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Thread: Dressmakers pin edge finder
30/10/2017 19:26:08

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.

 

Mike

 

Edited By Watford on 30/10/2017 19:27:08

Thread: Are you offended when the media poke fun at your hobby?
29/10/2017 18:21:40

You can have -2 cars after the showroom was robbed the night before.

Mike

Thread: John Stevenson
20/10/2017 11:55:02

John

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

Mike

Thread: What's this for?
15/10/2017 11:09:58

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.>>

 

Mike>>

Edited By Watford on 15/10/2017 11:17:06

15/10/2017 10:57:43

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.

 

 

Mike

Edited By Watford on 15/10/2017 10:59:55

14/10/2017 19:24:30

Does the rubber insert remove, and does it reveal anything interesting - like a thread?

What, approximately is the major diameter?

Mike

Thread: How to gring carbide scraper
08/10/2017 20:03:02

Martin,

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.

Mike

Thread: Model Engineer Exhibition 2017
13/09/2017 14:35:33

Thanks Chaps

Mike

13/09/2017 09:05:57

Am I correct in thinking that there is no ME exhibition this year? If so are there any future dates yet confirmed I wonder?

Mike

Thread: Raw black rubber
31/08/2017 18:50:01
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.
 
Mike
 

http://www.mbfg.co.uk/polyurethane-rubbers/duroflex-85.html

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
18/08/2017 19:57:52

Neil

Always sad to loose a pet who has given such pleasure.

Thoughts are with you.

Mike

Thread: Those were the days
01/08/2017 12:20:21

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. secret

Mike

Thread: Compass
30/07/2017 10:26:13

Thanks Swarf.smiley 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.

Mike

29/07/2017 21:40:30

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. frown

Mike

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Thread: Kilogram to lose MASS appeal
28/07/2017 16:24:07
Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 28/07/2017 14:21:21:

... the metre bar - also made of the platinum-iridium alloy - which from 1791 until 1960 was the physical official definition of the length of a metre.

How did they do that in 1791? Is there any literature on this - would be interesting.

Mike

Thread: What Did You Do Today (2017)
21/07/2017 17:49:03

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Found in my travels, don't know where nerd

 

Mike

Edited By Watford on 21/07/2017 17:49:51

Thread: Looking for a light fitting
19/07/2017 19:51:27

Have used an aluminium pudding basin very satisfactorily in the past. Plenty on ebay.

Mike

Thread: No respect. :(
17/07/2017 19:35:43

A mate of mine has purchased a very nice condition Myford Super 7 c/w screwcutting gearbox that he gave a widow from Lymm (Nr Warrington) £100

 

 

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????

 

Mike

Edited By Watford on 17/07/2017 19:52:22

Thread: Corrosive liquids. ...................................
15/07/2017 18:30:04

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?

Mike

Thread: Wot a shame !
30/06/2017 11:58:31
Posted by Robbo on 29/06/2017 22:50:40:
Posted by Ady1 on 29/06/2017 21:43:35:

Just pop them into a doctors/dentists waiting room

They make a pleasant change to national geographic and Hello magazines

We no longer have magazines of any age in our Surgery waiting area - this as a result of their "Cleanliness Review".

But still plenty of patients coughing their infections into the air!

The real issue is probably the signing-in screen which everyone contacts after picking their nose!

Mike

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