Here is a list of all the postings Watford has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Dressmakers pin edge finder|
Using an ordinary dressmaker's pin (no glass ball) with a dob of plasticene (or blue-tac) is a very useful way of locating a centre pop below a drill or centre drill in the drill press.
Mould a small lump, about the size of a sugar cube, around the point of the drill and stick the pin in as near vertical as practically possible.
Run the drill at the speed you are going to drill, and centre the pin point with the back of a thumb nail whilst it is running. It will centre and stay positioned.
Bring the pinpoint down to the centre pop and you are spot-on. Stop drill. Remove plasticene.
Keep the 'Sticky Pin' on the side of the drill casing for next time.
Usual safety precautions please.
Edited By Watford on 30/10/2017 19:27:08
|Thread: Are you offended when the media poke fun at your hobby?|
You can have -2 cars after the showroom was robbed the night before.
|Thread: John Stevenson|
Give this problem the same attitude that you have always used. We look forward to your pertinent comments on here once more.
But never mind us, just do it for Debs.
Very, very best wishes
|Thread: What's this for?|
The daguerreotype was the first successful commercial photographic process, and was well within the timescale for Buck and Hickman to be producing such kit.
Daguerrotypes were current from 1839 to around 1860. B&H started around 1830.
Edited By Watford on 15/10/2017 11:17:06
A Google on "patent dagplate" produced a possible answer.
A Daguerreotype or Dag plate was a silver coated copper plate used in early photography to capture the image. The plate needed to be very flat and smooth..
The Dag Plate holder was used (in several forms, some of wood) to hold the plate whilst it was buffed and polished.
I suspect that John's Dagplate, marketed by Buck and Hickman, was such an example and is probably a very rare beast.
Edited By Watford on 15/10/2017 10:59:55
Does the rubber insert remove, and does it reveal anything interesting - like a thread?
What, approximately is the major diameter?
|Thread: How to gring carbide scraper|
It would be good to get rid of the file teeth if you are going to do any serious scraping, or you are going to have some very sore hands.
|Thread: Model Engineer Exhibition 2017|
Am I correct in thinking that there is no ME exhibition this year? If so are there any future dates yet confirmed I wonder?
|Thread: Raw black rubber|
I have had success with cold casting rubber.
From MB FibreGlass the variety I used was 'Polytek PT-Flex 85 PU Casting Rubber'.
There is a range of hardness's, 85 being at the hard end and equated to trolley caster wheels.
I was/am restoring a very vintage typewriter and need a new roller. I have had a trial run on a short roller which went O'K.
MB FibreGlass is worth a look as they have a vast range of such products.
|Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)|
Always sad to loose a pet who has given such pleasure.
Thoughts are with you.
|Thread: Those were the days|
Remember seeing mother ironing on the kitchen table with the flex plugged into one of those two-way adaptors that was itself plugged into the light socket. All swinging about on some ropey silk-covered twisted twin.
Thanks Swarf. You are a star.
I was off down completely the wrong path, it is good to know what it is at last. I saw it on a stall at an autojumble and it looked a 'very nice' thing; particularly for a single pound! I cleaned it up - it was pretty grotty - and have wondered ever since.
Found this strange compass in an autojumble a while back, for a quid.
Strange in that it is scaled 0-90-0-90 rather than 0-90-180-270.
Suspect that it came from some piece of surveying equipment but do not know what. I would love to know. Any suggestions.
Thanks in anticipation.
|Thread: Kilogram to lose MASS appeal|
How did they do that in 1791? Is there any literature on this - would be interesting.
|Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)|
Found in my travels, don't know where
Edited By Watford on 21/07/2017 17:49:51
|Thread: Looking for a light fitting|
Have used an aluminium pudding basin very satisfactorily in the past. Plenty on ebay.
|Thread: No respect. :(|
In view of the intended fate of this particular lathe would he not be prepared to swop it for one of lesser quality which would actually look the same? Perhaps a cash adjustment of say £150????
Edited By Watford on 17/07/2017 19:52:22
|Thread: Corrosive liquids. ...................................|
Surely the miscreants would not purchase the stuff with their precious drug money, they would just nick it. So what would be the point of the legislation anyway?
|Thread: Wot a shame !|
The real issue is probably the signing-in screen which everyone contacts after picking their nose!
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