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Member postings for Ian Welford

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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

Thread: Old screwdrivers - any use as a materials source?
03/02/2019 22:19:10

grind three facets onto the end and they make excellent awls for marking wood and starting off wood screws, ie making a hole into which the wood screw can be started. They also make good levers for the up and over garage door springs when you need to tension them up, muc( better than the metal pins they send with them do the purpose.

Thread: What Is The Most Beautiful 'Thing' In The World?
05/08/2018 20:08:29

the birth of both my sons.

Followed very closely by the pure , trusting gaze of my faithful dog.

The view from the White Horse above Thirsk on summers morning through the mist takes some beating too.


Thread: Digital Calipers
03/08/2018 23:35:06

well you could tighten the nut....🧐

Thread: Songs for the Workshop
25/07/2018 10:26:47

“the song remains the same “ Shed Zepellin or that’s what it feels like anyway.

for a bit of relaxation “minstrel in the gallery” Jethro tull, Lindisfarne live accompanied by suitable lubrication for the singer. Chris de burgh always helps and R.E.M. automatic for the people in quieter moments.

Anything by Mike Oldfield helps when on a complicated bit.

Thread: Supplier for a Drill Chuck Key
04/07/2018 22:10:30


Yes Michael

the fobco star has one too and I do,use it (honest) but the bigger Boxford has a tray on the column for stuff , and a magnet is faster and less likely to get missed by the key when i’m rushing a bit.

If the chuck key concerned is for a jacobs it will have somewhere the K size. RDG do,spare keys and they’re ok.

cheers Ian

03/07/2018 23:19:39

i have a rare eart( magnet on the side of the drill and just stick the key to that, fast and easy !

i have converted one drill to,keyless but still like my fobco with key as then you can easily use it to start taps , cos the keyless ones undo when you twist backwards

hope it fits Ian

Thread: Quorn Castings
10/05/2018 17:38:40

They’ve gone !

09/05/2018 22:48:29

I have a complete set of Quorn Mk2 castings, motor etc and the book. Partly machined by my uncle who was a very exacting engineer, sadly now deceased.

I will be taking them to Doncaster if anyone's interested. I've got a Clarkson already, so rather than let them sit under the bench someone might fancy a go.

Regards Ian

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