution
21/06/2019 20:18:20

like it, one suggestion for you

I did with mine ( made similar to yours was ) to use a smaller forstner but to drill a second half hole on the end be of the large one for the die. You can then get a finger tip in to extra the die.

As was said earlier in the thread don’t use OAK as the tannin in the oak attacks the steel allowing rust and turning the oak black, If you ever want to darken oak put some steel wool with a dash of washing up liquid into a small jar coantaining vinegar , leave a few days and apply the resulting liquid to your oak. It turns in black. I know some old fool boxes are made of oak but they’re also oil soaked to,prevent contact.

Thanks for sharing.


Ps. XD351 there’s a really good wood shop in sydney that sells forstner bits. Where you at in Aus as can ask a mate for local stores.

Thread: NME&MEX Doncaster
10/05/2019 22:47:01

excellent day, some bargains were requisitioned. Tomorrow a more detailed look round and photos is called for.

Great finish to the day was meeting up with Noel and being able to say thanks for his entertaining articles.

My thanks to Tracy tools for helping find out what thread the proxxon burner assembly is , confirmed as M4 x 0.5 metric fine , which is more than Proxxon s help line could tell me. If you ever want spares for stuff don’t buy proxxon! Shame as it’s good quality stuff .

Warning some traders only took cash as their credit card machines struggled for signal in the hall !

Thread: proxxon micro torch burner thread size?
01/05/2019 20:08:30

Ok I’ve been clumsy, the micro burner torch dropped off the shelf, bounced off the vice and landed on the floor. Sadly the end of the torch hit the vice and the nozzle inside which is threaded sheared . The nozzle Which I thought was integral with the shroud isn’t! But I need to know what thread it is to make a new shaft.

I contacted proxxon who don’t sell the nuzzles separately due to security concerns(????). Now from measuring the thread on the bit snapped off I think itsM4 fine but not sure WHICH M4 fine and , surprise surprise Proxxon won’t tell me.

Anyone got any ideas? Currently I plan on taking it along to donny to see if I can get. tap to fit and the. buy it and the relevant die.

Surprised how unhelpful Proxxon were about this. The torch is otherwise very high grade and a delight to use, just a bit fragile.


Thread: Simple WorkshopTips
07/04/2019 22:05:34

aIf you know anyone who is diabetic then the storage tubes for glucose test8ng strips are ideal for small screws etc. Some even have desiccant built into their lids.

A few menthol crystals in the workshop gives a really nice pong and clears the nose as well, not implying anything just saying....

07/04/2019 22:02:25

Milton fluid works for tea stains.

The denture tablets also work overnight to remove lime scale etc in toilet bowls, and they leave a mint smell in the smallest room!

Good idea about the tubes, must ask grandad !


06/04/2019 13:39:35

Ask at chemists for old tablet pots . Some are exactly the right size internally for magnets from speakers or old microwaves then attach a handle and you have a swarf retriever. If you make it so the magnet can slide in the container you can dump the swarf into the bin by retracting the magnet away from the end face by pulling up the handle. More complicated to describe than to make.


06/04/2019 13:30:41

woodworkers smocks with the pockets at the back don’t gather as much swarf when milling!

although leather aprons work well for MIG they don’t protect your upper arm just beyond the glove cuff. highly embarrassed by the resultant burn which I spotted when showering later!


Thread: Graham Meek’s Tailstock Dial - MEW279
29/03/2019 19:27:19


is there a version for the Boxford AUD either in existence or planned please?

regards Ian

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