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Member postings for Watford

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Thread: Concrete Garages, Shelving and Catastrophe
17/06/2020 10:16:37

Never mind about you, what happened to the precious tooling??? face 5

Thread: Whats the chance.....
03/06/2020 18:01:29
Posted by clogs on 03/06/2020 16:43:50:

would it be poss to use other photos on the forum start up page.......??

must be some other interesting projects......

Plus one for that ..............yes

Thread: J.T.Slocombe micrometer very old
27/05/2020 09:50:08
Posted by Sam Stones on 27/05/2020 01:50:29:

Perhaps not of the same vintage as your Slocombe Barrie, but close.


The micrometer is still in my toolbox.



I keep mine in my desk draw!! Does yours have 1/64"s on the reverse of the frame?


Thread: Clarkson Autolock Mystery Tool
06/05/2020 18:17:07
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 06/05/2020 17:26:11:

Aha !!

Thank you ... I will experiment this evening

[ currently on garden duty ]


Splendid mental picture of Michael gardening with a well engineered bracket on the spade holding his laptop rose


Thread: MEW Special edition 2008 Cherry interview
04/05/2020 15:01:07

Is there any news of Mrs.Hill ?


03/05/2020 18:48:41


03/05/2020 18:13:38

The Special Edition 'Setting up a Workshop' to which you refer was dated Autumn 2008 and had a picture of the good lady on the cover along with a corner of her workshop. She was interviewed by Geoff Sheppard over nine pages. The edition was marked as 'Exclusive to W.H. Smith. I kept it for inspiration .

Is there any news of Mrs. Hill?


Thread: Whatever happened to...
20/04/2020 15:53:00

And having said all that - whatever happened to Lyons Individual Fruit Pies?

Came in small square cardboard boxes, in several flavours, predominately apple.

No lunch break was complete without one.


Thread: Lucky escape.
16/03/2020 12:26:44
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 15/03/2020 20:13:20:

Why does this thread bring to mind the Archers?


Not sure Neil, why does it?


Thread: Electrifying Women - Cherry Hill
03/03/2020 21:27:40
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 03/03/2020 17:15:38:

Cherry is well as far as I know, I think I last saw her at Doncaster 2019.


Thank you, and very good.


03/03/2020 15:45:07
Posted by Neil Wyatt on 03/03/2020 10:15:25:

My phone popped up this article written by a familiar name:


Thanks for the heads-up Neil.

In the days of the 'Model Engineer Exhibition' of old, the first port of call was to the Competition Models to see the latest Cherry Hinds (later Hill) offering. Always magnificent, her models were generally to a scale smaller than the blokes and always looked as if a fairy had used her wand to make the original prototype shrink to fit the glass case!

Last saw her at Brooklands, is there any news of her current welfare?


Thread: The cultural status of engineers in the UK
10/01/2020 22:14:06

It probably did not help when some jerk started calling them 'makers'.


Thread: Ebay being clogged up by certain sellers
06/01/2020 22:34:08
Posted by JasonB on 06/01/2020 21:12:52:

Postie does not collect probably too likely to be mugged.

In the good old days of purchase tax, and two or three deliveries a day, the postie (postman then) used to collect any tax.embarrassed


Thread: 3mm drill hole too tight for 3mm bar
31/12/2019 21:31:51
Posted by Bazyle on 31/12/2019 18:18:48:

drills are most notorious for drilling oversize especially when they are not sharpened symmetrically which always happens when done manually by those 'I don't need no stoopid drill sharpening jig' experts.

Not quite always Bazyle, there are a very few of us who were actually taught how to do this at the start of our apprenticeships. Having spent more than a solid week (45 hour week then) grinding drills from about inch and a half down to 1/16" one does sort of get a bit of a feel for it.

Happily it is a bit like playing a musical instrument that once acquired the skill never leaves one, and sixty-seven years later I still have it. I can still remember the feeling when the instructor put a fresh-ground inch drill into a lathe and drilled a hole with it and to see the two identical spirals of swarf coming off the tip. We had made drill angle gauges from gauge plate and calibrated them with a vernier height gauge - I still have mine.

I am set to wonder about some (most) of the so called apprenticeships today, and if such instruction and knowledge is passed on. Yes, I know that there are machines to do this particular task, but these are not always available at the time and place that a drill needs sorting. I doubt whether many are taught to file these days either, and again it is an extremely useful skill on occasion when other resources are not to hand. Perhaps there are not too many instructors any more???

So dear Baz I would prefer it if you did not call me 'stoopid' - - not too often anyway .smiley

Compliments of the season to you.



Edited By Watford on 31/12/2019 21:34:50

Thread: Merry Christmas Everybody!
24/12/2019 21:15:37

Compliments of the Season to One and All


Thread: Stewart 10H drawings
30/11/2019 10:37:58
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 30/11/2019 09:00:25:

... Probably worth spelling the name Stuart if you are searching though.


Very well spotted Michael...............thank youyes


29/11/2019 21:55:46

Hi Paul

Thanks for the thought, though Stewart drawing is now a wopping £ 20.72 what with VAT and 4.70 p&p.

However, since I wrote the message I have come across the original paperwork and drawing, allbeit a bit faded!

Thus, panic off chaps; but thanks.


29/11/2019 18:51:51

Recently unearthed a complete boxed kit for a Stewart 10H engine.

The Micro blisters in the box are all intact! Purchased in January 1983 by a deceased friend.

The only thing missing is/are the drawing(s). Can anyone help me with this I wonder?


Thread: Loctite
14/11/2019 10:04:42
Posted by Russell Eberhardt on 14/11/2019 08:55:25:

For me, the shelf life is determined by the state of the outside of the bottles. No matter how careful I am, the outside of each bottle gradually builds up a sticky residue that is almost impossible to remove with solvents but gets all over my fingers!


Russell, I have found that the solvent/cleaner used by double glazing fitters does a fair job of this. A useful product to have in the workshop, though care is needed on some delicate surfaces. Obtainable from those factors who supply double glazing firms.


12/11/2019 17:36:35

Thanks chaps smiley

Certainly will not throw the existing bottle away then. I think I will buy a very small 638, and out of interest run a couple of comparative tests.

It looks as if the 638 is a better/stronger product than 601 in any case so it might be horses for courses.


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